Jalpuna

Happy Birthday Jalpuna!

I like to write. I like to create - to build, to tinker. And I'm a storyteller by nature. I suppose it only made sense that I'd start a blog. The real question is - what took me so long?

Answer? Exposure.

In the fall of 2003, I was talking with a radio consultant about a friend of mine, and I sent him to my site to check out an on-air demo I'd built for him. The next thing I knew, I was being hired to build that consultant a website.

Cool.

The catch was that he wanted some sort of easily updatable content, and his web skills were limited (putting it mildly). Doing a little research, I found Blogger, which led me to their massive list of blogs., which, in turn, led me to accomplishing jack fucking squat while I surfed around, reading the most trivial of things.

And with that, I was hooked.

While creating designs for the site I'd been hired to build, I ended up making one for myself to crash test this whole 'blog' thing on. I named the site "Jalpuna" and its initial design looked like this.

It's all too easy to get caught up in day to day life and watch all creativity slip away. I don't ever want that to happen to me, which is why I ended up doing a lot more with this site than just testing a design. Instead, I use it to test my creativity.

Over the past year, I've used this site as a reason excuse to teach myself web design, improve my writing, and most recently, dabble in photography.

Today, I say happy birthday to my creative outlet. It's just a meaningless blip on the internet, but it makes me smile. And that's a beautiful thing.

::::: | Monday, Mar 07 2005 at 9:45 AM
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