I'm very excited to launch my brand new website! I have been a devoted user of Wordpress since 2008, but I'm making a big leap and have changed to Squarespace. Wordpress is truly an amazing tool for developing websites, but at some point I realized that my site was becoming bloated and unwieldy and difficult to navigate. In particular, the e-commerce side of things has been an ongoing problem. I tried a number of solutions, none of which quite fit my needs. I ended up using an external solution linked from my site, which wasn't ideal but was good enough.
I admit to being a bit of a website snob in the past, scoffing at easy-to-use template tools. Which is a little bizarre since I am absolutely not a coder or even a web designer in any sense of the word. I used to enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to make things work in Wordpress, but over the past couple of years I've come to feel that it's not the best use of my time. I think I used to feel that it was important to keep at least a little toe in the web design game, but honestly, there are probably ten-year-old kids out there who are better programmers than I will ever be. Better to focus my energy on the things that I actually care about and am good at.
I've debated about bringing over old blog posts and minor projects (collaborations and older work) to the new site, but have decided to use this as a fresh start. Nobody wants to read my posts from 2009 about how I had a piece featured in a treasury on the front page of Etsy. I have very little nostalgia for things I have written in the past, for who I used to be. I kept a written journal for years, but the last time I moved I decided I was sick of schlepping around fifty pounds of literal and metaphorical weight and shredded them all. I just celebrated my 40th birthday- seems like a good time for a fresh start!
I'm hoping that having a clean slate and an interface that is nicer to use will help me actually fulfill my long-standing goal of writing more often, documenting more of my working process, sharing work by others that I find interesting or inspiring, and pondering ideas. In short, sharing my artlife. On my last visit to the Barnes Museum, I picked up a book containing quotations from artists, which I intend to use as writing prompts on occasion. I loved the title, "Art is the Highest form of Hope."