I'm going live with my new mosaic website this weekend and it's the first time I've created a site from the front end, not using code. I'm actually pretty excited about it. I've tried several times to update my site to fit Google's responsive design requirements that kicked in this... when? June? I'm not sure when Google started, but it's been since about then that I've tried and failed every time to make it work. So I finally gave in and started building a site on Squarespace this week.
Good news! This means all the thousands of hours I've spent listening to NPR and former Discovery podcasts while I work has finally paid off! Thanks to their Squarespace sponsorship I'm getting 10% off my annual rate by using the code 'Stuff' (as in 'Stuff You Should Know' or 'Stuff You Missed in History Class', etc., all brilliant podcasts!). I loved my awesome Mac based hosting company and was with them for 15 years hosting various sites (back then, pre-iPhone, if you didn't know what you were doing, you needed a hosting company that understood Mac user needs), but now things have changed and I'll actually be paying less for both hosting and front end design that fits Google's requirements than I have been for hosting alone, so it was a move I had to make.
Also as I'm starting this new site, I want to be better with social media. In the past my blogging was rather murky and I really only used it to update the projects of my students. I'm starting fresh and planning on using it a lot more for my mosaic art updates, some how-to videos on mosaics and just generally blogging about an artist's journey once I get settled in here. Speaking of which…
I've relocated this year. I've spent the last 20 years in Los Angeles and most of my work continues to be there, but I moved to Ohio to be closer to my family. I'm not happy about the insects or the cold, but I am really loving getting to spend time with my family. I love LA and about 99% of the time I'm wishing they moved there instead of vice versa, but I really didn't know what I was missing out on until I got here. They are awesome, though the adjustment has been hard. When I first got here I broke the finger on my mosaic wheel hand (tumor which fortunately turned out to be benign) so I couldn't do mosaics for several months. Since then I've just been doing some small projects and experimenting with where I want to go in the future, both geographically and artistically. I'll save my thoughts & pics on those things for another day, as I have a long list of ideas and directions, not to mention WIPs (works in progress) to share.
So basically, I've finally accepted I'm in Ohio. Sort of. I still feel out of place in this state I grew up in but never felt I belonged to. At least in this swing state my 'crazy California liberal vote' will count (Go Bernie Sanders!), but I've had to give up warmth, Ethiopian & Thai food (they think Chinese is Thai here!), Trader Joe's, The Getty & LACMA...
I'm going to cry if I keep thinking about missing LA, so I'm changing the subject. I'm starting over, I'm hoping Ohio will accept me, and the first step in many of letting things go and change will be giving up code.