The first step is the hardest
Back in 2010 I decided to start a blog, because that's what most Swedish teens did at that time. I however wasn't a teenager as much as a 12-year-old. But, with inspiration from those cool blogger girls with crisp, well styled websites and exciting stories about their adventures in cities like London and New York, I got started anyway.
I signed up for one of those free blogging platforms that give you a subdomain, a publishing tool and a few templates to choose from design-wise. The platform was pretty good, seeing as it gave its users access to the actual HTML and CSS codes instead of just a simpler tool to choose your own colour scheme and maybe upload a profile picture or logotype.
I carefully chose one of the available templates and... no. It was just wrong, all of the templates were wrong. They did certainly not signal easy breezy, cool blogger girl. So I did what anyone would do, I googled how to create a web design.
It wasn't easy, but I started out by just copying and pasting codes, following tutorials from different websites. After a while I started to understad how HTML and CSS actually worked. I went from simply changing colours and fonts to adding my own elements, creating a second navigation bar, adding pictures and making mouseover elements. I did everything that the platform and tools allowed me to. The things that weren't allowed, like removing the advertisements, I did anyway. It was a puzzle and I loved it.
The only thing I didn't do with my blog was using it for actual blogging.
I never posted a thing until one or two years later when my friends started blogging. I didn't know what to write so I just posted some pictures that I had taken with my dad's DSLR camera and then I proceeded to post a link to my blog on Facebook. Mind you, this was in 2012. People actually posted things on Facebook back then.
A few days later, a girl I barely knew knocked on my shoulder after french class.
"Hey, I saw your blog."
I got nervous, I thought she was going to make fun of me, criticize my photography skills or just be as mean as most junior high kids are.
"I really like your layout, did you make it yourself?"
I was 14, so the fact that my layout stole all the attention did not cross my mind as something bad. Instead, I took my classmate's words as a reinforcement of my HTML skills.
And that's the story of how I started making web designs for 10 SEK each in 8th grade.
With this background story, the fact that I even have a blog section on this website seems pretty stupid. I'm not 14 anymore, I'm 20 and I still enjoy photography, filmmaking and web design way more than traditional blogging. But for some reason, lately I've had this urge to write things.
I think a lot and, as you might have figured out by now, I do like storytelling.
I guess that is why I'm here. Only time will tell if I once again will refrain to simply redesigning my website over and over again, If I'll actually update the blog section or just the portfolio. It's a bit of an experiment and whoever is curious about the result could... well, maybe check in now and then to see what happens.
Please feel free to check out my portfolio as well. It's empty right now but I intend to start uploading my works as soon as possible. If you're curious about me, the "about"-tab is the way to go (or the instagram button for a more visual approach). Please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas or feedback either by using the email button or posting a comment.
Wow, looks this got a bit too long and rambly for my liking. The first step is however the hardest, so I'm just going to post this now. Otherwise I might never get to it.