Cheers to Five Years

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When I started my first blog in 2001 and mashed two of my nicknames together in the title box and hit submit, I had no idea how much it would impact my life and career. At that time, I was a 20 year old getting my general credits out of the way at a community college down the road from my dad’s house and blogging seemed like a fun way to pass my free time. I worked in an office helping out the accounting department during summer break and read a lot of fashion magazines; I didn’t have an inkling that design was the path I would take at that time.

In 2007, as I noticed many of my friends jumping from our tight-knit community on Live Journal to their own domains, I made the switch as well. I’d registered Nubbytwiglet.com a few years earlier but it was little more than a splash page (remember those?!) The shift happened when I was on a whirlwind 24 hour trip to LA — my friend Star (also a lover of red, stripes and crosses) was getting into web development and told me that blogs were the wave of the future. I was in school for design by that point and wasn’t so sure that I wanted to be so public; all the designers I admired were a bit mysterious. We had a heart-to-heart talk at a Coffee Bean in Hollywood: I wondered, if I shared who I was and more of my life, would my work be taken as seriously? Star convinced me that the new wave of creatives were different and that it was okay to step out from the shadows and share. So I gritted my teeth and in August 2007, I hit publish on my first post here.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I should post about so I just shared what came naturally; travel shots, my art, school design assignments and vintage graphic design books. I was lucky because although my following was small at first, it was loyal — I still count many of the people I met through Live Journal over ten years ago as close friends today.

Blogging is far from easy but it’s helped me find my voice, share my work with the world and make friends I never would have otherwise made. To say that blogging has changed my life is an understatement. Thanks most of all to Star for sticking with me and helping me get this third revamp of my site live — it’s been an amazing ride.

This design has come full circle, employing my love of Swiss design, minimalism, red and the symbolism of the cross. I’d been wanting to update the look of this blog for the last two years but having the time proved to be elusive — I’d planned it all out in my head for so long that it came together in two quick drafts when I finally sat down. I hope you like it! Star and I are still working out some bugs (including the slow loading times — sorry!) but we’re almost there.

Thanks so much for your continued support, encouragement, feedback and enthusiasm. It means the world to me.

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