Wow! It’s almost July! That means a few things for me and exciting news for you! If you have not already read the “Opening Up: My Endless Search” blog series, I am kicking you out, so please exit this blog post, get yourself a snack and a refreshing drink and read! This is an update and you really won’t have any idea or care what I am saying until you’re all caught up. It’s like binge watching a series when you’re this far behind, so embrace it, Netflix can wait! (Game of Thrones season finale cannot though, so GOT first, blog series second, Netflix, last, if ever lol).
For all my amazing readers who are probably wondering where is this book already(the wait is agonizing, I know), let me enlighten you and remind you that patience is a virtue, and money doesn’t grow on trees either! Ha. Here’s the update. The book is currently in the editing process and in the meantime, I have signed a contract with a web design company to reconstruct my website! Are you excited yet? There may be a period where this webpage will be down temporarily and those of you still reading and not either watching Game of Thrones or rerouted to my blog post link need to hurry and read before the content is no longer available! For those of you who are all up to date, despite the time since my last post (I told you I needed to focus and I did), I am working diligently and adhering to the timeline I gave myself to publish this book. Stay with me.
The history about relaunching my website is what I really wanted to share with you all. As always, there is a story to be told, and I wanted to share the background in order for you to understand why I am really enthusiastic about this revamp. First of all, I created my blog site back in 2011. I wanted to take my writing a little more seriously and see if it was something I liked and I really did come to love it. So much that when I started my Master’s degree in communications, I took a few digital media courses and started reconsidering my blog site because it needed a transformation. So long story short, I decided I was going to purchase my own domain name and have someone create my webpage in order to really distinguish myself as a writer/blogger/poet/brand. Way to take the initiative, right? So I was obviously ecstatic and I started pitching some ideas to one of my friends, who recommended someone who could help me create my vision. Oh, the recommendations, I really should write a recommendations piece, remind me, those stories get funnier and funnier.
Immediately, I reached out to this person who I was recommended to and we talked over the phone and I was willing to pay this person, but they insisted they would do it for free as long as they could use it as part of their portfolio. That’s a red flag, huh? Well, I didn’t see anything wrong with that, because I offered to pay! Anyway, everything went great, they sent me some sketches and we were experimenting with different colors, sending each other emails and in constant communication. Riiiiight, up until the launch period. So here we are spending months and time in order to bring my brand and vision to life when the communication ended.
Out of nowhere.
I can’t make this stuff up!
I sent emails, left voicemails, used Facebook-no response. I mean I thought something happened, like did this person die? Where are they? No one knew. At first there was some explanation about some personal issues that were prolonging the project, but then it actually just ended, abruptly. I was digitally dumped. No post it note, no text, no angry screaming match, just ignored and left to write (see what I did there)?
Whatever, life went on, as best as it could. Okay, so it wasn’t meant to be. I thought if I redid my website, I could find my niche, but then I realized, this was a blessing in disguise, because as I continued to write, sans my website, I found my niche.
Fast forward about two and a half-years later. I wrote my blog series which led into me writing my book. I have a clear vision for my website and a purpose to launch. The only thing I was missing, was a credible web designer who wasn’t going to waste my time. I needed an experienced designer who took their craft as seriously as I take mine.
That’s when I went to a networking event in Manhattan and met a blogger who had just redid her website. We were exchanging advice on blogging when she gave me the background on the designers who created her website. At first, I was naturally apprehensive, but I spent a lot of time talking with these designers (months), comparing prices, reviewing their portfolio, and finally signing a contract that binds our commitment to finish the deal (not getting dumped again, I deserve better). What led me to hiring them? Besides their talent, credentials, pricing-they saw my vision as soon as I explained it and they were excited to bring it to life.
Sometimes we force something because we feel we have to do it. We manipulate ourselves into thinking it makes sense. When something makes sense it happens naturally. The process takes time, you can’t just hire every and anyone who has experience in your field or a friend who’s willing to help out just because, you have to hire people who believe in your brand as if it was their own.
Collaborating with the right people isn’t just a task to check off in order to launch a website or to force a change, there has to be chemistry and an innate understanding that a designer feels regarding your work before they can demonstrate their illustration of your art better than you can. You, as the creator, also have to believe in their ability to take the time and effort to build and bounce off of your ideas and trust they can deliver.
We’re working, we’re creating, we’re interacting and we are going to bring this vision to life. I can’t wait for you to see what this new website will look like; this website started from nothing except the relentless desire to put words in the atmosphere; it’s my art, my craft, my passion, and it takes time. I promise it’s worth it and one of my favorite part of the creative process is being interactive with you and sharing all the behind the scenes.
Trust the timing of your effort, your art will exist no matter what, be specific with whom and where you share it, not everyone sees the masterpiece before it’s finish, build with the ones who do.