Who Knows? 2015

Who Knows by Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys, is one of my favorite Jimi Hendrix songs. Even though it’s not about anything at all. The first time I heard it was on the Live at the Fillmore East album. Then one day I found this 9 minute long version from the Band of Gypsys album. I love it.

I haven’t posted an entry to this site in over a year. There are a lot of reasons that happen. One of the reasons is because I didn’t like the theme I was using before. I liked it when I first built it, for the most part (I never like anything I make). But eventually, that faded.
I am a Front-End Web Developer by trade, I am also a visual person. Don’t ask me why, but if I don’t like the way the site is working or looking, then I won’t be all that pressed to post a blog entry. This has happen several times, it’s a thing; I don’t know why, but it is what it is.

Over time, I’ve picked up a lot of new skills, techniques and workflows that have advanced my career. However, that meant I was working more and didn’t have time to pay attention to this site or add new features or even post to the site.

I’m also something like a perfectionist, and since I am a Web Developer, I never wanted to launch a site that wasn’t something like cool. But that takes time. Time I don’t have. Not only that, but I’d also have to design said cool site; don’t have time for that either. I haven’t designed a site in a while. I’ve been focusing on the development side of my industry. Design and coding is something you have to do regularly to keep your skill sharp. I chose to focus on development because it pays more, plus I’m a sensitive artist lol.
I like to build things. I have a degree in Computer Aided Drafting (that I never used). I wanted to be an Architect when I was younger, word to George Costanza, so I’ve always like building things. I love building websites.

For the past few months, I’ve been wanting to start posting to this site again. I can’t remember why or how this came about, but it did. But this site wasn’t crackin’ to me anymore, so I was faced with a choice. Design a new site or throw up a barebones site and work on it piece by piece, something that would basically kill me. I never do shit like that. But I decided to because there was no way I was going to have time to put out a finished site any time soon. So in my mind, A barebones, plain, not designed site was the best way to go considering all the variables. This is the lesser of two evils, in my mind. It’s a big deal to me.

So, I put this barebones site up and my plan is to work on it one feature at a time until I arrive at a spot I’m cool with. Usually I name every theme/site I make. The last theme was called the Umblr (in 2012 — damn), since I wanted set out to make something like a tumblr layout. However, this time I was putting up a barebones site. I wasn’t sure what to name this theme. But then it came to me, “Who knows?” I don’t know what this site will end up looking like after I finish, or even reach a halfway point of which every goal I set at some point. Who knows when that will happen. Just like the song, I have a groove, but I don’t know where I’m going with it.
One thing I do know that I want to do with this theme is to have the ability to apply a custom layout to whichever entry I want, like The World Famous Bumble Bee Story. I did something similar for a client a long time ago. But I made 4 different layouts for different post formats. This will be different. But that’s it for the most part. I have no idea what color, font, or anything else this thing will look like when I’m done.

When I first started this site in 2001, I decided that this space would be for practice. Learning a new skill/trick or what have you is super stressful when you have a deadline to meet. So this space was always intended for me to try out new things I learned and then use those features on a client site at some point.

As I type this out, it just occurred to me that having a live barebones theme would be a good space for practice and to try out new things. A fully designed site would somewhat hold me back if I wanted to try out a new feature but it didn’t match the theme or layout or what have you. This is starting to look like an ever wiser decision than I thought!

The more I type, the more I feel like this was the better choice. I’ve been trying to manage my time better lately, but building things is what I do. Building websites is something I like to do. I’d do it in my spare time if I had another job.

I don’t know where this whole situation is going, but I’m kind of anxious to get going since I know how to do a lot more than I did the last time I built a theme for this site.

But I can’t promise any of that will happen. This thing might stay like this for years to come, who knows? I honestly no idea what I’m going to do with this thing. I just hope I like it; at least for a little while.