What are the long term effects of a portfolio site like this one, which was built to land a job and then forgotten about?
I never wanted to forget about this site. But somewhere between starting a new job, moving into a new house, living in a new neighborhood, and being a Dad and Husband I pushed this site to the back burner. But I do believe it's worth doing. For more than my “personal brand” or any kind of tool used to show potential employers or clients more about me.
It's worth writing about what I care about because it helps me to experience the web -- and everything else -- in a deeper way.
Keeping up a personal website of thoughts and articles and thoughts about other people's thoughts and articles requires a different mindset when browsing the web. I'm no longer just passively browsing -- I'm forced to think about what I'm reading. This raises the bar for what I choose to read and how I spend my time (a little less sports gossip and hulu might be good for me). Similar to how drawing causes you to see something differently, more intensly. Marion Deuchars talks about this in a recent episode of my newest favorite podcast Design Matters.
After reading Jeremy Keith's Long Time I started writing this. Not really knowing where I was going, but definitely thinking about the long term effects of everything I do. One thing I know for sure -- the long term effects of doing nothing, are nothing.