I've been mulling over this blog post for some time now. I knew more or less what I wanted to blog about for this one post but until a recent computer hard drive crisis I wondered how I could turn one existential crisis from 3 years ago into an ongoing blog.
It was January 2014 when I first drafted this post. I'd just wrapped up a difficult project and I needed to clear my head. I'd heard about a colleague that had died recently, basically finished a project and died. I went to see a travelling exhibit on Leonardo Da Vinci, an idol of mine, where upon I learned that he worked on the Mona Lisa up until he died - perhaps never “finishing” it. I sarcastically thought “oh great, what am I going to be working on when I die? All I could think was “Hopefully not someone else's work because they called out that day!…”
The experience left me very introspective reflecting on my lifetime of work. How many projects were finished, permanent, well documented, etc. A decade and a half of “work for hire” and what did I have to show for it? I wanted to do something about it, blogging seemed like the right direction but how could I sustain it? I've struggled keeping momentum with past attempts at blogging. I realize now it's because I didn't really have a plan, now I do.
The plan was born out of the data archive crisis mentioned earlier. Almost immediately after changing jobs in 2015 I lost my computer hard drive. I hadn't worked on my portfolio in years and after just getting it put together enough to work on developing it more it seemed like I'd lost it all.. I was able to recover most of my archive, and I started documenting each project one-by-one over several weeks of train commutes. Now on my LinkedIn profile is a brief project description for all 90 something projects I've worked on professionally to date. Writing these descriptions I realized there was possibly another level to all this, much more than a single paragraph per project. Buried within most of those projects were resources, experiences, hundreds of images, and lessons that could be used to create something of value.
In preparing to launch this blog I've developed it the way one would a visitor experience, drafting objectives, messages, point-of-view, and so on. Below is the document I've drafted to guide me moving forward with this blog: A bi-weekly experience based blog on exhibition planning and design.
The first post from the officially planned format is scheduled to be published sometime around the weekend of January 21st, 2017 where I’ll document my first “pro” gig as a mural artist. The next post the weekend of January 7th, 2017 where I will blog about my return to the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show after a 3 year hiatus. I’ll post photos of my favorite booths and my latest project.