I started my first blog in 1996. It was originally called G.I.M., which stood for “Guatemalan Insane Mediocrity” – some sort of immature, oxymoronic tribute to The Simpsons’ episode with Johnny Cash as a talking coyote and Homer eating Guatemalan Insanity Peppers. The blog served as an outlet to my angsty and depressingly lonely high school years where, as a young, quiet, and otherwise anonymous teen I was able to express myself through art, writing, and humor. AOL’s dial-up was the bane of my existence, but I was forever grateful for the services of both Internet Explorer as proxy and Geocities’ free hosting capabilities. Looking back, now as a designer, at how I openly loved to use them, I want to throw up.
Fast forward to college, where I renamed my blog Bluegoomba. I still wrote, I still drew, but with my college comic career keeping me preoccupied and secretly pouring shots of Jack Daniels from my dad’s liquor cabinet and into water bottles, my interest and enthusiasm for updating Bluegoomba.com eventually faded away.
And then — between 2007 and 2011 — came both the hunt for work and — after failing to find a suitable job — grad school; aside from constantly updating my Facebook status, my will to write and create stuff online was pretty much non-existent.
So the years passed, I grew up. I moved to NYC nearly 6 years ago, and now as a modestly successful designer within the web and technological sphere, it’s time I re-upped my internet game. I mean, if I do want to possess a career in UX and new online media, I should maintain some internet presence. In other words, I should really improve my SEO rankings and fucking blog more. And swear more. Fuck, welcome.