Websites and Stuff
Update on updating my artist website and what it means to me.
There was a time in the mid-aughts when I needed to revamp my personal website on a regular basis in order to feel as though my own understanding of myself as an artist and writer was “clear.” It was like a mirror, I guess, and it helped me frame this important part of my identity, which I do care so much about. Now my website is boring in comparison, and compared to who I was back then, I’m rather boring, but I don’t need these things (website and me) to be anything other than what they are. That said, I need to add new work to that digital space and I’ve begun to reinsert my identity into it.
Here is something I just wrote on my homepage:
Welcome to my website! I have had one since 1996, but it was the year 2000 when I first purchased the domain name, LINDALAY.COM, and linked it to my personal page. Over the years I've engaged with the internet in many ways, often seeing my own website as a central hub, both for places I put myself on online and in regard to my ideas and works. For a long time I saw it as a valuable part of my art-life and sort of like my own personal magazine or television channel. Sometimes it seemed/seems like a psychological experiment or I viewed it as therapy. I started out with this "do it yourself" attitude so long ago, thinking that my engagement with invisible communities via the tools easily available would lead to something different than it has- that I would reach the actual world with my own bare hands stretching outward through some kind of magical screen and earn myself an independent career in the arts. I was clearly delusional. By not playing by the rules of social media and the art-world or perhaps (lets be honest here) by trying to fit in and failing, lol, I am left in much of the same spot I was in, twenty three years ago. Ah well. It's clear to me now that despite everything, I want to play my own way and so that's what I'm going to continue to do. I'm so Gen-X.
After years of having lost an understanding of how to connect with this specific digital space, I seem to have reached a point where I feel perfectly fine, once again, with the idea of actively using it as a database for whatever it is that I do and wish to share. As well, I once again feel it as a place where, through organizing, arranging and reviewing- I might find how my projects "connect" (why this is important to me, I'm unsure) and maybe understand more about why I've chosen to explore this or that. I've done some funny and cool things during these twenty-three years, including recent things, and I have a lot of stuff to document and organize. Thanks for being here, robot. Cheers!
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