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Blog Birthday #1.

I hope all of my festive fellow Americans had a fun and safe fourth of July!

Well, as you can tell from the title, it’s Glass Lens, Gold Key‘s first birthday! I cannot believe that it’s been a year since I started this. For all intents and purposes, I really did make this on a whim; it was barely two months from the time I decided to return to writing on a non-community blog (in May) to when I got the first post up. There were many muddled and anxious thoughts before, after, and during that time; while there was much excitement, there was also a lot of doubt.

There was a specific way that I wanted to proceed, a way that required a bit of money and a hell of a lot of time. Because this wasn’t my first time blogging– I used to code layouts in notepad using copious amounts (okay, maybe “unnecessary” is a better term?) of tables and/or frames, and type posts up and upload via FTP before there was an easy-to-use CMS– I knew what I wanted and was impatient to go slowly. But I was wary of my own intentions and determination. I didn’t want it to waste away, as my site had before, and I was also worried that I simply didn’t have anything interesting to write about. However, the latter is only true if one isn’t honest or enthusiastic, and I knew that I absolutely missed creating, designing, and sharing my own perspective. So nostalgia won out, but not without genuine excitement, and I went about it the way I had before.

I’m so thankful that I did. I feel better having written, designed, and created something that I can share with others.

In the past year of working on Glass Lens, Gold Key I’ve learned quite a bit; on both technical and personal terms.

In terms of design, I’ve still got a lot to learn, as well as re-learn. I’m currently using a heavily modified version of a theme, but the CSS isn’t as daunting as it was before. In the past year, I’ve cycled through the following layouts:


Glass Lens, Gold Key 1.0. Text heavy!

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2.0 A circle! Getting there.


Version 3.5- Now with pictures! Finally.

As I mentioned earlier, I basically began when the thought hit me and thus spent no time considering the layout, or photographing the material that I wanted to represent the ethos of this blog. What’s funny about this is that it was completely antithetical to my previous method of making a layout first and getting to really flesh out the content later (although seeing the mockup of a “finished product” does help!). There’s so much more that I want to do, but building it up gradually doesn’t bother as much as it used to (of course, this is only the case for my work; if it were for someone else, it wouldn’t be as piecemeal).

I’ve also become a better writer, in the sense that I’ve become more comfortable with “publishing” it– allowing others to read my words. Or rather, I suppose I should say that I’m getting better with writing; I’m slowly getting through the self-deprecation that comes from apprehension. I’m an anxious person so my head goes a mile a minute down worrysome paths and perfectionist doubts, but, like the many maxims on regret have urged, it’s been better to do something as best I can rather than allowing an idea to dissipate before I think it’s “ready” or not.

It’s about improving. Growing. Evolving.

Here are some of my favorite posts of the past year:
Some heart please! Sincerely, the Tin Man.* – The first post for Glass Lens, Gold Key. It’s a wild title but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Finished Object(s): Gryffindor Scarves – Okay, so the picture I’ve used here is of one Gryffindor scarf and one Slytherin scarf- I gotta show some house pride!

I Still Buy CDs – Self-explanatory title, but considering there was that NPR intern incident, I’m proud to say that I have a tangible record collection. And yes, I purchased that particular record from the band’s webstore.

All Hallow’s Read – My first thematic book list post, and so far, the only one! Aside from the question of what other book lists I could compile, I wonder what this year’s All Hallow’s Read list will include?

Bourbon, Sugar & Mint – My lovely friend Isabel allowed me to redesign her website in November, and I’m so grateful she gave me the opportunity!

Finished Object: Cloverfield Cardigan – While I’m proud that my first foray into knitting baby clothes was a success (that’s such a specific category- I’ve no intention to get obsessed with it! haha), I have fond memories of this post because Vickie Howell (the designer) not only saw the post but she also left a comment telling me she liked it!

Happy New Year! A Sunday Sounds of a Different Sort & “Wretched” – New Song – Finally braved it out enough to share a couple of songs with the world. I’ve many more in need of exposure and hopefully this time there won’t be a six-month span in between.

I’m grateful for the past year and I’m excited to get working on the next!

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  • Reply Isabel July 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Maria — Congrats on the one year mark! I can’t believe it’s been that long already. You’ve been such an inspiration to me for such a very, very long time now, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings from Glass Lens, Gold Key. :)

    • Reply Maria July 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      :’) Thank you so much- you’ve always been too nice to me! Hey, Bourbon, Sugar & Mint’s birthday (and your actual birthday! woot!) is also coming up quickly! Internet twins for life, yo. Haha

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