Hi, I'm Steve. The premise of this journal is that each post is uniquely styled, just like articles in a magazine. I was inspired to create my own art directed journal after stumbling upon the article entitled "The Death of the Boring Blog Post?" on Smashing Magazine. I also drew inspiration from the pioneering art directed blogs of Trent Walton, Jeremy Girard, and Travis Neilson. Although art directed blogs (also sometimes called blogazines) are not as trendy as they once were, I find this blogging format to be quite enjoyable because it scratches my itch to design. As such, this journal is basically an excuse to allow me to practice web design, play around with various HTML and CSS techniques, and (hopefully) improve my writing skills.
The Journal is organized into volumes. Volume I contains articles from 2009 through 2012. It is mainly stuff that I had written before I started the Journal in the current form that you see here today. Those articles are not really in any chronological order. Volume II contains everything written in 2013, Volume III contains everything from 2014, Volume IV contains everything written in 2015, and so on.
As a note, some of the content in the older articles may be dated, as technology inevitably marches forward. It is also worth noting that I often change my opinions (especially when it comes to my tech related viewpoints), and I am not ashamed of that. I think that a person needs to keep an open mind in order to grow. For example, if you read the Journal from Volume I through present, you will find that my opinion on Apple products has changed. (I'm now a happy Android / Windows 10 mobile user and not so much a fan of Apple products.) However, some things remain consistent. I consider myself to be a minimalist, in the sense that I use what works, until it no longer works. Even though this article contains a lot of Apple references, it still applies to my general philosophy.
On a personal note, I consider myself extremely blessed by God to have a beautiful wife, two awesome boys, and a wonderful daughter. I consider myself to be somewhat of a geek in the sense that I am into pretty much anything tech related. I love cars (anything Japanese or European), and I also like to play sports and video games with my boys, although I am not a fan of first person shooters.
I hope you enjoy the Journal. To get started, you should browse the Table of Contents.
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