Sometimes I wish that personal computers, the Internet, and blogging had been around when I was younger. For those young enough to be growing up with all these things, every minute of your daily lives can be documented in the greatest detail—to be looked back on fondly (or in horror) as the years go by. For those of us who grew up before then, we have to rely on diaries, memories, and (hopefully) old film to document our youth (I didn’t have a camera until my late twenties, so I missed a lot of photo ops!). A lot of the record of our lives has been lost, which is both a shame—because we did grow up in such interesting times—and a blessing—because many of the embarrassing moments of our youthful indiscretions can’t come back to haunt us. We had less exposure and more privacy then.
Be that as it may, years ago, I started a website to begin documenting one part of our personal lives: I wanted to organize and display photos from our various travel adventures. It was one of those projects that was always bigger than the time I had to work on it—in other words, it was always “in progress.” I can finally say with not a small amount of pride that for now, it is more or less a completed project…at least, until we take another trip and have more photos and stories to post.
This new site design was done in WordPress, and the visual design is my own, aided by the rapid prototyping tool, Artisteer. For the two or three previous designs for the WordPress version of this site, I tried a couple themes from Elegant Themes. They were gorgeous themes, but I’m more comfortable editing my own code, plus as a website designer, well—you know, my sites probably should be designed by me:
Before that, I tried using a Blogger blog for the travel diary and a Coppermine photo database to organize all the photos:
The first version was designed in plain old HTML with photo galleries exported out of PhotoShop:
The site has evolved into something more than my original vision and intent; in addition to a travel diary with galleries of travel photos, I am adding some posts and photos from closer to home (you may notice, we don’t actually travel that much), a few posts on diversions, and some reminiscences from times gone by. I’ll probably begin adding more local stuff, such as gardening; I’ve already added some music and art.
One of the design elements that has remained consistent from the first design through the latest design is that the basic hue has been in the brown family; now it is a yummy combination of chocolate and cherry—or looked at another way—the ancient colors of Roman centurians’ uniforms.
The website is I’m Talking to Myself, I Can’t Believe I’m Talking to Myself: Travel Photos and Blog (and some local stuff, too).