So, the faithful out there will notice that I haven’t written in a little while, and when I have posted, it has usually been a photo from my Flickr account (see right). Well, I’m here to let you know that I’m still here, and I wanted to let you know what’s been eating my time up.
For one, I have been working on a redesign of my website.
About 10 months ago, I bought www.poritsky.com as a means to a very simple end: to find work. Back then, I was a freelancer in the middle of a 6 month contract at Present Focus Inc., (www.presentfocus.com) “a state of the art high definition video production company located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering the latest in HD technology as well as the finest in digital and film photography.” The seven months I ended up working there were some of the most interesting of my life. At 22, to my own astonishment, I was the online editor for an eight-part National Geographic Channel International series. The project, Oceans 8, headed up by writer-explorer-filmmaker Jon Bowermaster (www.jonbowermaster.com) is finishing up the final expedition film now on Antarctica, which, sadly, I am not apart of.
Though it was enjoyable, I knew my contract would expire and there would be no room for Jon Poritsky anymore, so it became incredibly important to promote myself as a freelancer. Of course, a website was the best way to do that. I still have no business card, but the site seems to have helped. Before I took my current full-time job at Postworks NY, one employer actually commented on how much he loved my site before telling me I didn’t get the job. At least someone looked at it!
Anyway, Once my info, paltry bio, and short reel were posted, I thought that was all I needed, until I discovered WordPress, the blogging software that created the page you are looking at now. I had been writing on my myspace blog for months before acquiring this website of my namesake, mostly film and book reviews. The concept of breaking free from the limited formatting of that social networking website, not to mention keeping my info as far away from Rupert Murdoch as possible, seemed incredibly attractive to me. So after many trials and errors, I
figured out how to get my very own blog up and running.
Of course, myspace has actually remained my main outlet for venting because it’s just easier than running it on my own. Plus, who is visiting my blog site? I was never quite able to figure out how to integrate the blog onto my website. Since the clear-cut design I’ve created for the site leaves only a few pixels of viewing space open to my audience, it has never really fit in to well. I kept the blog totally separate from my main page, opening it in a new window and giving it a different interface altogether.
Well, I’ve been doing a lot of research on this whole web design thing, and I’ve learned quite a few things about how to make WordPress work for me. So I’m happy to announce that poritsky.com will finally start to look and feel the way I want to to, not only a calling card to promote my own freelance abilities (which by the way, I’m still available to edit or do any other post stuff on the side) but an extension of my own personality.
Better yet, my recent experiences on Flickr have helped me understand how to make the most of the global audience you have with the internet, not to mention fueled my obsession with photography. So with the fun I’ve been having on Flickr with my Nikon D40, I’ve decided to start a web gallery of my very own on this site. Again, it has been rather difficult for me to figure out how to build the kind of gallery that would make me happy, without simply reposting my Flickr links or generating new galleries all the time in Photoshop or the likes. I needed to find a dynamic interface that I could update from wherever I am as long as I’m plugged in, and I’m proud to say that over the past two weeks I have now figured out how to achieve that with the free software Gallery. Again, I’ve broken through the mysteries that have slowed this process for me and found a way to make these extensions look and feel the way I need them to for them to work on my site.
So now it’s all about what the design should look like. I’ve got my technical ducks in a row, but the artistic side of it is holding me back from putting it up today. Don’t worry, kids, I’ve got a few ideas to work with, and I assure that when it goes live, just like the site you’re looking at today, it will be truly Poritsky in every sense of the word.
Hope to see you when it’s up, and thanks for reading.