For the last week or so I’ve been almost completely immersed in the world of “my work”. I love what I do. Sometimes, there’s friction between your personal life and work (too much work, not enough personal?), or perhaps I might get “burnout” just like anyone else who’s passionate about what they do, but overall, I wake up pretty much every day excited by the job I get to do. I’m creative, but not in any overt “artistic” way. I make things. Sometimes the things I make are elegant, sometimes they’re clever, sometimes they look great… and sometimes they’re all three (or an extremely rewarding combination of two of the three).
Attending the Adobe Max conference every year is like sensory overload. Wait. It’s not “like” sensory overload, it IS sensory overload. I’ve been back at work now for two days and I’m still having trouble digesting everything I saw into usable bits of information. I struggle with “actionable” items. I see so much that I want to literally do everything. I mean, suddenly I’m interested in publishing digital magazines to tablets because of the monstrously mind-blowing digital publishing demo we saw on the very first day. jQuery Mobile, a lightweight framework for developing highly engaging and interactive mobile sites (and thus blunting the momentum of, “I’ve gotta write an app for mobile!” that seems to be the mantra of everyone right now) is only in an early Alpha release and I’m already plotting and scheming about how to use it. I’ve come back to work such an Adobe Fireworks evangelist that I’ve already lined up internal classes/meetings to “spread the gospel” amongst my heathen, creative brethren.
So to say that my head is spinning would be an understatement.
But that’s not all me, you know? I’ve done nothing but eat/sleep/and breathe “Adobe, Adobe, Adobe” for the last two weeks, and I think the thing I need to do is make an effort to regain the other parts of my life. Maybe blog about more fun/mundane things. Other things I’m passionate about, or find interesting or fun.
You know, “balance my blogging chi” as it were.
So I think I’m going to spend the next week or so just having fun, trying NOT to blog about work stuff, and look around, smell the flowers, and have some fun with this shit. Oh sure, there might be some things that change around here. I mean, after all, I’m human. I’ve got a couple of itches that I want to scratch, developmentally (Have you *seen* this site on a mobile device? I mean, it’s okay, but nothing to write home about) so you may notice that I move some shit around, or some things change (Type-Kit’s only $25 for a year license? Look out, I’m about to go web font crazy, people), but it’s the content that I wanna focus on. There are a lot of really great, fun things going on that I wanna get out of my system. The new Avengers cartoon, Walking Dead on AMC, Fallout New Vegas, The Return of Bruce Wayne, Why Marvel’s animated features suck and DC’s are so awesome, how frustrated I am that I ate like shit in Los Angeles but how it really didn’t matter. Lately, the past couple of months, my daughter and I have just bonded on such a level, sharing nerdisms like Legos, Cartoons, our sense of humor and every day I see more and more of myself in her (and I gotta write about how that scares the shit out of me…haha… I know what I’m in for…). Just tons of really great stuff that I feel like I’m just busting at the seams to write about.
So kick back, relax, check back and follow along. I’ll try to keep you entertained… because seriously, if this shit isn’t fun, then why do it?