When I first created deanschaffer.com, I was a journalism grad student at Stanford, and my website became a place to showcase my articles and resume. I used a Wordpress template, kept it up to date for a short while, and then fiercely neglected it.
Years later, after I left journalism and embarked on a new career (in tech, like oh-so-many others), I decided the website wasn’t really serving much of a purpose anymore, and, inspired by a friend of mine, erased everything and switched from Wordpress to Svbtle. I wrote a few ideas for posts, brainstormed for a short while, and then, again, fiercely neglected it.
I thought often of posting something here but never knew quite where to start. When I’d want to write a story (usually a concert review), I’d generally go ahead and post it somewhere I got paid. It was awesome to have that freedom (luxury, you could even say), but it never felt like I had a home base to write from where I didn’t have to worry about anything other than my own expression.
A few months ago, I reached out to an old creative writing professor of mine from Stanford. I complimented him on his latest book, which I had just finished reading (and which you should check out – it’s great). He was kind enough to reply, but not without an assignment: “Consider it your homework to start a new story.”
In that spirit and with 2016 starting, I’m officially kicking off this thing (blog? website?) and will have my first “real” post tomorrow. I’m not sure what subsequent posts will be about or how often I’ll write, but I have a few ideas I’m excited about, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with all of you, whomever you may be.
Here’s to the new year!