I have been busy at the moment doing a complete overhaul of my photography and content production business website Double Foot Productions. Currently, I work a lot writing for various blogs as well as managing content for other websites which is a lot of fun. I can still remember going through University when email was still a pretty cool innovation as far as the internet was concerned (makes me feel old!) learning about traditional media.
I have been working with my other site Refuge Island for some time now and never really got it just the way I wanted it. So instead of it being a creative writing site, then a news site and then something else, I have decided to make it a more personal blog about my own faith and beliefs as a Christian. It is something that I have wanted to work on for a while as I find it is helpful to put down some thoughts about faith and belief in the written form to explore them in a more complete fashion.
If you follow the search engine giant Google’s algorithm updates you would know that there have been two massive changes this year in the form of the Panda Update and the penguin Update. While these both sound awfully cute these two lovely animals have had the cockroaches of the internet world scurrying. Why is this?
It seems that there is another new Internet fad that is taking off quickly to make the web even smaller. Yes, smaller, because every new, large site kills off hundred of unique, smaller sites. All of these websites (like Facebook and Twitter) run on the same premise:
Users must create all of the content.
The problem with this is where does this content really come from?
There are many personal sites sharing art and photography online; but, most of them do not sell any of their works. This is usually because it is a tough market to crack and when you are starting out it is the last thing on your mind. I am a firm believer in concentrating on the art first and the selling second because no-one is going to buy art and photography unless it speaks to them.
Many of us love to create in varying amounts and in varying mediums but the place to be at the moment for artists and art lovers seems to be the internet. While there is a lot of rubbish permeating around the ever expanding net there are refuges of creativity where you can find some wonderful hidden talent. So what is the best way for your own works to get noticed online?
Welcome back everyone and as promised the new website is finally here and looking better than ever. I, KJ, have been working with kjwriteleft.com for some time (a few years at least) and have enjoyed every minute of developing and building up this website, so much so that I really wanted to give it a special new home finally.
Most of you would have visited the kjwriteleft.com/beta address which ended up the impromptu home of kjwriteleft.com but has been outlived by KJ Takes a Blog, which is the oldest surviving remnant of an original site I did here a few years back with a single poetry series which was later published. (And still available BTW lol)
I have grown a lot with everyone online and learned a lot about digital expression an the power it has. Many of us online are the disenfranchised, the disillusioned and the desperate. For many, the internet is the only good outlet they have in their life and for others it is their only chance to showcase their talents.
I am from a small country town originally and even though I live in Sydney now I like the idea that everyone can share their voice equally online. In fact, it is my goal over the next few years to help as many people as possible realise their ambitions particularly if they revolve around writing and creative expression.
I have, in conjunction with kjwriteleft.com and my own heart, released Refuge Island, a new online creative project that I hope many of you will take the time to get involved with particularly if you are from Australia. I welcome you all back into my website and back into my heart and hope you enjoy the artistic journey that I hope you will take.