From a home video Instagam

to a broader retrospect of growing up

This project just started out as a place to store my home videos...

There wasn't a whole lot more thought put into it beyond that. As the lockdowns took place I ended up investing a lot more time into it than I would have if they didn’t happen. It started out on an Instagram account and I gradually began to realize that the photo sharing site is a pretty good platform for doing short form blog posts as well. I always planned on starting a blog but that extra work I knew it required kept it in the do later pile. Over the years I kept moving into other major endeavors like re-entering school or learning video editing and the blog just seemed far out in the future. With my new Instagram account over time I started applying less hashtags to my posts and realized just how much of that space could be reserved to mini-blogs. After several months I started using the comment section since I started going over the social site's 2200 character limit. At first have a restriction on how much I could type allowed me to re-think how much really needed to be said. It forced me to trim the fat on my writing. As the months went by it became obvious that not everything fit.

As the months went by it became obvious that not everything fit in a 2200 character Instagram post.

The new blog grabs the baton from the corresponding Instagam account

Twitter is a bit too limited for most of what I post. Facebook is too unfocused and tries to be too many things. YouTube is just starting to get into photo and text entries (but with limitations that are only available for a very limited number of content creators.) I made longer vlog videos on my channel but the amount of time that goes into shooting, staging and editing prevents me from doing too much more of that. I can do blogs a lot faster so that fits into my schedule better. I have plans for more video entries but that will mostly likely be a little further down the road as I have other projects I will need to get through first.

The content is going to be much broader than just a nostalgia site.

The posts will also draw correlation alongside today. I started thinking a lot about growing up and how it relates with the present. In early 2019 someone I knew as a teen put out an album of his life as an adolescent. Many of the songs where not just from a child's point of view but he interjected his own thoughts as an adult looking back. I didn't consciously set out to be influenced by that record but I suppose that happens when you listen to something a lot. The fact that the album was set to be one in a whole series of albums like that meant it filled my imagination with where a collection of writings and videos could go. The reason this project started a 90s Instagram and then full blog was because: 1. That was the decade all our family videos were shot and 2. I have a love for a lot of 90s alt rock so that is very easy for me to talk about talk about! 3. It was both when I came of age and had a few of the biggest crossroads in my life.