A little over a year ago Ajaxian published a piece on my CSS techniques. Fortuitously, this forced me to start talking to people about my ideas, to create an open source project, and to speak at conferences. Iâ€™m shy, so I might not have taken the leap on my own.
For the first time, people followed me on twitter that I hadnâ€™t met before. My blog posts got actual, interesting comments — along with some trolls, of course. Immediately, I stopped posting anything non-techie. I shouldnâ€™t bother people with the delight I felt at eating corn flakes for breakfast, right? The truth is, I was terrified. Iâ€™m a lurker. I rarely even comment on blogs. For about a month, I stopped tweeting. Then, slowly, I became less shy and more spontaneous. A year has passed, and Iâ€™ve learned a lot about not taking things personally, how to deal with trolls, and how to be myself and be on the internets.
A couple months ago, a friend, for whom I have a lot of professional respect, launched a redesign of her site. I was very inspired that she put modern home design on equal footing with her web work. I used to write about the colors I had chosen for my living room, but I let shyness get in the way.
Veerle inspired me, this is my website and I should be myself! I geek about all kinds of things and I want to share a wider range of that with the world. Iâ€™ll talk about geeky stuff, but also industrial modern furniture, carpentry, building a bicycle seat, ergonomics, and toe-cleavage ballet flats. Maybe Iâ€™ll even tell you how I painted a room in my house â€œaccidental lavender.â€
If you arenâ€™t interested in all that, you can always browse in the â€œgeekâ€ category only.