Second semester of my senior year of college, I signed up for a web design class taught by my favorite professor, Brian Lucid. I had already amassed enough credits to graduate without it, but I figured I should take advantage of as much design education as I could before leaving MassArt forever.
Welp...after learning the basics of HTML and CSS and even putting together a sitemap for my future portfolio site, I realized that I was in a little over my head. Between working on getting my physical portfolio ready for final presentation and finishing up my core class requirements, I had about 15 minutes of free time leftover—read: not enough time to build a website.
I sent Brian the old, "It's not you, it's me", note and withdrew from the class. I graduated without any sort of digital portfolio up (which was actually pretty normal back in 2006) and vowed to get a website up ASAP.
Then somehow 10 years passed. 10 years.
It's not that I didn't make an effort to work on my website in that time—some of you might remember that I even made it a "Lent" on my old blog, 12 Months of Lent. But something always seemed to get in the way of getting it done: full-time employment (which I'm not complaining about), a series of almost comical computer problems, and basically me just not making it a priority.
But 2016 has gifted me with a, "Just effing do it" attitude, and I've been putting in a lot of hours as of late to get justdanne.com ready for launch—which it finally is. I'm so excited (and seriously relieved) that for the first time ever, I have a legit website.
Break out the bubbles!
So what can you find on here? JustDanne.com was designed as a personal and professional website to house my creative work, information on my yoga teaching, and also my new blog—yep, I'm back in the blogosphere.
After 5+ years of regular posting on 12 Months of Lent, I officially retired the blog last January, and while it was nice to take a step back and "fill the well", I'm pretty sure the well is full now— actually, it's overflowing. Needless to say, I'm psyched to have a platform to write on again. I really missed writing.
So, welcome to my new little corner of the internet. It's been a long time coming. Thanks for stopping by.
p.s. A huge shoutout to my main man Dan Kaplan who was the brains and the workhorse behind this finally getting done. You da best, Dan <3