Why I Quit

Once upon a time, I made fonts.  A lot of them.  I had a great deal of free time, I was single, I didn’t have much of a social life outside of work, and so I spent a lot of time in front of my Mac, cranking out fonts.

Then I came back to Minnesota from Philly, wound up working, having a social life again, and was dating, and thus, less time, so my output slowed.  Chank invited me to be part of the second ChankArmy, and I learned a ton, and I worked on honing my craft.

Then I started seeing my fonts on things, and it was cool.  One of them showed up on the cover of a porn video, I started seeing them on websites, and then I saw one on the back of a No Fear shirt.  They hadn’t paid to license the font, and I reached out to them to discuss it — not asking for a the license fee, but asking them to comp me a free shirt.  By their reaction, you’d think I’d asked them to stomp on a puppy.  And then I started seeing my fonts on those CD-ROMs of “1001 Fonts” and so on, and was infuriated that some other schmuck was making money off of my hard work.

And that was kinda it for me, for awhile.  I was disheartened, and kinda disgusted by the font business for awhile.  I kept sketching ideas from then on, but I didn’t really make an effort to take them to completion anymore.  I kept studying, though, and kept pen to notebook, hammering out ideas, and every so often, I’d take a crack at designing a new site.  But mostly, this site was just ignored.  I renewed the domain name every year, and when I did, I’d think about getting the site going again.

Last fall, something in me clicked.  I started pursuing creative ventures again.  Life started getting less complicated — the kids were getting easier to take care of, work started going really well, and I started to claim time for myself again.

So now I’ve been sketching and studying, and actively planning a comeback for this site.  I’m applying my WordPress knowledge to build myself a custom setup, with custom functionality, and will be getting it up and online over the course of the next few months.

Expect more soon.

Image by Tumisu, available on Pixabay, Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

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