In three months, in 2018, this website will be 15 years old. I’m fudging that a bit – this website began its life as the “blog”: skook.blogspot.com in January 2003. My brother had started his own blog a few days previously and that inspired me to jump in. My posting was infrequent. I’ve never been much of a diarist. Nor am I an ardent reviewer of things. But I’d started the thing so I posted.
In 2005 Blogger included an image posting feature. About midway through 2006 I realized that I had stacks of sketches that I could scan and post. That, plus original work done for commission (or my own amusement) kept the blog active for years.
In 2010 I leased the DavidLeeIngersoll.com and DavidIngersoll.com urls. I can’t say I bought them. You can’t buy a web address. If you don’t pay to renew that address every year then you lose ownership of it. I suppose that’s fair. It keeps people from grabbing up addresses and then just sitting on them. Currently people grab up addresses and pay a small yearly fee to sit on them.
On January 1, 2012 I launched this website. Skookworks.com, DavidLeeIngersoll.com and DavidIngersoll.com all point to the same place. All the posts from Skook.blogspot.com are archived here. (The images associated with those posts are still located with blogger. I’ll have to fix that eventually.)
I’ve had times, over the years, when I wasn’t able to post much. The worst period was during my first couple of years at the Post Office. Nizzibet was ill and I had little time for anything other than delivering mail and looking after our basic survival. Between November 2014 and October 2015 I posted pretty much nothing.
So, of course, it’s time to make some changes. I’m suspending regular updates for a while. I’m going to be redesigning this site. New banners. Lots of archiving and restructuring. I’ll be adding an online shop. We live in a capitalist society and I would be failing in my duties if I didn’t give folks the opportunity to purchase a thing or two. Some of this will happen quickly. Other plans (like the shop – I don’t currently have any products to sell) will take longer.
I’m also going to devoting time to unfinished projects. If you’ve read my blog since the beginning you know that I’ve got a lot of them. Some of them are going to remain forever incomplete. The David who started them is not the David I am now. The current David can’t do anything with that earlier David’s work. Others have been nagging at me for years and I’m giving them the focus they need.
And I’m looking for illustration work again. I’ve turned down quite a few jobs in the last few years because I knew I couldn’t promise to meet a deadline. I may not be able to turn around an illustration overnight but I can now predict when I will be able to get a job done and so I feel comfortable offering my services once more.
I will use this blog to post updates. I will still occasionally use it to post art and illustrations. And, if all goes well, I will post again on a regular schedule.
Thank you for your time and attention. Cheers y’all!