So its been a little bit since I posted. The good news is that I am doing some Independent Contracting. Right now I am trying to figure out where I can fit updating my Tumblr into my schedule. So please do your best not to hate me.
Some of you may or may not* be wondering why I chose the name Dig To China. I will do my best to explain:
At some point in your childhood you dug a hole. Trust me it happened. There was even a time in which you were young enough to believe, that maybe, just maybe, if you dug far enough you could reach all the way to the other side of the world. In your young mind, this meant China**. Given enough time, you could accomplish something great and come out the other side of a hole in a different world. Given enough time you could dig to China.
Many of the holes I became lead architect and sole builder of happened at the beach. If you see me at the beach in the present I will still probably spend some time digging a hole. With sand flying with furry, I simply enjoyed the act of moving the earth. I could look down and see the work my hands were doing. I could look in real time the effect I had on the ground.
It is the child like joy of working on a project that is unobtainable and will require a ton of work that I try to capture with my name Dig To China. It is the feeling of wonder at seeing the work of your hands and believing it can do so much more that I want to capture and convey.
*I can’t guess your mind. I really just wanted to write about my name. Either way I have to be right about the fact that you may or may not wonder.
**In reality, a hole through the earth starting in Michigan would end up somewhere in the ocean southwest of Australia. This is how I know.
This post is four posts late, but it is still needed to answer the question of “Why?” There are actually two questions worth answering: Why make a Tumblr and why fill the Tumblr with random things I have made.
The reason why I made a Tumblr is very simple: I have lots of free time. I have been unemployed for months. The longer you are unemployed, the more your sense of usefulness and worth get worn down. You are desperate to find something to fill your time and even more desperate just to have a job in which you do something that might impact another persons life. Just to make someone a sandwich or point them in the direction of a product becomes incredibly appealing. Trying to convince people to hire you adds nothing to this world or anyone in it. This Tumblr is a thread that I can hang onto. Hopefully something I write or do or make will cause you to smile or think or ignore. At least it is something.
The reason why this Tumblr is filling with thing I have made is similar to why I have a Tumblr. I have lots of free time, therefore I have been making different things trying to kill time. More than that though is the fact that we all make stuff. Making is tied to who we are as humans. We are driven to create. We make money, sandwiches, art, thoughts, and hopes. We don’t think about it as wondrous or even noteworthy, but we make new things. We make new things all the time and it is a great blessing. It is vital to how we live day to day. It is vital to our sanity that there is variety and that this variety is our making. Therefore “I Make Things” is more a plea that I remember my worth by living and making and sharing what I making.
Last thought: You also make things. What are you making?
Just a small update today. I spent this morning reliving my early childhood making a logo in MS Paint. I probably spent too much time working in a bad design software to make blocky, colored text, but it is too late now. I started this little tumblr to share thing I am making. I didn’t start this tumblr to share just good things I am making.
So if you look to the right bar you will see my new Dig To China logo. I guess I now have a online brand… kinda.