What Happened to Jiving Jackalope?

The Jiving Jackalope

I’ve been blogging since early 2007. In that time, the sites I’ve built have gone through several manifestations, and most of them have gone the way of the dodo in the ether.

I once made my blog owl themed, and at another time it was all about philosophy and worldviews. Another time I focused on books, and at another on movies. In the last seven years, it’s been a tough process to eliminate all the subject matters I don’t want to write about.

It’s all been a purging process—whittling down all the topics I could potentially write about and emphasizing a few that really matter to me. I wish that it hadn’t taken so long to discover my site’s voice; to identify the themes I want to pursue in 2014. Yet, even though its been a long and difficult road to find the voice I’ve always wanted, it’s been well-worth the journey for my writing life.

I want to focus my writings on design, technology, and the work of creative designers. I want to shed light on how stuff works, and share the items I enjoy. Does that sound too broad, a lot like the mission of other blog sites? Yes it does, but this time I haveGhost to help me keep on track.

This new chapter in my online writing is made with Ghost, one of the latest blog platforms that was crowd funded throughKickstarter. With what little experience I’ve had with it so far, I think that Ghost is a good platform with a lot of room to grow.

The important thing to me is that Ghost isn’t trying to compete with Squarespace, WordPress, and other platforms that want an end-to-end site building solution for a wide spectrum of potential use cases. Ghost is focused on journaling (writing, blogging, or whatever you call it), which helps me a great deal. As much as I enjoy other platforms, right now in my writing career I want the level of focus that Ghost features. I need to get away from the flowery layers of design that established platforms have to offer. Ghost is so new and simple at this time that I can actually get some writing done with it!

Jiving Jackalope is the site I’ve written for more than a year. It has been the main thrust of my online writing, and an instrumental part of my writing skills’ development. Jiving Jackalope encouraged me to be a confident writer, to trust that readers would find what I had to say worth their while. It worked for a time, then I lost my focus and got sidetracked with the many other pursuits of everyday life and a day job.

Jiving Jackalope isn’t dead. Like 43Folders, its on pause while I take a stab at other creative outlets. It may be that Jiving Jackalope will rise again, like a phoenix, and take this blog to some greater height. I wouldn’t mind that at all. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s jiving at the time.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.