Vision 2020

Hello!

It’s been a wild last couple of months. Aside from not posting as often as I should around the end of 2019, there’s been a lot of things happening and frankly, I’ve just been too busy or lazy to post something. But I’m still here, and Corkscrewd is still fully operational! But, this new year is going to be notable for some interesting decisions I’ve made. I’m calling this my “Vision 2020” for Corkscrewd. But first, I’m going to share some important news:

I’ve decided to go back to college!

In one of my last posts, I talked about my desire to go back to college. To summarize, I felt that I was kind of at a dead-end in my life and I wasn’t satisfied with how things were going. To add some background, I was tired of barely making any money as a freelance photographer and having to deal with cheapskates and flakes. I’m not afraid to admit I was in a dark place mentally, so that’s why it sounded like I was venting. Essentially, I was.

Then I realized, if I wanted to make a change, I needed to do something drastic. I have contacts at the Academy of Art University thanks to my friends and some freelancing gigs for the School of Industrial Design. I live not too far from San Francisco, and the college offers online classes as well. Why not enroll? So I did! I’m starting class in a few weeks as a student in the Transportation Design Program! I’m realizing my dream of designing cars for a living!

What is Vision 2020?

This doesn’t mean that I’ve completely given up on my blog. I see an interesting opportunity moving forward into the rest of 2020. This blog was created for sharing my love for automobiles and showcasing my photography skills. I can still do that, but now there will be a new facet to this website as a car design blog! Think about it: I’ve got tons of reference material thanks to 3+ years of photographing cars! Additionally, the contacts I’ve made because of this blog would certainly help me in my future career as an industrial designer. On top of that, there’s now an opportunity for readers to get an in-depth look at the processes of car design, from concept ideation to modeling and everything in between. And, I’ll stand out a little more against other designers!

That being said, I’m going to be making a few changes to the blog:

The Store

Since I decided to update my blog last year to a business plan and start trying to sell my photos, I’ve made exactly $0 on the store. I’ve tried microblogging and boosting my posts on Instagram and Facebook, but to this day I have not made a sale. So, I’ve decided to put the store itself on the back burner while I focus on other things. Maybe I can revisit it from time to time and upload some new content. Would anyone be interested in buying my drawings?

Actual, regular updates

At the beginning of last year, I tried to post more frequently. At my peak, I was managing at least one article a day with multiple pictures and at least 500 words. The issue was not only was it a lot of work but sometimes I felt like I was grasping at straws trying to find something to write about. Instead, I’ll post when I feel like I have something that I would absolutely love to share. Now that I’m a design student, I’ll be sharing a lot of my discoveries along the way.

Quality > Quantity of Photos

One of my biggest concerns is the number of photos I publish. I want to keep taking pictures of my adventures, but I always felt like I uploaded way too many photos. Sometimes they’ll be multiple shots of the same car going around Laguna Seca! Instead, I’m going to strive for striking, quality photos like this one:

I think this is my favorite shot of 2019!

I think that if I focused more on delivering shots like the one above, my blog would feel a little less chaotic and more focused on delivering quality content.

The website design itself

Someone said my website kind of looked like a creamsicle, and now I can’t unsee it. I still want to keep the Gulf-inspired colors, but I might just change the layout into something more contemporary. Maybe I could ape the design of The Old Motorist?

Now that Vision 2020 is laid out, all I have to do is execute. But, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to my supporters for being such wonderful people. Corkscrewd wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for you, and I hope that this new journey would bring you more awesome car-culture content!

Until next time!

-W

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Almost done!

A few things are still missing, but I’m almost at the end of the race!

I started the New Year with a plan…

…and I’m nearly at the end of the finish line!

In my “Big Changes are on the Horizon” Post, I outlined a detailed plan for what I was changing in the new year, and what I wanted to accomplish with this blog. First, I was getting rid of some services that I either didn’t need anymore or was changing to the point where using them was no longer viable. Case in point: Flickr had changed it’s Free User photo limit to 1,000 photos, and Visual Society simply wasn’t working for me anymore. So I backed up my Flickr account and finally closed it down after 2 years. Then, I closed down my Visual Society account.

Next, I decided to create three-pronged social media strategy leveraging my already up-and-coming Instagram account, a Twitter account, and a Facebook page. I’m happy to say that I have both Twitter and Facebook up and running and interconnected with each other! If I make a post (like this one) here on Corkscrew’d, then WordPress will automatically push a notification to both Twitter and Facebook with a link to a post. My Instagram account is now also set up the same way.

Lastly, the final phase of the New Year plan is to upgrade the Corkscrew’d site to a Business plan, and then build an internal print shop where you could buy prints or downloaded copies of my best shots. Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to say that Corkscrew’d is officially on a Business plan! The final thing to do now is to find a suitable plugin for selling prints and downloads of photos.

The finish line is in sight! Now for the final push!