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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I’ve been pretty busy…

Aside from going through thousands of photos from RMMR 2019, going on little adventures here and there, and working on my Miata (more on this later), I’ve been thinking about making a career change.

Don’t get me wrong; I still love photography and I still have plans to expand the Corkscrew’d Store and write on this blog. I’m just kind of at the point in my life where I’m reevaluating some things.

Here are some of the latest happenings on Corkscrew’d!:

  • The Miata Reunion is happening THIS WEEKEND! I’m in the process of prepping the car to show it off. I recently got some new wheels for the car at a great price, but I’m working out the curb rash (that’s why it was a great price lol). The end goal is to have some unique OEM wheels on the Shinsen that makes it just a little more special! I still haven’t worked out that bumper though.
  • I’ve been side-hustling as a freelance product photographer, hence the sparse updates to the blog. I’ve even set up another website just for my photography services! Work is pretty slow though, and the work I did manage to find makes for some pretty interesting stories. And by that, I mean hilariously bad. Maybe I’ll tell those stories later?
  • I haven’t uploaded anything from RMMR 2019 to the store just yet. I’m planning on adding the ability to order prints from the Corkscrew’d Store, but that’s going to require a little bit of cash that I can’t spend at the moment!

And now for the really big news: I’m seriously considering going back to college. I already have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an Associate of Arts degree in Computer Graphics. So, if I were to go back to school in a related field, I would probably go and get a Master’s, right?

Well, what if I wanted to do something different? Computer Science is fun and all, but my heart just isn’t in it anymore. I keep thinking back to when I was just an art student fresh out of High School working on some car designs in my Algebra 2 notes. Heck, I still doodle sports cars in the margins of my notes! Maybe it’s time for me to revive an old dream and see where that takes me? Maybe I should finally get serious about studying industrial design!

The next couple of months are going to get pretty interesting! We’ll see if I decide to go back to school or not, but the sound of pencils scratching on sketchbooks and the smell of the pencil sharpener is calling me!

More changes are coming!

Porsche 919 Evo Pit Stop
The Porsche 919 Evo Prototype makes a pit stop at Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI

More changes are coming soon to Corkscrew’d! Since January, I’ve brought Corkscrew’d to another level by expanding my social media presence. I’ve also added an online store for my photos; where you can buy and download quality shots from my adventures to Laguna Seca and beyond.

Now, I’m thinking about adding another cool feature to the website! This new feature will give me a chance to show off my graphic design work, as well as add a new layer to the Corkscrew’d Store!

More updates are coming soon!