I have this friend from high school whom I occasionally e-stalk. (Doesn’t everyone?) I could write paragraphs on why Emily is stalk-worthy, but the nut of it that she is a visionary. In fact, it has taken me this long in my life to fully realize how ridiculously visionary Emily is. Back in high school, her parents owned a furniture shop and Emily, at the ripe age of sixteen was designing modular entertainment cabinets that would accommodate technology like tv screens and computers, which is impressive. But when I tell you that she was doing this IN THE 80’S, it becomes ridiculous. Later in the 90’s, after Al Gore invented the internet, she started marketing her designs online. “Online” was so new at that point in time, that NOTHING was online. I vaguely remember trying out this “online” thing by searching for movie times, but the movie theater didn’t list their times there, they just told you where they were and gave you the number to call to get the times. It was like they couldn’t figure out what to do their page. I couldn’t imagine actually buying anything from a website. Apparently, I wasn’t alone, because Emily found quickly that nobody else was buying from websites either – because there were no shopping cart systems yet. So, she designed one and started a company building online shopping cart systems for websites, which she ran concurrently with her real world and online furniture business. During this whole time, Emily and I had lost touch. Life and shit…I was living my life in Los Angeles still calling MovieFone for showtimes.
When I finally caught up with Emily, far later, I became aware that she had a webpage in her name where she was writing and curating online content for creative inspiration. I had never heard of a blog.
As I type this, I am developing a new life policy: find out what Emily is up to, wait 4 years and then INVEST IN IT, wait another 4 years and try it myself, after it is basically obsolete.
Emily has moved to New Zealand, no longer tends to her blog, hardly posts on Facebook and she has closed her furniture store. She has made it very difficult to stalk her.
The point of all of this is that recently I went to her blog to see what she was up to and realized that her very last post on her blog is the exact right place to begin mine. It is right for so many reasons, but the main one is that it so completely encapsulated why I had such a hard time getting going on this and to anyone out there who creates or aspires to create, it will resonate very deeply. It was exactly what I needed to hear to get me writing. As usual, she has forged the path. Thank you, Emily!
Ira Glass explaining the gap between one’s taste and one’s skill.