My personal website has just undergone its third and most radical transformation! davidwattsbarton.com is now the place where all the roads I travel, and everything I do – journalism past and present, books (upcoming), albums (past and future), live music and especially this blog – will all finally meet.
I don’t expect you to be as thrilled as I am, but you should be impressed: My quarantine buddy Caroline Winata executed this for me with lightning speed and spectacular generosity, and she did an amazing job. The site is very easy to navigate, colorful and clear, and allows a visitor (online or on smartphone) to reach everything I do or have done (or am about to do) through the top five photo navigation boxes at the top.
Unlike its last two iterations, this time the site pulls it all together…which is frankly not easy to do. I got hella confused a couple of times in the process – “Wait, is this MY music page, or my music journalism page, or my music history site?” or “Is this a story BY me, or about me?”
If I’m confused, I can hardly expect the casual observer not to be. But this site separates and clarifies those distinctions as well as possible, and I’m really pleased with it. I hope it makes your visiting experience easier. Hell, I hope you visit!
Most of all, thanks to the singular Olin, who also found time to make masks for local hospitals and reinvent her photo booth business (with my other quarantine buddy, Josh Daniels) into a whole new enterprise, Giggle and Riot Fun! Visit them at gigglandriotfun.com and buy one of their home quarantine fun kits!!
If you’re a Sacramento Bee subscriber, check out this week’s story about their lightning-fast transformation of their business to cope with COVID-19. These people are amazing, and I’m proud to call them my friends. There’s no one I’d rather be cooped up with!