Am Blog

A blog by Autumn "Am" Welles.


I am writing this just after seeing Jeff Mangum play live at the 40 Watt. I was introduced to his music either right before or right after I moved to Seattle to follow my dream of becoming a web designer. I was young then, only nineteen years old, and I did not have a clue about what I was doing. I did, however, have a lot of encouragement from some great people. I met both Jonic and Dustin right around the same time (just before moving to Seattle), and they both convinced me that I had the skills to find a “real” job in the big city.

Sick of It

I’m sick of my retail job. So sick of it. Every day that I work there, I think about how much I would rather be working somewhere else. I know that there simply has to be a better job out there for me. I know because I’ve been there. I’ve worked at better jobs than retail. I hate making just above minimum wage and wondering whether or not I’ll be able to pay my rent on time. Living paycheck-to-paycheck is not the way I imagined myself living.

A Fresh Start

So, here we go. I finally managed to install Octopress/Jekyll and get things up and running on Heroku. That in itself was a feat worth celebrating. My other blog, Web Vomit has been with me since 2008 (or was it 2007?), and although I love it dearly, I feel I’m growing out of it. Tumblr is an excellent service, don’t get me wrong, but I’m ready to manage something for myself again. And I’m not saying that this is going to replace the tumble-log I’ve kept up for so long. Instead, I’d like it to be supplementary. Here, I’d like to explore more nerdery-type things and babble on about web app development, HTML, CSS, etc.