Bailing Bucket illustration by Ken Leigh-Smith
Welcome to the new and improved Bailing Bucket. There is still a lot to add to this page, but this is the basic layout that I’ll be using going forward.
New Logo/Illustration and Design
The impetus behind all of this is that I finally want to commit to this blog in a way that I haven’t before, but the visual aspect of the site came together when I saw the Brown Blog. It is so simple and perfect. No distracting sidebars and a really interesting illustration. Plus, it just focuses on the content, the writing and the story—which is what I plan on doing going forward.
I asked my very good friend, Ken Leigh-Smith, if he would be willing and interested in doing a simple illustration for me—a bucket throwing out some water. Just a simple line drawing, but I threw in “but you have total creative control”. Because he’s a very charitable and kind person, he agreed.
And this is the amazing graphic that he came back with. I’ve never met a designer who nailed a design so quickly. From what Ken knows about me (a fair amount) and from what I asked for, he came up with probably the best summation of who I am and what I want this blog to be. He says he got lucky, but Ken is one of those annoyingly smart and perceptive people—the ones who are crazy smart without trying—so I don’t believe it was luck.
The Origin & Future of Bailing Bucket
I’d been struggling for a long time to explain what Bailing Bucket is and I’ve never had the words to do it—but now I have an illustration. The act of bailing water is generally a fairly serious one. I don’t know that anyone knows this, but I actually bought bailingbucket.com because I wanted to start a Christian apologetic blog—bailing out Christianity one post at a time, I guess. Though I no longer have any interest in Christian apologetics, the desire to do something meaningful, to save something/anyone is still very much at my core.
So that takes care of the serious side, but my struggle was mixing it with the other side. The absurd and silly side. Ken adding the boat was the cherry on top. It’s like throwing out the baby with the bath water. Serious and silly.
Over the last year or two, I’ve struggled with whether I believe in something or nothing—and I mean that across the board, not just Christianity. I mean, am I a nihilist (it is exhausting) or do I subscribe to idea of inter-connectedness and a point to life? The difference between saving or throwing it all out.
This illustration is the perfect representation of the paradoxes/dichotomies I struggle with and now I expect to evolve a voice here with both: my love, laughter & happiness and my depression, anger and fear.
Design is an important part of any site, but my other good friend Lucas Karpiuk helped me with the CSS. I’d like to think I could hack/figure out the CSS, but Lucas did it for me and saved me so much hassle. He already knows this, but it was a huge weight off my shoulders to be able to just launch this new design without worrying about the front-end development. Thank you, Lucas.
Addition: I should have thought of this earlier, but I also really want to thank my good friend Connor who did the previous big purple logo for me. It was brilliant and if it worked with the bucket I would’ve kept it.
What About You
I’ve written “I need to post here more often” on this blog too many times. But I’ve learned so much over the last year at up! magazine that I finally understand how I can make this work. The other thing you can expect is the launch of a Bailing Bucket podcast in the next month. So now that I’ve said it out-loud, I better produce.
To re-cap, I’m promising a wide variety of better writing and in a variety of formats. All I want from you is your attention, maybe you could pass my blog on to your friends and to hear what you’re thinking.
So, what are you thinking?
And, to end where I started, from the bottom of my bucket, I would like to thank you for sticking with me and I hope you’re up for the rest of the ride.
P.S. I had to nuke the Lifestream page because of some serious security problems. Once I have a solution, it will be back. Uncle Leslie, I hope the Archives page works for you.