Since elementary school, I have wanted to create and have my own website. Back then, the main reason was because I always thought it'd be cool to say that I had a website. In fact, I built a website to distribute study guides I created. But, every time I began building something more personal, I got stuck on what content should go on the website.
Over the years, what I have come to realize is that, while I have not gotten more interesting, I wanted a website, if for nothing else but, for myself. It might sound selfish, but, in actuality, it's similar to the reason I created a mission statement at the start of my Freshmen year of college. I wanted to have a place to remind myself who I am and who I am not, as well as who I want to become. Like my mission statement, I wanted to visually outline and focus myself on what I care about. Sharing all this with the world not only allows people to understand me better, but also to hold me accountable.
So today, I am so happy to announce iantang.com, something that I have been working on for the past several months to hopefully achieve what I described above. It still has some rough edges, but I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you'd like to see more of. There is still so much I want to do with this, so I'm just getting started.
Always about #MomentsThatMatter.
Whether you're on desktop or mobile, or something in between, the Moments page is what you're presented with first. It's an edge-to-edge display of hand-selected photos I've captured of some special moments, people and places. While this selection includes photos I've shared elsewhere, I've chosen to highlight these select few. I have always been captivated by photography and the stories they tell, so the meaning behind the photos and the reason I've selected them are just as important as the photos themselves.
Bringing everything together, beautifully.
iantang.com will also serve as the central place for everything in my life, from personal announcements, like this post, to anything I do professionally. It's why you can also access my website at iantanghub.com. In this sense, my blog (e.g. Thoughts), Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as other social platforms where amazing people and communities have accepted and welcomed me, become the spokes to the hub, my website. It is my goal to bake and integrate social content from all the networks I support right into the website, but my commitment, engagement and presence on social destinations will not change. Originally, I had a separate Spokes page that showed social content, but because I felt the experience could be much better integrated, I'm still experimenting with other ways of having everything right on the site.
The things that define me, defined.
A central part of the website, and something I loved creating, is the values section. It's an overview of the 8 values that are important to me and that were carefully considered when I wrote out my mission statement. On my website, I spell out exactly what each value means to me and how I strive to live according to that value every day. You'll also soon be able to see brands that I support alongside my values and mission statement because I believe where we lend our support financially also says a lot about who we are as individuals.
Along with my website, I am also making public an email where people can personally contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Say hello and let me know if you'd like to work on something great together.