Returning to my website last week was a nasty surprise for me. I found out that my site was hacked and after some digging into the issues I realized that the best way to ‘fix’ it would be to delete it completely and start from fresh. Today I can say I am back on track. But it did not feel like that at the start.
Initially, it was very depressing. Then I started to realise that it might be a great opportunity to refresh my websites’ look and feel and improve lots of other things as well. Apart from securing my site better for the future as well as backing it up more frequently it also brought me back to the question ‘Why am I doing this?’
Why am I doing this?
The great thing about having to go back is that it makes me think again about the process and what it is I really want. What is my aim here apart from sharing what I create? After I went through the initial feeling of being angry with the hacker, then I felt sorry for myself, but soon I started to feel grateful. Now I feel thankful for his or her cheeky act. Because it was like a good kick in the ass. It is a reminder, a voice saying, ‘hey, either you are here for the long run, or just give it up, because it is not worth the hassle’.
And with art, I am here for the long run no matter what. It is something that started when I got my first colour pencils and markers at a very young age. And it will end only… Well, as long as I am here it is not ending because it is who I am.
So as well as rebuilding the site I am going through my drawings, paintings, sketches, and writing down many ideas about what I would love to do next. It is very exciting actually. Some sort of ‘incubating’ time period.
Oh, and this week my exhibition in AdAstra is ending and I will be preparing my paintings and prints for the customers who bought them. And I will be wrapping them, photographing them, shipping them. Three large paintings were especially popular. So I decided to make them available as prints so that more people can enjoy them in their homes. You can order them either by emailing me at radka[at]radkazimovaking.com or from my online shop. Enjoy your day and don’t forget to get back on track in case you got off it! 🙂