Dragging the Line is Peter Medina’s personal blog about art, design, food, photography, technology, and travel.
Who is Peter Medina?
I’m a 25-year-old graphic designer living in Los Angeles, California. My day job involves designing and developing websites for a major public university; I do freelance web work on the side. My interests are in telling stories in any way that I can and helping others to do the same.
What is this blog about?
The primary topics are art, design, food, photography, technology, and travel as told from my perspective.
Why did you create this blog? Why not share these things on Facebook?
Not everybody uses Facebook. My baby boomer generation family members certainly don’t use it. DraggingTheLine.com was originally conceived as a way to keep my family and friends informed about a trip to Thailand I was going to take with my girlfriend back in November 2011. It’s since evolved to be a place for me to share my thoughts on subjects that interest me, regardless of events or audience.
DraggingTheLine.com is also a self-initiated exercise in writing, content production, web design, and self-promotion. I hope to use it as a way to get better at the above.
What are your goals for this blog?
My goals for Dragging the Line are as follows:
- Become a better writer and visual storyteller by sharing things that interest me in a meaningful way. Practice makes perfect.
- Create useful content. My hope is for readers to leave a little bit more informed or inspired than they were when they landed here.
- Use it as a staging ground to inform interested parties about my creative projects; use it as a tool for self-promotion as a graphic designer and storyteller.
Who is the audience?
Anybody interested in the things I share. Dragging the Line is a hobby, not a business. I’ll see who the audience is once I earn it.
How did you make this blog?
I designed and developed a custom WordPress theme from scratch with the goal of it being adaptive to any device that views it. I used the following services to design and host this site:
- CDN: CloudFlare
- CMS: WordPress
- Plugins: Advanced Custom Fields, Gravity Forms
- Technology: HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, PHP
- Web fonts: TypeKit
- Web host: InMotion Hosting
What does the title, Dragging the Line, come from?
It comes from a 1971 Tommy James’ song of the same title. I liked the following lyric, “Makin’ a living the old hard way / Takin’ and giving by day by day / I dig snow and rain and bright sunshine,” and took the song to be about working hard and loving life—virtues I admire. So keep things in perspective, do your absolute best at whatever you love, and enjoy life. That’s what I get out of the above song and that’s what inspired the title of this blog and its related social media channels.