Q: Who are you and what is this place?
I'm just some guy who goes by the pseudonym 'Stopdoor'. As a kid surfing the internet, this was common practice. A bit less normal in the days of Facebook and a less private internet, but it's still a comfort to post under a pen name.
This is a website I wanted to be about video games, but then realized worked much better at being a place to dump all my stuff. It currently hosts a large collection of art mostly made in MS Paint (I'd like to think it's at least a bit impressive), some rudimentary games I've made, a place to leave any writings, and links to content of mine elsewhere, all housed in a website fully designed by me. It works well as a hub of any interesting stuff I make.
Q: Where did this come from?
I coded it through sheer force of willpower and hosted it with the awesome power of small financial transaction. It's currently in that semi-regular comatose state visited upon most hobby sites; everything looks ok, got some things up, could probably be a lot better. Considering how impossible it seemed I would even be able to get this site up, I still feel accomplished and I don't really regret anything. Isn't a pretty website just as appealing as a content-full one? Who needs actual things to bide your time when you can just gaze at the beautiful upholstery and be totally jealous?
Q: Why "Eh hem"?
To briefly explain; Eh hem is just a word really. It doesn't have any real meaning, other than it being that term that's occasionally used when someone decides to clear their throat or catch attention. It originated as a simple silly in-joke between two young people (read: one of them was me), and it essentially became a word to base stuff I make around. I like to use words in any pictures or things I create, and something as meaningless as 'Eh hem' works well most of the time.
So, nothing that special. I've also latched onto my orange sea monster theme in a similiar way.
Q: Why put so much work into something as, erm, pointless as this?
I made this website because I did nothing. Wandering around on video game forums, sitting idly on internet chats, I realized I was getting older and had way too much free time. I wanted to talk about video games, create things, yet I saw no point of scattering my opinion and content all about the internet.
If I had all this free time, I needed something to show for it right? That's part of what started me making art on the computer. But as I accumulated all these things, I wanted a place to put it all. I strived toward some sort of central spot I could put everything I've ever done, or what I plan to do, on display.
A website seemed like the ideal vessel for everything. But I had nearly zero experience in web design. Did that stop me?
Well, yes. I meandered around for almost a year, trying to will myself to do anything. Why not just use some blogging service, or some simple template web designer? It's just too limited, that's why. I don't want to be one vaguely similar blog in the middle of thousands of others. I wanted full control over all my design, do crazy stuff. do art, write words, make games, make websites, do anything. And what would I have learned from just using a blogging service anyway? Unfortunately, I don't have any wise mentor or friend to look to, so I'm just learning and reinventing the wheel even if takes me years.
I finally did build on a small base of web design class in 11th grade and made this website from pretty much scratch in the summer of 2011. Really, it's a technique I learned while doing art; if you bang your head against the wall forever, no matter how good you are at it, you usually get a pretty nice dent eventually.
Q: But if you had so much free time, why are updates so slow?
Of course, while I mentioned I started this website because I do nothing, I finally got it up at a time when I was ramping up for university, trying to get a job, getting math homework every night, and couldn't even play the games I had so much time for because I was doing this website instead. Now I balance university, jobs, free time, and my troubled future along with this, wondering if it's worth it.
It may not look like I'm updating the site, but there's a decent amount of behind the scenes work, especially when you're one guy. This site is good source of learning and I think it's worth the time, so it's unlikely I'll give up on it... but I realize it's difficult to create a popular website without a decently consistent stream of content. But why work on stuff when there's no audience? It's a self-perpetuating cycle.
Q: Anything else?
No, that's it. I feel like I could go wandering into any old topics or tidbits, but I hope I've done a good enough job explaining what this site is so far. While feedback like comments or a forum would be ideal for really letting people express their opinions, like I said I'm only a novice web designer and I'm adamant about having some degree of control over my site's aesthetics. I used to have an active chat, that's still hidden on the sidebar, but it's inevitably been abandoned as my internet cohorts grew older. My e-mail is now down below for at least one contact method. I'm very open to any criticisms, ideas, or discussion, so I would love to hear it. I'm especially critical of my writing; this is why none is up on the "Writing" page right now. So any criticism on that is good!
Ways to Contact Me/My Internet Presence
An e-mail of mine; in flat picture form to discourage spam (too much work to figure out complex methods at this point). Just some random hotmail address, I know. This one has 4 'L's in 'roll'. So copy this down and send me something!
This is my game collection (I have alot of games). I update it extremely regularly; if you like games and don't have an account here, I reccommend it, it's very addicting.
Xbox Gamertag: The Stopdoor
Playstation Network: Stopdoor
Nintendo Network: Stopdoor
I also frequent a forum, Nsider2, but I mostly just lurk it. I also wouldn't recommend it either.