The Full Story
Nik and two people in Osiyan, India, 2008.
I’m Nik Daum, and this is my blog. I know blogs aren’t cool anymore, but neither am I. The content here goes back to 2005 when I took my first trip to Thailand and Cambodia. It was there that I got into a blogging habit. Since then, there have been some domestic years in the United States before another interesting extended trip to Asia in 2008 involving Thailand, India, and China.
This isn’t quite a travel diary or a sitting around being narcissistic diary. It’s more to help me remember how little I do and how pointless my life is, share my mundane experiences with others, and improve my writing, photography, and promote my drawings.
In 2010, I moved back to San Francisco. Not as exciting as China, but still a beautiful city to walk around and document.
I no longer live in SF, but I love getting non-spam comments. Feel free to leave some.
Many moons ago, I used Blogger. Since 2008, my blog has been using a custom theme I designed for WordPress. Until March 2008, all the photos were taken with a crappy Canon point and shoot. Since then, most pictures have been taken with a Nikon D40 SLR. Then in April of 2011, I upgraded cameras again to a Canon 5DmkII. I use Photoshop for saving photos and the excellent Coda web editor from Panic for hand coding and FTP.
As of 2014, I decided to start displaying images at 1000px wide and have them lazy-loaded to keep the experience reasonable for my image-filled posts. This comes at the cost of SEO for my images, but I think the larger size makes it worth it. Plus, the blog reads better on mobile devices. I have converted a few of my favorite older posts to the new format, but for the foreseeable future most of the old posts are going to be stuck in their 580px wide ways.
At the end of 2016, I decided to stop doing regular posts on daily life and save it only for special occasions/subjects. It was a sad decision, but no one reads blogs anymore other than you (thanks!).
There are a lot of posts on my blog, often categorized by place. I have a few favorite posts, either because of the impression the place made or the “quality” of the photos. I’ll put a list of them here soon.