I started this blog in 2007 to document my metal work. That was a completely different time in my life. A few years later the things I was doing in my life completely changed. I took a break from metalwork to live in Korea for a year. One year turned into five years. I tried to keep up the blog, but I had no interest in writing, and not much to say. I spent time learning CAD, but that's not very interesting to write about. I came back to the US and was working in metal again, but writing about it felt like a chore. Instagram and Facebook had become popular. I liked posting on Instagram better than writing in this blog. I moved away to Taiwan and kept posting on Instagram and Facebook. Several times I tried to start posting here again regularly just because it's my blog and I've had it for a long time, but it just feels like work and I know no one reads it anymore.
Monday, February 7, 2022
It's time to just call it finished. I should have ended it when I moved to Korea, but at that time I thought I was just taking a break. I had no idea my life was changing completely. As I close out this blog, I am still living in Taiwan and spending most of my free time making lock picks and designing jewelry in CAD. I will be returning to the US this summer and will be doing metalwork full time.
You can find me on Instagram and Facebook (search "ratyoke lock picks) or my websites www.ratyoke.com or (eventually) www.jonmryan.com. This blog will stay online, but will no longer be updated.