Setting up the domain and installing WordPress was a very exciting undertaking for me. I’ve had (limited) experience with this tool from a previous job but never exercised absolute control over any website before. I thought about setting up my own blog a couple of years ago but felt hesitant at the time. However, I’m happy to say that so far it has been enjoyable as I get to be super creative with essentially a long term, ongoing project.
I chose a design that I felt was closest to what I always envisioned my website would look like. It relates to the vision board I created last week because I decided on a topic (inspiring books) that I felt reflects a really important part of who I am. I came across some difficulties near the beginning; I was not sure as to what I should concentrate on. There were several parts of my Venn Diagram I thought were good elements, which made me go back and forth between each one many times. As a result, my initial decision involved a more general focus: personal “encounters and interests.” I contemplated what my options were and ended up taking two days to do so. I contacted our T.A, Stephanie, to briefly discuss the issue. By having such a broad theme, there is an implication that I take on too much, simultaneously having the blog not being about anything. Taking her advice, I ultimately selected a passion of mine.
I did conduct some research on how to navigate/format WordPress, including going directly to WordPress’s support page(s), YouTube tutorials, and other “Q&A” platforms. I found certain aspects to be quite tricky, especially when a site is in an embryonic stage. It does spark some curiosity as to whether I decide to pursue coding or consider maneuvering advanced features in the future. Overall, I look forward to learning more throughout the course.