As is always the case when I find myself with a bit of time on my hands, I’ve been trying indulging in a little ‘project’. I’ve finally decided to experiment with my own little space on the internet. I had been reluctant for some time to go down the whole domain/hosting route but I thought it was time I stretched myself a little and developed some new skills. Much as I like the option to use a WordPress.com site, I thought it was time to try something that got me trying a few new tools (up until now I did not have a clue what an FTP was let alone use one!).
I have to say I have learnt a heck of a lot already. Whilst I had some knowledge of HTML from my days using Blogger as my platform of choice, I was a little rusty and only really knew the basics. I’m hoping that my creating this little space I will continue to develop and learn new skills – which I think in the current climate is very much a good thing. So anyway, what about the site itself?
Well, after a bit of thought about what to call the website, I went for Infoism. I was keen to avoid a domain that used either my name or my Twitter username and plumped for a ‘word’ that I think reflects my interests (information and politics). I plan to use the site to cover a wide range of topics from libraries to information in general (perhaps with a particular focus on the information divide – which is one of my pet interests). I was also keen to avoid creating a blog that provides hints/tips/useful tools for those in the profession. There are more than enough of those, all of which are far more eloquent than anything I could contribute. Instead, I wanted to create something that is more focused on general issues facing the information society (I say that now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that intention goes by the wayside!). I suspect I’ll still use this blog from time to time, perhaps to share my continued experiences on my course or to post random stuff, but my new blog will become my main home.
Anyway, at present my home page is a little basic (don’t forget I am teaching myself HTML here – I perhaps should have used some HTML software!) but I have created a mobile version (woo!) and even a cool little icon when you bookmark it on your iPhone/iPad/iPod thing. I suspect once I have access to Photoshop again I’ll create a more appealing, less texty front page…but it will do for now. Oh, and I have also posted my first blog post here. Be gentle with me, I’m still learning!