I’ve been doing a bunch of reading, recently, for my Summer class. On top of this, I worked extra hours this week. I just finished the last two lectures tonight, and appear to be all caught up on my reading. Now the work begins.
In class, we’ve been reading a book called Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works (Second Edition), by Janice (Ginny) Redish. This is with an eye to building functional and useful (library) websites. Because of this, and because I didn’t wholly realize that the site at which you’re reading this now is likely a “destination site,” I had been thinking that massive reorganization was necessary for this blog. (Library websites are usually not “destination sites;” they’re usually redirecting sites.)
It seems that yes, some reorganization needs to happen so that readers aren’t continually faced with textwalls. However, I need to take stock of what is here and what is most used (and ideally get some reader feedback), before I do it.
What I had been doing, instead of posting here, was experimenting with the Pages function on WordPress. (And, right: I’ve also changed the Theme.) I’ve been thinking of keeping a (relatively) static front page with links back to (periodically revised and added) material which may go unused when the front page is just an infinitely-scrolling list of chronologically-organized text.
It may just be clear, however, that doing that kind of work to this blog may, 1) inhibit its functionality as a recording place for me (rewriting things written three years ago may destroy their relevance), and, 2) not be feasible, in terms of content.
In terms of the initial goal and approach of this blog (as a place to record my thoughts so that I could formulate a career direction), and the newer goals I can see emerging (now that I have a career direction), it might be more worth it to keep this place as a place to record my thoughts, and set up a different space with the goal of actually serving my readers.
(I wonder if blogs’ reasons for existence have shifted, over the past 20 years?)
Anyhow, I have a number of things due in what is, in practicality, the next 24 hours, so I’ll try and cut this short so that I can get enough rest to be functional tomorrow.
And ah — right! I wanted to record this somewhere I could remember it. This is off-topic for this post (though on-topic for the blog), but M said something to me the other day. She didn’t mean for me to stop painting, but rather for me to get a job which could support me in order to enable my creativity. This was likely in response to, “I’d like to go to the art store; I have some things in mind, but I won’t be able to even use them before Monday, because I won’t have time.” Apparently, people have been saying that I should be making art because I could be making money at it… 🙂 …always a nice thing to hear!