Upon signing up for this course, I was a little nervous because I knew we had to create a blog, which sounds (and is) super exciting, except I am not a technology fluent person in the slightest. This week was spent troubleshooting, editing, and playing around with WordPress for hours almost every day. There were points of frustration where I had to close my computer, put WordPress away and take a few deep breaths. However, even though I was frustrated, I kept thinking how glad I was for signing up for this course because I get to try something I have never done before, which is create a blog/website! Along with that, I get to have the creative freedom to write (and get graded) on topics that I care about!
Like I mentioned, in the beginning, setting up WordPress was pretty frustrating. There are literally thousands of options to choose from including themes, colours, backgrounds, you name it, that I didn’t know where to start. After playing around for a day and not feeling very hopeful, I decided to search Youtube to see if there were any helpful WordPress tutorials I could find. I came across one amazing video that helped me immensely! If anyone from my class is reading this, or anyone trying to start a website or blog on WordPress, watch this video. Seriously… game changer. After spending another day using the video to help guide my set up, I was finally feeling some success with WordPress!
When considering how to design my blog, I wanted to create a theme that incorporated light and bright colours, as people tend to associate those kinds of colours with happiness. However, I also wanted something that represented me. I was considering going more gender neutral on the colours, but then I remembered that it’s my blog and I can do what I want with it. 🙂 So I stuck with the theme and colours you see now.
Like we discussed this week in lecture, it feels incredibly refreshing to be able to create something that is outside the parameters of our university. We as students are so used to working ridiculously hard on pieces of work to only ever have them read by our professors and TAs. Audrey Watters (2015) says in her article, The Web We Need to Give to Students, domains, like WordPress, allow students to demonstrate their learning beyond the classroom walls. It gives us the opportunity to let the public hear, listen, and critique what we have to say instead of solely our professors and TAs. It shows people the amazing work students are capable of producing and their ability to be taken seriously as academics.