I found creating this blog to be incredibly easy and user-intuitive. I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, first on LiveJournal, then on Blogspot, and currently on WordPress for a number of other personal and work-related projects, so creating this blog was very familiar for me.
I began by selecting my theme and customizing it visually to feel “right” for me, and then moved on to creating the core pages as well as adding content to them. Finally, I selected general blog widgets and settings in order to meet class requirements.
According to Ciotti’s article, “a ‘clean’ site is an inviting site that is easy to read, easy to navigate, but that still has some personality.” I tried to keep this idea in mind when customizing my blog, keeping the user interface minimalist and appropriate for class, while still injecting some of my personality into the colors of the theme as well as the more personal content, such as my “Meet the Editor” page and header.
In addition, in Turner’s article, “Where the Counterculture Met the New Economy,” the author discusses the emergence of virtual communities, and speaks of these communities as hearkening back to tribal, social communities. Since this blog is a place for discussion and conversation, I tried to create a comfortable and simple space for my peers to contribute, a place that would be easy to navigate, feel friendly, and welcome feedback and commentary.