Components of my Blog
Any idiot can put up a website. (Patricia Briggs, Blood Bound)
So this week I need to focus on my “personal cyberinfrastructure” (find the podcast explaining this concept here) or the home and landscape of my internet self (ex. host, data storage, etc.). I have, so far, chosen to base my blog in WordPress with a unique URL (one which doesn’t include “____.wordpress.com”) as a way to own my own domain. I have a basic idea for where I’d like to take this blog which I’ve explained in my About section. The very basic idea is that I’d like to focus on everyday interactions among people and how manners affect these communications.
It’s difficult to say which types of components will be of use to me in this endeavor. I do think that connections to social media will be important as these are some of the major ways in which people interact with one another. The idea that my comments on things such as pedestrian etiquette and how Facebook statuses affect our possible employment could be shared on various platforms by like-minded individuals is both exciting and a little terrifying. However, this is how the information highway works and thrives–through the sharing of comments and ideas of interest with next-door neighbors and individuals who live on the other side of the planet. I think that the globalization of the internet is very important to keep in mind while building my blog and laying its cyberinfrastructure because this directs the way I share information and posts with and ask questions of other members of this strange online community. Plug-ins and widgets which attach my blog to social media are really the best way to attain readership and ensure that my internet voice travels the distance that I want. This also means linking my existing social media accounts to Classy and True and growing the breadth of my internet self. I find this a little scary, but I know that it is the best way to create an authentic and genuine self in a time when trustworthiness is nonexistent to some platforms.
Creating a blog and the ensuing cyberinfrastructure seems to be an activity which builds on itself over time and which cannot be thought up and executed in a few short hours. New needs and wants drive the growth of a unique type of self just as we in the non-cyber world change throughout our lives to fit an ideal or situation.
I’ll be sure to update as my vision for this blog changes and grows and possibly becomes something very different from the original plan.
Thanks for reading,
Campbell, Gardner, perf. “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” Gardner Writes. N.p., 2009. web. <http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1/?p=934>.