Don’t fear the internet

I love blogging.  It’s a challenge to come up with interesting things to write each day, and I enjoy keeping everyone up to date with what’s going on at the library. I’ve been blogging for the library now for almost four years, and while I didn’t know what I was going to post about when I first got started, I think it has all evolved into a kind of library/book/world mash-up. I may not be the best to keep up with Twitter or Facebook (although I’m challenging myself to do that this summer), I will continue to blog for the foreseeable future.  In fact, we’re coming up to our 1000 post soon, and I’m pretty surprised by that number. Who knew?

I don’t have a personal blog even though I’ve tried on occasion several times, but one thing I’ve been noticing more of lately is that more and more people (and businesses) are using blogs in place of websites.  They do everything from promote their creative endeavors (photography, writing, artwork etc.) to selling products online….all without having to spend a great deal of time and money designing a website, or paying someone to do it for them.  The problem with having someone else design a website is that you’ll need to keep them in the loop if you need to make changes or updates and it can become a hassle.  Will it get done? How much extra will it cost? Using a blog as a website eliminates all of those hassles AND you can now even have your own domain name so that it looks and feels just like a regular website. (Yes, you will pay a bit for that, but it’s much easier overall.)

And now…there’s help for those of us who don’t know a thing about designing websites or HTML or CSS code (what???).  The great people at Don’t Fear the Internet have put together several videos that go step by step through creating your own website, even if you have no programming skills. I went through the first one and thought it seemed reasonable (although a word to the wise…. this is NOT FOR CHILDREN.  Some explicit language! Why?  I have no idea, since everything seems so professional, otherwise.) I might even give it a try when I have time to sit and work on it. Each video goes through a different aspect and allows you to create from scratch, or finally, dissect a WordPress blog (which is what the library uses), and create a site through one of its templates.

So, if you’ve ever been curious as to how websites are designed and you’d like to give it a try, drop by the site to see what they have to offer. And get creative!