I wrote a few weeks back in ‘Does my blog look big in this?’ about my considerations of the Architecture of this blog. If there’s one thing we can all agree on for definite about the web, it’s that it’s not static, it’s in a constant state of flux. Likewise, a blog, if it is not to be moribund, must also be changed and updated. I’m taking this opportunity therefore, to make some changes to this blog to reflect upon some things I know now, which I hadn’t even considered when I first began this process.
Firstly, I’ve slightly amended the name of the blog from, ‘For what it’s worth’, to ‘Steve Mishkin: For what it’s worth’. I made this change in order to create greater discoverability for the blog; after all, there’s no point writing and publishing a blog if people aren’t going to discover it or read it.
I also changed the tagline to ‘Librarianship in the digital age #DITA #citylis @SteveMishkin‘ in order that I could provide more metadata about what my blog is about. I added my twitter name and a couple of hashtags in order to encourage discussions on social media. I’ve been tweeting whenever I have a new blog post available (maybe that’s how you came to be here now?), and feel that this cross-pollination of social media, blogs, web forums and real world interaction is what helps to push the discourse forward.
Thirdly, I’ve now added some personal information on the About page. It doesn’t look professional if a blank template is visible to the reader, additionally, I wanted to say a little bit more about who I am.
I’ve added a Creative Commons license to my blog allowing others to use my work so long as they attribute it. The web should be all about sharing, particularly ideas, and that’s why I created a text widget in the sidebar of the blog and pasted in the relevant HTML in order to do so.
All that remains, is for me to change the image at the top of the blog, which I’ve never been satisfied with. I’m going to replace it with a photo taken by myself in order to personalise the blog a bit more, and also to avoid any issues over possible copyright infringement.
This Thursday the #citylis film club will be showing The Internet’s Own Boy a biopic of Aaron Swartz, pioneering programmer and information activist, whose life personifies the concept of flux.
Ernesto Priego (@ernestopriego) October 28, 2014
If you can’t make the showing, then the film is available to watch online under a creative commons licence. Here it is
We live in a state of flux.