The story of my blog site (or node) is a long and hard battle to the finish line. Hopefully I have won the battle.
I decided to use wordpress as my main source of node after searching the various options on offer. WordPress seemed to suit what I wanted to do, and it has comprehensive instructions to follow. For the first-timer it took plenty of trial and error, but the task eventually became a reality for all to see.
The first step was to select a theme; and believe me there are many to choose from. My aim was to do the whole site without having any costs. This was achieved. After trying many different themes, I settled on Selecta because of its bright colours and workable layout. Selecta suited what I was trying to achieve; which was a bright presence that would stand out.
I have three pages: my home page, about page and exegesis page.
My home page has a side bar and an area for my posts. I have three links with advertisers Amazon, Sign Here Autographs and Palo Alto Software. I have others to come in the near future. The reason for these advertisements is two-fold: to hopefully earn a little pocket money and also keep up to date with my interests. I think this is a win/win situation.
The three nodes I am sharing my posts with are Facebook, twitter and linkedin. I have adjoined them with my blog and also the return via their sites. This should allow me a larger flow of traffic.
What has been created is a weblog “… a type of website, usually managed by an indidual with regular entries or commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse- chronical order.” (1) A blog in its earliest form was basically an on-line diary. Anybody can become a blogger using one of the many social networking platforms such as facebook, twitter or linkedin just to name a few.
The terms social networking and content sharing are important to this discussion. Social networking has become a global sensation. Social networking has also become a news source. People are filming events on their iphones or ipads as they happen, and news sources are embracing this new technology. An example of this was the tsunami a few years ago. (2)
The three nodes I am sharing with my wordpress blog are facebook, twitter and linkedin. After researching the various sites available I found these three sites to my liking.
Setting up a twitter account was the easiest for me. Twitter has a huge number of followers globally, and I found many that were most interesting. Twitter is a “micro-blogging” service (3) and users tend to use it fleetingly and just read the latest tweets. As we know there are many types of people and many types of categories to explore, and it can be quite interesting where one’s discoveries will take them. I am currently following Borack Obama, the Dalai Lama and Fther Bob among others. this ensures an eclectic array of tweets.
Linkedin is another social platform that I use. It has been described as “the non-sexy, sleeping giant of social networks … Linkedin continues to exert a powerful influence on connected job seekers, brands, recruiters and industries.” (4)
Linkedin has groups that can be joined, they are in many categories. I have joined two geneology groups, an anthropology group and a few others. This enables contact with like-minded people to share views. Linkedin is used by companies to show their profile in an endeavour to improve their sales. Job seekers are also well catered for with jobs advertised in various categories.
Facebook is the third of my social media connections. I have not used this a lot because of many various situations. I find all the negative and bullying posts abhorent and potentially dangerous. In saying this, facebook does have its positive side with people all over the world able to communicate with others. With facebook you are able to post photos, videos and comments either directly to your friends or the whole network.
There are other social networking sites such as delicious and flickr that people may prefer, but at the end of the day it is what suits your needs.
For my main node I used wordpress because it had all the attributes that I required. WordPress has so many options for your blog site that it can also become a little overwhelming. Once you have an idea, the instructions on the site can be easily followed by a computer-illiterate like myself. WordPress can be integrated with social media sites with a simple click and drag feature. All wordpress blogs autimatically alloe facebook and other account users login and comment. A great feature of wordpress is the “famous five minute install” (5). This can be a great time-saver for a reasonably skilled blogger.
Finally, what does the future hold for social networking sites? Well there will be more mobile sites and apps,(6) and the time is not faraway for an all-in-one product that will act as a phone, computer, camera, video camera, gps, television,radio and dvd player. This will be upon us very quickly. Technology is like a runaway train or a raging bull; it cannot be stopped. It is exciting times we are living in, with the continual development in all facets of our world. Medicine, transportation and technology are constantly improving within their fields. We should all be thinking about the future and looking to embrace change as it happens.
1) Wikipedia, Course Notes 2.2 wikis
2) Course Notes, 2.3, Social Networks
3) Course Notes, 2.3, Social Networks
4) Linkedin: The Beginner’s Guide, Stephanie Buck 19, May 23 2012
5) Installing WordPress, WordPress Codex
6) Course Notes, 3.3, Future Trends