I’ll be honest, the task of creating a blog seemed quite daunting at first. Questions regarding theme and content flooded my brain like an incoming tide. “Should I create a blog having to do with what I am passionate about, or a blog that might not align with my passions, but that people will enjoy? Will people care about what I am writing about?” These questions were finally answered. “I’ll create a blog having to do with music, my one true passion,” I thought. “If I am passionate about what I am writing, people will take interest.” The tide receding, I dove headfirst into to the deep depths of WordPress.
Once I created an account and domain, I started browsing through the overwhelming number of aesthetic themes that WordPress has to offer. While many of them were appealing, I settled on “The Adaption Theme,” for it was simple; I customized it thereafter. In creating a blog dealing with music, a very broad art form, simplicity is key to engaging a possibly very broad audience. I kept this in mind when creating the blogs pages. If I was creating a blog dealing with a subject that required more context, perhaps I would have created the more elaborate pages. Finally, I integrated widgets into my blog, the source of the minimal confusion setting up the blog has inflicted. I have found the “blogroll” widget particularly confusing. After spending a half hour trying to figure out how to edit the links in the blogroll, I turned to the people of the internet for help. What I found was a number of people having the same issue. WordPress has a support page that describes how to edit them, but the dashboard that they display does not reflect the current user’s dashboard. I have still yet to figure this out.
Although I did run into an issue creating my blog, it was a fairly easy and rewarding process overall. It gave me an excuse to be creative, which really got me excited about creating actual content.
(Album artwork of Kendrick Lamar, FIDLAR, Desaperacidos, Andy Shauf, Chon, The Early November, Dustin Kensrue, Caspian, Drake)