My first post–arriving at WordPress

Two of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 were writing more and acquiring some basic web design skills. I started into CodeAcademy‘s JavaScript course shortly after New Year’s Day and started making a decisive effort to use Twitter more effectively soon thereafter; CodeAcademy fizzled pretty quickly for me, but my relationship with Twitter has evolved to the point where it’s become both my preferred medium for sharing information and one of the central components of my own information diet. I’ve noticed over the course of the year, though, that I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time consuming information without doing much in the way of creating anything myself.

This blog is an attempt to provide an outlet for my occasional needs to express myself in more than 140 characters or the length of a Facebook post/comment, and also to give me some hands-on training in website design using the most popular Content Management System on the web. I chose a self-hosted instance instead of going with WordPress.com (see here for more details if you’re also thinking of taking the plunge) because I wanted more flexibility with regard to plugin selection, custom themes, etc, the better to really learn the ins and outs of the platform. I’ve done a lot of campaign work in the past and I fully intend to continue doing a lot of campaign work in the future, so my aspirational goal is to be able to set up and manage a professional-looking campaign website starting from scratch.

You can get a general sense for the type of information I’m consuming by checking out my blogroll on the right-hand side (all daily reads via RSS) and the people I follow on Twitter; this is my first attempt at blogging, though, so I can’t offer much guidance as far as what to expect to see in this space, except to say that it won’t be explicitly work-related. More soon.