Blogging

Blogging is something that a lot of amateurs take up to learn, discuss and showcase their work or opinions. It’s your personal place to showcase and can be anything you want it to, you just have to put some time, effort and care into it.  That’s just the fundamentals. If you want to go into the nitty gritty, there is a whole underworld you need to know about.

There is content management system (or CMS for short). A software application, or collection of related programs, that are used to create and manage your content. I use WordPress to blog, as you can see, and it’s known for it’s flexibility. It has one of the most popular CMS systems across blogging sites and you can find any template to suit your needs and aesthetic. There is also numerous plugins you can use to extend your sites functionality, a whole other world away from an ordinary blog in the blogosphere. You can find a whole range of plugins on Lynda.com.

Web hosting is where your website is stored. “Web hosting” refers to the company that rents out their servers to store your website and make it accessible to the greater public. It’s like renting a flat off of a company and inviting your friends around for dinner; sort of. However, there are four different types of web hosting: shared, virtual private server (VPS), dedicated, and cloud hosting. They are all very different in what they have to offer and which suits you best depends on what you wish to use it for. There are many different web hosting services available for WordPress but, again, it depends on what you want to get out of your blog in regards to which host you decide to use.

Database; every blog has a database. The database used by WordPress collects information regarding to posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, custom fields, users, site urls, etc. more than you anticipated.

Big data is defined as “extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions” or, in other words, say goodbye to your privacy.

ImageMetadata; your image title, description and caption. Metadata is attached to the image. This website delves into the reasoning of metadata and how to record it. Metadata helps optimize the the search engine; it helps relate your blog to content that is similar. Description helps with accessibility; blind individuals can imagine the the imagery your writing would reflect. That is what description is for.

Upon reflection I wish we had this lecture earlier on in the year as then I could have really benefitted from the information learnt as I had to revisit over 100 blog posts to reform any data I may have lost and/or failed to tag. Had this been delivered at the beginning of year 1 I believe that it would have made a bigger impact as we would have understood the importance of blogs and how they can be catered to our needs and practice, rather than the standard layouts provided under ‘free’.

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