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My thoughts and observations about technology and my experiences as a web design professional
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New Terminology for a new type of content

I wanted to take a moment to introduce some of the new concepts I’ve been trying out as I’ve been publishing these articles.

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How I got involved in Web Development

My earliest aspirations were to become a writer, and perhaps a news reporter. I was always knowledgeable about computers, but back then that seemed like more of a means to an end: more and more writers were going to need to use computers when they worked on their craft, therefore I would want to know as much as I could about computers. I never imagined that they would play as large of a part in my career.

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Educators as Curators: 8 Steps to Bringing Your Students the Best of the Web | edcetera - Rafter Blog

Educators as Curators: 8 Steps to Bringing Your Students the Best of the Web | edcetera - Rafter Blog | Webmaster's Journal | Scoop.it

Last spring, Dr. Corinne Weisgerber turned her undergrads into Guggenheim-like curators. After building personal learning networks that delivered subject-specific tweets and blog posts, her students chose the most salient content and arranged it online the way a museum curator might an art exhibit. Their goal was to design a learning experience that cut through the noise to bring the Internet’s best content to others

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A Website is not a Publication

I think that a lot of people make mistakes when they approach the maintenance of their website because they don’t realize understand what a website is. Is it a publication? Software? Is it daily? Weekly? Monthly?
For starters, the launch of a website and maintenance of a website are two separate processes. When we built websites back at HomeTown Online, we would create the structure, design the navigation buttons, insert text, launch, and plan on going a long time before touching the website again. That’s web development.

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Website Organization

My Journalism background helped me when it came to landing a job or designing a homepage, but it didn’t serve me well when I was faced with the task of juggling several web projects at the same time. It was deceptively easy when I worked for HomeTown Online, because our task was seldom to maintain the websites. We usually built the websites and then turned them over to clients for them to maintain. The two exceptions were our own website, which really didn’t require a lot of daily updating, and the newspaper’s website which mainly consisted of news content which we converted and uploaded every Tuesday.

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