I set this blog up both to be a professional site for my library career, and also to track my progress as a library sciences student. I only discovered afterward that setting up a blog was an actual assignment for my first 1-credit class. So, score!
I may tweak it a bit in the coming days, but I like the way it’s set up right now, and it’s certainly functional.
Those interested in the nuts and bolts, here’s what I did:
* My friends and I have a pre-existing account on Dreamhost. So it only cost me 10$ to get a new domain name. That’s it!
* Dreamhost has One-Click Installs of WordPress. So, did that!
* Atahualpa is a popular theme I’d heard about on library listservs, and I’ve recently started playing with it. So this site is using Atahualpa. (Which I think I heard on NOVA is an Incan king.)
* I customized the theme, of course! I can’t remember everything I did, so I’d better back up the theme files, huh? One thing I had to do was turn off CSS compression to get my spaces back after commas. It’s a weird bug.
* The banner image is an image I found on Flickr using their Creative Commons search. The attribution for it is located on the bottom of all my blog pages, with the copyright notice.
It’s so ridiculously easy to set up a new blog once you’ve done it a couple of times. And so ridiculously cheap as well. I have to stop myself from making more and more.