Site Under Construction
In contrast to my more personal, but still public, blog Inside Pocket Gypsy, I think of this blog as the professional face of my journey. The face that legitimizes my year away from “finding a real job” under the clever ruse of “finding myself” – and then marketing myself like the commodity that I am. I think of this as a resting place for all things travel-related, and I envision myself (though can I really envision myself if I haven’t found myself first? Woah, that’s like, deep, man) as the primary font of information… on anything. Yes. You heard me. I have big dreams.
But then I realized that I don’t know how to design a website. And this seems to be a fairly serious impediment to my Oprah-like aspirations. So rather than posting some resource on “How To Use Your Youthful Features to Get Cheap Tickets” or “Why You Should Never Walk Home Alone At 5 AM From A Club After Having Been Roofied and Mistaken for a Prostitute” – subjects I am an obvious authority on – I’ve decided to admit to you, my numbered fans, that I actually don’t know everything. And.. I guess that’s fine. Because if I did, I wouldn’t be undertaking this voyage in the first place.
So here are my current impediments regarding the creation of the website. The reason I post this is because I am in desperate need of someone(s) to walk me through the website-creation process, and I have a beautiful but extremely complicated vision of how I want it to look and function. But, much like my experience in men, I seem to never follow through. (And it’s never as awesome as I think it’ll be either.) I’ve been granted access to the impressive Lynda.com, so I will be attempting to cobble something together on my own, but I’ve been doing my fair share of pestering every web developer I know to impart some wisdom upon me.
Aside: I liken the process to learning Telugu, the language my parents speak at home. I can read and understand enough to get by, but the more complicated stuff passes me by. I do not speak the lingo. I once was very interesting in learning more, but let it lull and only now am seeing a practical necessity. If other people help me out, I might never learn, but right now I just need to get my message across! (Sounds very familiar, right?) Really, the only difference is that I’m not going to use my website to recite ancient Indian mythology.
- Domain names, web hosting, content management?! These words fly around with limited comprehension on my behalf. I understand the rudimentary notion of what each does, but I have no idea how to go about acquiring each one and how much each might cost. Then once I get them, how do I connect them and use their bureaucratic innards to make my vision a reality? Ugh. #firstworldproblems
- Graphic designing is a bitch. I thought I knew how to use Photoshop, then I realized I recently have used Photoshop solely to edit my photos. And I don’t even use Photoshop anymore – I use Lightroom! (Or I will again, once I reinstall it on Thursday.) What a fool I am! The primary objective of Photoshop is to manipulate photos, not touch up existing ones! While I once was quite good at Photoshopping people’s faces onto other people’s bodies, it seems the level of sophistication I picture for my website is ironically not something I can manage on my own. Maybe I should learn Illustrator… or re-learn Photoshop.
- Flash that Java CSS, jQuery! That sentence probably makes as much sense to you as those individual words do to me. omg i dont even like get it.
- Who am I!? If this is going to be my traveling profile for a year, I probably should have my resume and other contact information, as well as a small bio and my Flickr RSS feed, connected. Which means I have to update my resume (to “graduate of UC Berkeley,” what what), write shamelessly self-promoting content, breathe new life into my Flickr, and continuously post fresh, new content to this blog. Sigh. You know, it might seem effortless, but I do put a lot of time into presenting and reflecting upon myself, such that I’m in a constant cycle of improvement. Unfortunately my resume isn’t synced with my Sense of Self™.
- What else do you want from me?! I have to still decide what content specifically I want hosted on the site, which means from the content pile that makes it past the elimination rounds of nonsense that marks much of my life, I have to design the graphic presentation and the utility of each frame within the overarching website. Do I want a Flash cartoon-y passport that serves as a clever resume? Do I want an interactive timetable that allows guests to see my itinerary? Do I want links to my blog, Flickr, About Me, Mission Statement, and resources/ helpful people? Yes! I want all of these things! And I want more! “What else do you want from me?!” isn’t what I’ll be crying – it’ll be what all of my talented, amazing (very busy and successful but still kind and generous) web developer friends will be saying as I encourage them to bite the bullet and just pull a few more all-nighters to get my personal website completed before graduation (my ideal launch date).
I’ve so far created a multilayered soon-to-be interactive map (see photo at top of post) that will track my country-to-country migration as well as sync with WordPress to grab all content tagged in a particular country, and I’ve described my notion of expandable maps, geotagging, time-sensitive embedded clocks, Lightbox fadeaways, and infinite horizontal scrolling. But right now, most of this is still in the planning phase. As I’ve described above in detail, I have a lot of work to do and a lot of people to convince to do it.
If you are interested in this ambitious and rewarding project, please apply by sending me a sample of your work (links will suffice), a short one- or two-sentence description of what you can offer, and a picture of your smiling face (so you can remember what it looked like later) at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook. I hope to hear from you soon!