I have been spending a lot of time thinking about starting my own website. I would really like to start with a fork off my blog, which thanks to my viewers, is starting to pick up some steam, but I really want the website to be more than just collection of my thoughts and opinions. It needs to be interactive, engaging and informative. I want to build a site that people want to use for the sheer joy of it!
I don't know when exactly this idea started, but it would probably be around the time I signed up for Udacity's web design course. It was handled by a Reddit co-founder and it was a truly amazing class! I urge all of you to check it out and slog at it for a few weeks. (link)
Websites are this generation's primary form of art. There really isn't a better way to connect, collaborate and make something beautiful than putting it on the world wide web. That's probably why everybody ought to know how to build a website. It is easy to build a good website, but incredibly hard to build a great one. As my own blogging experiences have taught me, it is too easy to build a fort just for yourself and self-righteously languish in a forgotten part of the Web. That is easy, but deeply unsatisfying.
Forget the monetary side of things, even from a professional fulfilment POV, having a sucky website bites, hard. So designing a great website is not just about the content, but the way you package and present it. It involves a lot of trade offs and lots of experimentations. It's a great challenge!
I don't consider web design to be a primary career option at any time, but I think it is a great place to spend some time tinkering around. What do you think?
PS: This is a video about a group of guys who started a pet project website. Really nice watch.
Why do we blog? What moves us to record so many tiny, insignificant moments of our lives in digital ink and tuck away in a corner of the internet? Even when blogging is way past its prime and people don't really care what we do and don't do?
I blog because it ... just feels natural. Who among us does not want an outlet with the world? Who among us often does not feel the crushing silence closing in and yell out against it in an act of frenetic obviation? My blog is just that, my holler against the silence. As long as it rings strong and loud, I can go about my things in peace.
BTW, I recently started publishing some of my old blog posts on Medium. It is an incredible site for reading great stuff. I am excited to be a part of it and hopefully, I will start publishing fresh posts on it.
Do check it out here when you have the time
But this one will always stay my little backyard on the net. :)