What’s Making Professor Seslow Happy on the Internet?

So here we are, officially jumping into CT101 this week. We have a ton of great stuff to cover, learn, share, create, apply, rinse and repeat this semester! Assignment #1 asks you to share; What is making you happy on the Internet?  You can find the link to that assignment here – <– Thats right, we can do cool things like hyperlink any kind of text or verbiage that we want and have it redirect us. We can make an image or an animated GIF like the one above -also a “clickable thing” that redirects to another page or place on the Internet. That IDEA in and or itself makes me very happy! So in essence, the creative and practical functionality of the Internet as a whole makes me really happy. Lets dig a bit deeper..

The still image above is taken from my profile on GIPHY. (go ahead and click on the image of the hyperlinked word to find my “stock” of animated GIFS. You can use them and embed them almost anywhere on the web. Thats the beauty of GIPHY.com – its a search engine for animated GIFs and animated Stickers, like I said, its Internet culture. Internet culture makes me happy!

I love to make animated GIFS! And guess what, you are going to learn how to make them in our class! I love GIFs and feel that they are a huge part of Internet culture. Come on now, we all love animated GIFS! I made both of the GIFs in this blog post. These two are many of the thousands that I have made (did I say thousands? yikes, its true, I cant stop!) I blame Professor Michael B. Smith for this as he got me into GIFs and making them! Be sure to check out his blog here.

September is Deaf Awareness Month, that makes me happy!  It gives me an opportunity to use the Internet as a platform to share information about Deaf culture and to help hearing people get a better insight and understanding of what it is like to be deaf and hard of hearing. Im deaf and hard of hearing, could you tell from our first meeting? Ill bet you couldn’t! Ill share some stories with you this week in class. (Im full of surprises!)

OK, so those are a few things that are making me happy on the Internet as well as a few ways that I use the Internet.

PS – Did you notice the formatting for this blog post? Notice how my images are the same size and how everything has been aligned to the left? This is intentional and it helps the viewer/reader easily absorb the content. You too will learn how to apply a similar format, though it may see a bit tricky to manage at first, you will easily get the hang of it!




Tips on Personalizing Your NEW Site!


Dear CT101 Students,

Welcome to the world of “total control of your very own website! ”

Exciting indeed! Professor Smith and I realize that this can be a bit overwhelming so we wanted to share some insights and tips.

First and foremost, be generous with yourself in the process. We understand that this is a new experience and new skills take time to develop. You must however practice! Practice meaning, testing, and more testing to see how things work, to get contrast, ask questions and make decisions. We promise that you wont break the internet 🙂

Read this wordpress customization info to get your feet wet

—————–> https://en.support.wordpress.com/customize/

Most of you noticed that your wordpress site comes with a “default theme” if you chose to work with that, thats OK, but lets make it AWESOME! You can begin by searching for tutorials about your theme online. Youtube has TONS!

Not sure what theme you have? In your dashboard look under the section of Appearance –> Themes – here it will tell you what theme is active. You will also see an option to “ADD NEW” – this means that you can discover and search for other themes. There are TONS of FREE themes! And, you can LIVE TEST them all! FUN!

It may take applying 4 or 5 or 10 in order to find what you really like, and how it will compliment the content that you will be adding to your blog. This is a fun process and you can change things as often as you would like.

Heck, you can even write a blog post about trying out 10 themes and what you learned in the process! This week I will be going over more if this in my section.