Learning As I Go

4 11 2006

When I fist set up this blog two days ago, I figured I’d try to make it look just right before I started making any posts.  Upon reflection, I don’t think that is being “true” to what I am trying to do – document the process of digitizing the Battle of Bull Run.  If I’m going to discuss just what I have to go through to get my website up and running, I may as well document what I go through to get this blog up and running as well.  So over the next weeks and months, my mistakes are going to be here for all to see and ridicule.

So far, what I’ve done is chosen WordPress to host my blog.  It was pretty easy to do.  The hard part has been choosing a theme and learning the different options, but I’ve purchased a Visual Quickstart Guide for WordPress that looks pretty good.  I’ve also been playing with the banner or header, trying to find an image and text color combination that doesn’t give the reader a migraine.

As I go along, please feel free to make comments or suggestions regarding the format of this blog.  I need all the help I can get.

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18 responses

4 11 2006
Brian Downey

Way to go Harry! Best of luck on your venture on the interweb.

4 11 2006
Harry Smeltzer

Brian,
Thanks for the thoughts. I owe you a lot for the tips you’ve given, and hope I can continue to count on you for advice. Any idea how to get rid of this “written with love” stuff?

5 11 2006
Chris Army

Congratulations and good luck with the Blog Harry! I’m happy to see Stonewall “Schwarzenegger” on your blog site!

Best regards,
Chris Army

5 11 2006
Harry Smeltzer

Chris,
I’ll explore the legend of Balco Jackson in an upcoming post. Actually,it just a little secret about the inscription on the other side of the monument.

5 11 2006
Shotgun

Harry, there is nothing wrong with learning as you go. We all do that. Just remember, if you are not going to learn from your mistakes stop making the dang things! Great job my friend and I am looking forward to what you have to say.

6 11 2006
Mannie Gentile

Harry,

Outstanding! And thaks for using that freaky “Stonewall Jackson as Batman the Dark Knight” sculpture…even his hat has muscles.

Also a quote from Larry Fine marks an auspicious beginning.

Mannie Gentile

6 11 2006
Mike Johnson

Harry, sounds like you have an interesting project here. I look forward to reading your developments.

6 11 2006
jerry

I am glad you decided to do something interesting, notas inteesting as 2michelles, but interesting anyway, bubba.

6 11 2006
Harry Smeltzer

Mannie, Mike and Shotgun, thanks for the good wishes. Thanks also to Jerry – if one can’t count on one’s (much, much) older brother, who can one count on?

6 11 2006
Eric Wittenberg

Good luck with it, Harry, and welcome to the blogosphere.

Eric

6 11 2006
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Eric. It should be interesting.

7 11 2006
Steve Basic

Harry,

Wishing you the best of luck on this new venture, and look forward to reading it as the days go by here.

Regards from the Garden State,

Steve

7 11 2006
Drew W.

Welcome Harry! FBR is my favorite eastern battle so I look forward to your digital project.

Drew

7 11 2006
Harry Smeltzer

Steve, thanks for the wishes.

Drew, you must be sick and twisted. But I guess I am too. The more I look into the campaign, especially the individuals, the more I find to look into. I’m just hoping I can figure out PhP, MySQL, XHTML, and all this other stuff before I pass on. I don’t know yet if BR1 is my “favorite”, but the possibilities for research seem endless right now. I hope I’m up to the challenge. Never up, never in!

7 11 2006
Mark Peters

Harry,

Best wishes from England. I trust that you’ll continue to call it as you see it, and am more than sure that you’re up to the job.

Best wishes,

Mark

7 11 2006
Brett S.

Harry,

I was hoping you’d decide to blog full time after you guest blogged over at Dimitri’s. Good luck. I too am looking forward to your online project covering First Bull Run.

Brett S.

7 11 2006
Harry Smeltzer

Mark,

I imagine you’re anxiously awaiting stories of Stuart slashing through red-trousered zouaves (except I don’t think there were any red-trousered zouaves at BR1). All in good time.

Brett,

Thanks. I have to admit hosting Dmitri’s blog was an eye-opening experience. Now let’s see how well I do on my own.

8 11 2006
Mark Peters

Harry,

You remember. I’m flattered. Any kind of slashing is fine, and due recognition that Stuart actually won the day would be appreciated.

Good start, on the blog, by the way!

Best wishes,

Mark

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