Since I’m blogging about desserts and drinks reviews, I’ve named my site “half milk and sugar” thinking of the things we say when we order at a cafe. I intentionally used all lowercase letters for my blog title to make it look more like an authentic self-published blog instead of a commercialised site that is sponsored by all the cafes that I’m writing reviews on.
Setting up this page wasn’t hard as WordPress has pre-installed themes that we can customise our sites with. I’ve selected the Minimalist Portfolio theme to keep my page design simple yet aesthetic. The huge photo blocks on the main page from this theme can also showcase the photos of dessert and drinks that I’m planning to blog about. I’ve originally tried changing the theme colour to #ECDCC2, which is the colour I found from googling “milk tea colour code” to suit the aesthetics of my blog. I however realise this colour would make my blog look rather dull and stuck with white at last.
My concept of this blog is to build an online virtual cafe that my readers can visit and taste the food and drinks from the reviews I write. Playing around this idea, I address my readers as if they were customers and try designing my main page as a menu that they can select orders from. These are still ideas that I’m experiencing as this is only my second week of blogging.
While the amount of freedom of webpage design is a lot less comparing to Adobe Muse which I’ve used for my graphic design course, I understand that WordPress is a medium that help publishers focus their energy on creative work rather than mastering “ever-evolving tricks, viral strategies, and social services involved in reaching their audiences” (Hempel, 2016). I’m really glad that this course provides me an opportunity to build my own site with my own unique ideas and thoughts as it is vital for us to have digital fluency to compete economically and intellectually in this digital age (Campell, 2009).
Gardner Campbell. 2009. “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” EDUCAUSE Review 44 (5). http://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure
Jessi Hempel. 2016. “Medium Takes Aim at WordPress with a New Way to Power Sites.” http://www.wired.com/2016/04/medium-now-way-power-entire-sites-including-ads