It’s about time I had my own website. I’ve been building them for everybody else for about 10 years now. I’ve started projects to build websites for myself a handful of times and usually gotten bored with the process before completing the job, or finished it after weeks of effort only to abandon it shortly thereafter. I’m not exactly what you’d call a starter-finisher, especially if there are no external pressures on me to do the finishing – but one thing I have maintained over the last several years with uncharacteristic persistence is an enthusiasm for amateur photography. So I figured I’d start a blog about my hobby with a view to passing on the occasional nugget of knowledge accumulated in it’s pursuit.
This time I’ve decided to take a different approach to building a site. Instinctively I want to design and build the site myself, writing my own integrations to Flickr and other social/content APIs and fussing over the detail of it all. I am after all a professional web developer, perfectly capable of building a quality website myself. But I know that if I head down that path, chances are in 3 weeks time I’ll have a half finished website that sits on my server unchanged for a year before I eventually delete it. So this time I’ve gone the other way. I’ve used an off-the-shelf WordPress installation with an off-the-shelf theme, customised only slightly. I’m using off-the-shelf plug-ins to embed photographs and sets from my Flickr account, and I am aiming to write absolutely no code at a all in the production of this site. Unusually for me, I’m going to focus on content over technology. With any luck, my persistent interest in photography will translate into a persistent interest in writing about it. We’ll see.