Teaching and doing digital history.

Averting Distraction and Thinking Ahead

Sometimes you aren’t as productive as you’d like to be. Fred warned us that this class might do that, so I’m taking it as part of the territory. This week I ignored the urge to scrap my entire site and rebuild it using the fancy new tools in my toolkit. I admit that redesigning websites seems to be brain candy to me. Make it pretty. Make it blue. Make it different. I’d like to re-engineer my information architecture so that I group pages more thoughtfully. I would like to use includes so that I don’t need to update every single page any time I make a change to the footer, but getting them to work is going to take more time than I have right now. I’d like to add in a Creative Commons license. I resisted all of this; it can all wait until after the semester is over.

So instead I thought ahead to the Mapping tutorial I have to do in a couple of weeks. I realized I need to get re-acquainted with the Google API and that’s where I stopped. Suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to tonight’s web scraping tutorial and this weekend I’ll spend more time on the API, then I’ll design my tutorial.

Ebbs and flows of productivity, right?

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