Redesign again… help me put a new face on DBCII!

Hello! It’s been a while. As I mentioned, it was time to move the Weekend Coffee Share posts over to Comparative Geeks, where they have been going well. And I moved the photo blogging to Instagram, where I’m already up to 115 followers – and where I am working on a sketch a day for October.

So then the hard decision kept coming up here on WordPress: to renew or not renew my domain here for DBCII. I finally went ahead and did, but that means this needs a purpose. So that means a redesign.

The thing that makes the most sense is an e-portfolio or personal website. So the blog archives will stay, but will not be an obvious part of the design. At least, that’s the thought. As such, I’m playing around with this as the simple layout:

IA DBCII e-portfolio

I have been using a wireframe like this to consider web design for a while. The Information Architecture class I took in my library science degree really has come in handy! 

What do you think? There are some items that I could showcase that I am not here. Instead, there’s a lot of dreaming and hoping here. I can tuck that away and leave the finished and ongoing projects. Does this make sense and look good? Anything you think I am leaving out for it to be an e-portfolio? Let me know in the comments!

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Thoughts on Instagram

I have recently started using Instagram, actually after a webinar I watched at work where the librarians were talking about what a great social media space it was. They had a lot of success with being found, with getting constant interactions on posts, and with being able to ask questions and get answers. Well, that all sounded pretty good. So I gave it a look.

So far I have really enjoyed Instagram. It doesn’t get spammed to the extent that something like Tumblr does, so I can in a few minutes scroll through and see everything that’s posted for the day. It’s visual like Tumblr is, though, so it’s easier and better for scrolling through and checking out on the fly than I have found Twitter or the WordPress Reader to be.

How do they pull this off? Well, for starters, there’s no sharing. At least, not that I’ve figured out yet – I do see the occasional “re-gram” with a little share symbol and username in the corner of the image. Not sure how that’s done, but it’s pretty rare. Unlike a space like Tumblr, where sharing is the majority of the activity. You can like and comment, both of which being closest to something like Facebook in terms of use and visibility. However, some things in posts or comments don’t work – like websites. No hyperlink. So it discourages going in and linkdumping – unlike Twitter, where that’s almost the whole deal.

So it’s a visual space that’s there for others to experience and interact with. And really, I’ve had more success there with interaction than on other social media accounts. Things on the Facebook Page almost never get seen. Tweets rarely get any likes or shares. Tumblr doesn’t see much action. Indeed, in a couple of months I have as many Instagram followers as Tumblr followers, and the latter account is over a year older. In other words, it ended up really being what was advertised to me: a fun space with good interaction.

So let me run down a couple of things I have discovered regarding how Instagram plays with my whole suite of other social media accounts, to give you a more complete picture of how it works!

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