In Code

Since I started this blog, I’ve been very interested in making it my own creation. I’ve even gone to the trouble of registering a domain name, so it’s not just another .wordpress.com blog, but dylancharles.net. Which still makes me excited by the way. I know it’s a simple matter of, you know, paying money, but it’s my little URL, with my name that pops up plain as day in google.

Part of this desire to make this website uniquely me, has been an interest in breaking free of using the themes. Unfortunately, I have a fairly large roadblock in my way. Specifically, I don’t know but the extreme basics of HTML. I can make something bold and I can make something italic, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge.

So, for the first time in a long while, I’m going out of my way to learn a new skillset. And I’m wary going in. Programming has always been daunting to me. It’s about knowing proper symbols and putting them in their proper places and it’s all very akin to math, another subject I wasn’t fond of.

But thanks to a little guidance, I’ve glommed on w3c.org, a site with a fairly large amount of information about programming and the like.  I’ve started futzing around with the basics of the basics, just messing around in notepad and trying to make something resembles anything. And, success, I have what looks like a website from 1995: black text on a white background with one image and a link!

The unintended side effect of this little experiment is I’m starting to have some vague notion of how the internet works now. Which is spooky. I dunno if I want to look too closely at the underpinnings of the internet.

Still, I’m having fun, for the most part. And hopefully, in the next couple of months, I’ll know enough to actually make my own website design, without relying on the creativity of some anonymous user I’ll never meet.

Dylan Charles

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