This article is for the Silver Congressional Award.
Why create a “professional” online presence?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, “professional” is used to describe something that “relates to a profession,” yet the word conjures up so much more than its short definition. When I think of something professional, I think of tall buildings and business suits. I think of financial management teams and lawyers; most of all, I think of stock images. If I could use three words to describe these stock images, they would be “clean,” “serious,” and “invested.”
Although my blog is about education, I want my blog to be professional. In other words, I aim for my blog to be clean in design, and serious in nature. The topics of my blog—education and career development—is what I am invested in. As a result, I would describe my blog as professional because I try to encompass my interests and talents in a professional manner.
So this website is just a “professional” blog?
Yes. The internet is an amazing place where people share there interests and values, but the internet is also permanent. I see regular-Joes on twitter being “cancelled,” and destroying their careers because of uneducated and uncompassionate statements. I do not want to be cancelled because of ignorant statements, so I decided to write only about myself, my actions, and my own personal development. In other words, I will only write about what I have experienced or learned. I will explain how sourced mediums effect my beliefs on topics.
I used the following articles to help create my LinkedIn profile.
Developing my website
I started with a minimalistic WordPress template. I made an ‘about me’ page and a ‘resume’ page. Then, I created a basic backbone and build up from there.
Originally, I titled my site “Olivia A. Gallucci’s Personal Site,” but that was too long, so I went with “Olivia A. Gallucci.”
After that, I decorated my site with “glittered” images. I made most of my glitter images using the ‘magic select tool’ on ibisPaint. It was not a challenging task, but it was very time consuming. (Note: All I did was put pictures of glitter over art that someone else made. I did not design anything.)
I made a ton of glitter images and icons. One of my favorites was a portrait of Richard M. Stallman, the creator of Free and Open Source Software.
Here are some of the glitter icons and images on this site:
Unfortunately, most of the glitter images I made did not make it on to this site. I made around forty images total, but a lot of them did not look good on my site.
I also tried to create a website logo and site header. Unfortunately, the logos I made appeared grainy on my site. In addition, I could not change the size of my logo or site header in HTML because that feature is not allowed on (monetarily) free WordPress accounts. In other words, I would have to pay to get that feature. Since I do not need a logo or site header, I decided to stick with my free WordPress account. If I become very passionate about blogging, I may purchase a WordPress subscription. At the moment, however, I am just starting out, so I am fine with a (monetarily) free account.
After that, I began to decorate my website with photos and fun pages. I created a photoblog, a reading blog, and a blog. These pages give my website a personal touch.
After these pages were developed, I created organizational pages, and rearranged my site menus so that my website would be easier to navigate. Lastly, I decorated the organizational pages using stock images from Pexels.com, which supplies photos with FOSS-like licenses.
At this point my website was complete. I would repeatedly check back to look for spelling and grammar errors.