I have never considered myself an artist. Words have always been more comforting, easier to understand and easier to work with for me. I can create whole worlds with my mind’s eye andtranscribe them into words that evoke the same images when read again later.
Writing is an artform all its own, but it never actually occurred to me to call it “art;” it has always been more of a release. Words would just pile up inside my head and I could barely catch them all as they burst from my pen, or through my fingers onto the keyboard, stumbling over each other, struggling to be the first to reach solid ink or pixels.
Once technology became more accessible in my life, I quickly adapted and learned to use it to my advantage. In college I joined the school newspaper with encouragement from my professor. I learned page-layout and found an amateur obsession in photography and typography. I wrote articles, editorials, took photos and even submitted some of my own creative writing. A desktop publishing class and a photography class soon became part of this adventure, which later led to web design. I was finding new ways to organize information, make it look “pretty” and share it with others.
With Left Shoe Creative, I wanted to find a more human way to connect with the average WordPress/social media user. Maybe even the less-than-average user. I have found that many tutorials on the web regarding creating and customizing a WordPress blog are assuming an awful lot about the comprehension and the abilities of the average user, especially when it comes to understanding terminology associated with the WordPress platform. I wanted to create an experience that doesn’t dictate how WordPress or social media work, but rather discovers WordPress and social media alongside an average user, in plain language, with lots of screen caps.
As I continue to learn WordPress through both the free website (wordpress.com) and from the shareware version (wordpress.org) that I installed on my own website, I stumble across many similarities and differences between the two. I also find myself taking note of all the questions my peers have about their own WordPress blogs, and wanting to help show them how to solve their troubles. I’ve learned there’s really no better way to learn than as a community. And what better vehicle to reach out to a community than my own (visibly growing and changing) blog?
I hope to convey a conversational, yet instructional tone with my blog entries that highlight features, customizations and plugins that can make a user’s WordPress experience more fulfilling and more fun.