First Journal Entry

Working with Project TRIKE is a real pleasure as well as an exciting opportunity to engage in thoughtful, meaningful digital humanities work. Hannah, Nancy, Natasha and Rob are awesome. They are super organized and have a very clear idea of what they – we – want to do. I was given the role of technical project manager, which is great because I am to “manage” Rob, who has far more technical expertise than I. I’ll really be following his lead, and also staying on top of deadlines and the getting of things that we need. We decided that we will publish the project on WordPress and GitHub.

We’re collaborating through Slack, which I had never used before, and which I like a lot. We have a number of channels and use Wordast to set tasks. Hannah’s organizational skills are inspirational, her time line is excellently thought out and I feel confident that we will work really well together as a team. Nancy’s work in content development is keen and insightful, and it’s fascinating to see the content collection take shape and grow. Natasha keeps the channels ticking with her timeliness and her well-written texts seem to arrive exactly when I need something to experiment with. It all feels seamless.

I built a wire frame demo of the site in WordPress, just to see what it might be like. Rob and I chose Sydney as a theme, and Rob says that we should use WPBakery Page Builder, so I spent quite a few hours familiarizing myself with this plugin. For me this is taking WordPress to another level, so I’m thrilled. I can’t say what I think of WPBakery Page Builder yet. Now it feels a bit restrictive in the sense that its default settings are determining what I do, but I think that’s because I don’t know it well yet.

So as to make the most of the CUNY Academic Commons WordPress community, I asked Matt if he could refer us to someone in the Commons for help, which he did. He sent us a load of documentation on how the Commons works, which I’ll have more to say about next week.

Long live kindness and collaborative work!

Earth’s increase, foison plenty,
Barns and garners never empty,
Vines and clustering bunches growing,
Plants with goodly burthen bowing;
Spring come to you at the farthest
In the very end of harvest!
Scarcity and want shall shun you;
Ceres’ blessing so is on you.

– Ceres, The Tempest, 1.1

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