It is all over folks!
Okay… so I was pretty shocked to find myself writing these blogs and enjoying it. I pushed myself and put my ideas on here… on the inter-webs. Terrified… frustrated… posting on Twitter (occasionally). My brain was on tar, but when I put fingers to keys, the blogs came easily. Goodbye Digital History.
The Project? Oh is that what you came here for?
Okay… the project was worse than my ‘weekly’ blogs. I tried one topic, got burnt out, then started a new one. In the end, I have found that my project might be rather useful in my future endeavors and now I can say: HEY WORLD, I HAVE MADE A HISTORICAL WEBSITE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO LOOK AT PRIMARY SOURCES… or something like that. I thought this project was way more complex than I could handle. Hearing my classmates’ plans and projects made me feel like a lone cactus in a beautiful rain forest. I was feeling pretty low after I sent in my project to our professor and she was less than impressed… but once I understood what was expected of me, I found my angle. I focused on html and visual representation as well as usability and accessibility. I tried to incorporate as many of the tools we discussed throughout the semester into my website. My favorite part of the website? the name. The website domain that is. It all started with one document and I loved it, so I kept it. cadefamily.omeka.net
What does the project look like now… and what am I hoping to do with it:
Today the project looks nearly the same as when I presented it. New stuff? Education tab, discussion questions embedded into the exhibit, and a few typo fixes thanks to friends.
The Future of the website, The Opelousas Massacre of 1868: It looks bright. Within the next few weeks, I hope to be interviewing at private schools in Austin/San Antonio Texas. With this site, I hope to prove to future employers that I can be helpful in technology, history, and research. I can not wait to show middle schoolers and high schoolers how to create their own historical analysis using this website or to show them how to digitize primary sources. Luckily for them, I know a little about copyright now too.
This class has been highly educational to me. It was not a regular history class that was historical content based, I was learning about the technical aspect and how to get your work out into the world. I felt that the class was useful and informative and a great resume builder.