Monday, April 29, 2013

A Website of your Own

According to the Forbes blog "campus to career," you should have your own website. This makes sense. After all, when you are on Facebook, or LinkedIn (Facebook for grownups), you are filling in a template of pre-existing blanks to construct a sense of who you are.

That template is designed, manipulated, owned and monetized by somebody else. You don't get to say what sorts of information is foregrounded, or how it fits together. Why not starting from scratch with a completely blank page?

Spend a little time on the learning curve of something like Google sites and Google blogger. Put together your own home page; it's free. I won't say it's "easy," but if you've managed to get a college degree, it's nothing you can't handle.

Suggestion: I've posted a number of links to the benefits of a liberal arts education--pointing out that the skills you learn in English and other majors that don't have a single-pointed career track are exactly what employers say they want. But I'm preaching to the converted. Why not link to some of these articles on your own website as you construct a site to promote your own skills?

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