Learning something

So I have started to fool around in this web-page building business, and wanted to play aournd with google analytics. Unfortunatly this requires me to be able to upload code into the site which I can’t do on the hosted wordpress so I realized that I need to put u my own installation of this.

Thankfully I realized that since I have access to a server thanks to the very generous blackinternet.se I should start by building my own webpage, and eventually also host my pages myself. Since I just learned how to use SSH, and I’m a total newbie at coding I have now switched my initial focus from learning html, to learning apache and as a result I have registred a domain at quift.eu for the mere sum of 10 SEK for a year. Very cute. So once I get the domain, I will start building a webpage on it. Sofar the IP adress goes straight to my magento install (which I can’t figure out how to admin), so some tweaking will be done. The goal is to create a page which works with wordpress to begin with, and then build an aggregator for the blogs of my class.

I probably wont need any html to do this, but I sure as hell will need to go down into the apache config, and learn some proper linux command magic.

I might fail to learn anything!

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I’m a student at Hyper Island, a school which has gotten world fame for it’s simple and demanding methodology. The model, summarized in the “learning by failing” motto stresses exactly that. A new perspective, willingness to learn, and to embrace change and learning outcomes is what we are taught in theory. In practice we are thrown into a pool of frustration, and given total and utter responsability to learn by ourselves, and to take advantage of all opportunities that we are given.

So if I have not learned whatI should I have only myself to blame.

Hence I will try to here document my learning failures, which will mostly be tales of procrastination if I’m honest, and frustration-driven rants if I try to elevate myself. If I manage to reach any of my learning goals I will brag about it, in the vain hope that someone will stumble upon my bragging and encourages me.

So let’s start by making a list of learning goals. What do I wish to learn this year?

Since I’m aimin for being a digital savant it deem it useful is I could actually use html, css and jQuery to make a website myself. So let’s start with that one. next I want to be able to make actually useful webpages, so some php would be good. And this will have to suffice for programming.

I need to learn to write a blog, and to give it proper quality content. How to build an online brand and presence as they say. And to combine this with a relevant twitter feed. To meet these goals I have the twitter account Quift, aswell as the quift.wordpress.com blog. Other tools that I would need are something relevant to say, which is probably much tougher to achieve than to was to register these 2 accounts. Any tips for that are very welcome.

As a third goal we could add self-dicipline at this point. Since most of my life so far has been a long story of bullshitting, procrastination and laziness this should really be number one. But I couldn’t find any good online resources to do this, no service that would enable me to offload heavy lifting into the cloud. So we will let this one rest here at number three so far.

So, let’s get moving then.

Next up, crawling my way through some html noob tutorials and building something.