If you learn a new programming language, the first task is to write a program that prints “Hello World” on the screen.
“Hello World” is also the title of the first blogpost that comes with the WordPress installation. It is quite reassuring to already have a blogpost which you can edit (that is what I am doing now) and better than starting totally from scratch.
Before editing this first blogpost, I had to make a couple of choices.
With the installation, I had to decide on the URL of my blog.
I was happy that my online name was still available as Dot.EU domain (all other top level domains were already taken). I wonder if the EU is so unpopular or if I was just lucky. Using a Dot.EU domain, what does this mean for my blogging? Does the EU domain lead my thinking in a certain way? Is using my online name as a domain name already a program for the content of my blog? I don’t know but I will see what I will blog about.
Then I had to decide which language to use (actually, it was two decisions, the interface language of WordPress and the language in which I blog), and I switched from the default language English to German and then back to English again.
I had to decide on a theme and a design (I modified the header uing my Flickr photos).
Now I got my WordPress blog running, I am surprised by the many built-in features, my Twitter feed and my Flickr feed are now in the right margin. At least, I got some content of my own now.
But I am still left with the question what to blog about, let’s see how this blog develops….
I got some ideas (otherwise I would not have set up this blog) but I do not have a definte plan.
And I wonder who will read theses lines: Hello World!