Under the direction of our fearless leader, Louis, our team here at The Johns Hopkins University has taken off with the idea of starting a blog. This first week of posting is really where the rubber meets the road, so to say.

When we first started this project, we were full of ideas and visions, and we quickly developed a skeleton of a structure. But as we got deeper into the actual creation of the blog, we realized just how many things there were to consider. We found ourselves asking questions like:

  • What’s the best publishing platform for our purposes?
  • What type of content should we be publishing?
  • Will people actually read this?
  • What are some best practices of successful blogs?
  • What will we call it?

Who would have thought there would be so many things to consider when it’s a ten-second process to sign up on WordPress/Blogger/Tumblr/etc. and begin posting content?

We were careful to take the time to consider first and foremost – our purpose. What are we trying to do with this? Our objective for this blog takes a page out of our university’s mission statement. It is our intent to educate, promote life-long learning, and bring the benefits of discovery to the world. We intend to do this by covering a wide range of topics and posting material that is relevant to what we see, what we do, and who we are.

Each member of our team has a hand in this project. We will all play the roles of contributor, reader, and participant of the learning community we hope to create with this space. We look forward to the challenge of posting fresh ideas and new perspectives, and being agents of learning for ourselves and the community we serve at this institution.