(I've moved this series to Monday, since it's a way to encourage you for the week to come – and a good lead in before we know the news of the week).
Want to share your legacy and enthusiasm for professional geekery? Start a web page.
Oh, I'm not talking a blog – though it may be part of it. I'm talking a page that has and does something for people you want to reach, mentor, encourage, or just kick in the backside until they get their progeek on.
I'm talking a page that is a tool. A page that does something. A page that is basically an application or a library or something that lets people get something done. Say . . .
- Maybe an archival page filled with useful advice, lessons, diagrams, what have you for a given profession.
- A blog/archive where people swap and record advice.
- A useful interactive map of services, locations, clubs, etc.
- A calculator, destination-finder, or planner of some kind.
- Snippets of code, useful stuff, etc.
- A "compiler" that combines several sites (social media, code archives, what have you) in one place for various projects, lessons, etc.
- A site documenting a continual project – and it's continual educational benefits for progeeks.
Ask yourself what people need – and then build it. Or team up with someone to build it. You get the idea.
What do you get from it?
- You get to create a unique service for people.
- You get to make that service available.
- You get to learn a lot from deploying it.
- It can combine well with other projects – like speaking or writing.
- It looks good on a resume.
Making a site is easier than ever, from a repurposed blog to Joomla to template-driven creators. Teamed up with (or being) a web developer and the sky's the limit.
Set your sights on a site and help share your professionally geeky wisdom and knowledge!
– Steven Savage