For my Wiki assignment, I, along with my group partners, made a Wikipedia-esque page on… Hannah Arnup who features in local Limerick business the Craft Hub! Honestly, I’m not an artsy kind of person. I mean, I appreciate art and I’ve yet to find a work that surpasses Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam in my eyes. But I don’t spend much, if any, of my free time looking up great work or going to galleries to admire various pottery or sculptures.
So, I was unsure of my mission one lovely Wednesday afternoon when I journeyed into to city to locate this elusive ‘Craft Hub’ I’d been sent to get photos of. As I trawled through the city streets with my new iPhone and it’s super fancy camera in hand (my beloved slide-up phone of four and a half years met a tragic end two weeks before), I was unsure of how interested I would be in this artwork of Arnup’s. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised up arrival of the Hub that the staff inside were quite friendly and I got to play detective by secretly recording their answers as I asked them about Arnup and her work. The photos I gathered was the easy part, there was another kettle of fish that I had no experience of ever before.
When it came to the actual formatting of the Wiki page, I was way in over my head. My extent of knowledge in the technology side of life revolved around logging into Facebook and somehow setting up a functioning Skype account to talk to my brother in Brussels. Luckily however, Jonathan, one of the people in my group, was more than helpful in showing me how this mysterious Wiki page actually operates. And so, when I was doing my part on the page about Irish Design 2015, I was actually able to put it up on Wiki myself! A laughable task for some but it was a small milestone for me.
Looking at Group 18’s Wiki page now that it’s been completed gives me a great sense of fulfilment. I’ve never known how Wikipedia works, despite relying on it for the most of my Leaving Cert year, and now I do know. It’s not that complicated or difficult, you know, once you get over all the brackets, equal signs, linking and that techy stuff. Sure, I got a blood-curling fright when I heard the deadline was Friday 30th October, not 6th of November like everything else I have due but you get over these things when the task proves doable. I’m still not a professional at all of this Wiki page making stuff or at this blogging madness but I like it so far. I think.
The group project on Wiki was pretty cool. Maybe (not promising anything) I may grow to like, even enjoy, formatting web pages.
(Apologies for any incorrect use of computer terms and definitions, I really have no idea what I’m talking about).
Oh and guys! Check out the Wiki page! It’s pretty neat!