Welcome to the Make Data Make Sense log! Let’s jump right into talking about making data make sense. We can anticipate creating a lot of data on this log, so how can we ensure it will make sense?
First, with a meaningful name. This is not a “blog” because “blog” doesn’t make sense. What does “blog” mean? Anyone can tell you by now, it’s short for “weblog.” But why were we ever talking about “weblogs” anyway? That’s just redundant. We can see it’s on the web because we’re viewing it in a web browser. Just like there’s no point in appending “www.” to the front of every domain name, there’s no point in calling this a “weblog.” It’s just a log.
Our next step in making this log meaningful is using WordPress. WordPress isn’t perfect, but it’s widely used and open source, so we immediately gain access to a wide variety of plugins to do interesting things with data. We also gain access to themes.
The theme we’re using is based on Sandbox. Sandbox is a visually plain WordPress theme, so it allows for simple restyling, and it also incorporates microformats where appropriate in the markup, which is good for reasons we’ll explore another time.
That should be enough introduction to the log for now. Hopefully it makes sense. And data.