I started this blog while I was working full time in a school in Ankara, but now that I've been away from Turkey for a year and went for nearly as long without updating this blog, it's time to make some external changes that reflect internal changes. My previous context kept me thinking mostly on the relationship between knowledge, learning, technology and culture within the confines of school. Since then, I've turned my thinking more to how people -and myself in particular- learn or don't learn, school or no school.
So "education" has been removed from the title of this blog. I still think of Education (with a capital "E") as one of the most important institutions of society, but my own thoughts now go in other directions enough to make Tryangulation more inclusive. I've tried to express this in more detail in the rewritten About me page which, by the way, is still a draft. Hey, if I'm changing, why shouldn't my About me page be in flux as well?
While at work fixing up my About me page, I spent most of Sunday learning how to add a couple other features to the blog. You might notice the new navigation bar under the banner. That's the row of links that say Try what?, About me, and so on. When I first added the navigation bar I got a row of very unimpressive plain text links, while I was hoping for something a little more visually appealing.
I kept hunting around the Typepad help files, and learned another cool html trick for using images as links to html pages. That means that, for example, the Find me link above is actually a graphic that works as a link. It took some time and frustration, but I won out and now have <img src="http:\\url"> in my little blogger toolkit. I then had to try creating graphics with the right look, which involved another hour or so of trial and error (learning some new functions in my graphics editor), reformatting the blog design to test the new graphics, then going back to the drawing board.
I'm still not sure it's what I want, but at least the font matches the banner, and the horizontal spacing doesn't look too bad. This is all part of the process called "fail forward." A bit of knowledge that had eluded me and even intimidated me a little, after many small failures and victories, is now mine.
And that's what this blog is about.