Since the last class Susannah and I decided to each tackle one major aspect of the site. I worked on our home page and included more information on how our project is unique and important for our area. Susannah took on adding more information on male laborers and the wages they earned and how they fit into the society of North Adams. Personally for me trying to create our homepage was really hard. I want it to be short enough that people will not get bored reading it or skim it and loose out on important information, but I also wanted to include enough detail and information to entice people to explore the site further. Finding the balance between the two was really difficult and I think it still needs some work but I decided stepping back and taking a look at it tomorrow with fresher eyes would be best.
Creating the first draft was really fun. I created most of the design aspect and added the all the pages, which is something I really love doing. Being able to move things and see how it all comes together is both really rewarding and also a little overwhelming. Now we have to start editing and figuring out where everything is best placed. Susannah and I worked together on the overall look of the website and then we split up to actually add the information. Susannah worked on the Homepage, the Hoosac Tunnel page, and the Historical sketches page. I created the content for the Maps of the Irish Journey page (which we still need to add a bit more to our timeline, but for now it is really great to have it up), the Irish Potato Famine page, as well as the Irish Arrive, Irish in the Workforce, and the Saint Francis of Assisi Church pages. Collectively we created the About Us, Contract, Photos, and Bibliography pages.