I am about to try something new. In the back of my mind I have been toying with the idea of creating a website to help teach people about technology. I like learning new things and I find both enjoyment and challenge in explaining the concepts that I take for granted to people who have no technical knowledge.
For the past year I have been writing short three to five hundred word articles for my college newspaper on technology. I decided I want to take that to the internet.
This new site is a calculated whim. I have toyed with the idea, but never to any great extent. I know there are a lot of sites out there attempting to explain technology. I didn’t go and look at any of them. I bet there are probably some really good ones out there, but I have decided that I want to try my hand at one and I think I can do just as well, if not better, than the next guy.
The target audience is multi-faceted. My number one target is people who haven’t experienced technology before and need help finding there way around. I also want to help people who use their computer for paper writing, email checking and Facebook, but don’t know what else their computer will do. Finally, I would like to deal with a few issues that are more in depth and perhaps require more experience. As a side objective I would also like to develop a list or database of questions that new users have and concepts that new users don’t understand so that developers, designers and creators can see where users have problems.
I have a few concerns about this project. The first concern I have is getting traffic to the site, I have never been very good at advertising, but I have also never done something like this before. My biggest concern is finding my content level. I want to start out with the extreme basics, I don’t want to leave people in the dust, but I also don’t want to insult people by simplifying things too much.
Targeting this group of people is also hard because these people are not going to be out surfing the net looking for this type of information. I’m not sure how I will combat this, but I’ll figure that out as I go.
I acknowledge that these are lofty goals and it won’t be easy, but this is what I like to do. I like to dive into technology and I want to see if I can make this take off.
Without further introduction, I announce my newest venture: TechPhobia.info