From Ariane, with whom I discussed an idea last week:
You know how you were talking about putting up a page showcasing the skills of Hoydenizens? I was wondering whether it would be plausible or appropriate to have a place where people can ask for needed skills and referrals?
This comes up, obviously, because I need skills. I need a Cisco baby phone system person, and since I have no allegiances to anyone it’d be kinda nice to use someone who wants the work, should they exist, rather than, say, DiData – which is what I am just about up to.
Does this inspire? Or is it more trouble than it’s worth?
Now, it does inspire, but I’m not entirely sure which is the best way to do the skills showcase, which I envisioned as a way for Hoydenizens to tell everybody about their freelancing, businesses, crafting, trades and other skills which other Hoydenizens might conceivably find useful at some time or other.
So how to do it?
I could create a free blog on wordpress.com, inviting people to send in their skills profiles and skills requests, do them up as posts and use the wordpress category and tagging system to index the skills displayed so that they were easily searchable/findable. Other interested Hoydenizens could perhaps join in as volunteer admins, and we could do it as a group project. I could set up an information page on Hoyden which would included an embedded RSS widget displaying the latest posts on the skills exchange site.
But perhaps there are other free website services out there which would do a better job as a Content Management System (CMS) for a skills exchange. Anyone know of any?
Or is this a project that deserves its own dedicated domain and existing purpose-built CMS software? Or are there some Geek Hoydens out there who would like to build such a CMS?
Thoughts? (And if anyone can help Ariane, or if you know someone else who could, then that would be awesome?)