Dear Readers,

Why hello! My name’s Ikra and I’m the current Digital Learning Fellow @ Davidson College. I’m on the road to becoming a freelance web designer (that’s the dream), and this fellowship is akin to my first big step in that direction. For the year, I’m working on our team (we sit in the Research & Design Studio in the library behind Fishbowl). I’ll be here for the 2019-20 school year, and along the way, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and insights, discoveries and reflections, and other bizarre or noteworthy occurrences right here.

Even though my name’s Ikra, I like to go by Fern in my blog posts. (Why has a longer backstory I won’t get into here). In addition to me, there are three other people who help bring the better out in me. They are my teammates, 

Sundi, whom I endearingly call my boss,

Daniel, who’s kind of like my teacher/coach,

and Thomas, who joined in summer like me.

The four of us together make up the Digital Learning Team, and people always ask us what we do and where the walls are in our office. One of the things we do together as a team are weekly work sessions on our Digital Identity for an hour. For my own digital identity, I have been super slow on launching my top-level domain, even though I purchased it two years ago after graduation when we had the option.

I finally launched my top-level domain in one of our work sessions. I even tried to put a theme on it that I’ve adored and hoarded on my computer for years. However, it seemed the web had other plans in store for me. As soon as I uploaded the theme and tried to activate it, the whole site crashed and I immediately got this message:

Screenshot: The site is experiencing technical difficulties.

To make things even better, the message didn’t go away. Nope, not even after several hours. I actually had to uninstall WordPress on the domain and reinstall it. And honestly, I can’t say I was surprised. This is like

story. of. my. life.

Of course this would happen to me during my digital début. It is only befitting that my digital identity reflect, well, me— basically that line perennially in a nutshell.

The site is experiencing technical difficulties.”


The site is experiencing technical, philosophical, existential, spiritual, emotional, spiritual ... difficulties.

probably captures it best 🙂 .

Until next time,


or more bloggishly, ya girl Fern

Postscript~ Sundi and I never quite figured out why exactly that happened. Turned out WP had sent me an email letting me know the theme upload is what crashed the site. Go figure. It aged before I saw its birth on my site. I got the updated version though and uploaded to my site. Obvious Web Hack #1: using older versions of themes can crash site. Use latest version.

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