So I guess technically it has begun... I sent my advisor a writing/making plan for my last year for the hybrid dissertation thing I will be doing (there will be a written part and a digital part, but they will be doing very different things to the same content/topic). Since I'm waiting for feedback to keep moving forward with the written portion, I decided to start the digital portion because, I am stir crazy.
One of the things that I think I need to do is document the digital parts, including what I've done, why, and how, and how different components required. The time investment part feels very weird, but necessary. I see so many people talking about how long they are writing, and often that is evident in the length, but we lose the amount of time it takes to get things working digitally.
For instance, right now I am thinking I will have a wordpress gateway to the bigger project with some basic information that is a non-obvious teaser for things to come. I needed to create a working plugin. I found a plugin that did part of what I needed it to do, but I then spent 5 hours making and breaking the plugin in an attempt to customize it for my needs. The result is a single page of text. To me, that single page of text is glorious, but if anyone were to visit the site, it looks like something that could have been created in one minute by copy and pasting information from on place to another.
So, the current solution to documentation: I think the digital portion will have a blog (which is easy if I have the wordpress first part) where I track my updates, methods, and time spent on the digital portions. I'm not sure if this is the best solution. When I meet with my advisor later in the summer I will, of course, check in, but I'm wondering if there are other ways people have documented this? Does it need to be documented at all? etc. etc.