Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Blog WIthout a Country

Warning: whenever I get a bug up my ass to blog, all of my 'early' posts are very meta. So expect a few days of me just thinking about the blog - out loud, as it were.

So, now I've got the Google widget going. I know! I'm as surprised as you are! But this does bring up all of those thorny issues about my so-called website that houses it. You'll note that there isn't even a link back to the rest of the site? For now, this blog is a bottle universe - because if the blog was a moribund Frankenstein brought back to (as yet flickering) life by Google, the rest of is so decayed and worm-ridden that even the good fictional doctor would leave it alone.

Hmm. Wrong horror analogy... a reanimated, as it remains, would be more Lovecraft than Shelley, I'm afraid. A shambling wet horror from the outer void that would drive men mad just to look upon it. Actually, a web site that's so bad it drives people stark raving sounds like it would be really cool - really, the old site is just old, and lame.

So what's the problem with the site, already? Shall we make a list? Yes, let's do!

1) is a website that was created as a promotional tool for a band that no longer exists. Therefore, all of the existing content on that site is about the ex-band.
2) Even when it was up and running, the only positive comment the site ever received was about the blog, so the blog itself seemed like the best place to start.
3) I have to finally admit: the design was - if not atrocious, at least not eye-massagingly sweet. I'd originally assembled the site with the intent to make it look old school and amateurish. Nobody got the joke: most of the complaints about the site were that it was old school and amateurish. Mission accomplished!
4) My ego could no longer take people thinking I was a lousy designer. Mission accomplished, indeed.

So, there it is in a nutshell: I have a website on my hands that requires a total designectomy, completely new content, and even a new raison d'etre.

Well, that's going to be a fucking piece of cake then, isn't it?

Maybe it's not that bad - rather than assembling the entire site and then posting all at once, I'm going to create and upload sections. But that still leaves the issue of design. Hmmm.... maybe I'll go Flash this time.

Do you think I can make Flash look amateurish? I can if I put my mind to it!


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