Current Project: Derby book
Status: Developing characters, about to start writing
At our chapter meeting this past Thursday, our fabulous and amazing treasurer, Debbie Wright, presented a talk on Web sites. She took us through the good, the bad, and the ugly of Web design and presented a useful resource list for those of us who have little to no Web experience.
It got me thinking a lot about the Web sites I'd been working on. I took down my old writing site when I began using a pseudonym. I had planned to develop three new sites: my writing site, a site for my crafts, and a site for my PR/editing/copywriting. I went to Istock photo and purchased a few patterns and built the sites around those, using them as the basis for color schemes.
When I chose the patterns, I tried to keep the reader in mind, but I didn't fully succeed. I chose the one I liked the best for my crafts, thinking it needed to represent me and my craft style. Then I chose a more neutral one for my writing because I'd been going back and forth between wanting to write paranormal and contemporary. I knew I'd need to change it when I was published, but I figured that what I had developed would be a good placeholder.
I've changed my mind... Now that I've started the roller derby book, I think the template I had used for my craft site should be my writing template. It's a cool pink and brown damask pattern, bright and spunky. Just like a derby girl ;) So I think I'm going to do some switching around, tweaking of the header (I think it's too big) and try to finally make them live.
It was difficult to find a starting point with these sites. I saw a template somewhere that used a pattern (like the damask one I downloaded) as the basis for the site and I liked that idea. It also enabled me to create one easy template and just switch out colors and patterns for the three sites I planned to create, saving lots of time.
What do you think of your own site? Any plans to redo it? How did you choose what you have now?
Thanks again, Debbie! It was a wonderful presentation! I would also like to congratulate Bethany Gabbert for being elected our new vice president! She's in the middle of redesigning her Web site, so keep an eye out for a new link. And please help me congratulate her in the comments :) She's going to be fabulous!