When I began this blog, I had every intention of making site reviews a regular topic. In fact, Site Reviews have their own category, which so far has sat empty in my menu bar. I am a bad blogger, having an empty category all this time.
It’s relatively simple these days to start a blog or website. Personally, I love WordPress because it takes care of the heavy lifting. That said, not everyone understands the thought process and effort that goes into making a site; organization and ease of use are paramount, and there’s a science behind placement and navigation. WordPress and its ilk make it easy to get your message out, but only the site creator/manager can assure it actually makes sense.
In my website reviews, I intend to focus on authors who manage their own sites, and in particular indie authors who may not have a lot of support when it comes to managing their web presence. I haven’t seen much in the way of exploration of this topic, but as publishing and the web evolve, information on maintaining a clear and accurate web presence becomes more valuable.
In case you’re wondering why I’ve decided to focus on this aspect of writerly life, I’ve been managing my own websites (in myriad and various forms) since 1999, I have a degree focused on interactive design, and I worked as a professional web designer for several years. I’ve written code by hand and I’ve edited WordPress templates. I’ve maintained sites from file upload to email accounts and everything in between. I may not be the best designer on the block, but I’ve got a good handle on the basic principles. Check out my portfolio site if you’re curious.
I’ve already lined up my first site for review, and it’s about 3/4 done. Should be posted tomorrow, or at latest the next day. Cross fingers! I hope you’ll like what I’ve got in store.