Time to Change the Oil

I am offi­cial­ly bored with my web­site. It’s been sta­t­ic for way too long. Some things just aren’t on my mind as much as they were at one time, oth­ers have become more impor­tant, I’m sure there are dead links, etc. It’s just stale. But that’s most­ly writ­ing and main­te­nance, which I can do alone.


As far as how the site looks, though, I don’t real­ly know what I want quite yet. I just want some­thing dif­fer­ent. I was try­ing to fig­ure out how to make my LJ page look like the rest of my web­site, and I real­ized that I did­n’t real­ly want any­thing to look exact­ly like that right now. Which is prob­a­bly going to mean new graph­ics and maybe some oth­er kind of layout.

sam­bear is my graph­ics guy, and he’s busy. I do not want to even think of any­thing that will dis­tract him at the moment. In fact, I prob­a­bly should set this entry so he can’t read it, but then he’d get sus­pi­cious or feel excluded.

I don’t cre­ate graph­ics (well, I can do screen­shots, because you have to do that as a tech­ni­cal writer—but that isn’t real­ly cre­at­ing as far as I’m con­cerned). I can resize, crop, and rotate. I can cre­ate an image map. I can make images show up, gen­er­al­ly where I want them to do so, on a web page. But that’s all. One of the rea­sons I stitch is because I absolute­ly can­not draw rec­og­niz­able stick fig­ures, and stitch­ing is just about my only chance to cre­ate some­thing visu­al­ly pleasing.

The only real con­struc­tive crit­i­cism I’ve received about the site is that one sec­tion isn’t as eas­i­ly nav­i­ga­ble as it could be. I hate mess­ing with that sec­tion. It’s about icky stuff and is there for a good rea­son that def­i­nite­ly has­n’t gone away. I’ll fix the nav­i­ga­tion at some point, but the police asked me a few months ago not to change that part of my site at all and haven’t said that it’s okay to edit it yet, so I don’t think I should do any­thing at all to it for now. At least, that gives me a good excuse for the moment.

So now I go try to fig­ure out some way to make it dif­fer­ent with­out know­ing how I want it to be different…

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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