Rethink

I’m considering a redesign of this site. Not of the look of the core part, but conceptually, as in spinning off some subsites on particular topics. Of course, that would require that I actually write something every now and then…

My blog, as you’ll no doubt know if you read it much, has been sporadic and frighteningly boring over the last three months or so. Several people who used to link to me (I won’t point any fingers) have even unlinked me, as having a link to me would de-cool their list of links. I just haven’t had much to say, or I haven’t felt like saying it here, anyway. I’ve been keeping several sets of “journally-type stuff” in my CMS (which is Movable Type), though only this one gets exposure. I have a fishing journal, and a sporadic journal of things we’ve done to our house, including a number of photos (though they’re not online).

I’m thinking of breaking this site up into several mini-sites: one for my outdoors stuff, one for house stuff (especially now that we’re getting ready to do some major things to the house), one for design stuff (for web design tips/info and my portfolio and information for potential clients, as I’d like to take on more freelance work), one for media reviews/commentary (TV, books, movies, magazines), and one for miscellaneous crap.

I might do a different design for each site (since I’ve toyed around with some other designs for this site, but none of which fits it overall) but control it all from a central point. It would be a pain in the ass to get it all configured in MT, as it took me quite a while to do what I have now. On the other hand, I might code up my own CMS for it, though one that’s simpler and less robust than MT, as I don’t have the time or inclination to duplicate Ben and Mena’s amazing efforts, and it would be just for my use anyway.

I’ll have to think about it, but since we’re heading into the hot months, I’m likely to be inside more soon, and I’ll have opportunity to do some of this work. Plus, I’d like to get more examples of different stuff online to show potential clients, since most of my work that I do for my day job is internal or hard to display as portfolio pieces.

We’ll see what the coming weeks bring.