I thought it might be time for a blog post that was purely dedicated to Thinktank, and the Springfield Connection, and what my plans are for the future. Don’t worry, my better blog posts will be forthcoming soon!
I have been web designing for such, such, such a long time. It only actually dawned on me fairly recently just how long I’d been into it. Thinktank has been around for over four years, which seems insane, and I never think about it like that. It’s moved locations countless times, and I’ve lost posts countless times. I’ve learnt my lesson now, though, so if anything were to happen to the site at this address I have it all backed up like a sensible person.
But even before Thinktank version one, there was my other website – ‘The One’. It was before the whole blog culture – it just had updates from me, and some simple content. It even had it’s own forums, although they were ridiculously quiet. And then even before that, there was ‘Andy’s Page’, my first ever foray into making a website. The timing is all hazy to me about when I actually started making websites, but it was a long, long time ago. It’s really weird to think about it. I actually just found this on my deviantART page (…that is so old it creaks) and that was a design that I made for the One. I uploaded it in March 2005. Five years ago – madness.
I’m getting all reflective about the past, but this post is supposed to be about the future. Don’t worry, the sites aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, at least I hope not. I still love writing for Thinktank whenever I can – granted, it’s not as often as it used to be, but I think that’s common with any non-news based blog. In retrospect, if I had launched Bite in January like I had originally wanted to, it probably would have been the last nail in the coffin for tank, because it would have left me with literally nothing to write about. I’m still really liking this design, too, because it’s a lot more elegant than the older designs that I made for the blog.
But, I’ve started to notice some areas where I could improve it, and I’m starting to tentatively think about eighthtank. It won’t come together overnight – it’s a bit of an overhaul to be honest with you, and I have no idea when it will eventually make it up. But what’s the reasoning behind the redesign? I feel that I’m sort of restricted by this design – blog posts need to be a bit lengthy to make them worthwhile, and I can’t just post a really nice design that I’ve seen or just one song that I really like. So, I’m thinking of making the site much more of a collection of my activity on the web. There would still be the lengthy blog posts that this design has become synonymous with, but they would be interspersed with shorter notes – sort of like tweets, but I don’t have a personal Twitter account anymore – pictures, links that I digg, songs on the Hype Machine that I love. All of these things can be drawn together into Thinktank, to make it more active at the end of the day.
I also want to trim the site a bit. The music page is good, but it is just a static page – the reviews are never updated, because if I ever review something, I just do it in a blog post. The last.fm data is the only really useful part of that page – so why can’t I put that in the music tag page? The answer is, I can. And that’s what I’m hoping to do. Give some more purpose to the tag pages, putting in relevant content without having to create static pages. A design tag page could potentially have some mouth-watering stuff on it.
But it probably wouldn’t contain Klevver. I’m seriously considering removing it from the site when I redesign – I haven’t been designing for other people for a long time now, and while I do provide services to people that I know, I rarely if ever design for somebody that sends me an e-mail asking for a design. It’ll be sad to see it go, but in reality, it’s been gone for a long time.
As for the springfield connection, well it’s still going pretty strong. As strong as I can expect I suppose, with the community dying a death (already dead?). It gets monthly updates – not always the most chunky updates in history, but at least stuff is getting refreshed. I’m 99% certain that I will not redesign TSC again – I think it’s in a great state now to adapt to fewer updates, particularly because of Drain. But I’m talking about it as if it’s lying there dead – it isn’t. I’m working on a major content update for next month, headlined by a completely new section, and I’m also planning a unique twist on our dancing-homer.com design that was launched three years ago (it’s sort of our birthday?) that is basically where the site has come from. You probably know that TSC has been around for much longer than three years, but we lost all of the content so it was basically reborn three years ago, with the content that you see now. I’ve got a few special things planned, exciting.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got to say for this epic blog post. Coming up to 1000 words, and to think I struggle to write essays.Noteworthy 5 March 2010
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