Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Swept along by technology

Okay, I'm making the plunge. I've got a website and a domain. Now I just have to create the site. Yeah, just create the site. Right.

What to put in? What to leave out? What software to use? How to design it?
Should it be cute? Serious? People say it should be professional. Okay. Who can define 'professional'? I've seen all kinds of websites from 'professional' authors (published and unpublished)

Should I have excerpts? Or just blurbs? A listing of accolades? (There's an inch of space! LOL) Should I mention which chapters I belong to? What positions I've held in those chapters?

Should I use Wookie-wookie-baby as my profile photo? She's more photogenic than I am though she doesn't smile unless I scratch her chin.

Then there are links. I can probably come up with a dozen or two links. No problem. What about this blog? Link to it? Or embed it? (Yeah, that's not the right term but what the heck. I know what I mean.)

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

This could be another 'job'. LOL

1 comment:

Patti O'Shea said...


My best advice is to visit lots and lots of author websites and make notes. What do you like, what don't you like? What pages do they have that you want? Once you have an idea, do a navigation tree to help plan the flow of your site.

My other recommendation is that even if you use some kind of WYSIWYG editor, learn HTML and CSS anyway. Trust me, all those programs will do something goofy and if you don't know how to code, you won't know how to fix it. I use FrontPage and will go into the code and fix whatever I want/need to in there.