I’ve been more quiet this week because I’ve been going through and doing an overhaul of my static website. I’m not done (heck, I’m not even halfway through). But going over that material has driven home some interesting points.
I’m surprised at how embarrassingly dated some of the material is. A review of an Olympus C2000z, the first digital camera I bought, is essentially of zero interest now. Articles on putting together a website – hopelessly out of date. An article on doing theatre photography using film – wow, that’s out of date.
So clearly a lot of stuff will get left behind as I make the transition from doing the website with Microsoft Frontpage to just hand coding the pages (using Coda on the mac, for those who care).
At the same time, other stuff is getting ripped out. The begging for contributions – part of a sort of experiment to see how easy it was to monetize website traffic – that’ll all go. Quite a lot of stuff is staying but being substantially cut back. In the end my plan is for the static website to be quite a lot smaller than it is now.
And the photos – it’s way past time to update the galleries again.
Going through all this stuff has made me keenly aware of how much better a blog is for certain kinds of content. One thing that’s nice about a blog is that every single entry is dated. I’d give a lot to know exactly when I wrote some of the stuff that’s on my static website.
There are problems with blogs – for example, most blogs don’t do a lot to make it easy to find the backlog of content. But I think that with a bit of effort those problems can be fixed.
At the same time, I’ve become even more aware of things that a static website can do well that can’t be done well with blog posts. Galleries of photos are an obvious example.