static website news
For once, I’m actually making progress on my static website update.
That’s partly because, in the update, a great deal of what’s out there now is going to disappear. All of the equipment reviews, for instance, are obsolete, annoyingly out of date, and frankly more appropriate fodder for blog posts now that I have a blog. I understand that some of it might be of historical interest. Sorry, the work of bringing it up to date and reformatting it is too large to make it worth going through.
The articles, too, will mostly go away. Most of them, though, were essentially blog posts but made before I had a blog. I may take that content and recycle it as blog posts. But the articles will vanish from the website. In some cases I’ll leave tombstone html files that will redirect searchers to the blog entry, I guess, to avoid breaking links.
And it turns out that my long slow move away from single images or even collections of single images continues unabated, so web galleries that are just random easily maintained sets of images are boring to me. I’m interested in collections of images. Maybe sequences of images. I want to share larger copies of the final versions of these collections of images.
And SoFoBoMo convinces me that PDF’s are a good way to do this, so PDF portfolios are what is going to be on the static website. I’ve gone through the work that’s currently on the old site, and I’ve re-edited it (think: butzi.net remastered!) and put it into PDF portfolios.
So the static website will be:
- the obligatory splash page, very plain with just one image
- a page about how to contact me
- a page offering information about me and my photography
- a page for the PDF portfolios
- a page with info and links for buying books, when I have books available (e.g. Blurb versions of SoFoBoMo books, and Blurb (or equivalent) versions of the PDF portfolios.
The result will be a much, much smaller static site. There won’t be much there, which will improve the chances that I’ll update it more often. The good news is that this change will give me an easy way to distinguish photos I post on the blog (which are NOT always what I’d consider winners but are sometimes losers I find interesting for some reason) and the work on the static website (which will be ‘finished’ work, as it were).
Once I get that done, I’ll tackle the blog, I guess.