If you’re reading this blog, you may or may not have visited my website. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the last year or so. I’ve read articles and blog posts about what makes a good website. I’ve made lists of other people’s websites that I like. I’ve investigated designers.
You will notice, though, I haven’t done much with the actual website. The reason? It takes commitment on my part. I have to make a whole host of decisions, and I’m not sure I’d be making the right ones. I’m in the midst of looking at even more websites, and also at designers.
Currently, my website is fairly simple. I hand-coded it myself (partly why it’s so simple!). Though I know how to do tables, I haven’t yet included any on my website because I worry that they won’t come across properly on all platforms; I feel that’s a valid concern, when so many people access websites through their phones or other handheld devices. I don’t want to make those people wait around for complex pages to load.
On the other hand, a plain website doesn’t look Glossy and Fashionable. I have to decide how important that is to me, to look…I suppose the word to use is successful. As in, “fake it until you make it.” As in, wear a suit to a job interview even if the current employees go to work in jeans.
I seem to have a knee-jerk bias against looking Glossy. I’m not sure why. I don’t think my bias is necessarily a good thing, in this case. Because there are interview suits. (I even have one! Though I haven’t worn it in a while.) And even though this blog gets many more hits than my website, seemingly making it more important, that won’t necessarily always be the case, particularly if I manage to integrate blog with website someday soon (one of the things I’m discussing with a web designer).
I don’t want to turn off a potential reader simply because they don’t like my face.