Snickollet (the blog, not the woman, although, well, let's not go there) needs an upgrade.
I'm ready to pounce on the domain www.snickollet.com and make it a real deal. Here are my issues, and they are many:
1. I don't know where to register my domain. There are lots of cheap places to do it, but are they to be trusted? Suggestions, please.
2. Related to #1, I don't know where to host my domain. I'd rather register and host at the same place because there is elegance in simplicity. There is also simplicity in simplicity, and I need to simplify my life anywhere I can.
3. This is a big one. In addition to going to my own domain, I feel like the site as a whole needs a design facelift. Actually, what it really needs is a design of any sort. The problem is that I don't know jack crap about design. Who can help me? I really know NOTHING about web design, so by "help," I mean "Who wants to do any of the following?"
- teach me something about web design
- recommend a book to teach me about web design
- redesign my site
- redesign a portion of my site
- redesign my site, but teach me how to update it
- something else that I haven't thought of because have I mentioned that I don't know jack crap about web design?
I can't offer much in payment for any of the above, but I would be happy to discuss some creative barter. I am a great baker, for example, and would gladly send a whole mess of cookies to anyone who can lend a design hand.
I've also been giving a lot of thought to content. I'm not numbering this item, because it is driven by me and me alone. I've been thinking a lot about my goals with this site. I seem to be having the existential blogging crisis that most bloggers have at some point. Blogging has been my therapy through a lot of troubled times, and I plan to continue to use blogging as an outlet for personal things that I need to work out. Blogging has also brought me some opportunities in the writing arena, and has been a great way for me to write frequently and enjoy the benefits that come with the regular practice of any endeavor.
To that end, I'm thinking of giving my blog a bit more structure. Maybe I'll share a memory of John on a specific day every week, or a story about the twins. I have used my blog as a way to log those kinds of things, but totally on an ad hoc basis. Giving more structure to my content will be a good way for me to be sure to post regularly, and to have a record of things that I don't want to lose. I can feel John slipping away from me, and any parent knows that kids grow up so fast and change so quickly. I want to record my thoughts about John and the kids while I still have said thoughts.
I'm also thinking of trying to regularly write about other topics, such as my time in the Peace Corps, my take on current events, or who knows what. I want to write more, and push myself into areas beyond my emotional navel-gazing. I will continue to navel-gaze, but I'd like to also try to look beyond a bit.
Regarding the design stuff, anyone with suggestions can feel free to post a comment or to e-mail me directly (see sidebar). I need all the help I can get with that side of things. Hey, look at me asking for help! I have learned something over the years. It's a slow process, but I'm getting there.