As I prepare to take down the construction page this week, I want to make a quick announcement to early visitors that my site is officially open, but it’s not necessarily “finished.” I still have an entire category of pages to construct called “Other Media,” as well as to finalize the pages I’ve already created, shaped, and stamped with approval. I still have to review my site apps, double-check cookie requirements, and do all of the things that make a site run properly. I also have to work on getting the site’s “page speed” up as much as I can. Unfortunately, I seem to hit the occasional hiccup, especially on first-time load, which is doubly unfortunate since that’ll be the experience most users have. So, I’m taking down the construction page this week, but I won’t be making any official announcements until more of the site is constructed.
That said, what can visitors of this site expect? Well, the main draw is the books sections, and those are finished (as much as I’d intended for launch). No one needs to wait for me to put in my photo gallery or useful templates to get the most out of the books sections. And I’ve taken extra care to provide a complete user experience for exploring my books, including samplers, pop-up buttons with additional info, and even roadmaps for books that are still under construction. For anyone interested in keeping up with my library, this site will meet nearly any need.
But for those who want a place to submit book ideas (not for me per se, but for any author who’s looking for new material to cover), I’ve got a place set up for that, too.
My hope is to establish a site that considers readers’ needs, not just in finding the best from my own library, but also extended libraries from other authors who’d like to volunteer their information. I hope this will become a place that readers look forward to revisiting. And I think I can make that happen.
As long as I can get these pages to speed up.
Hopefully, my host will improve things on their end. I also hope that all of the mandatory apps I have installed, like cookie solution generators, for example, don’t slow things down so much that the site stops working entirely. To prevent pages from timing out, I had to change how things worked so much already that I’ve lost sight of the working combinations.
When I set out to build this site, I never imagined how complicated it would get. Yet, here we are.
I don’t know what the users’ experience will end up becoming. I can only do what’s in my ability, and what my resources permit. But I hope this experiment will work out. I’d like to give my books an adequate home. I hope this new site will be just that. We’ll see how it goes.
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