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Your constructive comments are appreciated. [Feb. 26th, 2005|05:37 pm]
Miss Von Trapp
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I am getting a bit bored with vampgirl.com. I've not updated it in a long while now as I ran out of space and have had issues with hosts and whatnot... I'm thinking I *will* update the whole lot (i suppose) in the summer when I have some free time and then leave it as a complete piece - a finished project.

I have a LOT of members on the forum - and I don't want to give that up or let them down, but after a big haul when I get round to it I don't think I want to update the site much any longer... It really only filled a gap in my life for a few years (as my closest friends will understand the reasons why) and now I have a lot of college/theatre on the go and a fresh new start ahead of me and I don't want to be wasting time on teh interweb with page editing, promoing, site-whoring and petty bitching. I've never done the petty bitching (although I've had to defend myself unnecessarily on occasion), but keeping a big site going/updated used to take up a LOT of my time and I haven't got the time, inclination or enthusiasm anymore...

I have real life things and a happy present/future to enjoy and don't want to lose myself to a monitor.

Don't panic - I'm not giving up LJ, or the forums - I'm just being open and honest about the feelings/general apathy I have for the actual upkeep of the dotcom... Ok, so a big overhaul is in order and it will be done, but I thought I'd let you know and ask your opinion on the matter.

Should I make it a 'finished' site for academic information and whatnot, or restart the monthly updates of books/movies and stuff? Or should I keep the monthly book/movie stuff for the forum instead??

Quite honestly, I'd be lost without my moderators - they do a damn fine job and I promise I won't let you guys down - it's only the actual future of the site that hangs in the balance here...

Ideas? Anyone?

[User Picture]From: hawklord2112
2005-02-26 06:05 pm (UTC)

pluck the best reviews and stuff from the forums and post to the completed site.

sounds like a good idea...
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2005-02-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thinking I'm going to change the book reviews into a list of my favourite books reviewed. (as the movie list there already is)

Do away with the pic of the month and just leave a gallery... That sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: hawklord2112
2005-02-26 06:25 pm (UTC)
give it a trim, so to speak.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-02-27 01:15 am (UTC)

The middle road

Who says you have to do either, the world is not full of definites.

The site has clearly brought you pleasure. But you have no responsibilities towards it. Why not take the middle road. Update when you find something that the site needs, otherwise don't.

Anyway, it's never a fresh start, you always take you with you. Be the you that you were and strive for balance.

Philosophical neh.
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[User Picture]From: vashe
2005-02-27 02:34 am (UTC)
I think you should give it a jolly good spring clean, and leave it as a finished piece. I certainly wouldn't bother with regular updates because I think that once people have joined the forum, they rarely check back to the actual site (I know I haven't done in years!), so it would be more productive as a resource. As the anonymous poster said, once it's finished it's not untouchable, and sporadic updates wouldn't do any harm, if one has something worth putting up.

:) xxxxx
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2005-03-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
Will do - just as soon as I'm settled after moving;)
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From: pinkbat1407
2005-02-27 04:36 pm (UTC)
I agree with Vashe. It's been ages since I've checked the original site, after I stumbled across it for the first time looking for The Dracula novel. I'm sure that's what most people do, and (I don't know if this will offend you) I don't think the site has such a regular clientele who'll be, like, thoroughly disappointed if the site isn't updated regularly.
Besides, it's true that if you're given a choice between real life and online life - you must choose the real. And you can't really continue with both in full swing. Just make it a finished site, remove all the 'update' sections and make them into a 'favourites' column. And add something when you have time. Many site builders do that. Not that visitors expect much more. Belive me.

And whatever you do, just don't compromise on what feels good.

Love, Mandy
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2005-03-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
Great idea about the updates section becoming favourites instead. I'm going to do exactly that with the books and pictures for starters!!

Going to get working on that in the next month or so:)

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