Friday, January 10, 2014

Sites! Sites! Sites!

Okay, I admit it, I'm a sucker for a packaged deal, and when you're talking about internet presence, Google just has the whole deal going. It doesn't matter if you're doing websites, online writing, blogs, feedback or whatever... Google just makes things work for you. I've been on Blogger since 2009, and and started with Sites about 2010, thought dropped it because the clunky early interface. The newer stuff is actually really cool, and highly usable.

So, anyway, I figured I would show off some of my projects, old and new.

The Hawk's nest: a herald's workshop: This is my SCA site where I talk about ongoing projects of mine. I also have a small online library of my SCA related works. My largest writing project in the society is a history of our local fighting unit. I'm looking at redoing it, I ran into some style issues with my first edition. I try and keep it updated, but there are times where there just isn't anything to talk about too.

The companion site to this is my SCA Blog, Lord Ivo Blackhawk, Herald at large, which I try and keep mostly up to date with my medieval SCA goings on.

As most of you know I also write, so lately I've been working on another site that would provide a forum for me to showcase my work for others to review and help me improve. I launched "Crowd-Sourced Editing" just recently, with a newly penned novella (literally, I am only now typing it up after hand writing the whole thing).

One of the nicer things about the site is that I can marry it with Google forms, which lets me custom make a feedback form for people to fill out, and then send me privately. No glowing comments, or condemnation coloring later opinions. Each person and walk up to this with there own opinion and perspective. I'm hoping to get my latest work put up for first-reader review, and then move on to a few others I have on back burners, while also polishing up this as well.

I also have one more project in the wings, this one is still in the development stage, but I am doing a whole site that is a part by part breakdown of my EDC bag. I know that sounds over the top, but I see a lot of discussion on the issue, so I figured I would do something a little over the top and see what type of feedback I got from it. That one won't go up for a while yet, I want to have something fully put together before I publish it.

Okay... off to write some more.

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