The problem I have with websites is that I’m never happy with how they look. I always see other people with great layouts and backgrounds, and I see how easy on the eyes theirs are, so that when I look at mine, it feels like a mess.
It isn’t. I know it isn’t. The reason it feels that way is because I don’t know what to do with it. I want it to be attractive so that people will come back, or at least look at it for a little while. What does attractive mean, though? Should it be professional? I mean, I want people to take me seriously as a writer who’s working to get published, so shouldn’t the website I direct them to reflect that?
Should it be fun? I want it to have color. I want it to be welcoming. Professional isn’t always welcoming.
I don’t want it to look like the homepage of a law firm. Professional is law firm, in my opinion. Professional is hard edges with straight, to-the-point information. I found a great layout and template that I love, but it doesn’t seem professional. Should that matter? If I love it, shouldn’t I use it? It’s soft-colored, easy to read, and inviting. Those should be my goals, right?
I don’t know.
The other thing that bothers me is that I don’t know if I should link my fan fiction website/blog to my “official” one. Is that a bad idea? I see it as kind of a “if you like my fan fiction, try reading my original stuff” link. They’re on two different accounts, though, so if I did, it would be a bit hard to get them together.
Does anyone have any advice, specifically about the second issue I’m having?
Does anyone use this and can anyone tell me whether or not this is a good site to use for electronic payments?
Right now, studying for anything related to presentations and finals is not ideal. I want to be done the way I feel like I am right now. I’m really very done with school and I’m ready to get something out of my sixteen years of study.
I also have things I want to be doing and a recurring dream that I feel I ought to make into a story somehow.
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This is a scattered post, but it needs saying. I have a week left and I’m done—holy crap.