Archive for September, 2008
They say that you should create websites pertaining to topics about which you have a passion. I think this is largely true, and I stick to it mainly because I am interested in almost everything. Nevertheless, I think that sometimes your passions can carry you slightly beyond where you really ought to go.
I just created The Rules of Spades. I was at one time a very avid player of the game. I still like to play it when I can find the right group to sit around the table. My interest in the game probably led me to create more of a website than perhaps I should have. The site is 19 pages including the bidding quiz I wrote to help new players get a feel for the bidding process and how to use it to their advantage.
I probably could have gotten away with less, but every time a I wrote a little bit, I decided that I should include a bit more. What was originally intended to be a one week project turned into a 3 week project. I managed somehow to write a comprehensive website about horseshoes in a week, why not Spades?
I daresay, in the Spades site my interest does come to the surface, and my passion does indeed give it depth. Admittedly, in the Horseshoe website I did indulge my passions a bit as well, actually writing a page on luck and horseshoes. But being slightly less keen on horseshoes may have given me a bit more perspective.
I am not trying to say that a web designer should create websites on topics in which he has no interest. The interest is still necessary to infuse the articles with that contagion that makes them readable. He just needs to keep an eye on the clock.