Question to the websazzy...

10 years ago | Reyben (Member)

[Edit: this is a lot babblier than it seemed when I was writing it...]

I've found a bunch of poetry lying around the other day, and it occurred to me that I tend to write and then immediately loose something along the order of one to five poems a week. This never really bothered me, since they often tended to be about potatoes or some such. Nothing worthy of T.S Eliot.

But...

I've become marginally less self-deprecating lately and it seems as though if I'm going to throw them away I might as well throw them online. So I think I'll start a website or blog which is just a collection of random poems I've written, which I can then update at leisure. Now, the point (my God! He's getting to the point!) of this inquiry is to ask- what kind of platform should I be using to host? I'd normally go for a sub-domain but since this is looser affair, would a blog be more suitable?

Ye gathered here have quite considerable knowledge of the internet and it's ways, especially with regard to how readers look at websites- so I'm asking for advice. What platform would you recommend and why?

Oh, also, I'd quite like to stick an incentive system up on this website, as many have for their stories. You know, offer to write more for donations, or perhaps even specific pieces to specific requests. But I haven't made up my mind about that, yet. Pending contemplation.

Sorry to babble. I am long winded. I will leave you with the (hopeful) title for this endeavor, which should tell you a little bit about it:

"PacMan and Pretension."

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  1. Tahjir (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I've seen a couple Blogger blogs that revolve around that sort of thing. I suppose I have a fair amount of experience with that sort of thing so...

    It's pretty easy to set up. Unless you want to get into anything complex, it's all just point, click, and drag. If you do want to get complex, it's not that hard, either. I've got no experience at all with CSS or HTML, and I was able to do all sorts of weird and unusual things to the base templates.

    I haven't tried WordPress, but it does seem a bit more in-depth than Blogger.

    Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy
    http://hangarninetysix.wordpress.com/
  2. Sora (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I like weebly. It looks really professional and you can edit HTML and CSS from base templates, as well as just using the templates already listed. I enjoy that aspect of it. It's drag and drop and you could probably host other material there too.

  3. Janoda (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Personally I'm a fan of keeping everything together yet organised. So maybe go for a subdomain.
    If you think the blogformat would suit you better, I believe you can add a wordpress blog to your subdomain.
    I like wordpress a bit more than blogger because you can alter it more to your own like, and yet it is quite easy. If you don't want to tangle yourself, there are thousands of good themes available for wordpress you can pick.

    Oh, also, I'd quite like to stick an incentive system up on this website, as many have for their stories. You know, offer to write more for donations, or perhaps even specific pieces to specific requests. But I haven't made up my mind about that, yet. Pending contemplation.

    This reminds me of the great scene in the book of Walter Moers titles "City of the Dreaming Books" where the main characters arrives on a square filled with holes. In these holes are writers who lost momentum and now write for whatever people throw at them... (Not that would be the case with you off course, but the scene, and the book are great!)

  4. NiSp (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    keep it simple... you wouldn't use a bulldozer to plant a shrub, so i would suggest use a platform that will give you exactly what you need without extra frills. first, you need to determine what you want as the finished product and work backwards from there.

    if you want a small corner to store your poetry so it can all be easily retrieved at your convenience, a sub-domain or simple blog should suit your needs. if you anticipate building up a following and dedicating time and effort to your poetry (creating a poet identity) then a new domain using possibly wordpress with all the customising options would be your best bet.

    your framework should be large enough to fit your ultimate goal. from what you have said so far, and if i were to do the same (and i may just do this now you've made me think about it! :D), i would simply add another blog to my blogger profile; use what i already have and know.

  5. Alex McG (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I just put a page on my wordpress blog that points to a "Poetry" category page. Then I used a suckerfish menu to appear only on that page and voila! A poetry section of my blog.

    http://AlexMcG.com (click Poetry)

    The tricky part is formatting it. The <pre> tag works well for keeping line breaks and spacing, and then if you want the font to be normal, add <normal> tags to the individual lines.

    I also mucked with the CSS of my pre tag a bit, cause my theme's default was ugly...

    Myth... Magic... Midterms...
    Children of the First

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