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December 7th, 2007


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01:16 pm - Overhauling the Cranes' Site
Not long ago, Three Cranes Grove, ADF, began discussing how to make our site more visible, reorganize it, and make it more informative and welcoming. Several ideas have been presented at business meetings, on the email list, and between seamus_mcnasty and I.

We're in the process, as a result, of a massive content overhaul for the site.

One of the things we started doing (partially to make the site look more "live" and partially just to keep us mindful of content) is writing a blog each week (updates on Sundays). We called this blog "Leaves of the Willow," hearkening back to that iconography that gave the Grove its name. I spent some time organizing it and started updating it just after Samonios this year.

You can read the blog itself, with five weeks of Sunday postings already up, here:

http://threecranes.org/blog/

LJ users, of course, can just read it here: 3cg_blog

I'm looking around to see if other Groves have blogs, too: a page of Grove Blogs might make a good addition to the ADF site, really.

This weekend, I intend to live-link a number of things on the site, from this blog to our new picture galleries, as well as a few Grove bios and new deity bios. I also found our very first newsletter and uploaded that, too.

Oh, and we have a new password for the members' side of the site. Check with a Crane who was at last night's business meeting for access :) That will also be live-linked this weekend.

Looks like I have several pages that I need to upload the most recent version of, too :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 7th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that the trick will be to keep it updated. An old blog looks worse than no blog at all, of course. But an updated blog will generally make the site look fresh and alive (and, hopefully, get people coming back weekly).
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Date:December 7th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Blatant, I say Blatant Advertising!

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Indeed, I am aware :) I wonder how many Groves have RSS feeds in general? That alone might make a great page for the ADF site, too. I suppose it depends on what the RSS feed is designed for by the particular Grove, and how well-maintained it is.

I have lots of ideas for our site, really. The above is a sampling of them. We're fortunate because we have the personpower to do this sort of thing, though: getting the Grove to a point where I can let the Grove pretty well run itself has been huge in this (the site was virtually stagnant for a long time, only getting front page updates, for the most part).
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From:singingwren
Date:December 8th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
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I FORGOT about the business meeting! I was totally doing nothing that night, too, just wondering why nobody else was home!

DOH!

I think you have all the photos I do... hmm. Were there any in that video I made that you didnt' have yet? You can link my video... ;D
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 10th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to link the videos, as soon as I figure out how :) I'll bet there's some sort of "embed source" code lying around on the pages somewhere.

I haven't had a chance to watch them yet: work's been too busy and you know my slow connection at home. Crazy. But the reviews have been good :)

Thanks for doing them :)

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