Member Rara Avis
Somewhere... out there...
Chris and Ron...First of all, thank you both SO MUCH for all your input and suggestions. That both of you actually like the site is a huge compliment to me. You've both made my day.
Christopher...You mentioned the visited link color. That's something that I was having a hard time deciding on. What do you think would be a better choice than the gray? I'm open for suggestions.
You also mentioned the Bravenet guestbook, and I COMPLETELY agree with you on that. Unfortunately, that's something that I haven't learned how to create yet, so any help that you and/or Ron can give would be greatly appreciated. I'd love to say goodbye to the pop-ups.
NOW...about your poetry not being on my 'Friends' page YET...I DID say that the site is still a work in progress and that includes that page. You are right near the top of my list of people who I would like to include there. So, may I?...please??
Thanks again, Christopher, for all of your help and encouragement. I truly appreciate you taking the time to teach me so much of this stuff. Gotta love learning.
Ron...I'm glad to know that you appreciated my 'restraint'..lol. This site design is actually much more 'me' than what I had originally done with my netpoets site. Not only was I doing what I was being told was 'good' and 'pretty', but I was also VERY new to web design and had no clue about how to make a site user friendly. Needless to say, I've learned a lot since then and put a lot more of my own ideas and tastes into this design. Glad it works for you.
You also mentioned how I used anchors to link to my catagories. Thanks for the positive feedback on that...glad to know you like it. As I hope you can tell, I was trying to make the site VERY easy to navigate and I also had the goal in mind of limited need for the scroll bar. As far as the 'top' link goes, yes...I was painfully aware that my 'top' anchor was not quite at the top. As you said, you could still see what you needed to see, so I hadn't gotten to fixing that yet. Thank you for the idea of just naming it "#" instead. I would not have thought of that, and actually didn't know that could be done. There I go learning again. As far as the links being made to look more like links, what would you suggest doing, that would still be attractive, yet more obvious to Netscape users? As I told Christopher, I'm open for suggestions on any and all of this. I want to learn and I want to have the best and most user-friendly site that I can.
You have a very good point about the e-mail address. Having had the same e-mail for the relatively short time (2 1/2 years) that I've had a computer, I had never thought of the possibility of that changing without me having a say in it. I like the idea of a 'contact us/me' page and will definitely be doing that.
Lastly, you mentioned the idea of a 'next poem' button, and I'm happy to say that I had already planned on doing that. I would have gone ahead and included them as I was building the site, but I was in a hurry to get the site 'viewable', since it was being linked to from a few places, and was being added to another. I figured that would be just about as easy to go back and add later, so I put it off and will be tackling that project soon. I definitely agree with you about not forcing people to return to a page they've already visited any more than is absolutely necessary. Again...shooting for user-friendly and easy to navigate...and, okay...a little bit attractive too..LOL.
Thanks again, for all of your help and input. I do appreciate it very much. I'm sure I'll be in here with plenty more questions in the future.
Again...I'm so glad that you both enjoyed the site and apparently didn't find too much to 'pick apart'. I'm smiling big here. to you both.
Gale...thanks, friend. Glad to know that you like it and that you 'go there sometimes'.