'Meanwhile' has been going for, lets see, about a year and a half now? Something like that anyway. It's great to be able to look back at what I have written in all that time (apart from the fact that I lost all my work up to August last year in a nasty computer crash). However, it has to be said that recently I haven't been so good at keeping the 'Reality' going very well. Partly because I am just SO busy, and when I am not I just want to relax in front of the TV and put my brain in park or something.
In fact those of you who know me will know that my website is looking a little dusty right now. Certain areas of the site haven't been updated in ages, and other areas (like WebWeek and Web Reference) have been quietly suffocated. You see it is really hard to keep a website up to date and interesting on a weekly basis. Even on a monthly basis is hard enough.
I'd love to be able to spend more time doing my site but the truth is I have other projects that are very time consuming. MELT and all the MELT sites take a quite unbelievable amount of time to upkeep. And because they represent my company, which after all pays me and keeps a roof over my head, those sites have to take priority over this one.
In fact it's fair to say that the simon.jones bit of MELT.CO.UK is in need of a diet. So in the coming months expect to see some changes (yeah right, you've heard me say that before, right!). I intend to cull the areas of my site that no one ever visits anymore or that are long since dead.
Last week a few of you may have seen a new look front page to the site. But after Will slated it a 'structureless' I decided to ditch the new look front page and reinstate the trusty old yellow page. In truth the new front page didn't really excite me, so when Will gave me his opinion he just convinced me of what I was already pretty sure of, that if change is going to come, it has to be a change for the better.
I suppose in many ways I could be called a hypocrite by some. After all I am always first to revile someone for having out of date information on their website. But here I am with a website that still tells people I live in Birkenhell for goodness sake. (I live in the sleepy villagy bit of Bebington nowadays - I'm posh don't you know!)
So maybe I'll ditch the 'simon.jones' site altogether in favour of some new addresses. I suppose I should do something with simonjones.uk, after all I do own that domain. (Mind you I can't really do anything with it yet as I still haven't paid for it)
I have even thought about getting rid of 'Meanwhile Back in Reality' altogether in favour of 'Reality Radio (.co.uk), what do you all think of that idea? I have to admit Reality Radio isn't any easier to prepare, in actual fact in many ways it's much harder.
It's coming to a point where decisions have to be made. When I was a kid I was forever changing my bedroom around. I loved change. I haven't ever really been one for keeping something the same because it works. I am more a person who changes stuff that works because I want to see if I can make something work better. Of course this used to annoy my Mom who would come in to my room in the morning and find me asleep in a completely remodelled room. This would mean that I had gotten up in the middle of the night and worked until sunrise getting everything the way I wanted it. A month later it would all be different again.
'simon jones online' has looked the same for a year now and I am itching to throw it into the mix again. It needs to be freshened up a little. I want to experiment with colors, harsh clashes, contrast and words. In the 12 months that the last revision of the site was done, I have changed a lot and I think the site should reflect me and where I am at right now. After all, that was the whole point of it in the first place, wasn't it?