So one of the things I’ve been thinking about lately for this year are my websites and how to manage them more effectively… if at all. I’ve had a lot of thoughts around giving up websites but never been able to actually get rid of them… just can’t let them go! My thoughts were that perhaps what the sites would become are more like an archive though with RBM that’s not really the case as the site has been changed a lot and the news and information has unfortunately been lost from previous versions. That aside, it would make it a lot easier on me to not have to update or be expected to update on a regular basis. For RBM‘s case, there has been very little ‘new’ news on the show or supposed movies which we’ve heard very little about now – the forums (EoB) have basically gone dead apart from the odd post from the regular crew. With Animay, well the issues with that site are ongoing – I just fall behind with updating the screencaps on a regular basis. I keep coming up with options to help myself out with running that site but those plans usually go awry and I fall back into that habit again.
Its not that I don’t enjoy working on these sites, its just that, particularly over the past few months, I’ve had very little time to be able to do anything with these sites. With a change in my job, and an increase in my duties (as well as issues around travelling to and from work), my weeknights are spent most of the time trying to catch up on sleep while weekends are now restricted to ‘my time’ (relaxing and doing things that will relax me like working on my gundam kits or playing games or watching DVDs – perhaps even going out every now and then). Because of this increase at work, my time has become rather important to me and I’m feeling less and less inclined to want to spend any of my free time working on updating sites, since it usually takes up ALL my free time. That is what happens when you take on more websites than you need – but I’m aware of that.
So what to do? RBM has very little options until new news is posted by Rainmaker Entertainment. Releasing old episodes to DVD is now old news and really the only new big news would be any movement with continuing the series or at least finishing it off properly. I’ve thought over what I would like to do while I’m currently on break from work (and broke so I have plenty of free time!!) and my main issue would be to, yet again, update the look of RBM. It will still remain a wordpress run website, just that the skin and the location of all files will change. I did the silly thing of putting it all in a separate directory which was a stupid thing to do. I want to use a theme that still has some good looks to it but has better functionality for the front page. The problem is the better themes that offer the flexibility are the ones you pay for. The ones I have used on this site, Pixelacious and RBM are all bought themes. They were individually bought but the themes that I have some interest in now are located on sites where you have to pay a membership fee for a certain period of time in order to access all their files. At first this made them dearer, but in doing a quick calculation through a currency converter it actually works out cheaper than buying them individually from another site. Anyway, RBM will get another face lift. Pixelacious is likely to not change in style (its the same theme used here). EoB needs to be upgraded to SMF2 and whether I get a new skin for these boards I haven’t decided on that just yet.
With Animay its a little different. The site could do with a facelift but I have no intention of changing the look of the galleries. The change for this site is in the way it gets updated. I have very little time to screencap, cull and upload files these days but I don’t want to leave it as it is at the moment. So I think the deal will be this:
- Update Bleach and Naruto episodes only as these are looked at the most;
- A few raw providers release series in bulk and sometimes from DVD/BR sources. I’ve been grabbing lots of these lately with the intention of screencapping them. This will mean:
- In only updating Bleach and Naruto on a regular basis, I will have the chance to do screencapping of a few episodes here and there of completed series
- These will be uploaded to the “Classic” gallery which may get renamed to something like “Completed Series” or something else.
Basically I’ll update Bleach and Naruto for as long as these series run, and for as long as I have the raws/sources to do this, and try and update these on a regular basis (weekly or fortnightly). I’ll then put aside some time to do one or two episodes of a series that I’ve downloaded in raw that is completed, and then release on the Classics Gallery once its completed – so this could be quite irregular but it means that the main screencaps gallery will still continue to be updated at least. Series that I’ve already been screencapping I’ll likely scrap if I can grab a higher quality raw version. It also means that I won’t be uploading new series unless they turn out to be something similar to the Vampire Knight series, which was extremely popular when I put it up. I’ll be checking on the release calendar for 2012 on a regular basis to see if any such similar series is likely to appear.
So that’s my plans. On top of that I have got the domain for MashSomeMetal, which I still intend to use. I’ll set up the site but its not likely to be updated, just contain gallery of images screencapped and perhaps a few of the video clips that I had of the series (Heavy Gear).
I don’t know if I’ll have time to do the whole lot during the time I have off, as I will have other things I need to do – and still have “My Time” as well. Hopefully this plan will work though. I’m not sure the Animay visitors will be happy or not…