As I mentioned in an earlier post, I started my website almost fifteen years ago as a way to learn HTML. It looked reasonably good for the late 1990s. But then it grew without a significant overhaul through fifteen years of postings and a couple of service provider changes. It gradually became an embarrassment, but with over two hundred and seventy pages, many of them linked to directly from all over the web I have been reluctant to start over from scratch and unable to bring the entire mass up to modern standards because of the huge time sink.
I finally compromised, bringing the most used parts of the site up to reasonably modern standards while leaving the older stuff alone. Then, late this past Monday night, I decided to check out the site using a free link integrity checker. The results were awful: well over a hundred bad links. A lot of them were external, but a surprising number of them were within my website, the result of a hasty move when my last service provider abruptly stopped offering the service, plus an accumulation of undetected typos or other problems. I put writing on hold and put maybe 15-20 hours into getting everything fixed. As a result I can now (knock on wood) say that every link on my website works. They may not all go where I intended them to go, but they go somewhere. That's a step up.
Other news: I've been guest blogging and doing author interviews on a small scale. The most recent guest post is
Three Things Television Tells Us About the Future of Writing
There is a link from the article to an author interview I did for the same set of blogs. The host asked excellent questions, so hopefully the interview is worth a read too.
Dale Cozort's Blog
- More website makeover and guest blogs