Some Notes On Web Design
by Scott Jason Cohen
So, if you want to make your own personal site, I suggest the following process:
1) Look at other people's stuff. This is NOT an encouragement to steal, rip off, or blatantly copy other people's web sites. This is simply for inspiration. Check out Your Friends and Neighbors for lots of well-designed sites. This is simply to show you what is possible with this hack design language called HTML.
2) Don't get discouraged by what you see out there. Honestly. The programming is the easiest part. It can be a little intimidating when you look at some of these sites - you tend to think you can never do anything like that. But...you can! Easy.
3) Say hi to Justin Hall. Notice the almost total lack of graphics, frames, style sheets, and other doohickeys? And it's one of my favoritest Web sites. Why?
Because of CONTENT.
4) And keep 'em coming back! Work at it. Work at a comfortable pace, however. Don't update every day unless you feel you HAVE to. Conversely, don't take months between updates - the Web looks askance at sites that just sit there.
5) Play around. Have a blast. If you're enjoying yourself, people will see that and stop by. And let's face it - if you didn't want anyone to read it, you'd keep a paper journal.
6) Don't lost track of your life. Remember, while you're sitting in front of your monitor screaming about transparent GIFs, things are happening out in the world. A Web site is neat, but it's not the reason for existence. Turn off the computer, stretch, go out, have fun, have a life.
7) Go to Fierce First Impressions. Visit some of the sites the Fierce people rejected. Don't make your site like these.
So there you go. Just the random comments of this guy. I hope you enjoy.