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May 17, 2003

Ormsby

Hot off the presses today, another installment in the saga of the Ormsby House renovation. This photo gallery is a good example of what I was writing about earlier, about how I’m trying to take this site beyond the blog. If you look at the whole population of people online, and then take the percentage of those people that actually care about this little casino being renovated in Carson City, you’re looking at a really small number. But for those few people that do care, my site is the only place to get any info on the hotel. I’ve gotten e-mails from people who used to work there, people who stayed there on their honeymoon, even someone from the Bay Area who is doing structural engineering design work on the project, but never gets to come over here to see how the work is progressing. My pictures are the only updates he gets on the project. I’ve found a niche that nobody else has filled, and I’m making it my own. My site drifts in and out of the #1 spot on Google for the Ormsby House. As Andy Warhol was famously paraphrased, on the Web everyone is famous to fifteen people. If I can find my niche and settle into it, then I feel like I’m actually doing something with this site. I’m actually adding to the total quality of the Web somehow, more than I could with just a blog. I have a few other ideas of niches I could try to fill, if I’m ever able to pin the ideas down. I feel like I’m pursuing my lighthouses.

Anyway, enough of my self-absorbed blabbering. Today I’ve posted three pages of goodies to the Ormsby House gallery, probably the most exciting update yet. Bridges! Rebar! Scaffolding! Action! Adventure! But I have the feeling we ain’t seen nothing yet. They’ve got the foundations laid for some major big time mojo to go down this summer, stuff that’s going to blow this update out of the water.

Okay, I’m getting a little worked up about construction. I need to get a more interesting life. Go there. Enjoy it.

More than just a blog

I mean for this site to be more than just a blog. I really do. This blog was one of the first things I put up here because it’s fast and easy to update, and it gives me something to do while I work on filling out the site. I don’t think I need to defend myself, but still I feel compelled to. There seems to be a growing amount of backlash against blogging lately, and I feel like I’m part of a group that’s being looked down at. I defend myself by saying that this blog is only a tiny part of my life. I’m not here posting entries every half hour, I only write once a day or when something strikes me. I try to add signal instead of noise, and I’m sure I’m successful at least part of the time. And this site isn’t all about the blog. It may be a big part, but that’s only because I often don’t have the time to sit down and craft large pages, but I do have time to pop off a few paragraphs of writing. So that’s what I do.

Enough of that, though. I do have other stuff on the site, and I have half-baked ideas floating around in my head that just need to be pinned down. And I’ve slowly been throwing up more stuff to flesh out the site, reflect my interests, and put my digital camera to more use. As such, all the little projects I’m juggling are starting to get out of hand, and I need a way to keep track out of them.

To that end, (and I probably took the long way around to get to this point), I’ve put together a Projects Page, listing all the little bits and pieces and I’ve strapped together to form this site. When I add something to the site, it’ll be listed there. Not every single page, mind you, but doorways into each of the projects I’ve got going on here. It’s partly so I can keep track of all the balls I’ve got in the air, and partly so other people don’t get completely lost looking around.

In a certain way it would make sense for the Projects page to be the first page you see when you come to the site. But, I’m not going to do that. The “real” purpose behind this site is still supposed to be advertising for my freelance business, although it’s easy to forget about that when I don’t have any clients. But, I’m going to stay true to that purpose and keep the marketing speak on the front page for now. So the Projects page gets put on the nav bar up above, where a couple of people might notice it. And it’s second only to what? That’s right, the blog.