I like how the orthodonture is one of the first things to be corrected in the transformation!
Okay, so it was never our intention that we’d be barreling toward the climax of our third volume at the same time that we’d be barreling toward big changes in the website, but that’s exactly what has happened.
Considering options in a newly designed website means reconsidering how we present our reading experience, which is admittedly a little crazy. I mean, we don’t have to enslave ourselves to the typical webcomic formats, but at the same time, changing things up to much can be off-putting to the typical webcomic fan.
What role does the blog play in the popularity, or lack thereof, of the comic? What about our weird little commentary that goes on the bottom of each page? Is that an added value? We put character and place tags into each page…do those get used at all? Are they helpful?
Can we present the pages in a larger format? Do we want to go through the heartache of reloading close to 1,000 pages? (By “we,” I mean “I.” Will spends easily ten times as much time on a page as I do, so I handle 99% of all the website minutia.) Is the time spent doing that worth the potential benefits of larger pages?
There is a LOT to consider as we do this. We were flying by the seat of our pants when we first put this together, and we’ve paid the price for that a little bit. I’d like to make smarter, better reasoned, and better researched choices this time around. I want a site that gives a better experience to the readers we have and one that is more welcoming and fun for new readers.
Man, there’s a lot to consider. My brain is already overwhelmed! Fortunately, there’s no big rush, we can do this at our own pace. But man.