This is the follow up post to my last one full of excuses, well, this one is slightly different because it’s all about the up coming transition from blogsite to website, why I thought it was necessary, what will be new on the website and what I’ve been doing instead of blogging as often.
Around the 15-20th of April my very good friend Steve, the managing director and senior web developer over at Birmingham based web designers BIOSTALL will get his paws on my blog, shake it, swing it and kick it and drop it (or whatever it is web developers do) and hopefully I’ll end up a with an improved site for all to behold. We are hopeful that this process will only take a short time and cause little interruption to the running of the site. Time will tell but I am hopeful that by the first of May we will all be enjoying the new site and the existing one will be a beloved distant memory.
Why the change?
Well, basically the blogger platform has be great for me to get started and I’ve enjoyed it very much but I personally find the blogger platform restrictive in what I’m looking to achieve; an easy to use user interface that allows for easy access to my content, for example… A young boy or girl wants to find out more on the specifics of how to join up as a deck officer… To find that information as it stands would involve trawling through many previous posts to find the information best suited to them. On the redesign it is my intention to have easy to navigate pages that allow you to find more relevant information to your needs.
Wholeness, I find that scrolling through old blog posts is a bit off putting when I visit blogs and much prefer a more structured site where I can find information quickly and easily. The new design will incorporate photo galleries, video galleries and social media options, thus hopefully offering a more complete experience. Maybe I’m taking all this way too seriously!?
What will be on the new website that the blog doesn’t already have!?
Apart from the aforementioned new functionality the website will incorporate many new features;
- ‘Where am I feature’.. No not for the stalkers among you but for those interested in where my current ship is and it’s track in and out of places etc, this feature will utilise the marine traffic website which uses our ships Automatic Identification System to track vessel movements, an example is shown below, it might be a feature you like, maybe not, but worth a try!
- Live Instagram photo gallery where you can all hashtag #marinerblog and feature your own pictures on the gallery, thus hopefully creating a community feel to the website experience, I will also ask cadets I know to tag their pictures to let them show you first hand what they too are up to during their training.
- Search function where you can (hopefully) find what you are looking for by using your own keywords and things you’d like more information on.
- ‘Contact me’ page where you can submit questions, suggestions and feedback to me, whilst baring in mind I don’t offer any jobs or cadetships mind you!!
- Video gallery that is more frequently updated with relevant content that will link to my YouTube channel but be viewable within the video gallery on the website itself rather than redirecting you away which is always irritating.
- Photo gallery that is linked directly to my Flickr account but once again does not redirect you there so you can enjoy my pictures from the mariner website rather than redirecting you to Flickr.
- One click links that take you to my various and ever growing social media pages so far these include: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and Tumblr. There will also be easier ways to share my posts and information to those sites, for example sharing a blog post to your friends and family so that they will hopefully get a better understanding of what you are looking to do with your cadetship.
- News page… I’m not the only person to blog about life at sea and I hope to introduce you all to the others that I know of in the hope that if my blogs and info can’t help you then theirs can. My ultimate goal is that those looking to join or just get a better understanding of the Merchant Navy find it here on my website even if that merely means I point you in the right direction albeit to someone else’s blog.
What have you been doing besides blogging?
The short answer? Struggling to get to grips with several social media sites
The long answer? I’ve been setting up and trying to get my head around Pinterest, Flickr (I don’t like it at all) tumblr (doesn’t like the ships Internet) and linked in (brilliant site)
I’ve reached the grand old age of 26 recently and I’m struggling to get my head around it all but I’m slowly getting there and I think the end result will be excellent, well at least I hope it will.
I’ve also be resisting the urge to smash my go pro into little tiny pieces and stamp on them all! If its not the hardware causing me problems its the software which now won’t open on my mac! I attempted to use iMovie but I’m just not able to fully get my head around it so I’ve had to resort to quick time 7 pro which I don’t really like either.
So basically I’ve been doing more prep work for the website than actual blogging itself, I hope it pays off and you enjoy the final result!
Thank you for your patience.