I’ve moved things around quite a bit, as you may have noticed, in an attempt to provide content readers can actually find.
The one real problem with Unquiet Bones is that I have so much content scattered about over the six years of imported blog posts. So I cleaned out the categories and sat down to try and rebuild it to be a bit more user friendly.
Planting a New Tree
The categories have been trimmed back to basic post types. While it was nice to have the whole giant tree of universes and stories, it was useful to me– not useful to my readers.
With the search functionality in WordPress, there’s no reason to resort to using the same tagging strategy as I did in LiveJournal. If I want all the posts from Blackguards, I can just type it in. Heck, if I want all the posts that mention Wendy I can do that too!
I may pare things back further, so I’m keeping an eye on the traffic and seeing what path visitors follow to find content.
Hanging the Apples
The rather useless Online Novels page has been broken down and rebuilt so the various stories are more intuitively grouped. Now someone stumbling into the blog will be able to pick a story and start reading, as opposed to trying to navigate a whole host of broken links (and broken dreams?).
Silverwitch is completely relinked and ready for new readers– plus I found a completed, but unpublished post that just needs a once over before I hit submit!
The Gate to Fenrith Lei is still in the relinking process, there’s a lot of posts to fix, but hopefully I’ll have that done by the end of the week.
Dogs of the Never Never is a cluster-bleep and needs to be yanked down and redone from scratch– don’t expect it too look pretty any time soon.
Woven, Blackguards and Plaster Saints, The Sundering, and all the other missing stories are all back under the microscope to see what needs to be done to make them user friendly.
Where Do We Grow From Here?
As I go back through the old imported posts, I’ll be tweaking the categories and layouts to match what I have on hand. But going forward, I’ll be trying to work my content to fit into the new framework.
I want readers to come, finds stories they enjoy (dare I say love?), and then keep coming back for more!
To that end, I’m hoping to add to the Finished Works and Serial Stories in the near future as well (for values of Near Future within the range of 2-4 weeks!)