My website can beat up your website!|
Wow! It's been five months since the site debuted, so I guess it's time for one of those corny 'Reflections' pieces... ahem, Maestro! Triumphant music please.
In all seriousness though, I am still pretty excited about the site's potential. Last month (June) we had 3,739 visitors to anime.oddball.net.
80% were from the United states and obviously 20% international visitors (Well, unless you are one of those people who thinks you can give 110% then maybe it is not so obvious). The average user spent about 13 minutes here.
New features continue to be added such as the ability to comment on reviews and polls, tweaks to improve navigation on the site. In fact, one could make the case that there's *too* much information here. Our menu bar is starting to look like Hollywood's Avenue of Stars! Despite this, more features are in the works. Anime Trivia is my brainchild, there's still the possibility of a fanart section, and Gara even added a cool looking Web Board to encourage non-channel members to participate in the site (with limited success, unfortunately).
That's ok though because the channel website will always be about the channel members. We're fortunate to have a professional web designer working on the site but even with that the site is by no means a professional. The writing is not being done by professionals and the ideas are not being thought up by marketing (thank god). I've had people tell me the Reviews are not very good, or professional. My response is.. well DUH. You can read glossy reviews at some fancy site beholden to corporate advertisers and get a more thorough analysis, or you can visit our old-school page and learn about us and anime at the same time. What a bargain!
Interestingly enough, many of those slick professional sites are having trouble staying afloat on advertising dollars and are now attempting to charge for services. One of those is netaddress.usa.net, my up until now free web based email service which is turning pay. *dark frown* Anyone know a good free web email provider other than microsoft/hotmail? Heh.
Sunday, July 08, 2001