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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Archive for February, 2003

State of the Blog

Wednesday, February 5th, 2003

For those who have enough spare time to be interested, what follows is a summery of where this site “is” and where it is going:

Since its inception, SuperfluousBanter has excelled in just that: mindless drivel about one thing or another. I’ve never been one to keep a journal, or even write postcards for that matter. I’m a heavy thinker, but I can never bring myself to commit those thoughts to paper or keyboard. One of my hopes when I started SB was to force myself to change that pattern of non-committal thought (as I like to call it), and from time to time I have been brave enough to do so.

There were a lot of things I thought I wanted to do with this site when I first prepared to release it from the womb, and most of those (for many varied reasons, mostly laziness on my part, but still…) have not been brought to fruition, and are ready to be dropped from the menu, or committed to. Either way, it is time for change.

Personally, my life is filled with many wonderful people, activities and experiences. Professionally, I can’t say I’m as lucky, but I know I could always be worse off than my current situation. For those who don’t know (since I’ve never really said much about it, for whatever reason), Webgraph is a two-man operation. My partner in crime is a guy named Alex Rubin, my terribly talented younger brother. Those of you who know me through the Barbershop singing world know that Alex and I sing together in Autograph and we share the responsibilities of Musical and Artistic Directors for the Fort Lauderdale Sunshine Chordsmen chorus. We dump too much time into both groups, and consequently less time is invested into Webgraph. We are starting to change this, but we’ve taken on so much responsibility with our musical groups that it is turning into a battle between the non-profit organizations we sing with/Direct, and the currently non-profit business (it’s supposed to make us money, but…) that we hope will pay our bills, and allow us to make some sort of difference in the standards of design and production we find to be lacking so often in the world.

So I will be making some changes, both to the design (those of you who love the current design, don’t worry: I will ask for your input and opinions during the redesign process, and I’ll actually listen to what you have to say ;-) and to the content, and I’ll try to make it more worth the time you spend reading.

Let me know what you think, what you would like to see. Consider this a chance to affect everything about the new direction of this site: design, structure, content, even the frequency of posts, whatever you want!

Before I turned SB into a blog, my original idea was to produce some sort of collaborative web site which would somehow facilitate communication between individuals on a global scale. As you can see, this was a rather vague concept, and since I didn’t have the time to devote to properly fleshing out the idea, I gave up and went with a blog. Now I want to revisit my original concept, and what better way to begin than to make the rebirth of SB a collaborative effort.

This is not limited to ideas, comments, critiques and the like, but comps, graphics, music, whatever you feel like contributing to this experiment, please go right ahead. Everything will see the light of day one way or another, that I promise. I will also do my best to keep my contributions uncensored (really, I can be quite the potty-mouth around the right sort of folk) and honest (we’ve already established my unwillingness to part with my thoughts in the past).

Tell your friends, your neighbors, even your family. Link to SB and encourage others to contribute (mini-banners are forthcoming; watch this space). This will be a fluid site, and I’ll find some way to archive snapshots of its progress (suggestions?) so the evolution of the concept will be recorded for future perusal by any interested parties.

Thanks for considering the idea — let’s see where it takes us!

Thanks again to all who read.



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