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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Suffering from chronic idiocy 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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