When navigating all these complex (!) questions we need to ask ourselves a few questions:
how web savvy are our readers? (our links need to be just explanatory enough for whoever is reading)
what links do they want? (we need to be sure to provide these, and then surprise them with a few more)
what links are strategic for us? (how can we get our readers coming back for more, and how can we build up networks with the other people doing similar stuff as us?)
So, in relation to 'our site' (no we don't have a name for it yet, that's our homework for this week, any ideas are very much welcome!) we need to consider how our readers will be using it, what information they will expect to find, and what other content they would find useful. The answers to these questions should point us in the right direction.
ps. Just an after thought - how do you feel about blogrolls? Useful, or a messy list you try to ignore?
I've managed to get a good start on writing a gallery feature on Utopian Slumps for our site. Utopian Slumps has had a fair amount of media coverage of late, having undergone some quite drastic changes. This previously not-for-profit gallery has recently moved from Collingwood to the CBD, the curator-owner Melissa Loughnan trying her hand at something a tad more commercial. The grand opening is tonight at 33 Guildford Lane!
I'm also commissioning Annur to write an artist interview - we're going to have some pretty cool content!
Also Damien mentioned a good point in his post this week - who are we making this site for? Artists, or the public, or both? I think we originally wanted to create a community bringing the artists and the art-interested together. These two groups feed off each other, and to maximise the quantity and quality of our art in Melbourne, these two groups need to be connected. Communication and networking tools are going to be key in pulling this off, and I think we'll really need to carefully consider how we're going to make it work!
Our group is now official and we had a productive chat on tuesday, working out some details as to our site's content. We also went over some ideas for initial articles (assignment 2 being imminent) - lots to think about!
Events: Past exhibitions (reviews); Currently showing (details as to location/opening date and time/exhibiting period/artist etc); Upcoming shows (details as to location/opening date and time/exhibiting period/artist etc)
Community page: Artist classifieds (for anything and everything from organising group shows, finding studio spaces, selling/buying equipment); Forum for questions and answers
Art supply listings
To give you a better more web-appropriate idea, Damien has made a very cool site-map - this is what we're going for..