I need some help making my site easier to use, and I hope you have some ideas that will help.
You may have noticed that there have been a lot of changes to UltimatePaperMache.com lately. It started when I changed the theme to spruce things up a bit. Now I’m going through every single post on this site to add featured images. (The old theme used “post images” instead of “featured images,” and for reasons known only to computer programmers, that meant all the initial images on every post disappeared. Now I’m trying to put them all back. With over 300 posts, you would not believe how long it’s taking!)
But enough whining. The important thing is that the category system I set up, way back when, really doesn’t help much when it comes to finding specific tutorials. It is a little better than when the blog first started – in the beginning, the only category was “cheap art.” Then I just started adding categories, and sticking things here and there on whim . . .
For instance, while taking care of the image problem, I’ve noticed that there are posts on the site that I totally forgot about, even though I wrote most of them myself. I actually made a shrunken head? Why? And how could I forget? And, more importantly, if someone were looking for slightly weird Halloween projects, but didn’t type “shrunken head” into the search bar, how would they know it was there? (OK, maybe in that case it doesn’t matter – but there are really cool posts that are getting totally lost).
So, if you have half a minute, please put your cursor over the Paper Mache Projects (and other stuff) link at the top of the blog. You’ll see a long list of categories, but you’ll probably notice they aren’t very helpful. If you can think of a better way to more precisely organize the various categories of tutorials and posts on the site, please let me know. Should posts be organized by project type (animals, masks, misc.) or by season (Halloween comes to mind). Easy, medium, difficult? Traditional paper strips and paste, paper mache clay, air dry clay, other? What do you think? Ideas, anyone?
I’ve actually thought of some more things I’d like you to help me with, but let’s keep it simple and just tackle one problem at a time. . . 🙂