Today’s the last day to enter the Blog Salad $2000 Web Design Giveaway. [intlink id="2567" type="page"]Click here to enter before it’s too late![/intlink] I will announce the winner via live video broadcast, here on Blog Salad, at 1:00 p.m. MST (3:00 p.m. EST) tomorrow, 1 June 2010. Also, don’t miss the WordCount Blogathon Wrap Party on Twitter, tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. MST (11:30 a.m. EST).
We’ve reached the end of the Blogathon and the end of this crowdsourced design project. Over the last 31 days, you’ve made major decisions that have affected the look of my site and the end result is completely different from anything I could have imagined without you. For example:
- I’m not a fan of three-column, content-centered designs because they limit photo and video sizes. And I’m long-winded, so that middle column goes on and on and on. But that’s what you chose, and I’m learning to like it.
- I listed the color option “tofu cream” as a joke. Now it’s a dominant color on the site.
- Just as many of you want me to add a Tweetmeme badge as want me to “haiku,” whatever that means. Still pondering that one.
It’s amazing to see the change. Here is Blog Salad’s transformation, 31 days condensed into 33 seconds. Please pay close attention to the song’s lyrics:
(“Half Finished Project” by Trashcan Joe)
Contrary to the song’s lyrics, this half-finished project is still fun, which is good, because there’s still an astounding amount of work remaining—from my vantage point, I still can see what the digital equivalent of bare cement floors and exposed nails all over the place.
Breaking down the process this way makes me realize how complicated my job as a designer really is. For every decision that you made, I had to make three more to execute it. And there are at least 31 more things that need to be done. It’s an endless to-do list of those little details that only matter when someone stumbles upon them.
And it’s why (even though I do believe that a free blog on Blogger or WordPress.com or Typepad.com can be just as successful as a self-hosted site) I’m more proud today of what I do for a living than I was 31 days ago. So, sincerely, thank you for helping me confirm my professional purpose.
But, as the Trashcan Joe also suggested, this project is “getting in the way of something else I started up today.” What’s that something else?
Well, frankly, I don’t know.
Why not? Because Blog Salad doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you.
Today marks the beginning of a new project for Blog Salad—giving all of you (or most of you) what you want and need from this site. But I can’t decide that for you. So, for my last poll of the Blogathon, I humbly ask you the following questions:
- What has Blog Salad become to you?
- What kept you coming back here so often?
- What can Blog Salad do for you in the future?
Please leave your answers and comments below. It’s been fun; again, thank you. I look forward to where we’ll go together next.