Earlier this year I gave my website a new, less cluttered theme, and now I’ve decided to restructure the menu. I’ve removed The World and Characters and put those links on the Home page instead. True, they’re less easy to find there, but it makes more sense.
What annoyed me was the way you clicked on The World and ended up on an article about Askamar, which is only one part of my conworld (I’m even more conscious of that since I’ve been working almost exclusively on Udaris for the last year!)
I could have created a new page with an introduction to the conworld and paragraphs about its geography, races and history, but since I’ve already got an introduction on the Home page I’d just end up repeating myself. What I’ve done feels like a more elegant solution.
Another benefit is that the new menu places more emphasis on the Gallery and the Library, which ought to be the most interesting parts of the website – if only I’d get around to publishing more art and stories! There’s also more focus on the Reference, which could be a really cool section if I put more time into it.
Anyway, maybe now that I’ve removed The World from the main menu, the incomplete, inconsistent, out-of-date state of my conworld articles will be less apparent!
Take the article about Udaris, for example. It is surely one of the most important pages on the website – it’s about the mundane world! However, it still features an out-of-date world map (and it also claims, incorrectly, that only humans live there).
To see what Udaris really looks like, I have to scroll back to a blog post from September. I’m going to fix this as soon as I’ve published this post. True, I’ve only got a rough draft of the new world map, but at least it’s better than the old, inaccurate version!
Edit (15 April 2018): I’ve decided to return Characters to the main menu – I’m just too used to it being there!