I have completed this website. Well, almost. It has taken me eight weeks to get everything where I want it. There will still be things to add and I'll get new ideas, but most of the heavy lifting is done. I played with the colours for about four weeks. No kidding. It started off blue, then it was light green, and finally I settled on this colour scheme. Brown, green and blue. I hope it feels comfortable. That was my intention.
Search Engine Optimization
I did spend time optimizing so that Google ranks me appropriately. SEO is very detailed work. When I first went live, Google listed me half way down page four of their results for: "Gordon W. Miller". Now, they rank me near the beginning of page two, or result number eleven. They had me at number four at one point, but I must have changed something important to drop further down. But, if you type my name plus the word "writer" or "Nanaimo" in Google, then I absolutely RULE. Number one and two respectively. They even put a picture along with the results. I feel good about the search engines for now. Things should only get better as I continue to blog and add useful content to the site. Search engine optimization is part of everything I do now.
About five weeks ago, I thought seriously about writing under a pen name, to dominate the search results. But I decided against it. It would be cool to make up a name like "Gordon Milson" or something, and be number one overall, but the main reason I'm doing this project is to leave a legacy. Long after I'm gone, there will be a science fiction novel out there on someone's bookshelf, with my name on it. Gordon W. Miller will be the name on my book.
Websites are fun to create from a blank page. Understanding the psychology of colours is something I never thought I would learn. Writing a blog is a hell of a lot fun as well. It's like writing a diary. Personal websites are intricate work, time consuming, and are never truly finished. But recording this event accurately and consistently is what I am going for. When I'm eighty, I can look back on all this, and feel good about what I've done.