After a few days of concentrated effort I have uploaded the basic content for my website and published it! YAY!
You can find it at: http://amandawatson-will.com
I’ve been messing around for over 6 months trying to organize one, but I don’t think that I’ve been totally convinced that I needed one before Fiona’s comment on blogging. She delineated beautifully for me the way that a website can be your “professional face”, leaving you free to be more playful and/or personal on your blog.
This was the motivation I obviously needed to get to work and more importantly to finish (for now).
First, I spent ages choosing a layout or theme. There are so many on offer and some are really funky or gorgeous, but I realized that the last thing you want when you are an artist is somebody else’s aesthetic on your website. Somewhat ruefully, I opted for a plain option.
All the services I checked out offered plain and simple design options, and they also all offered the possibility to buy your own domain name (e.g. amandawatson-will.com or similar).
I chose weebly in the end because it was quick and easy to use. Your options are set out across the top of the screen and you simply drag them into place. I found some of the others far less intuitive in their operation. I had to keep returning to the “help” page to remind myself how things worked. There’s enough to be done loading up loads of visuals and text without unnecessary complications, I think.
Anyway, if you decide to pop over and check out the website I’d love to hear from you. If you come across anything that doesn’t work as you would expect, or if the organisation doesn’t make sense to you, I’d be most grateful if you would let me know!
P.S BTW I don’t have any affiliation with Weebly, they are just the option I found easiest and so I thought I’d tell you about them in case you are interested.