Solstice Canyon Trail - California

Early Challenges of a New Site

As you may know, I’ve been extremely busy with a new project. It hasn’t exactly been a small undertaking, either. Not only is it a much larger project that I’ve tackled on my own before, but it is in an area where quality of content is paramount. It certainly doesn’t help that I’ve embarked to create 160 pages of content, in addition to a separate blog—just for starters.

With any new site, there’s plenty of top-level questions that need to be answered (or, at least planned for):

…just to name a few.

Fortunately, I figured out the answers to all of these questions early on in the process. Unfortunately, the answer to all of the “Who” questions is: “me.” I knew one question in particular that I had to answer would be my biggest challenge:

Design and development (which I will detail in a future post) went relatively quickly and smoothly. The biggest hurdle has become content development, which in this case, requires meticulous time management and finding the motivation to work my way through what will be somewhere in the ballpark of 70,000+ words, as well as dozens of custom photos and instructional videos. After that, I still have a laundry list of tasks to complete including debugging, optimizing and improving the usability and experience of the service.

This is obviously taking a substantial amount of time, and I’m hoping to have everything complete by spring training of next year. I’m very much looking forward to the video production component of the site—creating the opening and closing sequence, planning each video, filming and editing; all of which requires daily time commitments.

So far, things are chugging along. I have a number of other small “projects” I’m working on, as well as a full time job, time each week to run and go mountain biking and a little time to relax. Surprisingly, it hasn’t slowed down. If anything, progress is speeding up.

I still have a long ways to go, but I’m very happy with what has been completed.

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