From looking at past threads, it seems there’s a precedent for reviewing websites, but all the same, turn on your ad blocker for the Google ads and don’t click the Amazon links. There, now I can’t possibly make any money. Past threads also seem to be evenly divided between MPSIMS and IMHO, but I’ll post here.
The website is QueerSilents.com.
Okay, first off, I don’t care that it doesn’t validate. I’ve got it to look like I want in Mozilla, Opera, and IE6, that’s all that matters. I’ve even made sure it was navigable in a text browser. I am interested to know what it looks like on a Mac, though, since I don’t have any way of testing that and I know from past experience that text size on Macs bears next to no similarity to its size anywhere else.
There’s the general points I’d like a review on: does the navigation make sense, does the layout make sense, is it immediately apparent what everything’s about, or does each page leave you huddled in a corner crying your eyes out in confusion? It’s all clear to me, but then, I wrote it. Also, though I’ve read everything at least three times over, I’m sure there’re still typos. I don’t expect you to read every page, but if you spot one, do tell.
Specific points I’d like input on: look at either Dickson’s Experimental Film, A Florida Enchantment, Different From the Others, or Sex in Chains. Can you find the reconstruction? Do you understand the reconstruction once you’ve found it? The reconstructions are a big draw, but from looking at my access logs, some people seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time apparently searching for them, and some don’t get the next/last thing and keep returning to the index to advance to the next scene. (The other films don’t have them, which is why I point you specifically to these.)
Plus whatever observations you’ve got for improvement on the design or things like that, I’m open to those. No, I won’t add color.
Beyond review, any tips on increasing my exposure? My last non-business site (same concept, but less broad) gained its popularity from being picked-up by a Victorian-era porn blog (who the hell even knew such things existed or were so very active?). This one is linked to a few times from Wikipedia and I’ve gotten some hits from Google (mostly looking for information on Sidney Drew), but beyond that, still rather slow.