long have you had this website? -Submitted by Carissa Scroggins
here's a question I really enjoy answering because it doesn't involve any
research! In regards to The Odyssey Scoop's existence, the website began on
December 22, 2000. For days, maybe even weeks, I was conjuring up ideas and
a desire to start some sort of website on the net. I didn't yet have a topic
for the website. Would it be a website about me? A website about me with
random stuff? This was around the beginning of December if I remember right.
Finally, I decided upon a website topic I could work on: The Kisses
(If you don't remember what the Kisses are, it is a small production company
my sister, cousin, and I created about "The Love
and...CHRONICLES," a series of dramas featuring Jon Dinkleberry and
Marsha Jonworthy - more info and listening links).
So I began work on that. With my lame Yahoo! Geocities Pagebuilder on
screen, I experimented around with text and cheesy images. At the time, I
thought I was a good web designer, however I strongly disagree now. That
site was only about half finished when I became bored with it, and around
the fifteenth or sixteenth of December I realized my true calling: Adventures
in Odyssey. The ideal topic was entering my ears every day and I didn't
even realize it. So on the twenty-second specifically, I got to work.
I pulled out my trusty Yahoo!
Geocities Pagebuilder, something I would never recommend now, and did
the same thing I had done earlier that month. I began experimenting with
text and cheesy images. I even made my own logo. Looking back, it had to be
the worst Scoop logo I have ever created, but still it was a logo I could
call mine, and I was very proud of it. There was already one lesson learned:
don't use Microsoft Paint to create stunning logos. I've provided the
logo below so you can see it:
(click thumbnail to view larger image)
In the process of creating a
logo I had to think of a name. I finally came up with "The Odyssey
Scoop" as the title, thinking it was original as can be, but I found out months later that it was already taken by a children's publication
by Focus on the Family, Clubhouse. Uh oh. Fortunately or
unfortunately, I left the name how it was and created the site based on the
name. I became tired of Geocities and moved up to a program called Trellix
Web. Once again, I was limited with the program's capabilities and
decided to move on to bigger and better things after about three months of
using it: Microsoft Frontpage.
The site I created there was based on a black background and the logo was
definitely a step up from the previous. You may or may not be familiar with
the logo below.
(click thumbnail to view larger image)
there I was; the initial design
all in place. Now the previous content on the website had to be re-formatted
to fit the new design. I put up a basic ad I had created in a great program
called Ulead PhotoImpact 6.0 and everyone was starting to talk about
the release date of the site. On November 10, 2001, I "opened up the
doors" and kids came rushing into my proverbial Whit's End. I was
surprised by a large number of e-mails thanking me and encouraging me for
redesigning. I was ecstatic. I was pretty content from that point onward. I
updated with new information weekly and had a generally good fan interaction
level. However, webmasters tend to become restless when they see kinks in
their designs, and that is exactly what happened to me. In April and early
May 2002, I began re-creating the site
on a white background, the design you see now. It's taken on a few revisions
along the way but has the same initial look. It didn't take too long to do
because the release date was May 11, 2002. The doors of my proverbial Whit's
End opened back up once again and the visitors came rushing in. The comments
on the white design were even more phenomenal than before.
Trial Three: Final Decision
With the release of the
current design, I don't think I can ever be more content. It's been a while now and I haven't grown "restless" or anything. I have become
tired of certain things, but those minor details can easily be solved with a
redesign of sections. Every now and then a section undergoes a new design,
and it's up to the webmaster to decide what stays and what goes. What will
he come up with next?
There. I've been meaning to
explain the history of this place for a while now. Hopefully you'll keep
walking in through the door to get the proverbial "scoop." Now I
just gotta figure out how to make it edible! The Odyssey Scoop "Top
Cone" has some work to do...