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My own "official" website~!!! (That isn't a blog~!!!) 
16th-Jul-2009 11:07 pm
And here's what the home page looks like right now:

Permanent URL is http://caseybrienza.com
(Feel free to link at will.)

Anyway, it's my first website since college, and needless to say, I'd forgotten how badly I suck at scripting even the most basic of .html. Right now, it's just a glorified (and extremely abbreviated) CV. (One-stop shopping for online stalkers, if you know what I mean.) It may become more someday...but, umm, don't hold your breath. >_<

So how's it look? ^_^;
17th-Jul-2009 10:14 am (UTC)
It looks good! Who drew the picture/caricature of you that you use on the website and in the LJ? It's a nice touch.

Edited to add: P.S. I loathe HTML myself.

Edited at 2009-07-17 10:14 am (UTC)
17th-Jul-2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Who drew the picture/caricature of you that you use on the website and in the LJ?

They're eLouai Candybar Dolls. You can mix and match different features like electronic paper dolls, so I don't know who exactly designed either of them. But I did the mixing and matching for the ones I use, for what that's worth. ^^;
18th-Jul-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Having wysiwyg webdesign software helps. There used to be HotMetalPro a few years back, now there's NVU for free, and of course Dreamweaver (which I was able to buy a school&teacher version of).
17th-Jul-2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I like the choices of colors (blue on beige ?) and the flowers on top corner are nice touch. It looks good.
17th-Jul-2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ^__^

(I can't take credit for the color scheme or the flowers, though. It's a free .html template I found.)
17th-Jul-2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
You've got a website? *blinks*

My, moving into the big leagues are we?^_^
17th-Jul-2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yep, one-stop shopping for all my stalkers. Heh. All of this information was already available online elsewhere--I just consolidated it! ^^;;;;
17th-Jul-2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
one-stop shopping for all my stalkers.

That's what amuses me about this.
17th-Jul-2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
You'd be surprised how common it is among academics to do this.
18th-Jul-2009 07:03 pm (UTC) - First Impressions - without having read the other comments
I was a bit surprised at the representation of you in avatar form, but I think it might work for someone working with manga related studies.

I think you should use div-align=justify for all your texts, though, it reads more pleasantly on the web (this school newspaper I run for my middle school has justified texts and paragraphs, so you can compare: http://www.zeitung-hk.de/ ). I also think you should use paragraphs in your introduction piece like this:

"Casey Brienza splits her time between the halls of the academy and the periphery of the creative industries. She received her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College in 2003 and her M.A. from New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in 2009, where she completed a thesis which provides a socio-historical account of the growing popularity of manga in the United States.

With the generous support of a Trinity College External Research Studentship, she will be continuing her research into manga publishing and the transnational production of print culture as a Ph.D. student in sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Relevant research interests include contemporary book publishing, graphic novels and manga, globalization, and the relationship of women to books and reading.

One of the top manga experts in the United States, she also works as a freelance journalist/critic. Hundreds of her professional writings (features, columns, reviews, news articles, etc.) have been published with Anime Insider, Otaku USA, Protoculture Addicts, AnimeNews Network.com, GraphicNovelReporter.com, and elsewhere."

The websites you mention should be linked and not just named.

Your contact page leads to a google account log-in page.

It's great that you offer links to your texts in the publications page.

You might want to warn people that the news links take them off your page by naming the links something else than "Read More" .. maybe "Mount Holyoke News"

I'm missing a CV page or are the Selected Grants and Honors enough?

I like the colour scheme and the ease of navigation and the text size (although it might be nice to eventually have buttons in the navigation structure to increase or decrease the text size via javascript).
18th-Jul-2009 07:19 pm (UTC) - Re: First Impressions - without having read the other comments
Unfortunately, most of the stuff you're asking for is beyond the range of my scripting abilities. Any program more advanced than MS Notepad (.txt documents that I rename as .html!!) is too advanced for me. Dreamweaver and the like are out of the question. >_<

I didn't link to ANN's main page etc. on purpose. If I include it in the future, it will be in a different context.

The cartoon representation is until I can get a good, high quality photograph taken. Again, don't hold your breath. ^^;;;

The contact page actually leads to a Google Profile function which allows you to email me without knowing my email address. Apparently, you need a Google account first. *sighs* The last thing I need is more spam or a mailto: directed at a spam catcher I never check, so I don't think this is going to change anytime soon.

Edit: As for the About Me, I prefer it aesthetically-speaking as one block of text. It would look weird separated into different paragraphs, anyway.

Edited at 2009-07-18 07:23 pm (UTC)
18th-Jul-2009 10:26 pm (UTC) - Re: First Impressions - without having read the other comments
Fair enough ^^ - I'm no professional web designer myself, although I've done some websites for money. I think the readability is simply better with justified texts and paragraphs ^^.

One thing though, NVU is a wysiwyg open source editor so you wouldn't have to pay for it.

18th-Jul-2009 10:28 pm (UTC) - Re: First Impressions - without having read the other comments
I also used to use First Page in the early 00s ^^, which is still freely available and also has a wysiwyg modus
19th-Jul-2009 12:04 am (UTC) - Re: First Impressions - without having read the other comments
If you can get paid for web design, then you are waaaaaaay out of my league. I'm merely proud of the fact that I was able to alter that template as much as I did!
Estara: You could use some javascript there...
Casey: Uhhhhhhhh, how about some black tea instead?


19th-Jul-2009 12:40 am (UTC) - Re: First Impressions - without having read the other comments
^^ That's the way I started out in university - preparatory teacher training and then I just experimented. Kudos!

Considering that wouldn't a Wordpress site been easier? There are so many free templates, plugins for every need (like my school newspaper for example, which of course wordpress wasn't even meant for). And I think the administration pages are very like LJ or Winword (depending on what you're fiddling with).
19th-Jul-2009 12:52 am (UTC) - Re: First Impressions - without having read the other comments
But Wordpress is a blog, no? I didn't want another blog...or something that looked too much like a blog. ^^;;; (One plus Twitter is more than enough.)
19th-Jul-2009 01:42 pm (UTC) - Re: First Impressions - without having read the other comments
Yes, it is a blog software, but because of the huge amount of support for it and the huge amount of templates you can use it for a lot of different things, so you can just pick out what you want to do with it. I think the only thing that isn't well integrated is a shop software.
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