Formerly: Heather was here
This could be internet BS, but I doubt it. Heather Carolin actually came to Reactuate and left a comment on my post about her. It’s a little embarrassing to say really nice things about a beautiful woman, things I’d probably be too shy to say to her face, and then have her read them. But they are true, and she’s probably gets it all the time.
I was one of the highest ranked sites in the search engines for her name, which is probably why she ended up here. Seems she’s getting ready to launch a site of her own in the next couple of months. Given that, as an old man of the Internet, I’d like to offer a little unsolicited advice. Assuming Heather may be back I’m writing this directly to her.
I’m not sure what the purpose for a web site is, but I’m assuming it is self promotion. I’m not sure if you are looking to start something with paying content, but personally I doubt that would work, especially given your contract with Playboy doesn’t let you do nude work. What you want is a site fans will come to on a regular basis, so that when you do something that will make you money – like your appearance at Glamour-Con – your fans will find out about it.
The most important point here is will come back to, not can come back to. You can put up a site with pictures and info on appearances and people can come to it and find out more. But they won’t come everyday, or probably even every month. So they can miss something.
Having a site that is updated almost daily based on pictures gets either hard or expensive quickly. You need to take new pictures every week at least and that is a) time comsuming, and b) requires a photographer. You either find an amateur who will work for free, or you hire a pro. An amateur probably isn’t going to produce the best images and a pro will cost money.
What you need is a blog.
A blog is something you personally update on a very regular basis, possibly daily. Its cheap because you are creating the content yourself in the form of words. In it you gain an outlet for your creativity and an expression of your personality. Through a blog people get to live a life they don’t have. In your case they get to be a young beautiful red headed Playmate. They get to find out when it is glamourous and when it is boring or lonely. If you do this you’ll have die hard fans (probably both male and female) that will work for you and help you when you need them.
Blogging software makes it easy to create these kinds of sites. You find a geek to set it up for you and explain how to use it, and then you can simply write entries by filling out an online form or using an offline editor. So it doesn’t take a lot of time for you.
Not only does a blog help you update on a regular basis, it also make is easy for people to track when you do update it. If your site has an RSS feed, people can use special software that will check to see if you’ve made any new entries automatically. Right now my news reader is watching 58 different sites for changes and it takes me no time at all.
My guess is as public figure you are concerned about your privacy and maybe feel a blog could be dangerous. You do need to be careful, but it isn’t as hard as you might think to keep yourself safe.
I notice that your domain name is owned by Playboy, so they may be dictating what your site looks like, but if you have control over it I’ll make you an offer as a fan. I’ll set up the blogging software of your choice on your host for free, and work with you to make it look good. If you don’t know anything about this stuff I can pick the software and set it up on a host for you. I’ll also offer smart friend support and initial instruction. If you use a Mac I’ll help you set things up to make doing the daily entries even easier and introduce you to blogging. All you have to do is promise not to be a pain or rude.
Good luck whether you take my challenge or not and please stop back by and let me know when you get your site up.
Readers what do you think? Does my idea have merit?