Its funny really, when I started www.cumberlandspaceman.co.uk back in March I had no idea what I was doing at all.
Buying domains and places to host your site is a completely unknown quantity, some are better than others. And then again, which domain to pick? Well I had some background in the Cumberland/Solway Spaceman having researched it on and off for the last 10 years. Also, it felt right because I am from Cumbria and my head is in the clouds more often than not (space man!), in regard of this www.cumberlandspaceman.co.uk felt right.
I went for WordPress because I heard it was a straightforward website builder with lots of scope for alteration and addition. Again, installing the damn thing was more difficult than getting it up and running – the instructions aren’t great and it takes alot of tinkering, but once I had a homepage popping up I knew I was halfway there.
What content? Well this is by far the hardest bit. I didn’t want a strictly ufo/conspiracy site and I didn’t want just a techno /review website or even just a sci-fi site. In the end, WordPress made it easy because blogging allows you incorporate a multitude of ideas.
The site really reflects my personality, scattered, unpredictable and more importantly disorganised. I like Sci-Fi, I like gizmo’s, Documentaries, I even like trash TV like Jersey Shore!!
The content is skipping along nicely, its a one man operation so new material is always going to be slow in coming, hoping that it is worth the wait anyway. The site now boasts a number of sub-sections which some readers will find interesting including : Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and Retro Gaming.
Regarding these, I’m not trying to re-write Wikipedia, infact I don’t use Wiki at all. The unique thing about these Classic sections is that they are completely written from memory and my own opinion. I find Wiki at the best of times to be completely annoying, a mis-mash of opinion and supposed expert analysis. I rarely use Wiki these days for info but on occasion where I’ve seen something wrong, I’ve put it right – like some of their Doctor Who pages.
.com’s are more expensive but seemingly more prized and more searchable than their .co.uk counterparts.
At the minute, they are pointing to various parts of my site under a 301 permanent direct. I know the jury is split on multiple domains in term of SEO but I just thought it would be cool to own some domains with ‘classic sci fi shows’ in them. Promoting one domain is alot of work, 5 will be impossible, but at least I can hang onto them and see what happens.
So in wrapping up, I hope you enjoy this site, please bear in mind it is a one man operation and whilst new material is slow in coming, I believe the blogging community is the true spirit of the Internet and they all need supported, via visits and comments.