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Old September 23 2009, 02:36 AM   #1
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Having Two (Or More) Interests On One Site

I've had my current website for five years, and it's highly Star Wars-centric, down the to the domain name (darthsheba.com). Over the years I've added a collecting blog, a fan fiction archive, and a gallery. My fire for SW doesn't burn so hot anymore, so the collecting blog has a customizing element to it, the archive doesn't have just SW stuff, and the gallery now has fractal art and photography in it. I recently added a forum, but all it seems good for is as a tool for helping me work on my fan fiction and attracting Google bots.

I want to add a ST element to the site, most likely as a blog, and I want it to have a separate identity from all the SW stuff. Having it be under a SW-type domain probably won't help. Should I do it off-site (like WordPress.com), or use my own web space and maybe get a second more appropriate domain name? A third option?
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Old September 23 2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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First, let me say welcome to the Star Trek community.

You may or may not be familiar with the Star Trek world. My familiarity was very limited until I walked out of Trek XI with a massive headache and great disappointment, because it was just Star Wars with Trek props and characters.

Star Wars has always been a great money maker. Star Trek, on the other hand, has a history (pre JJA) of being a visionary Science Fiction show, with support and help from leading scientists, NASA, and social commentaries. It speaks volumes that other TV shows produced at the same time as the original Star Trek look a lot more dated than Trek does. And Trek would have looked even less dated if NBC hadn't nixed certain social elements (including women in command) that they dismissed as being too silly to put on TV.

The Trek community is large and diverse. It includes Show Business professionals and leading scientists, real astronauts and among boomers, most professional minority people.

There are hundreds of Trek websites. Have you scouted around the web and decided what you want to add? If you just want to express yourself, that's great. But if you are looking for traffic, you might want to look around and see what, if anything, you might like to add to the Trek community which it is currently missing.

If you want to write fiction or produce art work, you may find existing websites where your work would get more exposure than in a private website.

If you want to do audio drama, there are quite a few groups already doing that you can join. Similarly, there are many groups producing fan films.

There are even groups that specifically work on Star War/Star Trek crossover stuff. There's a BB just for that: http://www.clubasvs.net/forum/index.php .
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Old September 25 2009, 04:23 PM   #3
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Re: Having Two (Or More) Interests On One Site

How much content are we really talking about? If it's just a blog with the occasional entry you could just have it under the same site without issue IMO.
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Old September 25 2009, 06:22 PM   #4
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There isn't really much I can add to what's out there, other than rants and analysis, which could best be handled in a blog.
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Old September 25 2009, 09:31 PM   #5
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Just do what will make you happy, then.
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Old September 28 2009, 12:50 AM   #6
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I'd say keep the domain name, and just change the banner at the top of the page to reflect the new content area. That way visitors will recognize your "brand" of content. BTW, if you're interested in exchanging links, lemme know!
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Old September 28 2009, 03:31 PM   #7
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I still have the domain name, but I've gone ahead and picked up a more Trek-themed one. (No biggie, since what I spend on junk food in a week covered the cost. ) I don't know what to do with the forum yet. At first, I thought about closing it down and dividing some of the info on it between the new blog and the archive. Most of it was reference stuff for my fan fiction, anyway. I'll leave it up for now, maybe make some tweeks to it.
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Old October 8 2009, 02:52 PM   #8
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Okay, my new blog is up:

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Old October 8 2009, 06:06 PM   #9
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Sovereign_One wrote: View Post
Okay, my new blog is up:

Are you familiar with this major fan film group?

http://www.starshipintrepid.net/

Star Trek: Intrepid is widely considered the best of the Next Gen Fan Film groups.
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Old October 8 2009, 07:41 PM   #10
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Heard of the name, but I haven't seen the film.
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