Hi everyone, I’m back. Again.

November 24th, 2009 in General by ladymadonna 5

Hi all, I’m sure many of you are wondering, “What the hell happened?  I thought he was back for good this time?”  Sometimes even the best laid plans go swirling down the drain. I was away all summer, and when I came back I decided that I didn’t like the website redesign.  Not at all.  None of it fit together, it wasn’t cohesive, it wasn’t easy to update, and worst of all, I think it probably wasn’t a very good user experience.  So over the fall, I’ve been retooling the website yet again and getting it ready for a re-relaunch.

There’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t find the time to do it right, when are you going to find the time to do it over?”  The previous setup was relatively fast to set up and get going, but it just didn’t work for me, and I don’t think it worked for any of you either, at least not ideally.  The good news is that this time I’m doing it right.  The original site design was perfect, and I’m much better at mySQL and PHP now, so I can code better pages.  And I’ve been doing exactly that – check out the new free preview index right here:  Sample Model Portfolios.  I’m now busy retooling the member’s section, which is almost done, and in two weeks I’m going to start updating the website on a weekly basis again.

Two more priorities for me:  new shoots, and a new ordering system.  It’s time I joined the 21st century and let you access the website as soon as you pay for a membership.  I am putting a solution into place that will do just that, and by the new year, you should be able to order a membership and gain immediate access, just like every other membership website has offered all along.  ;-)  You will also be able to cancel your membership at any time online, without having to send me an e-mail, so the whole user experience should get a lot easier – both for you and for me.

New shoots are beginning in December and should start posting in January.  I have upgraded my equipment with a Canon Vixia HF200 HD video camera, and will be posting new material in hi-definition video shortly.  I have also decided to FINALLY break down and start doing natural audio.  The requests for audio have come in loud and clear over the years, at least at a 10-1 ratio, and it will be easier than doing music soundtracks anyway.  Old videos will not be redone, and will remain with a music background, but you can expect new HD videos to contain natural sound throughout.

And that’s it for now!  I will try to update the blog a little more frequently and keep you all updated.  Thanks for sticking with me, and I’ll do my best to build Lady Madonna back to its former glory.