Sunday scuttlebutt, state of the website version

So it turns out that most people start with the logo, then get the website sorted out, and worry about the content last.

I blame being left-handed for thinking backwards, then, because I went with the content, assuming that it would drive a logo and a website.

Did I mention that I’m doing crowdfunding? That the goal at least is to keep ads away from this website (or at least inconspicuous), so that you can go ahead and support the website without having to turn off your ad-blockers or script-blockers that you should probably be using on your browser like a condom for the World Wide Web?

This week, we are having a contest to design a new logo for the website. I will pay real money to the winner.

This week, I will be talking to the couple of website designers that have reached out. I know the website can be buggy with new updates. I plan on hammering that out very soon.

After the logo and website are sorted out, I’ll try to work on merchandise, because the concept here is that a significant percentage of the funds raised go back into the community–and more than just in the form of, “No more fundraisers for Traverse City, ‘selling’ Patreon subscriptions.'”

Yes, I want a nice logo, a pretty, functional website and am aiming for 200 subscribers as part of the larger community, but I sort of figured that you’d be willing to put up with the hiccups if there was content first and foremost.

That’s the message, I suppose, to the stakeholders, a.k.a. you. I’m one human being here, but I’ll work my ass off to churn out content whenever possible. That means working harder than I ever have and smarter than I ever have, but ultimately, it’s about sharing the story for me, and there are always stories to tell.

It’s been six days. There are bugs to iron out. They keep me up at night. I’m working on it. I’m working on a lot, actually, one skate stride at a time.



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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

9 thoughts on “Sunday scuttlebutt, state of the website version”

  1. If you make a ball cap that I like at a reasonable price I will buy it and include it in my rotation. But first work on the logo so you can build the hat off of that.

  2. George,

    I know how passionate you are about coverage of every aspect of the Red Wings but please give yourself time to breathe. Work smarter not necessarily harder.

    1. Thank you for the wise advice. I’m listening and you’re right, it’s about pacing.

  3. Totally agree with Cyril Rogers. George, we love you and want you at this healthy. Please don’t burn out rushing to get it all together. You’ll get it together and well be here regardless of how long that takes.

    1. I’m trying to take Cyril’s advice to heart. The plans will take time to coalesce and that’s okay.

      1. I’m looking forward to the finished product, however long it takes. And I wish you the best of luck with this new endeavor.

  4. On the web page side of things I find it surprising that I cannot see if I am logged in at the top of the page.

      1. No apologies necessary. This is just one of those things that will pop up as we continue to familiarize ourselves with the new site. I know you’ll take care of it with your web designers when they can get to it.

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