… Ok, well, maybe it’s something wicked that’s been here for almost 13 years, but whatever, right? Point is, the new Sixus1 website is under way. A lot has changed in all these years. Having been providing content and support for Poser users for longer than most folks have known it even existed means we’ve seen a lot come and go, which includes a few different iterations of our own site and the community forums that were a lot of fun at times but frankly, an absolute headache to maintain. With social media like Facebook and Twitter having become ubiquitous to how most folks seem to use the web, it seemed to us that it was time to streamline and retool things for ourselves once again. Gone are the forums, which I know were a great little hangout for some folks. Thing is, though, most of those folks had already begun to converse with us and each other far more often via Facebook which I have no problem with as those conversations are then more readily visible to folks who may know little to nothing of Sixus1. Couple that with all the ways posts and conversations are shared all over Facebook and it just makes sense for us to strip out the deadwood of old forums.
So why a blog? A number of reasons.
1. Easy maintenance. While initially getting this up and running is some effort for Rebekah (we won’t EVEN get into that right now… man, she busts her chops on this stuff… keep on sleepin’ darlin'; you’ve earned it!), there’s just something about the blog format that works well as a means of delivering info and updates that folks might have an interest in.
2. Getting current: Just like with Facebook as opposed to forums, the whole blog thing has become kind of ubiquitous to the web. I’m slow to change and very set in my ways, but it just seems like it’s way past due for us to step forward on this.
3. Simplicity: As we do this, I’m starting to really “get it” as to why this stuff has worked for so many folks posting info on every subject under the sun. It’s straightforward and pretty simple to keep up with. I like that. I’ll use that. And that means a much more up to date, dynamic sixus1.com. We’re keeping the layout and design on this super simple. Spartan even. The focus of sixus1.com is art, so there won’t be any cluttering up of the place. It’s simple to view, simple to update, simple to use. Simple. Simple. Simple. I like Simple. The work we do can get REALLY complicated. Our website should not be.
4. Mobility: While we are still heavily focused on content development for the Poser market, there are other areas we’re finally pushing into, things I’ve been anxious to do for a very long time, and others I’ve been away from for far too long. A lot of these developments now embrace at least a component of mobility, as people now use phones and tablets for much of the media they interact with, so having a site that is simple enough that it may be more easily deployed on those platforms is a very good thing.
So, there you have it. Though sixus1.com never really went away, this is definitely a new beginning. Some awesome stuff is in the works for our little studio. Thanks for coming along for the ride!