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A question for you all

Bar some minor tweaking and checking of links, nearly 200 pages later the update to my website is now complete! Never again people, it's going to be blue forever.

I've been debating what to do about the Buffy LJ icons I have stored there though.

While I like having all my work in one place, the fact is that I'm running out of space and Virgin don't seem to offer an option to buy more (it's hard enough finding out that you even have web space. They certainly don't advertise that it's offered, it's a bit of a trek through their website to find out anything about it). My only option then is to upload them on my parent's unused webspace, which of course, is a bit of a pain. That'll be a lot of effort if people aren't interested in them.

Anyway, I'm not sure I should keep them. They take up space I could use for fic and I don't think people a) know that they are there, and b) care. Plus they are scattered about my LJ if people really wanted them.

There's also another thing to factor in: my lack of productivity in that area. All these icons are getting a bit old now. I haven't some for awhile and I don't think I'm likely to make many more. I have an absolute ton of Supernatural bases I've done very little with and I never did finish my last batch of Buffy ones. I'm having a struggle with the art side of things altogether if I'm honest. Aside from the touch of RSI I have in the finger joints of my right hand from the wheel mouse, my main computer has a maddening lag problem I can't seem to fix (which is particularly bad at the moment) and Paintshop Pro just crashes on my laptop.

So a poll:

Poll #1569664 Should I bother keeping the icons on my website

Should I bother keeping the icons on my website?

Yes! All your work should be in one place to rummage through.
3(21.4%)
No. They just take up space and no one looks at them anyway.
1(7.1%)
No. They were crap.
0(0.0%)
No. LJ has more than enough icon posts on its own.
2(14.3%)
Maybe you should just keep the best ones.
5(35.7%)
Carry on as you are and get on with making those Supernatural ones.
1(7.1%)
Icons? You made icons? When?
2(14.3%)
What website?
0(0.0%)


Bottom line is: I think I'm inclined to get rid of them, so it comes down to anyone wanting them.

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Unless you have a great attachment to keeping them, I'd put them on photobucket or flickr or whatever and provide a link. I love them and have perused from time to time, but if they're a space-hog then maybe a random satellite site would do the trick?

Maybe, and I suppose a sticky post here might serve them better.

Ooh, yes, good point - I suppose people mostly tend to use icons on LJ anyway, since you only really get space for one on forums...

I suppose it depends on where the visitors actually come from. I think most come from LJ, although they may come through an archive site.

Well, there's always linking back and forth? (Like, your sticky post could have direct links to your website areas.) Then it would almost be like they'd never left, wherever they'd come from!

That's what I was thinking.

This is really just academic, the point is working out if people care enough to bother. They will always remain on their LJ post.

I keep my icons on photobucket. Wouldn't dream of taking up good writing space on the website.

I have more control over them there though, plus linking from there is such a pain when there is this many.

You could always put a link through one icon on your website to a set of folders on photobucket or Flickr where you can have just as much control if you have a paid or professional account.


PAY????!!!

Bit silly to do that when my parents Virgin space is sitting empty.

*waves hello*
I'd miss your icons if they were gone.
The question is where your did upload them - if they are at your site, they would vanish in LJ too so you would need to re-upload them somewhere.

If they stay in LJ when they are gone from your site they are still good to find with tags; with the icon tag they are still 'together' in one place.
Just my two cents. :)

Hello!

True. Actually, I think a lot of those are on Photobucket
and
my site. If I did delete them, I would make sure they were still on LJ somehow. Maybe this a lot of work, whatever way I do it!

I should miss your icons. :(

I vote move them to Photobucket, or even just the ones you consider the best. Clearly, they can't stay where they are now, but to just go ahead and trash them?! I don't know how you could stand that. I've only ever made one icon in my life, it gets no use at all, and yet I could NEVER delete it as it took me hours to create.

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