I have struggled for awhile now with whether to complete the site in it's current style, or undergo a re-design and then try to complete it. Neither route is favored, quite frankly. However I do want the site to be around and visually contemporary for as long as possible, so I think a re-design is mandated. I am purchasing some software and re-teaching myself some things and teaching myself some new things and by the summer of 2010 I hope the re-design is complete. It will begin in earnest in January or February. With that being said, other than the Art Gallery which is coming soon, the site probably won't feature any other updates until the re-design is worked out. I am probably going to go with a light background rather than the dark blue as well. I would appreciate anybody's input or opinions on this.
Because of how fickle free-hosting providers are becoming (think Geocities...) I've decided that if the site is going to outlive my youth, which I hope it will, it needs to be updated into a solid piece of information that is complete and unchanging other than updates and news (meaning a technologically sound design that will hold up over many years) and moved to a paid hosting provider. I am probably going to make the site an official Non-Profit Organization which would have a board. I am looking into the legalities of that and need to have some conversations first but that's where I would like the site to lead. I cannot myself guarantee that I can always maintain hosting costs myself. With Developing countries coming on board, the internet is the one technology that is likely to get more expensive rather than less over time.
I am going to move the site to a paid hosting service in May. I have budgeted this for a year. At that time the site will be condensed a little bit, I'm making a concerted effort to finish the episode guide and have a fairly complete product when it moves to the paid service. Eventually I'd like to have the costs of the site controlled by the board, with some advertising income. Ideas are welcome.