Last week there was some discussion of making a dedicated web site for the weekly Spanish posts -- happywaffle even offered to spring for a domain name. So I've given a little thought to how I would set something like this up.
If I do this, I want site maintenance to be as simple as possible -- that is, I want to set something up and then NEVER HAVE TO TOUCH IT AGAIN.
I also want to develop this incrementally, so that step one is not so ridiculously time-consuming that I never get around to it.
I figure step one would be something brain-dead like this:
That is, a banner at the top, a short description, and then links to the posts and the RSS feed. Static content, and I don't have to mess with it, ever.
If I wanted to get slightly more fancy, I could do this:
That is, devote a chunk of the screen to the latest Spanish post. (... and leave everything else the same.)
Another interesting possibility is to turn this into an audio podcast:
... and add a link to the podcast to the main page.
This is actually quite easy from a web-development standpoint. I already have an S2 style sheet that turns any LJ feed into a podcast. So really, all that I'd need to do every week is to (1) upload the mp3 before I post, and (2) include a link to the mp3 when I post. Simple.
Actually creating the mp3s would be trickier. I'd need to record an intro and outro, and -- yeesh -- I'd need to record the content. That's especially tricky -- I'd either have to embarrass myself by trying to record the Spanish myself (yuck) or find somebody willing to record the Spanish for me (unlikely).
So this probably won't happen, but it's fun to think about.
The last possibility I'm entertaining at the moment is something like this:
... that is, set up the site so that you can access any Spanish post within the new site.
I'm pretty sure my diligence would fall far, far short of this. I don't know if there's even any way to do this with fancy RSS-to-HTML footwork. And if there's no automated way to do it, I'll be damned if I'm going to go into the site and update its HTML guts every single week.
So that's it for now. Odds are, if I can find a solution to the 'display the latest RSS entry as an HTML page' problem, I'll go ahead and pull the lever on the new site.
Mood: contemplative · Music: none