I Need Your Help - 06.06.99|
This is probably going to be nearly the lamest 'whatever' I've ever written in terms of thought that I put into it, but I couldn't think of any better way to reach the audience that I wanted to without going this route. In the past month or so, I've been doing a fair amount of work on my soon to be released, redesigned website. It's going to have a lot of the same content as the site does now, but the main difference is that it's going to look a lot better (at least I hope that it does).
Over the course of the past 1.5 years that I've had this particular site going, I've gone from thinking that nobody read the site at all (which was fine, since I was sort of just doing it for my own amusement anyway), to actually receiving some mail and guestbook entries about what I had written. If you were one of the people who wrote me something, anything, I thank you. Even though I like to think that I'm doing this for myself, I always get a little giddy when I have new e-mail in my box from someone that I've never met before.
Anyway, I'm getting off track here. In the course of working on and designing my new site, I came up with quite a few other ideas of things that I want to try to implement. While some of these ideas are way down the road, there was one in particular that kept creeping into my mind and begging for me to give it more thought. It would be a place where people could share stories based on a particular subject that I wouldn't really contribute to. I talked it over with a couple people and they all thought it was an interesting idea, so I went ahead and worked up a complete design for it.
Here's the part where I actually need your help. Since I have a design all put together, and I'm planning on re-launching my site within the next month, I need some content from others to make it all come together. Because I think (or rather hope) that I have actual readers of this section, I wanted to come to you first with my idea hoping that I would get some submissions. Now, on to my idea.
It may sound a little strange at first, but the section I'm working on is based on the simple premise that every scar has a story behind it. I'm starting it up with hopes that it becomes sort of a communal place where people can share interesting stories about their lives, all based upon a mark on their body that will never go away. My own personal experience with this is that I have a very large, very noticible scar right in the middle of my neck. It usually ends up being about eye-level with the average person, and in the past 5 years that I've had it I've explained the story behind it tens of times. While my story isn't that interesting, I know that almost everyone out there has a story of this kind, and I've heard a good many that would make for an amazing read.
If you're interested in contributing (which I really hope you are, don't be modest), I've written up some further details on what I'm looking for below
Submission Hints - Story
Submission Hints - Picture
That's all I ask of you really. Just send me the story in the body of an e-mail and attach a picture of the scar in either .gif or .jpg format. I'll notify everyone who submitted as soon as the site goes up on display, and you'll even get a link of your own out of the deal (also, you retain all rights to your piece, I won't edit it without your consent). Thanks for your help, and I hope to be hearing some stories soon....