For the first time since I started this project, I suddenly find that I am not quite sure what I want this website to be.
It was originally going to be an in-the-moment, somewhat curated, snapshot of what I'm doing with my life.
But I'm not sure what that means. The original goal was going to be largely centered around microblog updates (like this one) where I could share thoughts tied to a specific item.
But what if I'm having a bad day and read a trashy space opera in an afternoon but don't have anything to say about it (or any energy to log in and say it)?
Should I add it to the site later just as a "I have read this" tracker? Should I add a star ratings feature so I can rate items? Should I add a "review" section separate from the microblogs?
Specifically for books, should I make this a Goodreads clone? But isn't Goodreads good enough? Maybe not for the non-books.
But I don't always want to put a star rating on something. I certainly don't always want to write a prose review. Would their absence be interpreted as meaningful?
But ultimately, I can't decide if that would be an evolution for this site's theme, purpose and design...or a step backwards.
It opens up some presentational challenges as well. The original site design was very purposeful and that's a fairly major expansion of purpose.
So this will be something to think about in the weeks ahead.