Backstage Pass: A guide to recognizing your whereabouts

I’m anticipating two kinds of visitors to this site. One is professional contacts, linking from an email or business card and inquiring about me as a photographer or film director. The other are friends, family, and people inquisitive about the creative dimension of my work – a more curious crowd, willing to spend some time discovering and poking around. This site is built for both audiences.

For the professionally-oriented visitor, the first page you see at trevormeier.com has links to the basics: an About page (with a bio and links to contact me) and the latest news. I also offer a news-only RSS feed for keeping up on the latest goings on, without the rest of the blog content. This audience gets immediate access to a subset of targeted content: quick and logical.

For everyone else, the site takes on a different character. To participate in the story of the site, visitors enter into the timeline, with all of the content is organized into chronological order.* In that sense it is a “blog”… but this blog is different.

Posts are displayed one at a time. Each post gets its own page, with arrows at bottom right to navigate forward and back. Design follows content: there is a distinct lack of clutter, the intent always to immerse the reader in the content. Each type of post has a unique design suited to the type of material. For example, news posts have a white background, a serif headline and an icon representing a news feed; photography posts have dark background and a wide aspect ratio with lots of room to show off the photo. All the other usual clutter of a blog is tucked away behind four icons at the top, and behind each post’s title.

Clicking on the title of a post opens it in a view that allows comments. The title also links to the permanent address of each post, for bookmarking etc.

At the top-left of the page, hovering over the icon reveals links to go home and to the top of the blog. At top-right, three icons link to the RSS feed, an index of the most recent posts, and the about page: home of everything else you might want to find or know about me or the site.

Hopefully this will help you find your way around. If you’re lost, or have comments or suggestions, you can always contact me.

*If you’re sneaky, you’ll notice that there are some posts that don’t show up on the main posts timeline. These contain more specific or less general-interest content. They do show up in the RSS feed – a likely place for aficionados to be lurking. They can also be accessed via the archives, or by tabbing forward and back from the single post view (reached by clicking on any post’s title). Try going to first post on the blog, clicking on the post’s title, then clicking back on the arrows at the bottom right of the page…