It’s been 9 years, 3 months and 19 days since I landed in Tokyo, a little bleary-eyed but eager to see what the Land of the Rising Sun would hold for me. The plan was to stay here a couple of years and then go back to England and start a career in my real […]
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Thacko Photography is the next site that I will cast my critical eye over. First of all, as an English teacher by trade, one of the things I notice first when I read an article are spelling and grammar mistakes. And this site is unfortunately full of them. By no means am I being critical about people who might have trouble with spelling, but all common internet browsers these days have either spell checkers built in or available as add-ons. Please leave a comment if you don’t have one of these and I will give you direct links to download one. It makes the site look a lot more professional, as writing “u” instead of “you” just looks lazy.
Right – enough about spelling and grammar and onto the site itself. This site is kind of a photoblog meets personal online journal and does a reasonable job of both. Articles, minus the spelling and grammar mistakes, are clean and concise, giving full descriptions of work that has been done on the car. One thing which could be a great help for people in the future might be to illustrate the work that is done on the cars. This means that not only will people be able to read about what you have done, but also that readers will be able to see exactly what you have done which might help them with the same modifications.
Quite a few things are mentioned that have happened on other sites or previously on this site, but there are no links to find those related posts. This is a good opportunity to keep users on your site looking at different articles, so they don’t just view the front page and move on.
The photos are very good but the site itself just needs a few finishing touches to it. Get a WordPress theme made for 1024×768 screens, get a spell checker for when writing posts and keep on snapping away with the camera!
Have a look at Thacko Photography here: http://www.thackophotography.com/
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Now this is a website I like, and I’m very pleased that Michael asked me to take a look at it. Michael john grist is a perfect example of why I wanted to do these reviews: to introduce people to excellent sites that they may have otherwise missed. I pretty much like everything about this site, from the design to the content to the lack of a Google Friend Connect box. So let’s see if we can pick up on some of the highlights.
The design of the site is relatively simple, once again showing that less is, very often in the case of these sites, more. Subscription links are visible at the top of every page but are not intrusive in any way, and the Amazon affiliate links appear as being helpful rather than there in order to make a few yen on the side. Header and footer bars are kept to a bare minimum, and even the sidebar is kept well out of the way, and showing only the information that is important to the site.
The content is also onto a winner in my book, with topics covering happenings in Tokyo, photos of ruins around Japan, and futuristic/fantasy style artwork. There is background text to all the articles (although the talk can sometimes seem to go completely off-topic), but the site has a photo-blog feel to it. This guy has some talent with a camera though, and knows where to go to get the good photos. A visit to the ruins of the Kemigawa Transmission Station in Tochigi is a good example of a place that is not immediately that interesting, but looking at the photos of different aspects of the site fascinated me. The only thing that could have made it a little better would have been a bit more of an insight into the place itself in the writing, although that may not have been too easy to get.
I’m also a big fan of fantasy artwork in general, and looking at some of the pictures Michael features takes me back to the days when I would engross myself in the artwork of Luis Royo and H.R. Giger. Shots are tastefully chosen and then links provided to the original source of the photos.
I am going to finish the review here because the more time you spend reading this review is less time looking at the photos of Japan and a world beyond over on Michael’s site. Do yourself a favour and have a look.
Check out michael john grist at: http://www.michaeljohngrist.com.
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