Review 174

What can I really say that was bad about The Daily Venator? Not much. I enjoyed the weblog entries. I was able to identify with the author, having many interests in common. This was a plus, but it was not the only things that made the them good.

Rather than writing about hating the world or dwelling in self-deprecation, as so many weblogs do, the author spent his time wondering. He wondered about topics ranging from the odd search strings people used to find his site to why Texans are so patriotic about their state. “Why does one care about such things”, you might ask. Well, it’s a refreshing change of pace, first of all. Second, it suggests that the author takes the time to stop and smell the roses. He notices things that might be a fleeting thought in my head, and explores them.

I liked the fact that in one day’s entry, he felt he had not written enough and said that he might add more later. The entry was far longer than most weblogs for a week.

Anyway, I just thought it was interesting.

The rest of the site was dedicated to chronicalizing his progress in art. I particularily liked the piece he did of Han Solo frozen in carbonite–an image that has been etched in my head since I was 6. There were wallpapers and themes offered for download, and there was a unique dossier about the author.

The design is smooth, the layout is logical, and the content is positive and full. All good ingredients to make a great weblog and website.The Daily Venator

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