Review 969

This is a daily journal type of blog by Elissa, an interesting mix of part Creek Indian and part Irish. As the graphics and personal poses at the top introduce, she is more than likely a rather rambunctious high school teenager with a lot to say. The name of this blog is One Moment which comes from the film “The Mists of Avalon.” In one scene where Merlin is dying, Elissa is especially moved. She is rightfully inspired by Merlin’s final breath “find one moment of happiness that belongs just to you.” In her very own words, this is a fitting title to use for her “personal-collective-type site.”

When you first see the dancing girl pictures in various poses at the top of this blog, you are not quite sure what to expect. Is this the author? In her bio she says she is blond, so maybe not. What is this blog about? Life, passions, poetry and other writings are included, and Elissa says she loves music as well. The design of the page and the rampant, daring use of red pull the reader downwards in search of more.

This is no less than her fifth attempt at a suitable layout for the site that she first started last year. The previous layouts lead up in an interesting way to the current one, but there remains a slight air of impatience with constant changing emotions and ideas that provide an underlying theme throughout the blog. This is the diary of a teenage girl with lots and lots of ideas, ups and downs like anyone her age.

The blog is described as “It’s all about me” which accurately describes the contents. Some readers may bore easily of so much ME flying around: I did this, I did that, I feel like, I saw them, I, et cetera. The navigation is a bit awkward at times. There are enough links to get the visitor around quickly, but you can get lost sometimes. One is not quite sure where the main website ends and the blog starts, and vice versa. There are plenty of good graphics here. The first time one visits the blog it may be hard going if one has a slow connection.

One very refreshing idea is her guestbook. There the visitor can enter one’s own website and apply for a site award by signing the guestbook. It is a curious and creative technique, how Elissa gives you the freedom to define your own made-up title for the award. She even adds it to her growing list of site awards, which is done pretty cleverly with screenshots of the so-called award winning sites.

For a junior in high school, this site is in general entertaining, spunky, and roundabout in more ways than one.One Moment