I want two pages: a home page and then a template I can use for the other five pages.
For the homepage, I want it to be bright and invigorating and energizing. I want it to be really creative and eye-catching and innovative and exciting. My stories are about really interesting things that are happening all over the world and when people read them they're usually like, "whoa that's rad! I never knew that existed." I want people to feel that sense of awe, surprise and wonder when they see my blog.
Here are some of the things I've written about just so you get a sense for the range of my stories. I just wrote "5 trends in green living" where I mentioned clothes grown from bacteria, eco-pods which are biodegradable coffins and meat grown in test tubes. Two summers ago I lived on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a month to write about a floating mass of garbage that's twice the size of Texas. The article and photos appeared in the NY Times. I'm currently writing about a sushi chef that includes weeds in his sushi rolls to help eradicate invasive species that are crowding out other plants in the area. And this weekend I'm visiting a dog park and the lamps in the dog park are powered by dog poop. Cool huh?
I'd like my name to appear in the top left-hand corner of the homepage, where a company name would normally appear. I really want that scrolling thing that hulu uses--you know, where there's a big picture on the middle of the page and then after 5 seconds it scrolls to another. The photos that I'll put there will be photos from recent articles. So for example there would be a photo of a sushi roll and a large quote in colorful letters from the chef saying something like, "I always urge people to eat their weeds." Or maybe it would be a photo of someone walking a dog in the dog park with a large quote in one of the corners saying, "would you donate your dog's poop to fuel the city?"
The other pages are going to be: 1) an about page 2) an articles page where people can read all my previous articles 3) a blog page that's kind of like a diary where I can tell people what stories I'm working on or what I just learned during an interview 4) a press page where I can include articles that have been written about my work and then maybe 5) a garbage girl page. "The Garbage Girl" is an alter ego I created to gain followers on Twitter when I lived on a boat in the middle of the ocean. I still tweet under that name and when people meet me they sometimes ask if I'm the garbage girl b/c the Times/garbage patch story gained a lot of publicity since I raised all reporting costs online by crowdsourcing donations through http://spot.us/
I think that's all you need to know. Contact me if you have any questions! :)