In between all of the normal madness that is my life, I have been trying to make a few updates and improvements to my website. I have been plugging along with the same basic format and layout for a while now, and it's worked out fine I suppose, but I feel that there is always room for improvement. So I try to take into account people's comments and critiques when they come up and make the page overall more user friendly and more inviting to people.
First of all the most noticeable change is the picture at the top of the page. I really felt it was time to update that. My look has changed a lot over the past year. Yes, children, uncle Benny is getting older, but I think I still look good. Don't you?
Okay, so maybe I can't pull off the long hair, the baggy low hanging jeans and oversized hoodies quite the way I used to (at least not in public, what I wear around the crib on a Monday afternoon is entirely my business... ) Thank goodness I look good in a suit.
One of the comments that I recall hearing was that it was a little bit difficult to find/access my music, which is of course the most important thing a musician's web site should do: promote the music! Right?? So I have added a small music player with a handful of my tunes to the top lefthand corner of the main page, so you really can't miss it. I also added a newer player with a much larger appearance to the music page. Now if only I can get some new music up on there I will be all set... and I promise you, that is coming soon!
Also on the main page, just below the player I have added more links to some of my other spots on the world wide web, such as my Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. There is also a link that brings you to my iTunes store (which at present only contains the "I'm Sorry" EP, but again this is something I hope to rectify and amend very soon!)
For years I have toyed with the notion of opening some sort of a "merch store" where people can buy various other Big Ben related items aside from my music, such as tee shirts, hats and coffee mugs. I'm honestly not too sure how interested people would be in buying/using items like this. Would you rock a Big Ben tee shirt at the club on a Friday Night?
I'd like to reach out to all of you, my friends, family, fans and fellow funksters to ask your opinions about all these things and more. If you have any ideas on how I can continue to improve the web site, on what sort of merchandise you would like to see sold here, or any other feedback I'd love to hear about it! You can comment here, or you can e mail me on the "contact" page form. Hope to hear from you soon, and I look forward to bringing you more great content - and especially some good music - here at www.bigbenhillman.com!!