This week I’m asking you to be a bit serious and a bit funny.
Many of the writers here on Gather have a separate Web site, but many do not. If you’ve planned one, here’s your chance to see if your proposed Web site will pull in some views.
Many hosting services include advertisements along with your message so that when viewers first bring up your site they see your message along with a couple of ads. Scattered somewhere around the page are going to be buttons for people to click to take them to whatever you want them to see.
However, the first thing the reader sees is what’s going to attract his/her attention. You have to write it in such a way that the reader wants to click on one of the buttons.
This sample is simplified merely so I can show you what I want you to do. There is a main message in the center and two advertisements (added by the hosting service) on either side.
This silly example took me nearly all day so I’m hoping you can do much better. Better? Yep, I want you to write your own main message, trying to keep my attention, as well as two fake/funny ads.
Don’t try to include the artwork, just put in the text. In this case I’d submit it as:
Welcome to my Web site.
I have attempted to…
Not sure if your…
Lose Weight Today
This Week’s Challenge:
Write the main part of your new Web site along with two advertising sidebars. The main portion should be as real as you can make it in order to draw people to your site and lure them into clicking on one of the buttons taking them to other messages. The sidebars should just be cute. You don’t have to put them in as a picture as I did, just label them: Main site, Ad 1, and Ad 2.
I have little imagination, no artistic talent, and even less advertising expertise. Therefore, I wouldn’t begin to advise you on this one.
Put in an intro of some kind and then three headings: Main site, Ad 1, and Ad2. Anything else is up to you.
I mentioned putting in the two ads strictly for comic relief. Pick a real product or make up something and write some cute advertising-type banter about them.
This is your Web site so sell yourself and your work!
Watch Out For:
If you use a real product for your ads, make sure you include any trademarks, service marks, or copyrights along with the owner of each.
This past week was really cool. If you read the following (hint, hint) you’ll see that any number of things can inspire writers. It would also be a nice touch to click on the links to the original posts and read them as well. Oh, after you read their posts, please remember to click on the “recommend” button. Thank you.
Why I wrote This poem – SatWE- Gather Writing Essentials by Elsie Duggan
SatWE: Getting Over It Because I Should Live by Pammu Agaloos
Saturday Writing Essential: Inspiration, a Dangerous Thing by A. F. Stewart
Norm Hinderliter chose to make his submission in a comment on the original challenge column and this is the first time I’ve tried to link to a comment, but here we go. Click on this to see his comment and submission.
Inspiration (Saturday Writing Essential) by Len Maxwell
Inspiratioin (Saturday Writing Essential) By Ruthi C.
Inspiration – Saturday Writing Essential by Brenda Youngerman
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: Write the main part of your new Web site along with two advertising sidebars. The main portion should be as real as you can make it in order to draw people to your site and lure them into clicking on one of the buttons taking them to other messages. The sidebars should just be cute. You don’t have to put them in as a picture as I did, just label them: Main site, Ad 1, and Ad 2.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.