Monday, August 15, 2016

Coming Soon - The Wu's Feet Links Hall of Fame Blog

This screenshot, from, features WFLHoF c/o 2000 member, Janet Mason.

Let me start this blog off by being 100 percent honest. I, Patrick, dropped the ball with the Wu's Feet Links Hall of Fame (WFLHoF) project I pitched last year. If you remember, I decided around this time last summer that it had been way too long since the WFLHoF was updated and it deserved to be reintroduced. I came up with a whole plan of attack that included how many candidates would be eligible, who they would be nominated by, and how those candidates would be voted upon. Believe it or not, it was smooth sailing up until that point. Where I fumbled was in the post vote planning. 

After the voting had concluded, I made mention of all those elected to the WFLHoF Class of 2015. Those people turned out to be: Wu, Little Dee, Bellecita, Erotic Nikki, and Goddess Brianna. The class was so large because it had been 10 years since the last person was inducted (Sexy Lexi c/o 2005). The WFLHoF committee and I also thought it was a good idea to include Wu automatically, for obvious reasons. At this point, things were still working out pretty well.

Once all the voting and mentions of the winners had occurred, I began to think how this hall of fame (HOF) should be added to Wu's Feet Links itself. At first I figured we'd just add the original page back, but make some edits. The small boxes just saying the person's name, site address, and three photos would be expanded upon. Maybe something like how Wu's old feature model section was laid out? 

Since I'm not the one designing and/or maintaining the main site itself, however, I saw that as potentially problematic. I wanted to be able to get things done when I had the time and not have to pile things onto Phil and BHE. I know they have their plates full. Still, I moved on with my plan and continued forward.

At this point I began to kick around some new ideas. I figured each person should have their own page that featured a few elements. Those items would include all the basic information, a small photo gallery, links to their sites and social media, and the final item, a few words from their peers. I put out a request to people to say a few words about people they were familiar with, or remember fondly. A good many of you came through for me, but the process did take some time. That's to be expected when you're asking people to write a few statements, to a few paragraphs, worth of their thoughts. For those of you who helped, thank you!

And this is where I've been sitting for months...

In the back of my mind I've constantly thought about this, but along with those thoughts I've also had to think about Soles of Silk, my full time job, and writing columns and conducting interviews for Wu's. It was always something I just kept saying, "I'll get to it." Well, it's time to "get to it!"

What I've decided to do is create a third blog that will link to Wu's Feet Links - just like this Columns Blog and the Interviews Blog. I will copy the same structure and design to it that you see on those blogs. From there, I will begin adding in all the HOF members to the year of their inductions.

I don't think this will take me too long and will be much easier in the long run. I don't want to have to pass design ideas and page elements over to BHE to handle. They've been kicking ass with keeping Wu's Feet Links up to date, so I want to keep helping however I can and do my part. These blogs are pretty easy to create, especially since I have the layouts done from the other two. And since these won't be a monthly thing, updating them once a year, won't be too much work.

In closing I just want to say thank you for all the support everyone has given me in helping with anything and everything related to Wu's Feet Links. I wish I could dedicate even more time than I already do. Please know that I'm still here, but I do have a lot on my plate. Once this new blog has been added, expect an announcement on the forums and on Wu's Feet Links itself. When that is done, we can begin the process of picking the next class to go into the WFLHoF.

Erotic Nikki was part of the 2015 class of the WFLHoF.