I’m starting to get the feeling that Trollhattan Saab has reached it’s peak. Don’t panic, just read on. There’s plenty of energy in the tank, but I’m just unsure if TS is the vehicle to carry things to the next level.
This site has had to grow from nothing and has been adapted to carry many things. Like many ventures that start this way, the creator would likely do things a little different if he/she could start over again. Such is the case with me and TS. Combine all that with the continuing penalty I’m suffering at the hands of Google and there’s reasons to think about leaving this site as an archive and starting fresh.
A little while ago I mentioned a new URL that I’d purchased and a new layout I was trying. The site is at www.spiritofsaab.com and whilst there’s still no content there it does give an idea of what a possible fresh outlook for the site might look like. The title does represent a little more of what I feel this site is about, too – the spirit of Saab.
I was going to use SOS as a second site, a compliment to this one, but the work I’ve had to put into TS has precluded me from getting content ready for the new one. Hence the thought of making Spirit of Saab the site that I’d always planned for Trollhattan Saab, but with the benefit of hindsight and without the growing pains I’ve had to endure here.
1) A clean start.
2) I love the magazine-style layout.
3) The title will drive the mission of the site. It’s a better sense of identity.
1) Zero back linkage so search juice will have to be rebuilt from scratch
2) no other cons as far as I can see
Here’s just one example of the problems here at TS. This site, despite the wording at the end of each post, doesn’t use Tags. Posts are sorted in categories and there are currently 58 categories. Ideally there should be around a dozen categories at most and Tags can then drive the greater level of detail.
A new layout and a new philosophy may also open up new avenues for participation and usability. Maybe content-driven forums would be a possibility, for example. A reference area, for another. I’m just brainstorming here.
I’m proud of what’s been built here at TS and I believe it to be one of the better Saab sites on the web. I’m constantly driven to improve it, however, and wonder if this layout and structure is the best way to do that going forward.
You, as a visitor to this site, are the final judge and arbiter as to whether it’s meeting its mission. So I’d ask you to toss it around in your head, check out the Spirit Of Saab layout and give it some time to settle in. See what you think.
Trollhattan Saab will still be here, but if things go the way I’m talking about here in this post, then it’d become a static site that sits as an archive while all new content goes on to SOS.