Reviving aesopian.com

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Aesopian, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Aesopian

    Aesopian Brown Belt

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  2. Aesopian

    Aesopian Brown Belt

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    And before you ask, the answer to "Rickson vs Bruce Lee" is unanswerable because a quantum singularity would implode the universe if it ever were to happen.
     
  3. Ice 9 Cobra

    Ice 9 Cobra Black Belt

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    The crapplefest article is perfect for people starting University clubs too.
     
  4. Aesopian

    Aesopian Brown Belt

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    Yes, university clubs suffer from the same problems, which are made even worse by how whenever someone is starting to get the hang of it, they graduate, transfer away or get too busy with college classes, so you're always losing your members. This is what makes opening a school in a college town probably one of the worst ideas. College kids may be super eager to do BJJ, but they're also the most broke and least able to train regularly.
     
  5. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    This is so true. People always get mad when I say it though.

    The truth is that a lot of towns don't have BJJ because the people that populate that town would generally make terrible BJJ students for one reason or another.
     
  6. MaileJiuJitsu

    MaileJiuJitsu Orange Belt

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    Lol. This is so true. You need the family with a disposable income and like 5 kids that need an extracuricular activity.
     
  7. georgwilhelm**

    georgwilhelm** Banned Banned

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    Will you do another gi survey (I do realize that you are talking about your not gi related site here).
     
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    Aesopian Brown Belt

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    I'm not currently working on another gi survey, and honestly, the results of the last one showed me how little variance there is in the gi market, making me less interested in running it again. A more useful survey would be about gi companies and distributors' customer service. Ease of purchase, speed of shipping, how they handle returns, etc. makes a bigger difference than which of 10 Pakistani or Chinese factories made the gi.
     
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  9. goatfury

    goatfury Brown Belt

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    Sweet. I just posted a link to the "two biggest mistakes" article on my gym's Facebook page.
     
  10. 100%Jiu-Jitsu

    100%Jiu-Jitsu Banned Banned

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    I'm thrilled to hear that you are going to start updating your site again. I already sent you a question. (Actually, I was already bothering you with questions before you were soliciting them; now that you're in the business of providing answers, the experience should be more satisfying)
     
  11. deadlizard

    deadlizard cold blooded

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    what happened to the red belt documentary?
     
  12. Aesopian

    Aesopian Brown Belt

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    I gave them $99 and they sent me an autographed photo of Kyra Gracie. That's all I really know but they are probably still filming and editing.

    Here's the latest Q&A, this time about the basics and that berimboloing white belt:

    http://www.aesopian.com/2226/the-basics-are-dead-long-live-the-basics/
     
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    judogido Aussie!, Aussie!, Aussie! ...

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    Not to be too critical, but do you think a different theme would be called for?

    I love clean themes, don't get me wrong - but seems a bit "skeletal" and spartan.

    Not that I can comment, really - I've needed to update my drupal sites for ages but just don't have the time or energy...
     
  15. Aesopian

    Aesopian Brown Belt

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    Have you ever consider that I am skeletal and spartan?
     
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    Aesopian Brown Belt

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    Seriously though I'm looking for a better theme already. I've got some changes I want to make to the siet.
     
  17. ichimonji

    ichimonji Blue Belt

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    I have appreciated your site for a long time and have often used to to improve my own game.

    I am glad you are back at it again.

    Thank You.
     
  18. Porter

    Porter Captain Obvious

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    Me too
     
  19. judogido

    judogido Aussie!, Aussie!, Aussie! ...

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    My views:

    1. Content is king. Without quality content no-one will bother visiting your site.
    2. Design helps people focus on your content. Design should incorporate useability.

    I am a BIG fan of simple webpage designs. The easiest text to read is DARK text on a LIGHT background. So IMHO your articles should be dark-on-light - with everything else being de-emphasised so people focus on your content.

    I would also give VERY serious consideration to a responsive layout since there is a very large increase in the amount of traffic/views from mobile devices and tablets.

    If you use Firefox, get the (free) Web Developer toolbar add-on, which lets you view a site in various responsive layouts.

    The rest is a personal preference. But again, nothing beats keeping it simple so people do not get distracted from the main article.

    aesopian.com has always been a quality site. All you have to achieve is to get a design to do justice to the content and make sure the design helps the readers benefit from the visit.
     

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