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23 August 2017

songs: dornenkaefig

Dornenkaefig — About a week ago, on the 14th, this shrine received a new look as part of The Rose Keep’s Flower Garden Layout Marathon. I had long wanted to make a new layout for it, as the initial one was rushed and uninspired, without anything to visually set it apart from my other shrines. (Though I did like it a lot at the time.)

The makeover inspired me to also revamp the content primarily to make it more visually attractive, as the content images were too small, and the walls of text monotonous. In the end, I edited nearly every other sentence on the shrine for better reading flow, cut out some other parts, retranslated many quotes, heavily restructured and rewrote “Intro”, and added various new images and passages all around the shrine. The little profile blurbs were a lot of fun to implement! The gallery was upgraded to use fancyBox3 as well, which enables zooming (ideal for reading manga pages), and thumbnails were remade. As I have made many shrines since this one, I added links to shrines with similar themes to “The Site” page, something I had already done for Sway.

Considering how much I love Idike and how important she is to me, I was also never truly satisfied with the way I wrote about her on the final page. Back then, I couldn’t find the words to express my feelings, and ended up sounding very emotionally detached. I have added my true thoughts to “The Site” page now, which are also a result of some of the things I have learned this year. Coupled with the addition on “Index”, I think it is a more sincere and emotionally intimate shrine now, as it always should have been.

Although the colour scheme from the previous layout remains (due to symbolic reasons), with all these changes, this shrine now has a new identity to call its own. I’ll add some more thoughts on the network page for it when I have time… Maybe I should revamp the network layout first.

The Rose Keep plug topic here.

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