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Marcie Writes is Up and Running – Follow Me There!

30 Jan

I am pleased to announce that my self-hosted Marcie Writes site is  up and running. I will no longer be updating posts on this site after January 31, 2012. I will, however, continue to respond to comments.

Also, check out my other sites and social networks:

The Write Design Company – This is my business site where I highlight corporate writing, blogging and social media training and services as well as content creation.

Shorty: Your Chicago South Side Resource – Find about culture, education, employment, health and youth programs and activities on the South Side of Chicago.

Real Skate Stories – This is your chance to share your roller skating memories in text or video.

Twitter: marcie_hill

Facebook: The Write Design Company and South Side Shorty
Thank you for your support!


Did You or Do You Roller Skate?

28 Nov

roller skates

I am pleased to announce that my roller skating site, Real Skate Stories, is up and running.

This is not the most exciting roller skating site you will find online. However, it is one of the most interesting – well to me. While all of the other sites provide information and share memories, I am collecting people’s roller skating stories and memories. Allow me to elaborate.

After returning to roller skating in 2008, I started researching roller skating in Chicago and Black roller skating in Chicago and found very little information. Even the The National Museum of Roller Skating in Lincoln, Nebraska didn’t have much on either topic.  I smelled opportunity.

Long story short, to make this opportunity work, I’m going to need the stories, images and anything else people are willing to share. Although my focus is on Chicago and Black roller skating in Chicago right now, stories are welcomed from people all over the world. There is one caveat: I am only interested in the stories of people who used quad skates, not inline or ice skates. If you don’t know what quads are, check out the image above. Ok, those are old, but you get the picture.

And it doesn’t matter how well of a skater you were/are  (or not). If you skated, your story will help me. Wow, I can’t wait to learn of other people’s roller skating memories.  Visit Real Skate Stories to share your story now or share the link with others.

Your Feedback Needed on Roller Skating Site

10 Nov

roller skates2I have finally completed Real Skate Stories, my roller skating site, and would like your feedback on it.It has not been launched yet because I have not received authorizations to use all of the images just yet.

I set up the site to collect stories of roller skaters who skate on quad skates – not ice skates or roller blades – for my project.

It only has four pages: About, Your Skate Service, Terms of Use and Contact. My goal is to keep it simple, even though the questionnaire is rather lengthy.

I wanted to give people options on ways to share their stories: typing or video recording their responses as comments.

Here is the feedback I need:

  1. Is the header image overpowering? I wanted it to reflect all types of skating, but is it too much?
  2. Is the site easy to navigate? I want to make it clear that your stories are important and you can contact me.
  3. Did you find any spelling or grammar errors? I need an additional set of eyes.
  4. Would an image be more impactful on the About page.
  5. Any suggestions or recommendations?

After visiting Real Skate Stories, please leave your comments below. Thank you for your support.