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Friday, April 28, 2006

GenevaLunch: now you can nibble

GenevaLunch is eating up my week, which means that things are the wrong way around, of course, but as the site gets moving, that is beginning to change. The result is that the site is now mostly up, with a small amount of content. For those who have not yet heard of it GenevaLunch is an English-language news and information web site, with both professional and community reporting, text and images, for the Lake Geneva area in Switzerland. Rough calculations indicate that it will reach out to a population of more than one million. A special feature: it uses blog technology which will allow the site to be highly dynamic.

For now, go have a nibble - but come back next week for a small feast. The explanations for many of the menu pages are missing and some basic functionality is not yet there.

The birthing process is closer to that of a blog than of a typical web site, where testing is done behind the scenes and the site is launched when most bugs have been worked out, at some expense. Blogs are born only partially formed, and the first few weeks are a time of steadily adding and playing with site features. GenevaLunch will not have a loud, splashy launch, as most new news sites do. At some point in the next two weeks, when the basic features are in place and a few members of the community who have been invited to post have added material, I will invite a larger group of people to visit.

When I was a university student, like so many other American students I spent my summers working in restaurants. I always loved the time between meals, the pause between the kitchen madhouse and rush of one set of diner's and the adrenalim flowing again when the next set arrived. There was usually a moment when the first of the new group arrived - you glanced around and made sure the dining room looked all right. You tidied napkins, added missing forks, straightened the flowers, checked the menu again. And then the bustle and fun began.

GenevaLunch is currently a bit like that. Things are starting to bustle.


Blogger business voodoo said...

very interesting ...
creatively simple ...
love the photos ...
i'll be back to visit when the feast is laid out ...
keep up the good work!
peace & harmony,
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

11:04 AM  
Blogger Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

I certainly know how much time can get eaten up by trying to get everything just right on a web site. I hope you have plenty of good team members because this project is beyond a full time job in itself.

I wonder if there is a restaurant such as Geneva Lunch on Maui or in Hawaii? Hmmm.

9:35 PM  
Blogger christin m p in massachusetts said...

Even just reading through all these blogs and responding to e-mails is eating up so much spare time that small (so far) paper clutter stacks are starting to form on my kitchen table. But this medium is making it easier for me to learn more about subjects I knew almost nothing about before -- like gardening and U.S. politics (what a labyrinth that subject is). I love that I can see places I may never have the chance to visit, and meet people I likely never would have met. But it sure does eat up a lot of time. I can't imagine how you guys manage to keep up these web sites around all your other obligations.

7:51 AM  

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