New project

I got some photos today in the snow. I’ll try to Photoshop them up when I get a hand free.

If I’m not blogging much in the next couple of days, it’s because I’m busy with a new project. Several years ago, I built a Web site called Route66Motels.com to provide an online presence for some of my favorite mom-and-pop motels that didn’t have Web sites. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a similar site for restaurants, and while I was having dinner the other night at Al’s Route 66 Cafe in Sapulpa, I was talking with the owner about the fact that he needs a Web site but doesn’t have the time or computer access to put something together, and professional Web designers tend to be prohibitively expensive for little mom-and-pop operations.

That conversation kind of lit a fire under me, and since it’s winter now, and my Route 66 schedule should be slowing down a bit (at least in theory … I still have to put together the Oklahoma Route 66 Association newsletter and get a couple of other projects off my plate this weekend), I will have time to work on the new site.

I sat down this morning, registered a domain name, and set up a Web site for restaurants on Route 66. All you’ll see there at the moment is a placeholder page that tells you what’s coming, but at least Route66Food.com is online.

I hope to have something more complete up and running by the end of this weekend. I’m using the site as an excuse to teach myself GoLive. If it’s like all the other Adobe products I’ve used, it will be incredibly efficient once I learn it, but the learning curve will be incredibly steep, and overcoming it will probably involve me getting all engrossed in my work and sitting up until 6 o’clock in the morning, by which point I will be more or less proficient with the software.

I’ll probably put the site together in chunks and upload them as I get them done, so check back there frequently if you want to monitor my progress.

UPDATE: As of 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas pages are up, as is the “Today’s Special” page. The rest of the pages have a “Coming soon — stay tuned” message on them. I expect Oklahoma to take the longest, as I have at least 45 restaurants to list on that page. Our involvement with the National Historic Route 66 Federation’s Dining and Lodging Guide, coupled with our extreme laziness where cooking is concerned, helped us familiarize ourselves with WAY more than our fair share of restaurants on Route 66 in Oklahoma….

Emily