I enjoy the various Richard Armitage sites available online.
They each have their strengths and add their own flavor to the mix.
One of my favorite spots to frequent is RichardArmitageNet.
It's organized, visually pleasing, & up-to-date on the lastest info.
I enjoy the collection of fan art available for browsing.
I love their screencap gallery, which I put to use often when
searching for the perfect picture to go with a post.
Have you ever wondered who
is running the wheels behind the scenes
is running the wheels behind the scenes
of this great RA site?
Her name is Ali, aka: Alicat, and she is from the UK.
(Wendy, aka: Hedgeypig has also played a big role in designing
and running the site, although she is currently taking a break from
online duties at the moment.) I became aquainted with Ali several
months ago through email, after starting this blog. Since I "met"
her, she has been very friendly and helpful, answering questions,
sending me needed links, and sharing advice when it comes to
navigating the RA online world.
The RA online world:
I know what you're thinking...
"Nat, would you puh-leese stop using Richard's face in
those rediculous face-in-hole photos!?"
(Maybe. Maybe not.)
Anyway, back to our topic...
Ali agreed to share a little more about herself with us~
How did you became a fan of Richard Armitage?
HERE and to the left] and thought ‘who the HELL is that!’ then I read the interview inside (HERE) and was even more intrigued. In the article Richard was promoting The Impressionists and I’d already decided I was going to watch that as it’s something that interests me. I thought he was marvellous in that, he really brought the character alive. I bought the North and South DVD shortly afterwards and as a result of that I went online immediately! Guy tipped me over the edge into the fandom though, persuading me to join the AA forum (now the RAC). I just had to find someone else to talk to who understood why I was going nuts thinking about this Gisborne character all day long. Then I found some brilliant friends, discovered fanfic, fanart and have been hopelessly addicted to watching every single thing he’s been in over and over again. But anyone reading your blog knows exactly what I’m talking about!
That’s easy to answer – Guy of Gisborne. For me, he’s the most intriguing role Richard has ever played with the most layers in his character. We were lucky to get 34 episodes of that character and he went through a hell of a journey, 3 different looks, a variety of storylines and amazing chemistry with Lucy and Keith. It’s the attraction of the ultimate bad guy with a conscience that’s so attracive but I know that I don’t have to explain myself to your audience. ;)
When and why did you start Richard Armitage Net?
It started in October 2008 under the name ArmyDreamers.com inspired from the fact that we all met on the AA and the fact that Wendy and I are fans of Kate Bush. The name didn’t feel right so I bought the domain RichardArmitageNet.com six months later. Wendy and I wanted to setup a website that reflected what we would want if we were new to the fandom, in many ways it contains all the things that we love best about being a fan of Richard’s. We like looking at pictures and screencaps, hence the time spent on the gallery and the fact that the picture of the day changes every day. We’re interested in the latest news, when is he on TV, any information we can get really. The two of us also have a common interest creating different types of art based on Richard’s characters so that had to be a big part of the site too. And finally we just wanted our own site because we’re both self-confessed geeks and love fiddling around with websites! Wendy is still an admin but she’s taken a step back now and is my back-up if I’m away. So if you email the site, it’s me that reads your message.
You said you own the site. Did you have to buy the rights to that web address, does it currently cost money to run, or is it free?
Yes, it costs money. You have to buy the domain name & also pay for hosting with a specific provider, in our case a company called hostgator. Both of these costs must be renewed annually or sometimes you can buy them bi-annually. It's the same for all website owners.
Your site is always so up-to-date on the current RA news and info. How do you keep so well informed?
I expect I spend far too much time on the net! Google search and google alerts are often the first point of call. Also I receive a number of emails to the site from people keen to share the news – it’s brilliant to get so much help with the latest news! Then there’s the forums. There’s not much out there that the members of C19 don’t find out, they are super sleuths. And Twitter is becoming more and more useful too. The site has a twitter account and we have 499 followers. I’m hoping to get #500 today! When I get some news or other info, I update the site as soon as I can.
How much online time is required to keep Richard Armitage Net updated and running smoothly?
What is your favorite thing and the toughest thing about running Richard Armitage Net?
Toughest thing – the techy side. Maintaining the backend is a necessary chore for me and there are occasional issues that arise which you didn’t anticipate, for example our hosting company decided to implement something that caused me a bit of hassle 2 weeks ago but it was sorted out after a number of emails back and forth. These things are intermittent and not really a major problem, they are just my least favourite thing about the site. Wendy loves all the techy-nonsense but it’s my responsibility now and it’s good for me to learn to handle it. I still phone/text her when I’m stuck and lucky for me she’s happy to help.
How many hits does the site get daily?
Google analytics tells me that in the last month we had an average of 1500 hits a day, which includes those who visit more than once and an average of 1000 unique visitors every day, although that figure bumped upto 1400 unique visitors on Monday – the fallout from the BAFTAs! The number has trebled in one year so I’m chuffed that it’s working out so well.
You have a wonderful collection of fan art available. Do the artists send them to you to post or do you seek them out and ask their permission to share?
It’s probably 50/50, some email me with their work, others I have approached when I’ve seen their work on deviantart or one of the forums. No-one has said no yet I’m glad to say. As you know, the talent in this fandom is outstanding and I am always on the lookout for more to add to this part of the website.
A big thanks to Ali for answering my questions
and shedding some light on the ins-and-outs of running an RA site,
which is quite different than running a blog!
If you would like to request a picture of the day,
send in some fan art, or have any questions or comments
for Ali, she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org