Ice and Bubbles. Graceful Waves. Wind Dreams. Sound
familiar? They sound like titles of Sailor senshi shrine
web pages, don't they? Well, not quite. There aren't any
Sailor Moon pages out there with those names; at least, not
yet. But it's my guess that it won't be long before those
very names are used. Is it just me or are ALL of the new
Sailor senshi shrine web pages that have been popping up
lately have names JUST like those? I think I've figured out
there formula for naming your Sailor Moon shrine. You
a)Name it after an attack that the senshi has. For example,
naming your web page dedicated to Sailor Jupiter "Supreme
Thunder". Or naming your Sailor Mercury page "Aqua
Rhapsody". (If these names already exist, then I didn't
know about it!)
b)Name your page a combo of words that are related to the
senshi it's about; you can take words that relate to the
senshi's fuku colors, elements, or pastime, and/or words
from their attacks. If you were to make a shrine for Sailor
Mercury, you could call it "Blue Mirage". Or if you were
making a page for Sailor Uranus, you could call it "Windy
Now don't get me wrong...sites with names like those aren't
necessarily bad sites...in fact, some sites I know with
those kinds of titles are the best sites I've seen based on
the Sailor senshi. I'm just saying that the titles are so
unoriginal! Come up with something new and unique already!
Furthermore, having a site with that kind of name makes it
easy to forget, because there's already so many other sites
with titles that are almost identical. I've been getting
all those new senshi shrines mixed up. I have no idea which
one's which anymore.
And please, don't use the word "dream" in the title!
Without exaggerating, I think I've been to maybe 6 or 7
Sailor Moon sites in the past month with that word in the
title. Why are people so obsessed over that word?
And then there's the layout. I am sick and tired of coming
across the same old boring layout for the opening page; you
know it by now...the square in the middle of the screen,
taking up about 1/4th of the screen, and having very little
images and info in it. There's a pro to this...it doesn't
take long to load at all, and that's a very big pro. But
being unoriginal and similar to about 25 other sites is not
too pleasing to the eye, and that's a very big con.
At the very least...would it be too much to ask for if you
could just have slightly more descriptive headers for each
area of your page?! I don't know where to go when I come
across this list of choices at the opening page: "Once Upon
a Moon/Love is Energy/Pink Bunnies/Lunar Memories/Prism
What the hell is that all supposed to mean? Where should I
go from there? I don't see what's so wrong about the
wonderfully legible "About Usagi/Picture Gallery/Usagi
...Well, I'm aware of what this all is. A trend. Simply a
trend. And eventually it will fade away, and another trend
will take its place. And take note of that: that's "its"
place, not "It's! It seems like no one, and I mean no one
ever gets that word right! I sometimes worry if I'm the
only on in cyberspace who can spell that
correctly... Well, anyway, as I was saying, eventually
another trend will take its place...and then another...and
so on. That's how trends are. After all, a few years ago,
one trend for Sailor Moon pages was to have the name of a
place in the page title, such as "The Sailor Senshi
Palace", "The Sailor Senshi Planet", "The Sailor Moon
So, trends will always be here to stay,
but please, if you can, stay far, far away!
It pays to be original, peeps. After all, there is always,
each and every time, one person who starts a trend...whose
page is at one time considered original...
...this time, try and make it yours.
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