It has been over a week since my last update, so I think it is time to give a few details as to what has been happening behind the scenes. On the technical side, I have been experimenting with different menu and page options while continuing to update the SKS knowledge center. I don’t have any formal training in website development, so a lot of this is trial and error. But that said, I think I have found a style that will work going forward and should be scalable as we add more information into our knowledge center portion of the website.
Speaking of which, the SKS potion of the knowledge center is pretty much complete and now includes both the breakdown, lubrication, re-assembly and general info about the rifle. I still need to add a FAQ section, which is in the works, and I am still debating if I will add a SKS specific cleaning page, or if I will make a more general cleaning section. The FAQ section should be finished shortly, but with regards to the cleaning section, I think I will hold off on that for now and move on to other things that need to get done first.
With regards to other tasks, I have three goals for this week. First and second is to complete the breakdown/lubrication/re-assembly/Info sections for the Glock 22 and AR-15, and get them added to the knowledge center. The third task is to work on getting better SEO for this site. Admittedly, guns101.net is still very new and lacking in content, but I as I mentioned above, I don’t have any previous experience in web development. With that in mind, I figure now would be a good time to start understanding what I need to do to help grow the visibility of this site naturally, and determine if any changes need to be made to the layout, wording, or linking before the site grows to large.
Also, I wanted to add a couple notes regarding what has happened over the past week. First, I want to give a big thanks to my buddy Curt. Curt working our first Guns101.net tutorial video, and I could not be more thankful. There are few things we need to get adjusted before it is uploaded, but we are looking to have it added to our Guns101.net YouTube channel shortly. We are very excited to start producing our own content, and I hope that this will be the first of many videos starting Curt.
Finally, I want to give a big thanks to Texas Custom Guns. I recently purchased an SKS (from a different company), and I have been slowly restoring it (it came literally dripping with cosmoline), getting it ready for some time at the range. However, try as hard as I might, I was been unable to disassemble the bolt assembly. After fighting with it for days I finally decided to take it to a gunsmith. Now, I have never done business with Texas Custom Guns, but they did come highly recommended from a company that I do business with. I made a trip down to their shop in Alvin Texas on Friday, thinking I would only be there for 20 or 30 min. But I ended up staying for well over two hours taking with the guys that work the shop. The guys there are amazing, they take great pride in their work, and it shows… but they are also some of the most down to earth people I have had the chance to meet. I wont go into all the details, but I will say, that aside from the conversation, they showed me some of their custom rifles/pistols, and the work they do is pretty spectacular. So guys, if you see this, I just wanted to say thanks again for your help, I really appreciate it.
I guess that’s it for now. I am going to be busy this week plugging away getting the Glock 22 and AR-15 pages ready and uploaded, and hopefully we will have our first video up on YouTube sometime later this week. But if you have any thoughts or opinions you want to share about the site or what we are trying to do, feel free to drop a comment below or email us here.