I used to have some of that kind of thing at my old AOL site, but it was so hard to maintain with AOL's proprietary FTP junk that I eventually gave it up as a waste of effort. (Still, credit where it's due, that wasn't a bad site in 1998. But that was forever ago in internet time.)
A lot of that function is handled now by my LJ, obviously, but this will probably be a more "professional" and less "personal stuff mixed in" kind of thing.
So right now, I'm looking around at some well-done sites for inspiration. Some of my top choices at the moment...
StephenFry.com -- A little too Flash-heavy on the intro, but a nice classy look.
NeilGaiman.com -- When I was in high school, I wanted to grow up to be Neil Gaiman. I just didn't know that, because I hadn't heard of him at the time. If I had, I'd have said, "Dammit, that guy's stealing my future! GET HIM!" Still ... nice website. Although I liked his previous one better.
He's even English, the bastard. That was something else I wanted to be when I grew up.
TerryPratchettBooks.com -- Nice navigation at the top, which will be important on my site. It's going to be as much a portal to my comic sites as it is a listing of my writing projects, so it's going to need clear signposts instead of mystery-meat navigation.
CSS Zen Garden: Dark Rose -- Very pretty, although it may take itself a bit more seriously than my site should.
CSS Zen Garden: LuGoZee -- I love the overall look of this one, arty-gothy with a quirk of humor ... sort of "Eleanor Rigby" meets "The Addams Family".
CSS Zen Garden: Mozart -- Another one that's just plain pretty. :) I don't write (or read) music, of course, but it might be possible to do something with SJ/NN characters in a floating background, perhaps.
CSS Zen Garden: Title Unknown -- I like the color scheme on this one. It's also a little friendlier than the kind of 17th/18th century looks of the other CSS Zen Garden ones I've been linking to.
CSS Zen Garden: Porcelain Meditations -- Potty humor aside, this has a nice, contemporary look, and again features a quirky sense of humor.
CSS Zen Garden: Natural -- Mmm, preettty. :) Given how much I like tromping around in the woods, there might be something to that as a design element. It also ties in nicely with NeverNever and my fantasy writing, if not as much SJ or Brigid & Greg.
CSS Zen Garden: San Francisco -- I could write "Your momma is a poopyhead!" and a page like this would still make me look hip. It could also be a showcase for laurie_robey's photography.
Any thoughts, anybody? For that matter, are there other sites that you think would be appropriately Gneechish?