Deconstruction In Progress

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I will never tire of posting this video, so it’s your weekend music. My grandson just gave it the thumbs up and muted SpongeBob so we could rock out to it. Major announcement to follow.

It’s time for the overhaul. I wanted to have it done by now, but I lost a lot of time in November. Thanks to everyone who offered feedback on the new design this week.

Here’s the process

  1. Nuke all but a handful of the categories and start over. We’ll still have a lot of them, but they will be logical and most will be full of stuff. In other words, actually useful.
  2. Change the theme, remove the widgets I’m killing, and add the new ones.
  3. Sort out the pages.

Step one requires me to touch every post. All 646 of them. This will take a while.

We we may not be back until Wednesday or Thursday, but we will be back.

And we have new contributors to introduce.

Stay tuned, mateys!

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We’re Getting a New Look Soon!

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Photo by Gene’O, 2014

Our American Horror Story post for this week is delayed, so I’ll go ahead and give you a first look at our new theme, with some notes about the widgets I plan to use.

I’ve been sharing this around a bit, and the early feedback has been positive so far.

The Lull is Upon Us, With Some Thoughts on Better Blogging

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So. December 8. Slowdown time.

You’ll be seeing a lot less blogging here for the next few weeks. Diana and I both have a ton of offline stuff on our plates from now through the holidays. Luther’s done with his run of Walking Dead posts for now. You’ll be seeing a lot of video posts and a lot of missed days here for awhile, but we aren’t going anywhere.

If you want to know what I’m working on this month, there’s a list here. And do feel free to stop by  or chat with me on other social media. I’ll be around and will be checking my threads.

Just watching what other bloggers who have been more successful than me this year are doing, I’ll tell you. I am less concerned about posting frequency than I have been since we started. A deep archive gets you some cred, and posting often helps, but the big traffic seems to be about five things.social media

  • Search engines.
  • Sharing links.
  • Good art.
  • Reader-friendly posts.
  • Engaging with people when they show an interest.

I’m looking to have this blog posting every day next year. But honestly, those five things are so much more important than frequency, I believe we could post three times a week here over the next year and do better than we’ve done so far if we really nail them. I’ll never post just to say I posted again.

When you start to see my photos reappear, you’ll know we’re on our way back, and we may have some interesting announcements in the meantime. Do stay tuned.

This Space for Rent

For the low, low price of 250+ words accompanied by one or more shareable images per day.

Unless you’re running a hugely successful blog, this might actually be worth something to you if it’s the right fit. I’m looking to add a blogger or two before the end of the year. I’ve hesitated to post open invitations up to this point because we haven’t had much to offer, but now we have something to offer. We’re a credible pop culture blog with a small but growing audience. Our readers love television and comics, and I think they’d like movies and gaming, too. If you’d like to write about television, movies, or gaming here, I’m open to discussing it.

Possibly the first Jolly Roger every documented by the British Navy. (Hooray for the public domain, right?). I have taken it as my banner. Flock to my banner . . . ple-e-e-a-a-se?

Permission to come aboard, matey! 😉

What you get out to of the deal:

  1. A Monday or Tuesday A.M. posting slot.
  2. Links to your posts shared on Sourcerer’s social media.
  3. An opportunity to link to your own blog and one or two of your other social media accounts every time you post.
  4. An announcement a few days before we run your first post.
  5. Occasional opportunities to get to know other bloggers during things like my Social Saturday tweet-and-pinfests.
  6. Guaranteed attention from me on Twitter (if you’re active there) and Facebook (if you have a fanpage).

Requirements:

  • Must have enough experience blogging that I can look at your work, make an informed decision about whether it’s appropriate for our readers, and trust you with access to our dashboard. Creativity, humor, and a distinctive blogging style are a plus.
  • Must agree to minimal and reasonable policies (content must be SFW, must communicate if you aren’t going to get a post in on time, no copyright infringement, etc.)
  • Must be able to deliver posts that require minimal editing. I scan for typos, help with art when necessary, check tags, etc. That’s about all I’m willing to do as an editor at this point.

Ideally, I’d like to add one blogger who can post weekly, but I’m open to fortnightly and monthly arrangements.

Interested? Comment on this thread, or contact me in whatever way works best for you.