We (the editors) sat down recently to talk about the site…how it’s been over the past few months, what its strengths are, where it’s weak, and what we need to do keep the site at its full potential. So, we’re going to be rolling out some changes, and I want to give you an idea of where we’re going…because this is, first and foremost, a community site.
First, allow me to reintroduce the editorial team: Jack Menhorn (primary site admin), Varun Nair, Peter Albrechtsen, Michael Taylor, and new to the team…Colin Hart. [Right…forgot to mention myself. ;)]
Now, let me talk about what we’re doing and why.
You may have noticed that it’s been a while since we’ve had a Featured Sound Designer. It’s not something that any of us intended, but the schedules of potential contributors…and our own…have conspired against it. Providing a month’s worth of original content is a huge commitment. To be frank, it’s not something any of us are comfortable asking someone to do. So, we’re eliminating Featured Sound Designers completely.
What we’re going to be doing instead is focusing on featured themes and topics. Each of us will be ensuring that at least one piece of original content makes it to the site each month. Whether it be something we’ve written ourselves, interviews we conduct, or helping a guest contributor pull together an article, Designing Sound will still be a source of new and original content delivered by working professionals. We are still going to be tracking down special contributors. It’s just much more realistic to ask them for one article on a specific subject.
Themes will be introduced at the beginning of the month, just as the Featured Sound Designers were. We’ll also be announcing the coming month’s theme in the same post. Why are we going to do this? As I mentioned, this is a community site. We are occasionally approached by people who have interesting ideas for articles, and we want to give them the opportunity to contribute to the rest of the community. This is a chance to help their voice reach a larger audience…and yours.
We can’t possibly know every person out there who will have interesting perspectives to share. So, we will be accepting pitches for articles on the site, and I’ll be the one managing those pitches and submissions. If you have a topic related to the coming month’s theme that you’d like to write about. Send in a brief description of what you want to write (shaun.at.designingsound.org). I’ll work with you to get the article ready for the site.
The final change we’re making, and this will take us a little while to sort out the logistics, is to the layout of the site. We recognize that there are people who find the announcements of new products and educational events interesting, and their aggregation on the site useful. We don’t, however, want the site to turn into the mouthpiece of corporate marketing departments; even more so when you consider that we don’t sell any advertising space on the site (and never will). We’re going to be adjusting the layout such that the featured content takes, and keeps, top billing on the site. This will take us a little while to sort out. So, please be patient with us while we do.
Thanks for helping make the site what it is today…and with your help, we look forward to making it even better in the future.