Lani and I talked a couple of weeks ago about what we’ve learned doing PopD (a lot) and decided that it was time to upgrade from the “let’s put on a show in the barn” blog to a professional (although still simple) website/blog. We were helped along in this decision by Mollie, who strongly suggested a revamp of the site, and by Alastair, who volunteered to help. Lots of stuff has been going on behind the scenes here, and some of it in front of the scenes (you may have noticed the chat and the change in categories), but it’s all in the interests of making the site more user-friendly, keeping the focus on our main interest: story. This is not a movie blog, this is an ongoing discovery discussion about story. So here are some of the changes you’re going to be seeing.
1. In January, we’re switching to Sunday nights to give more people a chance to participate. We know this makes things bad for Europe since it’ll be midnight or later over there with Monday the next morning (I haven’t figured out yet what it does to Japan and Australia), but this does help a lot of people, so it’s a start. Our other option was Saturday, but some people have a strange reluctance to spend Saturday night with us. Probably because they have lives.
2. Beginning this week, there’ll be one post for the movie, and that will go up on the day after the podcast. We’re getting rid of the intro post with the trailer and the other trivia (it’s all on the IMDB) because there’s not much to talk about until we’ve seen the movie. The post will have both the chat link and the podcast link in it. Much simpler.
3. We’ve switched from Twitter to our own Chat Room which opens at 6:30 the night of the movie. We tried it this week with While You Were Sleeping, and it was great. There’ll be a link to the transcript in the movie post. (Thank you, Alastair.)
4. We’ve changed the categories from historical periods to genres and we’ll be tagging the posts to make searching easier.
5. Some of the pages at the top are going to disappear, but the info will be available in other places on the blog.
6. We’re going to keep doing PopD after the historical survey is done, but future series will be much shorter, one or two months. We’ll put up a post shortly with some of the series ideas we have and you can chime in then.
There’s probably more that I’ve forgotten, but the bottom line is, it’s going to be a more user-friendly site with better focus and organization, moving past the American historical survey of romantic comedy into a wider exploration of story. We’re very excited about it. Change is good. But we’d like to hear your suggestions, too.
So, what would make the site easier to use, more effective, better for you?