We have changed our page design considerably here at The Daily Cannibal, making it more reader-friendly and easier to use. The previous “scroll-down” format has been replaced with a “slider” at the top. The slider presents the five most recent stories in a slide-show graphic. Prior stories are displayed chronologically in “thumbnail” grid that displays the opening graphic and a few lines of text.
All this enables our readers to see a much larger amount of different content on one page, enabling them to pick topics of interest to them with just a few screenviews rather than requiring an ongoing “scrolldown.”
There is also a vastly expanded menu of one-click social media options for readers who want to share our posts on these sites. This is unabashedly self-serving, as it is aimed chiefly at expanding our readership through the unsubtle device of making it easier for our readers to do it for us.
We have reduced our “categories” menu considerably, and restricted ourselves to one category per post, instead of the multi-category slaw we had employed. We did this because our advisers told us to. Form does not always follow function, and we decided to trade detail for simplicity. This should impart a new brevity to our efforts, which we dislike intensely.
Over the next few days/weeks, we will be learning how to use this new thingie, meaning that there will likely be hilarious glitches and strange jumps and starts to the page. People with teenage children will be familar with this kind of behavior.
We thank Erik and Gillian Salit for their unflagging efforts to bring this project to completion. Gillian did the design, and Erik did the plumbing, often at wee hours of the morning after strange discussions with the Editor, whose most common comment was “I don’t understand….”
We thought we could do this in a month. It has taken at least six. Part of this owes to the editor’s strange habits of communication, which are desultory at best. The rest has to do with the behavior of electrons, which are notoriously hard to pin down, existing, as they do, in an amorphous smear of probabilities — much like The Daily Cannibal itself, whose position and/or momentum resist all efforts at simultaneous quantification.
And so we careen down the tunnels of journalism with an unknown fate, uncertain direction and disputable mass. Sounds familiar. We hope you enjoy our transformation, and, please, tell all your friends. The one thing we haven’t changed is our shameless appetite for attention, dispute, tumult and general mischief-making. We’re enjoying the ride, and we’re glad to have you along.