I’ve been in a bit of a quandary about the headlines in my sidebar lately.
A little while back I asked if people were still reading them, and a number of you responded that you were. That’s also been evident from some of the comments in relation to the different news blurbs that I’ve posted, so obviously they’re serving a function.
What I’ve been considering, however, is whether their placement in the sidebar is entirely sensible. For one thing they take up a lot of space, yet are also very constricting, in that if I want to say a bit more about a particular item [verbose – moi?] I can’t really do that without half the page turning into a headlines widget. I’ve considered giving them their own page, but then they aren’t prominently displayed and probably wouldn’t be seen by many people, which would sort of defeat the purpose of doing them. I’ve wondered about the possibility of writing the headlines somewhere else – on a page or even a separate site – and then feeding them into a widget through feedburner, but the former option doesn’t seem to be viable unless I start a new page each day, and the second would mean effectively setting up a whole new website, which I’m not in a position to do at this time.
Important as those considerations are, however, probably the main reason for wanting to move them from the sidebar is so that they are not lost once I remove them from the widget. Right now there is no option to keep them on file anywhere except to simply copy and paste them into a separate document on my PC, which note bene I have been doing – although occasionally I forget. One reader actually contacted me to ask about this very issue [hi Grif!] and has kindly been exploring possible options for posting and preserving the headlines, but so far there seems to be no easy solution.
So I think the best way around this is simply to put them into a separate post each day, marked ‘Headlines’ and followed by the date. This gets around all the basic considerations, i.e. they remain preserved on the site [in their own little category called ‘headlines’, natch] and I can also add little blurbs by way of explanation or whatever. Also, this would allow people to comment right beneath the actual headlines, rather than commenting on them in the comments section to a completely different post. That way people who are alerted to updates via this site’s feed* will also know when headlines have been posted [and obviously those who have no interest in the headlines can just ignore those alerts].
The drawback is that this may mean more than one post a day, leaving less exposure for each individual post, but I guess we’ll just have to live with that.
/public service announcement
STILL WAITING FOR THAT SECOND STORM
According to EPI it was set to blow over the Westman Islands at 3 pm and then move north [i.e. in our direction]. It’s now around 4.30, so anytime now. Bring it on! I love a good storm, myself. As long as I’m all snug indoors, obviously. Of course it’s not much fun for the people out at sea fishing – that can definitely get hairy, although they’ve got a pretty good weather-alarm system going so accidents out at sea due to storms are quite rare. Right now it’s 3°C [37F], the sun came up at 11.10 and went down over an hour ago at 3.32 pm.
* For those who don’t know, a “feed” is a way of subscribing to the content on this site, so that you receive an alert each time it is updated.