I got so absorbed in writing the recent Adventure 40 and autopilot articles, as well as winding up the two-winter refit on our new-to-us J/109—tell-all coming soon—that I completely forgot the March heads-up about new Tips Tricks and Thoughts posts.
Anyway, over the past two months I have written 25 entries (so far) covering a wide range of subjects from tool tips to short opinion pieces, on to sharing interesting stuff that members send to us or bring up in the comments.
Talking of missing last month’s heads-up article, I’m still wrestling with the best way to keep you members informed about happenings in the TT&T area, without flooding you with emails.
These monthly posts kinda work, but having to do them manually seems inelegant. And I’m uncomfortable with cluttering up the New Article area with them.
One idea we had was to reduce the number of articles on the New page from ten to five (with a Next button to navigate to further articles) and then display the newest Tips under that, so everything new would be in once place. But you would have to remember to scroll down below the new articles to find the new tips.
We also added a “Tips” button to the main menu. But that feels kind of inconsistent since there is no “Articles” button…but there is a “Topics” button…which is where all the articles hang out…but not the Tips.
I know this sounds trivial, but it’s not. Making the main menu instantly understandable is vital to continued site success.
What do you think? Please leave a comment below.
All that said, you members can get a weekly digest email simply by checking that option on the Email Preferences tab on your Account page, but less than 10% of you have done so, which might call into question the whole TT&T area…except that our site statistics show that it’s now one of the most popular pages.
So maybe it’s that:
- We have not made that TT&T digest option obvious enough?
- The thought of a weekly email sucks?
What say you on that?
Anyway, in case it’s the former, not the later, you can click on the “Members: Turn on Digest” button below, or any time on the Tips page.