So here I am once more and looking back across the past year with some Editorial thoughts about the highlights and changes that were spoken about on the PiercingMetal website. I’ve aimed at making this years offering a bit more succinct and not as lengthy as had been done over the past few years. Let’s get started with our “State Of The Site”.
Website Changes: With the website now running as a fully based WordPress site the biggest changes are behind us outside of the occasional re-tooling of how something is being presented to our fine readership. With that said, I should share that I have dropped the CONCERT REVIEWS category in full and before you have a coronary about that and think that there will be no additional concerts reviewed on the website, I can tell you that ALL of those reviews have now been filed under the EVENT REVIEWS category. The rationale behind doing this makes sense because at the end of the day a concert is an event and much like a convention, didn’t need to be parsed out into separate but connected Categories. By having them all in one file system, readers will now enjoy a few concert reports and then see a convention that we also attended and wanted you to easily learn about. I think this will expand the visiting of posts considerably and find those readers who sometimes only checked into one of the two sides before the merging being more engaged with what we are dishing out. Having one less category also keeps the presentation a bit more succinct which is never a bad thing.
I’ve also gone through the FEATURES and REVIEWS Parent Categories and made sure that they were checked off as well in each of the related Child Category posts. Initially if I did a BOOK REVIEW I would only select that in the Administration panel but after some reading about the creative process learned that both the Parent and Child categories should be selected since it upgrades the searching value. I’m all about being found easily by the Google bots that so okay by me. That is all I’ve done in terms of revamping what’s in front of you but of course the re-introduction of legacy content continues to be done as best as possible. Those of you who are subscribed to the blog will periodically get notifications that something “new” has been posted even if the item is five or ten years old. This is unavoidable as I am recreating posts in a new database so while its old it is new to this database. While I would love all the older work to be in place, it’s a time-consuming process and nowadays it’s more important to keep up with the new news than celebrate the past stuff. Thank you for understanding. It’s just the way online journalism flows today. I have however pushed the content base past 5,200 posts. I am setting my sights on being at 5,500 by our 13th Anniversary in April. Let’s see if we can do it.
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