Adding your picture

I’ve enabled Gravatars on this site, which means that a little picture will appear next to the name of each commenter. You don’t need an account on this site to have one; it is connected to your email address and will display on all gravatar-enabled sites (which include Gospeleer, Nate’s Southern Gospel Blog, Coomer Cove, Musicscribe, Phil on Southern Gospel, and, today, Burke’s Brainwork).

It is a fairly simple process to sign up for a gravatar; visit www.gravatar.com and follow the instructions there.

If you’d prefer a step by step video, there’s a handy one on Lauren Talley’s site, http://www.laurentalleyonline.com/gravatar-howto/. (And, naturally, the gravatar would also work there.)

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Deleting Links Page

I am constantly looking for ways to improve this site’s usability. A recent request to add a link to my links page has prompted the thought that a static links page is not all that useful. So I will be deleting that page.

It’s not like I am going to be stingy with links, only receiving them and not reciprocating. Every week, I have linked and will continue to link to other sites that prompt the week’s posts.

So whether you’re a fellow blogger, an artist, or someone else who would like a link, here’s how to get a link from this site: Produce content so compelling that I cannot help but write about it. When I do that, I’ll throw a link in as a bonus.

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Post Email upgrade

A minor blog upgrade: I am switching to a different method of delivering posts via email. There are now options of getting weekly emails or an email when each post comes out (rather than once a day, which can be 20+ hours afterwards).

For those of you who haven’t subscribed, notice the new “subscribe” widget in the right column of the site.

If you love Southern Gospel but don’t always remember to stop by, this is a great way to keep up with current happenings.

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Hold on to your seats…

Next week, I will be debuting a new concept.

Before I do that, though, one order of business must first be handled, clearing out the queue of CD reviews. So hold on to your seats, because you will see quite a few over the next few days.

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Announcing a Photo Gallery

There have been one or two previous photo galleries on this site. They were fairly unwieldy, though, and didn’t survive server moves.

This afternoon, I had some spare time, so I installed another photo gallery, this one built right into WordPress. View it here, or by going to the top right menu bar and selecting “Gallery.” (EDIT 8/6/11: Broken link removed).

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How does this look?

How does this theme look without the featured post being featured?

I will probably continue to highlight a feature story for at least a week when it’s new, but how does this look for the rest of the time? Better? Worse? About the same?

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Testing a New Design, #1 (version 2)

EDIT 2 (2/14/10, 7:13 P.M.): We just may return to this one, but for now the poll and comments are closed, to avoid confusion with the theme that’s about to launch tonight.

EDIT (2/13/10, 9:08 P.M.): I made the main page text larger and darker to give you a better feel for the theme’s potential.

The graphic design I launched over two years ago, on January 14, 2008, has served us well through several hundred posts and several thousand comments. But it is becoming increasingly dated; it had not been updated for quite some time and has not been supported for current editions of WordPress for well over a year.

Over the next week or two, I will be working on a site redesign and testing different themes. Please share your opinion in the poll and/or the comments. Thanks!

Note: I will transplant our favorite sidebars, such as recent comments, to the winning design. I’m not disposed to put that effort into every theme, since that could result in spending more hours working on it than the hours it actually stays up!

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Joining Crossroads

I have never measured my value as a Southern Gospel journalist by the distance I maintain from the genre.

Some hold that the more distance you keep from your topic, the more accurately you can write about it. But I incline toward the opposite view: The more contacts and friends I make, the more accurate I am. Over the last few years, I’ve been making contacts and friends at every opportunity. Earlier this month, one of these friends offered me a job.

I have accepted a part-time position helping Crossroads develop artist community sites. This is the same label I helped two years ago at NQC 2008 with TalleyTree-o, and last year with five sites. (Side note to local friends: This is in addition to my day job, and I will be staying in Ohio for the time being.)

I have received the green light to continue this site. There should be so few changes that readers who missed this post probably won’t notice anything different.

I am looking forward to helping artists develop online communities. And I am equally looking forward to keeping this site going, hopefully even stronger and more insightful than before.

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Do you access this site on a smartphone?

Do you ever/sometimes/frequently access this site on a smartphone?

I know I have one reader who does; I’m just not sure if any others do. I have been contemplating whether I should do anything to make the site easier to navigate by someone with a tiny screen, but I didn’t know if anyone would be using it if I did that.

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