Wednesday May 25th 2011
|Published: Wednesday May 25th 2011 (2 years ago)|
Updated: Wednesday May 25th 2011, 5:44PMMore about: About |
by Martin Joergensen
New articles, new front page, new facilities. GFF's heart is beating steadily.
We have had our ups and downs when it comes to publishing. Since our demands on quality are quite high, it's not like we can whip out new material every second day. Preparing text and images for the site requires quite a bit of time, whether it comes from outside authors or is produced by ourselves.
We get quite a lot of great material from the outside, and even though most of this is top notch with respect to both writing and illustration, it does take a bit of time to read through, structure, prepare images and make ready for publishing. Producing our own entries from scratch is even more demanding of course, encompassing all the above steps as well as both writing and shooting the photos. Add to that tying the flies we feature, and the new fad: video, which consumes even more time than anything else.
Three day heartbeat
All this taken into consideration, it's a wonder that new stuff even finds its way to the front page... but it does. These last couple of months the GFF heartbeat has been nice and steady, and the observant reader will notice that we publish new material about every third day.
Some pieces are major, like Tom Biesot's beautiful reel making article or Heiko Schneider and Carolina Perez' article on Agentinean wolf fish. Others are more modest, and some are just “plain” like the reviews, which are not quite as overwhelming as most articles, but still require some time to watch or read the item reviewed and write up the text itself.
We try to mix these different types of articles to get an even flow of the massive and the modest.
New front page layout
Some of you may have noticed the new front page layout. We now feature the latest article in a larger format, the two that came before that a bit smaller and the remaining articles in the same format that we have always used.
We found that the old layout was underselling the lead stories a bit, and this new way of presenting them will emphasize the latest a bit more.
The layout has been passed down to the second level pages, where two stories are presented slightly larger than the rest. This also goes for the keyword pages, adding a bit of dynamics all over the site.
Internally, amongst the GFF partners, we have long had a pipeline facility, where we could see what was on the way in a manner that looked like it would look when presented on the front page.
This facility has now been developed into a special Pipeline page where you can see what is on the way and when it will be published. As soon as an article is set ready for publishing in our system, it appears on this page. That can serve as an appetizer and hopefully urge you to return to see the newly published articles when they go online.
There are many more articles hidden in the system as half finished works or mere ideas, but you don't see them.
As always we end any entry about the site itself by urging you to be part of the fun:
THIS WEBSITE NEEDS YOU!
We thirst for contributions from the outside, new ideas from current and coming contributors. Your patterns, your pictures, your tips, your opinions.
Fishing a particularly successful pattern or read any wildly interesting books?
Let the rest of the fly fishing world know by sharing. We have all the room you need, so just go ahead and contact us. You don't need to be a skilled writer or photographer. In most cases we can help you get the best from almost any material. So grab camera and shoot, bang on the keyboard and write, sketch, carve in stone, paint, record, film or whatever your skills might be.
On a more modest scale you can suggest new videos for our video channel or add images to our galleries.