[Blogged by Mike Marinaro]
[Intro: ‘The Blog’]
Welcome to 2014!
In case you haven’t figured it out, this post is also welcoming you to the new Critically Touched Blog section!
So, how does this Blog section fit into the larger canvas that is Critically Touched? Well, its purpose is to allow all site writers to have an outlet to discuss a variety of topics without necessarily needing to go into the gloriously absurd depths the existing television reviews generally do.
The Blog currently offers writers one of six categories to choose from when they make a post: Television, Film, Books, Music, Games, and Other, providing a writer a place to share their thoughts in a manner that’s a bit more structured than you’d expect out of a forum post, but still encouraging a discussion of these differing media categories. There might be posts ranging from ‘TV’s Best Shows in 2014’ to ‘An Exploration of Surrealism in Film’ to ‘An Analysis of Silent Hill 2’ to more personal experiences interacting with media.
It is my hope that this section will offer writers on the site more freedom and an even bigger opportunity to connect with the community.
You can always find a link to the Blog at the very top of every page. New Blog posts will also automatically get their own news items on the front page and be included in the All News RSS feed.
I hope you enjoy the new content!
[2014 and Beyond]
2014 is looking to be a huge year for Critically Touched. New writers will likely be coming on board, brand new sections — like the Blog — will be added, the variety of content will be expanded, and the community will continue to gradually grow.
The first piece of news, beyond the Blog, is that Jeremy — the writer of the recent Freaks and Geeks reviews — will be reviewing all of The West Wing soon. These reviews should be kicking off within a week, so stay tuned to the front page for impending news.
In addition to this, I intend to launch two new site sections early this year. Prepare to start getting the Critically Touched treatment for movies and books! I’m particularly excited to launch these sections and eventually shift my own content contributions more heavily this way. These sections will each launch with one inaugural review by yours truly to kick things off.
Beyond all the new content to be added to the site in 2014, I’m often hard at work improving the website itself — bug fixes, improved navigation, helpful features, and increased integration. Some recent updates include auto-updating comments in reviews (i.e. you don’t need to refresh a page to see the latest comments anymore), sidebar integration with the Forum, adding a release date for all relevant content, tons of administrative improvements, and much more.
If you ever have any suggestions to improve the site, always feel free to send me a Forum message or an e-mail.
I hope everyone likes the direction Critically Touched is headed, and I hope you all have a fabulous 2014!