Things slow down a bit here around the holidays. So, this is one of the main times of each year when I try to review all the content we have at the site and map out articles I, and the volunteers, feel we should aim to write or have written to add in the next year.
To do that, I look at the running notes I keep from observing what our users ask for in direct services and our social media; places where they ask for things and I don't feel we have just the right pieces to refer them to, or what we'd want to be able to give when it comes to on-site resources.
I also like to ask our more general readership what they want, too. While our direct services are very busy, they only make up a very small percentage of our daily readers, so we might miss some expressed needs or wants when we pull only from the readers we most often interact with.
What would you like to see here in the next year that isn't here already, or where there isn't as much content here as you'd like?
That can be about:
- New articles you'd like to see
- The expansion or update of existing articles
- Changes in approach to a given article or topic
- Inclusion or better inclusion of an issue or group in all of the site and content as a whole
- Features we don't currently have at the site
- A certain kind of content you want more of, for example, youth-written content, interviews with other experts, coverage of current events relevant to the topics we talk about here, etc.
Perhaps obviously, not everything everyone will want will be something we have the resources or ability to do, or within the -- albeit wide -- limited range of what we aim for and who we serve here. However, that is a wide range, and even if we can't do something, or can't do it at a given time, it really helps for us to know what you want and aren't finding. Chances are also awfully good that if all it costs or takes is time, research and a little teamwork or outside help, we can do it, and if it's something you want and need, we'll want to do it.
One of the most core parts of Scarleteen is and always has been that our content is led by what our readers say or otherwise show they want and need, and that approach remains essential to how we do things around here. Telling us what you want isn't just about helping yourself: it helps all our readers and it helps us to do what we do best.
Big thanks for your feedback and your help!