You may have noticed a few changes here at Violinist.com!
That's because we've just implemented a design change that has been several months in the making. In general, our aim is to make the site as user-friendly as possible, to allow people to explore interests, ask questions, share expertise and converse with one another. Here is a summary of the changes we've made. As with any new design, we are still putting on the finishing touches and working out the bugs. We welcome your input, whether you notice an error, have suggestions, or even if you just want to pay us a compliment! The new design is cleaner, with more white space, and we've reduced the number of navigation options from eight to four, in an effort to streamline and simplify things for the reader.
Here is an explanation of the navigation:
NEWS and ADVICE: This is where you will now find all the blogs and interviews. We have re-categorized all blogs into the following topics:NEWS and ADVICE page, you will see the latest blog in each category. If you click on the category, you'll go to a page that lists all the blogs in that category, from the latest one, back through time. Be sure to check out the INTERVIEWS page -- it is much more robust than the old one, and has a lot more photos! NOTE: We are still in the process of re-categorizing old blogs, so the number of blogs in those sections will grow over time as we sort out blogs as far back as 2005!
At the bottom of the NEWS and ADVICE page are blog entries from our readers. NOTE: If you wish for your blog to be promoted and catalogued as NEWS, TECHNIQUE, etc., it must fall into one of those categories, be well-written, it must be useful and appealing to a general audience, it must not contain extraneous formatting, and it must have a photo or graphic (in general, no memes or logos) that is 560 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall. If you would like to blog but are unsure if your topic is okay, or not sure how to post a photo, not sure how to create a link, etc., email me and I will be happy to help you. That's why I'm the editor!
DISCUSSION: At the heart of Violinist.com is our discussion board, where members can exchange advice, argue over shoulder rests, write haikus, etc. To participate in the discussion board, you must be a registered member of Violinist.com. (If you aren't yet a member, I encourage you to use this page to register.) We encourage people to stand by what they say and use their real names in registering. If you are already a member, think about posting a picture! We now display readers' photos with responses, to create a more personal atmosphere. The discussion board looks quite different now, and it functions more easily, especially on cell phones!
DIRECTORIES: This page is designed to help connect teachers and performers with those who would like to use their services. To be listed in one or both directory, you must register as a member of Violinist.com, and during that registration process you must select that you would like to be listed in one or both of the directories. NOTE: If you are already registered, you may still need to "opt in" to the directories by editing your personal profile. (Log in, click on your name in the upper left corner, then edit.) For that directory listing to remain "live," you must visit Violinist.com at least once a month. This requirement is to ensure that our listings are up-to-date and that they represent active members of the site. (The easiest way to remind yourself to come to the site at least once a month is to sign up for our weekly e-mail, which we keep friendly and non-spammy.)
NOTE: In the coming months we will premiere one more directory on this page: we plan to re-introduce our Luthier Directory, which we dropped several years ago. Because the Luthier Directory is a business directory, those who wish to be listed in this directory will be charged a one-time setup fee, then they will be responsible for keeping their listing up-to-date after the initial setup.
SHOPS and SERVICES: These are the businesses that support Violinist.com. Please support them! If you wish to become a sponsor of Violinist.com, please see our advertising page. We now are offering a new "Premium Link" option on all of our content pages, in addition to the Shops and Services directory, front page announcements, and banner ads that we offer to help sponsors communicate with the Violinist.com community.
Thank you for being part of the Violinist.com community and we look forward to a great year ahead!
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