All About Jazz continues to improve as we further upgrade our appearance, optimize our performance, and launch new features. As always, we have some important and timely news to share, so please read on...
We are in the process of making major improvements to AAJ which will allow us to grow our business within an increasingly competitive market. That means more planning, more programming, more delegation and more communication. With a modest editorial staff and with John Kelman having to handle a disproportionate amount of the editing, we must make changes. We had to part with some writers who simply required too much editorial intervention and we have to establish baseline expectations for all moving forward. We feel very good about our core group, but we must ask everyone to handle the basics moving forward. And the basics include: uploading and inserting cover art; uploading and inserting photos; using curly braces to hotlink a musician's name and placing album titles in italics. Essentially, the less time John has to spend on your articles, the more time he can spend on writing and thinking strategically, and that's where John needs to spend his time.
If you need help with photos or have any questions, please ask John or myself and we will personally help you.
2. Design Changes
We're in the midst of a complete website makeover. We launched our newly optimized home page (50% faster) and we continue the site-wide conversion to the new look one script at a time. Here's an example of our sparkling new musician profile page. We're also vastly improving our mobile interface making it cleaner and the text much easier to read. We'll continue to improve the appearance and optimize the performance of the entire website moving forward as there's more to come.
3. Contributor Profile Changes
We revamped the contributor profile page making it much easier for you to access your pending articles, your previously published articles, and your photos. We're also using tabs to present your music choices and favorites. Please take a moment to view your profile page and update it with a new photo, your bio, and related links. Find your profile here.
4. Article Changes
About two or so months ago we changed the appearance of all article pages and shortly thereafter, we improved the article submission form. Changes worth mentioning include a new author byline pop-up window, repositioned social icons, a more readable font size, improved search engine optimization, improved comments handling, new icons, and a general improvement to the page's appearance. The article read count now appears to the left of the Article Search box and the read count is hotlinked to the article's edit form.
Our goal is to continually improve how we present your words and we hope you're as happy with the new look as we are!
We're always on the lookout for reviews of older (and classic) releases. If you would like to provide a fresh perspective on a jazz album released between the 50s and the 70s, feel free to submit them under the Reassessing column category.
My iTunes Playlist: Submit Yours Today!
We'd like to regularly publish iTunes playlists as articles and we wanted to start by publishing favorite playlists by our contributor community. If you use iTunes and create playlists, please upload one of your faves here. It only takes a minute.
7. We're looking for reviews of the following:
Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo KleinBienestan (Sunnyside) Eliane EliasLight My Fire (Concord) Gonzalo RubalcabaFaith (5 Passion) Harris, Sanchez, Scott Ninety Miles (Concord)
If you plan to review any of these CDs please move them to the top of your stack.
We're looking to fill the video of the day editor position. It requires a few minutes a day either scheduling videos (to appear as videos of the day) or searching YouTube for interesting videos to share with the readers. If you're interested, please contact John Kelman.