By: Ren Westerman
This is going to be attempt number two at this post so bear with me on this.
Coming up fairly soon is going to be a wonderful occasion where I will be able to unload a massive amount of baggage that has been hanging over my shoulders for several months. To say that a college student is a busy individual is by far one of my least favorite understatements that I've come across. You constantly find yourself in this perpetual balancing act. In that process of balancing you often find yourself in a sticky situation where you have to leave certain baggage behind in order to progress forward. You hope that one day you can return to that checkpoint and pick up where you left off, but on some occasions that can take a considerable amount of time. Luckily for me, that time has finally arrived, and I thought it was about time that the Revolving Door Journal got some much needed 'TLC' and a good dusting.
That being said, I'd like to announce some future changes and additions that will become a part of the journal. We have been discussing during our hiatus a variety of different things we can do to improve the overall quality of the journal.
One of the conclusions we arrived at was that the world we live in operates on a clock powered by an over-caffeinated hamster on a wheel. This hamster is constantly wired and never knows when to stop or at the very least slow down. On a less rodent-y note, we understand that it might not always be convenient to sit down to read several hundred words of a blog. Taking this into consideration, we have decided that in the coming month or so, we will be adding a vlog component to the journal. We haven't quite decided how often we would like to publish these vlogs, but we do have a grasp of how we'd like to conduct them. The bottom line is that the vlogs will condense topics discussed in the weekly blogs while also adding some other elements of commentary and discussion as well. The duration of the vlogs is currently a variable, but the idea is that we will be able to create an easier to access form of media for our readers and viewers. As I said, this is still a little ways off, but it's going to be an interesting avenue to produce and deliver content.
Along with the vlog will be the implementation of a podcast. At this point we are thinking that the podcast will simply be an audio-only version of the vlog, but there's the possibility that it could be something else entirely on its own. This idea is a little less developed than the vlog, but in terms of development and release, it should become a feature of the journal roughly around the same time as the vlog. Either way, it too will be an additional form of media that we will be utilizing to add some more variety to our journal.
Now there is one addition that will arrive within the next week. We have decided to add a new section to the journal under the title of "Special Topics." This new addition will take the form of a blog, but it will serve a different purpose than the existing "Weekly Blog." The idea behind this page is that it is potentially limitless in terms of possible topics. At the moment the "Weekly Blog" is limited more or less to writing philosophies, techniques, or general updates about the journal. We'd like to give more to our readers and visitors. The "Special Topics" page will encompass a wide variety of thoroughly developed blogs covering a whole new assortment of information. For the month of February, I will be the sole contributor to this page, but after that we will be able to have a better grasp on how often we'd like to post to that page as well as other publication details. I already have an interesting theme to discuss throughout the month, so I'm looking forward to sharing that with everyone within the next week.
There are some other minor changes and alterations that will be made to the journal as a whole, but none of them will drastically change the overall feel that we're aiming for. We hope you like what is to come.