An Update on TNA’s Website

You might have noticed a bit of a slowdown in posts yesterday through this morning. That’s because I have a problem with physics. Time x people = man-hours, and there are only 24 hours in a day and only one of me. I can either do editor stuff gathering content or I can do managing stuff working on the site, but I can’t do both. At least I can’t do both well.

This is, right now, a one-man show. As J.D. noted two weeks ago, the day I was set to take over the reins here was the day his baby arrived. Without over-sharing or stepping on J.D.’s privacy, the birth and subsequent medical issues are significant. In fact, since the 14th, I’ve only spoken with J.D. a few times, and not for long at any stretch. Please continue to pray for J.D. and his family.

It’s been a challenge, drinking from the firehose, without any “training” time, working essentially in a vacuum. But that’s the kind of challenge I like.

My first priority was to make the site usable for writers, and ease the process of posting new content. I did that over the last few weeks.

The next priority is to make some real design changes that make TNA easier for readers to navigate, faster to load, and efficient for writers and editors (me).

But I haven’t really had time to interact with the people who matter most–you.

So let me ask some questions…and hopefully you can answer by emailing me at editor(at)thenewamericana.com.

  1. What kinds of content do you value most? Timely news? A variety of opinions? Just the facts, or deep dives and hot-takes?
  2. Do you want to see posts about what pundits of all political stripes think, or do you want the truth (as we see it, and of course, that’s the truth unvarnished)? Do you want feature articles or shorter fare?
  3. Are you interested in just politics, or some intersecting life stories outside of the political realm? Maybe some sports (not trying to be SB Nation here), or literature, or science, or business posts?
  4. Do you want a simple, Drudge-like design (to me, that site is stuck in 1996), or something a bit more modern?
  5. What other comments do you have about what we could do in the future?

Now that I’ve asked, let me tell you what I’m working on.

First, I’ve got a new design to unveil. Here’s a preview (it’s not the final). Check it out. I’ve been working hard on this. It’s not easy to put together a design that works on my wife’s tiny iPhone 7, my iPhone 6+, various iPads and tablets, and still looks great on a desktop.

It’s not easy to combine aggregated content with our own stories on the site and maintain a seamless design. It’s not easy to put lots of content in one place but still note the important bits so you can see them easily. This is why I’ve been spending my man-hours doing that versus combing for content.

I’d love to have your feedback.

Second, I’ve been recruiting writers. We haven’t had too many actually come on board yet, but I’ll do my best to introduce them as they do. If you’re interested in writing for TNA, email me at editor(at)thenewamericana.com. We want to have a good mix of our own content with aggregated items from other sites.

Third, I’ve been combing for new news sources. Your tips and items from all over the world are coveted gems. Please send them. Every item you sent will be given first priority in the editing queue for publishing. That doesn’t guarantee I’ll publish it, but if you think like I think, there’s a really good chance I will.

Fourth, I’m trying to make this website cash-flow positive. Everything has a cost (food, fuel, movie tickets, two boys under 10-years-old), and TNA needs to support me and J.D. instead of the other way around. I hate sites that are loaded up with Google ads and soft-porn pop-ups.

I intend to limit the ads as much as possible, but the fact is we have to generate readers and eyeballs, and ads are what eventually pays the bills. (Or we might do what Trump did and sell stuff–but it’s got to be cool stuff!)

However, you can help us bridge the gap. Donate to TNA through GoFundMe. We’ve raised about 7 percent of our target of $43,000 (an amount we believe should get us through the “investment” phase).

You can give right here.

Fifth, we want to change the world. As Steve Jobs famously asked John Sculley, “do you want to change the world, or sell sugar water?” Of course that didn’t work out well for either of them, but the choice between changing the world and x is valid.

The Federalist Party is this site’s major sponsor. That party aims to change the world through transforming American politics and government from business-as-usual to a citizen-centered, liberty-loving, moral framework that the founders of our nation intended. We want D.C. to listen. This website is one of the ways we can amplify our voice.

There’s also a technology aspect to this. See, I’m basically lazy when it comes to mindless, repetitive tasks. My technology business partner’s mantra is “automate everything,” and here at TNA I intend to. We’ve developed some cool tools and apps to help with the process and have produced a working “minimum viable product” or MVP.

Without going into much into detail, I think we can transform the way news aggregation works, and make TNA the centerpiece of an incredible revolution in social news distribution.

But without the website succeeding, none of that can happen. So I am depending on you, our readers, to help me.

I leave you with two takeaways:

  1. Please send feedback of any kind. What you like, dislike, want to see, or news items of interest. Email those to me at editor(at)thenewamericana.com.
  2. Give a few bucks to our GoFundMe campaign. It’s money well invested.

Thank you for reading. Now I need to get back to the grindstone.


P.S. A bonus. We’re looking at new logos for TNA. Take a look at these and let me know which ones you like (or hate) best.

TNA Logos
TNA logos

Steve Berman

Editor

Editor of The New Americana. God, family, and country, in that order. With the exception of God, the other two cannot prosper without a firm belief in all three.

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