Introducing Content Week

from Nick Suss

Jan. 26, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

Hello readers,

Don’t think of this as an article. Think of this as a letter. We as a website and I as a contributor have failed you as a content-driven website over the past six months. Since the grand re-launch of StoriesHouse.com just a few weeks ago, we have undergone a few changes. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, this isn’t the same StoriesHouse it once was. We’re driven now more by media than by blogging, already with two weekly podcasts and a third one in the wings to be moderated by Hunter. It is an exciting time here at StoriesHouse. But I want to get back to the basics.

I love doing podcasts. And I love writing periodic, columnal analyses. But I love more than anything else telling the stories you, the readers, want to hear. I have no false pretenses about what are the most buzzworthy and popular features that StoriesHouse has to offer. That is why I introduce my latest and loftiest initiative yet. I call it Content Week. For one full week, today being the first day of the week and Saturday being the last, I promise you I will add a new story each day. Some will be analyses. Some will be stories about my life. Some may even be fictional. And the podcasts will continue to come. This week may become the driving force into a new era of StoriesHouse.

But in order for that to happen, I need some help from you guys. Now that each individual article has a click counter, I know how many people read each article. That number does not add up to the output created in the comments and on social media. In order for this week of unending content to mean what I want it to mean, I need some more cooperation. As any of you who know me know, I’ve done all I can to spread this website on my own. (I really don’t stop talking about it.) Now I need some help. The easiest thing you can do is to go back to the homepage and click on the social media tabs in the middle of the page. If you haven’t yet liked us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter, please do. This is the best way to receive information about when new articles are posted and to interact with me and our other writers. Secondly, we have a comment section for a reason. Please, start a conversation. The articles are good enough that they can stand alone, but I like to think that they also can foster a conversation. The third part is a little bit trickier.

Now this is my grand plan. StoriesHouse was never supposed to be my blog. It was never supposed to be an autocratic production. This was supposed to be chiefly a collaborative effort. Every reader was also supposed to be a producer. (You see what I’m getting at, but I’ll still walk you there.) We always wanted StoriesHouse to be a comprehensive look at the college lifestyle coming from all walks of the lifestyle. Not to disparage myself, but my view is not necessarily consistent with the general college majority. If you have an article to contribute, we want it! If you have an idea for a podcast to do, we want it! If you make short videos or want to, we want that too; we’re trying to expand even more media into our arsenal. If you do something that we aren’t even thinking about, get on board! I know I speak for the rest of my coworkers here when I say the more the merrier. If you’re interested, which you should be, you can do one of three things. If you know Hunter, directly contact him and he will more than happily aid you in getting an account. If you know me, give me your email and I’ll get Hunter to get you an account. If you know neither of us and/or have access to neither of us, use the comment section or our Twitter handle to get in touch with us.

I look forward to this experiment. I already know what will be coming from my front and I can tell you that I am even more excited than you are to share with you what I am about to. Stay tuned for hints and snippets on Twitter and Facebook as they are written and on the site as a whole for the articles. Most of all, thank you for reading. I’m sure you will cooperate, because who wouldn’t want to be a part of the next phase of this growing site.

Thanks,

Nick Suss

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