I was speaking to someone recently who was doing some research about social anxiety disorder (SAD) and navigating About.com and my site to find information. In speaking to her, I realized that what I know like the back of my hand is not necessarily obvious to the first time reader.
To help explain how this site works and make it easier for first-time users, I thought I would do a quick run-down of the different areas of the site, what they are about, and what you can find. Here we go...
I realized talking to a newcomer that even the basic structure of the site is sometimes hard to grasp. About.com spans a huge variety of topics; each topic has it's own section of the main site that is managed by a "Guide" - that's me here on the SAD site. As a guide, we are responsible for managing and writing content for all aspects of our particular area.
Articles on the site span every topic related to SAD. Articles can be found in one of three ways:
- Tabs: Using the tabs across the top of the home page. Here you will see tabs that say "Symptoms/Diagnosis", "Treatment", and "Coping". Within each tab you will find links to the most important articles on the site.
- Must Reads: In the left column of the landing page you will see links to the "Must Reads", which are key articles that every first-time visitor should read.
- Topic Pages: Below the must reads you can find the topic pages, if you want to browse by general topics.
If you have never visited the SAD forum, you can get there by clicking on the link that says "Forum" underneath the guide picture (the photo of me). Here you can discuss social anxiety problems and solutions with other readers.
A big part of the site are the reader answers. These are questions to which readers post their responses, such as "What is it like to live with SAD", or "How do you handle public speaking"? You can find all of these in the "coping" tab under "Readers Respond" and "Show and Tell".
If you haven't already signed up for the SAD newsletter, you can do so by entering your email address in the top right corner of the landing page. The newsletter goes out once per week every Monday morning and contains links to new blogs and articles.
I think that is it. Perhaps not the most interesting post this week, but hopefully understanding the structure of the site and knowing what you can find will make navigation a little easier.
As always, I welcome any questions or comments.