You’ll notice that the site looks a bit different. In particular, the homepage is displaying the headline of each post and a quick blurb telling you what it’s about.
Here’s the thinking: As this site has expanded from being my personal blog to being a four — and soon to be five — writer operation, both the number and the length of posts has grown dramatically. Virtually everything on the site requires you to click through to read the full thing. At the same time, we’re still displaying the first couple of paragraphs of each post on the front page, which makes it difficult to quickly scan through the blog to see what does and doesn’t interest you.
Worse, from our perspective, is that if we open with narrative or an example or really anything but an explicit summary of the article, what’s on the front page might not clearly signal what we’re writing about, and thus whether you want to click through and read the full thing. There was a tension between good writing and writing that fit within our stylistic constraints.
We were, in other words, in a bit of a worst-of-both-worlds situation: You couldn’t just read down the site, as you could on previous incarnations of the blog, and you couldn’t scan your way down the site, as you can on the homepages of most news web sites. Thus, the changes you see today.
The hope is that this will make it easier to scan through Wonkblog quickly, clicking through to what’s interesting to you and skipping the stuff you don’t want to read. The idea, as always, is to bring you as much detailed reporting and analysis of domestic and economic policy as we possibly can, but to recognize that there may be the occasional post on health insurance regulations or environmental policy that you don’t want to read. But those, hopefully, will be the exception.
As always, you can e-mail me at wonkbook at gmail dot com, or leave your feedback in comments. In the coming months, we’re going to be expanding our coverage in some exciting ways, adding some features I think you guys will really like, and generally trying to get better at what we do. I’m excited about it, and I hope you are, too.