Hello fine feathered friends!
If you’ve been around these parts since the beginning, you may remember a time when we began each day with 1-3 “Daily Fixes,” a roundup of all the important things happening in the world relevant to your interests. It was part link dump, part news summary, and eventually was divided into three categories: Arts & Entertainment, Society & Culture and News & Politics.
We abandoned these round-ups eventually for a few reasons, including that single-story posts performed better on Google News — rather than shoving 10 stories into one post with a hybrid headline, a post that was just about one story and had a headline for that one story was more likely to succeed and garner reader interest. There are other, less mature reasons, like that I was so sick of people always comparing us to AfterEllen that when they started the “Morning Brew” and “Afternoon Delight,” I axed our Arts & Entertainment fixes. We were very successful at reporting relevant news for a very long time without the Daily Fixes, but something has changed over the last year: there are way too many stories relevant to our interests these days for us to write a post about every single one of them. Whether or not we’ve been reporting a thing immediately, a little later, or not at all has come to be determined by our staff’s schedule on any given day rather than the importance of that thing. There are big things that happen that we don’t even mention because we don’t have a place for it — right now there’s a bisexual lead on The 100, but none of us watch the show or have the time to catch up on 1.5 seasons of it to write even a one-off about it, and that’s the kind of thing that would’ve easily fit into an Arts & Entertainment Fix. These are things we wanna talk about a little more than we can in the context of an Also.Also.Also or a Sunday Funday, but not so much more that they require their own post.
So, we’d like to be sure we still tip you off about these stories while doubling down on what we do best: timeless content and our high-quality in-depth, personal and “Autostraddley” angles on current social and political issues. We want to get rid of the quickies cluttering the homepage, approach our news feeds with a plan rather than ambiguous panic, and make sure every single post we publish is captivating, complete and thought-provoking.
We also want to ensure Autostraddle can be one-stop shop where you can get all the info you need about everything relevant to our shared interests in a relatively timely manner. Even if you first hear about a story on Facebook or mainstream news, you still want to talk about it with Autostraddle readers and writers and we still wanna talk about it with you!
So we’re bringing back The Daily Fix.
It’s gonna be a little different this time, though, because another thing happening is that we, the Senior Editors, really want a way to be connecting with you about current events on the regular. We want to be more on top of the beats we used to follow, too. I miss that so much!
We also want it to be clear that these collections of links and commentary aren’t link “dumps” — these are in fact incredibly important posts that all our readers should be reading. So we’re putting our Top Women on the job, and we’re even committing to a specific time of day that you can expect to get these posts, which is the first time in Autostraddle history we’ve made that kind of commitment. A few months ago I decided to have Laneia take over the Also.Also.Also to see if our readers would get more engaged in link roundups if those link roundups were written by a veteran senior staffer. You did! So that’s what we’re doubling down on.
The News & Politics Fixes will be written by Rachel and Yvonne, and will contain summaries, links and brief commentary on all the important news stories relating to our main areas of political interest: LGBTQ issues, feminist issues and race.
The Pop Culture (Arts & Entertainment) Fixes will be written by Heather and I (Riese), on alternate weeks, and will contain links, summaries and brief commentary on all the important television, film, books and otherwise relevant pop culture stories of the week.
This Business of Art/Media Fixes will be written by me (Riese) every other week, and will contain links and feelings on the bazillion things I read each week about the work we do: digital media, publishing, start-ups, management, online writing, business and the internet.
So, here’s what you can expect:
Monday – Also.Also.Also, by Laneia (9 AM PST)
Boob(s On Your) Tube (TV Fix and mini-caps), by Heather
Tuesday – News & Politics Fix, by Yvonne (9 AM PST)
Wednesday – Pop Culture Fix, by Riese and Heather (alternating weeks) (9 AM PST)
This Business of Art/Media Fix, by Riese (biweekly)
Thursday – News & Politics Fix, by Rachel (9 AM PST)
Lez Liberty Lit (Books/Lit/Publishing Fix), by Carolyn (biweekly)
Friday – Also.Also.Also, by Laneia (9 AM PST)
Things I Read That I Love (Longform Fix), by Riese (biweekly)
Sunday – Sunday Funday (Good News Fix), by Carmen
NSFW Sunday (Sex News Fix), by Carolyn
Of course, we’ll still be reporting breaking news as fast as humanly possible on those REALLY BIG stories that we all must discuss ASAP — such as celebrities coming out and LGBTQ people getting killed. Gothip Girl is still keeping her finger on the pulse of Angel Haze and Ireland Baldwin’s romance. You can still expect (and hopefully get more of) really unique and in-depth explorations of news stories like Burger King’s “Proud Whopper” Isn’t Anything For Gays To Be Proud Of, The QTPOC Speakeasy Reports Back from Ferguson Protests Around the World and Surviving or Thriving: How Economic (In)Justice Matters for LGBT People.
In conclusion: we’re rolling out a new-ish thing right now and we hope that you read them and like them and that Autostraddle keeps getting better and better and more special and wonderful. We want to tell you all the things, so keep us in the loop!
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER,