Facets of editorial diversity #Editorial#diversity#taxonomy August 11 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel Each square represented one post and each color represents one theme. Each cube represents one self-identity type. Confused yet? As a publisher, one of my jobs with each of the sites (and with the network as a whole) is to look at content from a meta-level. I spend a lot of time looking into the content of the sites like tea leaves, trying to ensure there's a range of diversity. I don't just mean ethnic diversity here (soooo many smiling white people on the internet — especially wedding blogs), although of course that too. But for each site, there are whole palettes that have to be balanced. For example, on Offbeat Families, I look at not only ethnic diversity, but also: family phase-based diversity (ie, not to much pregnancy stuff vs. conception stuff vs. stuff about parenting teens) family-type diversity (nuclear families, extended families, adoptive families, blended/step families, etc) identity diversity (heterosexual vs. LGBT is just the most obvious — this also includes balancing not too much attachment parenting stuff, not too much christian stuff, not too much hippie stuff, etc) So, each site has these very specific topical patterns to look out for, but all sites also have considerations like: regional diversity (both US regions, international content, as well as making sure under-represented regions are prioritized and highlighted) taxonomic diversity (making sure our post categories are evenly used) representation of people with disabilities including a range of ages lots of different kinds of body types etc x 500 bajillion I wish there was a Chartbeat-like tool that could help me track all these different factors. For my managing editors who are more visual, it can be challenging to look at a the titles of a week's worth of posts and recognize editorial patterns or imbalances. After a few years of doing this, I feel like I'm finally starting to get better — but I just got an email from a reader alerting me to a weird content cluster on one of the sites that I toooootally hadn't even noticed. Clearly, I've got a long way to go. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Why our links don't open in a new window (and how to make it so that yours do!) NEXT Offbeat Mama conundrum follow-up Toggle comments [ 6 ] Ouch. My head hurts just thinking about this. Fortunately I have you to do this for me! 1 agrees Reply And a little part of me immediately started thinking about the spreadsheet that could help track this. Not automatic, but still. I totally blame you, Ariel, for subverting my interest to web stuff like this. I now find it pretty damn fascinating! 1 agrees Reply […] http://offbeatempire.com/2011/08/fac …PendingReport Abuse […] Reply Yeah.. posts like this are totally my favorite part of the Offbeat sites. I love the behind-the-scenes stuff; they definitely make it worthwhile to keep reading even if I'm not actively planning a wedding or having a baby. Offbeat Empire ftmfw! 1 agrees Reply Late to the party, but posts like these are absolutely inspirational. Right now, I'm work with interns on a spreadsheet for our corporate paper (my 5 vectors are gender, language, department, team member or management and a bonus vector 'variety' so I can highlight underrepresented points of view). It's entirely thrilling to think about these back office aspects of our paper & to work on something that can help me track vague intuitions. One of the harder aspects is the lack of support/involvement from the rest of my team – I suppose you know the feeling, from the posts about your no-drama comment policy (which I also love). Thank you, team OBE ! Reply *fist bump* Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.