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Addressing the Lack of an Elephant in the Room

Take a look at this page. What do you see? A white background, with an amount of white space intended to be visually appealing. Black text. An easy-to-read sans-serif font for the headers, and a pleasant serif typeface for the body. A single shade of blue used for links and buttons. An overall design that works equally well on a computer monitor, a tablet, or a cell phone screen. All of these elements were carefully considered and intentionally chosen. Yet here I am, once again, addressing the lack of an elephant in the room.

I am a writer. Words are my medium. If you want to criticize my writing, especially if it lacks clarity, that’s fair. I strive to be good at my job, and know that I can always be better.

I’m a minimalist. There are no sidebars here, for example, because I don’t want you to be distracted from what I’ve written. I want the site to be easy to navigate, so it’s been pared down to the essentials.

Where is the Elephant in the Room?

In the past 24 hours I’ve received four messages about the lack of images on this site. Most missives were pleasant and polite; one was decidedly not so. The gist is that I’m not following the conventional wisdom of website design. As if I am in any way a conventional person, or the dictates of algorithms can be construed as wisdom.

While I want to be positive, and aggressively helpful, and make this site as user-friendly as possible, there is a line that I’m drawing.

I am not adding images to this site. 

If you need a clarification on something, I will be happy to explain it further. Should you wish to share an article on social media, that can be done with a link. I understand that the lack of images makes it difficult to share my posts on platforms like Instagram; perhaps the real issue is that you’re attempting to share a written medium to a visual one, and not that I haven’t added a gratuitous image to a piece that isn’t enhanced in any way by stock photography.

Addressing the Lack of an Elephant in the Room

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About Berin Kinsman

Berin Kinsman is a writer, game designer, and owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.