I recently took a self-guided tour of the new Arthritis Today website and I must say, I’m very impressed! I think the site has the potential to be one of the top resources for people diagnosed with arthritis.
A few features that I liked:
The Tin Mom’s Blog: I’m glad ArthritisToday.org has a featured blogger who will share her stories on a bi-weekly basis. Reading about someone else’s struggle and success is comforting and inspiring.
Your Great Ideas: This is an excellent feature. I love reading about how people have handled a situation that I have been in. It’s great to get different perspectives on things. I hope that the web editors soon begin to categorize the items posted in this feature to make it even more useful to sift through what will probably turn out to be a massive archive.
Web Extras: It looks like each magazine issue will feature content that is exclusive to the website. Cool.
Exercise Videos: An email I received about the website touts 40 free exercise videos. I checked out a couple and found them brief, but very useful. Photos of exercises are sometimes just not enough for me to figure out how to properly execute a specific exercise. If photos are more your style, those are offered, too. Community: I love that there is a community aspect built into nearly every part of the website, allowing for further discussions of the material presented. Leave comments after most articles, tips, blog posts, etc.
I can’t determine if there will be an archive of older issues or if they will only keep two issues online at a time. Currently, portions of the March/April and May/June issues can be found on the site. I hope they decide to build an archive of all issues, going forward.
The information available on the website is varied and hits all the major topics that I think people with arthritis would be interested in reading about on a regular basis. I look forward to watching their content grow!
One more note, then I’ll let you go explore… Not all content from the current issue is posted online, but that’s okay. I’m sure a lot of the content that is featured in various categories on the site was, at one time, featured in the magazine. I like that the website offers something more enhanced from what you can get in a single copy of the magazine. And I think the ability to interact with the content and with other people via this website will make it quite popular.
Go check it out and leave your thoughts below about what you liked or didn’t like.