Layout and Navigation

les stroud navigatorThe following discussion explains US Represented’s layout and how to navigate it.

What’s New?
To learn about site upgrades, recent postings, upcoming events, and interesting asides, go to the What’s New? tab. The USR weekly updates are all cataloged here, so you can reference past and current additions to the design and content of US Represented.

Opinion and Analysis
Each article filed under Opinion presents a persuasive argument where the author comes to the conversation with a conviction to be defended. Analysis breaks the components of a subject down into separate elements in order to reach a deeper understanding of that topic. Admittedly, these categories are sometimes difficult to differentiate, and articles are occasionally designated “opinion” or “analysis” somewhat arbitrarily.

The News section contains articles pertaining to topical events of all kinds.

Weekly Features
Our Monday Perspective for Hire column is dedicated to analysis, argument, reflection, and creative expression. Staff and featured contributors are given free rein to share their thoughts on their own terms to engage, inform, and entertain our audience.

Our Tuesday 10 Reasons column encourages people to think about engaging subjects that deserve more attention.

Every Wednesday, we celebrate the art of poetry by posting a poem in Cadence. Featured poets contribute a broad range of works that reflect the diversity and power of the oldest and perhaps greatest literary genre.

Sandra Knauf’s Greenwoman column, appearing on Wednesdays, explores issues related to sustainability, gardening, and our environment. Posts will be varied in literary form (creative nonfiction, interviews, biographies, and more) and will include expert guest contributors.

As Jerome Parent says of his Thursday Exhibit A column, “What I will offer you is a different perspective. A new viewpoint that might jostle your perception a little. Something that will help you write your own story a little differently. Exhibit A will be some piece of reproducible evidence that might lead someone to a new viewpoint on issues both big and small.”

On Fridays, we publish a chapter from Emily Badovinac’s fantasy-horror novel Deep Red.

In our Saturday weekly feature Local Time, DeLyn Martineau covers local events especially, along with national and international events as she sees fit.

Finally, Eric Stephenson took on the challenge of writing a short story every week in 2014 and successfully accomplished the task. He continues to publish works on various Sundays in Another Story. Jeff Cleek’s Dick & Rosie is a weekly strip chronicling the misadventures of two second graders aiming to shake off harsh realities for endless possibilities with social commentary and imagination.

Creative Writing
This category encompasses several genres of writing, including creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and a USR special, One Good Paragraph. One Good Paragraph was designed as an oasis for short but intriguing ideations on topics that can be summarized in a few eloquent sentences.

Visually appealing media ends up in one of our seven Galleries subcategories: Photography, Painting, Drawing, Digital Media, Design, Sculpture and Graffiti. This section is still under construction.

If you’re looking to improve your writing, reasoning, and ability to argue effectively, you can head on over to Education, where the USR staff has put together a few videos to help viewers tighten their technical and rhetoric skills. As is the case for all site sections dedicated to information, entertainment, creativity, and debate, this area will continue to grow.

Posting and Membership
This is where you go if you want to learn about USR membership and posting etiquette.

Sidebars / Main Body

You can log in to the site via the dialogue box near the top of the right sidebar. This is where you will also find the SEARCH US REPRESENTED and ARCHIVES links. To receive email updates from USR, you can subscribe by clicking on the SUBSCRIBE TO OUR BLOG VIA EMAIL button near the bottom center of the page. Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook widgets are also on the bottom of the page, and you can view our most recent posts on those sites by entering those portals.

Tags help us categorize articles and easily identify the relevant information contained in those articles. Tags are handy because they aren’t hierarchical. This means you can find the same article under several different category definitions. You can locate a tagged article by searching for the author’s name or by finding keywords related to the article’s subject matter. Every article’s tags are visible beneath the article name. You will also find a large selection of POPULAR TAGS in a “tag cloud” in the lower-right corner of the page.

When viewing an article, you have the option to like and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and other social media or networking options. This increases our viewership and advertises smart content.

Thank you for spending time with us. We will continue to honor your interest by posting quality work.

The USR Staff