After 10 years of GoutPal.com, it’s time to move from subject oriented organization to visitor oriented organization.
I’m retaining topic tags and I will index these into subject area groups. I think it is important that people can browse gout diet topics, gout treatment topics, etc. But the existing subject categories are not adding much value. I’m going to alter categories to identify different groups of visitors. So, when people are interested in a particular aspect of gout, I want them to be able to relate articles to their current status.
Current GoutPal.com Categories
GoutPal.com categories are currently numbered: (1) Gout Symptoms & Diagnosis; (2) Gout Treatment; (3) Gout Diet; with a few additional categories for uric acid, gout-related, etc. Though this reflects the best linear consideration of gout subjects, it only really helps people who already understand this.
For most visitors, who are approaching the website from different landing pages, this does little to ease the confusion. The 3 subjects of Symptoms, Treatment, and Diet are still relevant. However, the categories need to identify better with how visitors feel about their gout.
So, I will break each category into 3 approaches. Furthermore, I will identify different styles of gout management. I will distinguish between groups of people like myself who want to know everything (learner), people who want to be told exactly what to do (apprentice), and people who want to manage themselves (analyst). The Gout Analyst group relates to current embryonic gout management plans. They are general templates for personal plans.
This links neatly into the new forum style. To make this work, I have to identify a range of plans for symptoms & diagnosis, treatment, and diet. These are:
Gout Symptoms and Diagnosis
- Gout Diagnosis Plan
- For people who think they might have gout, but don’t have a gout diagnosis. Also for gout patients who have a diagnosis, but don’t believe it.
- Gout Causes Plan
- For diagnosed gout patients who struggle to accept it, and want to know ‘Why Me?’
- Gout Symptoms Plan
- For diagnosed gout patients who want to understand their symptoms better in order to get the best treatment.
- Gout Sufferer Support
- For people with no plan who are taking supplements and treatments randomly without an adviser
- Gout Patient Support
- For people who want a general gout treatment routine managed by themselves or their doctor
- Personal Gout Treatment
- For people who want a personal uric acid lowering plan
- Stop Unhealthy Eating
- General healthy eating plan. Loosely linked to gout, so deal with at Foodary/EFSEP.
- Positive Health Plan
- Additions to healthy eating plan for general gout improvement
- Gout Diet Plan
- Personal gout diet based on gout treatment plan and personal food preferences
Current Gout Status
This relates to specific stages of gout development. I will develop processes that identify these states, and offer Gout Emergency Room service, or links to relevant guidelines.
- Fearing, or expecting gout, but not yet attacked
- First Flare
- First gout attack
- Between Attacks
- Had more than one attack, but currently not suffering
- Recurrent Gout
- Gout keeps returning more frequently, with longer, more intense attacks
- Gout Lumps
- Tophaceous gout
- Untreatable Gout
- Recalcitrant gout needs specialist care
This is basically a matrix for people who need Pain Control Plan, Allopurinol Plan, Uloric Plan, or Probenecid Plan.
My Gout at GoutPal.com
I will organize these new categories in a new ‘My Gout’ section within GoutPal.com. As well as indexing relevant areas of GoutPal.com, I will include links out to relevant resources. This is especially true of my gout network at GoutPal.net.
|Dec 08, 2015 (first archive).||First Published.|
|Sep 29, 2016 (archive).||Link added to GoutPal Visitor Experience Optimization, which emphasizes the new direction for GoutPal. It is changing from a personal project, for Keith Taylor to learn about his gout. It is becoming a global resource, for all gout sufferers to learn how to control their gout.|
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