IT’S TOUGH writing something light, something airy, when everything seems to be pushing you toward some heady, lofty diatribe on the nature of reality. Particularly when this month’s feature grapples with subject matter that transcends the digital and physical realms, the shared history that exists somewhere between the two. Particularly when your publication faces its own set of existential questions as it seeks to find its footing in new territory.

But let’s take a step back from the lofty, the heady, the existential for a moment:

By this point, you’ve likely noticed this magazine is different from any other we’ve done, not only in the sense that it’s purely digital—my apologies to any note-scribblers, page-crumplers and dogear-ers out there—but in the way that we approach stories in the pages that follow. Although our first print quarterly (debuting next month!) will adhere pretty faithfully to the already well-trod path set down by the print monthly, when it came time to figure out what this digital-only publication would look like, it felt only right to tailor something for the medium.

That’s why we put an emphasis on the visual, with photo-driven departments like “What’s On Our Plate,” “Viewfinder” and “Wish We Were Still There.” And it’s also why we decided to focus on digital-centric subject matter, with a guide to digital decluttering and a feature on the online efforts of the Historic Arkansas Museum as it shares The Natural State’s history, one post at a time.

To be sure, this digital version is still very much a work in progress (and as such, may look somewhat different when another edition is rolled out come May). Many of the departments that we’re toying with may come and go as this new publication develops its own sense of self, much in the way that the monthly has over the past several years. However, while there may be some changes, the guiding principle behind it is, and always will be, the same:

With every story, as our mission statement reads, we aspire to help our readers make the most of living in Arkansas at this particular moment and to enable a deeper understanding of all of those that have led to it. To put it simply, we strive to explore the very best our state has to offer, past and present. And in bringing those stories to light in each issue, we’re celebrating the myriad reasons we, like you, are proud to call this state our own.

 

jordan@arkansaslife.com

Art Credit: Collection of Historic Arkansas Museum, Gift of Irene Delony Morse, Len Delony and Diane Vibhakar, 95.79.4