I looked at the Smaller and Smaller Every Day gallery in abandoned America and notice that they do a good job using the rule of thirds. This fits my perspective of abandonment because it shows destruction and neglect which I find happens when no one is around to care.
This week was not particularly difficult for me because it was stuff I was already pretty familiar with. The only thing I am struggling with is getting my website to work properly i.e menus. I do think an animated gif can be a story because they show elements of a story. When watching a gif, you can imagine what is happening around that gif which is a story in itself
I am going to change my initial response and say that gif is not a story but rather a building block to the possible creation of a story.