SETT has now been powering Tynan.com for a month! The transition wasn't completely without hiccups (several of my most popular posts disappeared, for example), but by and large it has been a big success. After all, the blog's still standing, right?
I know that by making my own blog the test site for SETT I'm inadvertently making you a guinea pig, so thank you for putting up with the glitches (and bad email formatting) that have come along the way.
For those of you who haven't had a chance to explore the new SETT stuff on the blog, here's a short video highlighting some of the biggest changes:
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Within 2-3 weeks, we'll be getting a few of our friends migrated over to SETT, and from there our next goal will be to open it to the public so that anyone will be able to have a SETT blog. You may have noticed that I now reply to pretty much every comment. It's not just because I'm trying promote SETT, it's because the process of replying to people is way easier now, and I know they'll get an email saying there's a reply. I'm really excited about getting more people running SETT and helping to make blogs a more social and interactive experience.
Last Friday night, after two years of really hard work on SETT, we sent invite codes out to the four hundred people on the SETT waiting list, offering fifty spots. Whoever managed to snag a spot could either take a free basic account or buy a premium account and get 50% off for life.
The main point of releasing these spots is to start testing SETT on a wider scale, to get more feedback, and to begin work on some really cool blog to blog features. So if no one actually paid for an account, and everyone just took free ones to mess around with, I would have been satisfied. I figured maybe one or two people might pay, and maybe things would go really well and five people would pay.
As it turns out, thirteen people bought accounts, covering all three price points that we set. More than the actual money, which I've already used to upgrade the servers, I'm personally touched that people are excited enough about SETT to pay for it. I've worked so hard on this and continue to narrowly focus on making it the best blogging platform, that it's moving to have people who share the vision.
I'm also grateful for the people who set up free accounts and have already started using them. Many of the paid and unpaid SETT customers are members of this site who are active in the community section and comments, so I have high expectations for all of their blogs. As they get settled in, import their old blogs, and write new posts, I'll be linking to some of them here. Next Monday I will link to every new SETT blog that has at least one post on it.