A couple things:
If I'm on a page on your blog (or the community portion or whatever), I'd really like to be able to click the top button to return back to your blog specifically. Idk if that's being implemented currently (since the button doesn't work right now at all) but I know a few days ago it took me to the SETT homepage rather than Tynan.com.
Also, sometimes it randomly logs me off.
Overall it's damn good obviously. When I start a blog, I will want to use it. Let us know when we can use some sort of Beta
Weird... I didn't notice that the SETT button stopped working. It's on the todo list. It will always bring you to SETT, but clicking the big header will bring you back to Tynan.com.
The logging off issue is something we're working on... it's due to cookies not transferring between tynan.com and sett.com.
This should be ready for normal people to use in a couple months or so...
After reading your blog for several years, I've trained myself to take "normal people" as an offense...
But I guess that's a good thing. Long coding projects are rewarding but they always take longer than expected.
And it's good to see these buttons are working below. Maybe you could include a hoverover that says what they are? The first three are pretty self explanatory but the second two aren't obvious imo.
Let's be honest: My blog is pretty cool. It's not nearly as popular at Boingboing, Tuckermax, or that weird housewife who writes about her kids, but I have a pretty steady readership who all post comments and get something out of the site. Since I started around a year ago, I've averaged 1200 unique readers a day (half of that is thanks to huge spikes from digg and such). My blog hasn't made me rich, but I've probably made a few thousand dollars, which is a nice side effect. More importantly it's made me a much better writer, and has helped me chronicle the past year of my life.
What I'm saying is this : I can't help you build the next Engadget or WWTDD, but I can help you get started to building a moderately popular blog.
First you need decent hosting and Wordpress. Don't mess with blogger - no one reads blogger blogs because they all look the same and don't have cool plugins that you need. I know you can customize it and all, but stop arguing and do it my way.
Regular readers of this blog know how I love to do challenges! Every once in awhile, I like to create a challenge that will shake things up for me and get me “unstuck” when I feel like I’m in a rut. While past challenges have addressed either diet (like the Rainbow Challenge) or exercise (like 1,000,000 steps in 100 days), this time I’m focusing on something totally different - my mental health.
Lately I have been procrastinating a lot, putting off important work that needs to get done. It’s had me feeling a little down on myself, so I'm hoping that completing this challenge will put some fresh wind in my sails. I noticed that a lot of my procrastinating time is spent online, obsessively checking my email, Facebook and Twitter accounts and my blog stats. Sometimes, in combination, I do these things thirty times a day. It is completely wasted time, and a deliberate distraction. So, this Sunday, I’m going to hit the reset button by spending a full 24 hours Screen-Free.
From the time I wake up Sunday morning until the time I wake up Monday morning, I will not look at a single screen. I won’t open my laptop, turn on my desktop, turn on the TV or text anyone on my phone. If I drive anywhere, I won’t use the dashboard navigation system. I will make only one screen exception, which will be to answer my cell phone if anyone calls me.
I’m hoping to not only show myself that I can survive for a whole day without these things, but I’m interested in seeing how deeply ingrained these first-world habits have become. I am wondering how many times I'll catch myself wanting to quickly look something up on the computer or binge-watch a few episodes of our latest Netflix obsession. I’m guessing it will be a lot.
I plan to spend my day reading, meditating, cooking healthy food, socializing with friends, walking my dogs and going for a bike ride. Oh, and I’ll be writing a blogpost about the experience - using pen and paper, of course!