First off I'm not quite sure when the first time was that I interacted with Tynan. It might have been on one of his numerous travel adventures, or one of his pickup artist posts. I'm not really certain. One thing I learned was that I really enjoyed his writing. He's got a blog over at Tynan.com. Check it out.
For the last few months I've been testing out SETT his new blogging platform. It now runs this site. And I'm super happy with it. So happy that Ive done a review of it. I've never publicly reviewed anything that runs one of my sites. But switching from WordPress to SETT deserves an explanation. Here it goes...
Since before 1998 I've been in love with technology and more importantly publishing platforms. Because I'm a writer. I've had self hosted personal sites hosted on HTML, Cafelog, MovableType, Pmachine, and WordPress. All of them were different. I noticed after awhile I quit blogging. Because I wasn't writing I was maintaining a blog. I was spending so much energy developing websites for clients, and my businesses that I no longer had time to write. And didn't have time to really develop my own site the way I wanted. I'm still scaling my businesses sites, and client sites and don't have time to manage scaling my own site in any fashion. Or even to pursue my first love which is writing. At the same time Tynan was building SETT.
I liked everything I saw in it. Especially the ability to encourage commenting, and exchanging traffic. It also appeared simple and encourages the development of a community. This is something I used to have in my own personal blog. So after a lot of thought when SETT opened up I signed up to experiment with it.
I experimented for awhile and then I was sold. I like everything about it. Mostly that it will allow me to write and not worry about having to manage my websites infrastructure. I will like it even more when themes come out. But even with a lack of themes I still love it. It's simple and easy to use and keeps me focused on writing when I have time, and developing a community over here. Stats are built in, and I can just focus on doing what I love doing and that's writing. Also love the fact that users can send me a private message without clogging my email. That's smart and it makes my blog a private social network of sorts. Love it.
SETT has so much potential to grow into a great business for Tynan, and his partners. Something like sponsored stories in our What's Next boxes and split revenue with publishers. I mean so much potential just there really. I could go on for hours on just that idea. But I won't.
Speaking of technology. SETT runs on a great set of servers. SETT is being developed smartly. Tynan gets letting people in slowly and developing it as he goes. He worked with me to solve a few problems one day and he was super smart about it. I truly believe he gets what it takes to run this project successfully. He gets customer service too. He answered my emails promptly and super helpfully. Most importantly SETT is fast and stable. That's important to me. And this is coming from someone who once ran the infrastructure of a blog network with over 100+ sites. As well as a site that would get 100,000 visitors a day at times. I know fast sites.
SETT's going to be successful. I just wish it had been around 5 years ago. I probably would have been more successful and had a few more sites on it and running smoothly I'm sure.
I look forward to using SETT for a long time. I've never been happier in a blog host. And probably won't be. It's stress free and I always feel like I can go to sleep at night knowing that a few visitors might find there way here from other SETT sites. This puts a smile on my face...
So if you get a chance sign up for SETT's next round of invites and get started blogging.
This changes everything.