I can't tell you how excited I am to share this news. As some of you may have already noticed, there are two more blogs on SETT, bringing the count to four.
As I've mentioned before, I only read about four blogs regularly. One of those is Sebastian Marshall, which is why I'm especially proud to have him switched over to SETT. After myself and DROdio, he's the third blogger to move to the platform. If you like my stuff, you'll almost certainly love his stuff, too. My very favorite article of his is this one.
Number four is my good friend, Brian Sharp with Made of Metaphors. You might recognize him from his consistently awesome community contributions and comments here. A bit of trivia-- Brian is actually the first friend I ever made. We used to both live in Massachusetts, and we became friends in preschool.
It's funny-- in the past two weeks each one of us has had a post on the front page of Hacker News. At one point there were over five hundred people visiting SETT per minute, but SETT handled it no sweat-- and it's still running on a single server with a processor from 2006!
These first few bloggers have been chosen very carefully to help refine SETT. I wanted to make sure that the people suggesting features and complaining about issues were all people I respect and trust, because they'll end up impacting what SETT becomes. DROdio's influence can already be seen throughout (for example, he pushed for cross-site promotion). I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to you readers-- the way you've all used SETT has also had a big impact and has enabled us to build SETT much faster than we could have in a vacuum..
Anyway, I try to avoid turning this blog into the SETT-news-everyday blog, but I wanted to acknowledge the new blogs coming to the platform and share them with you. Please welcome them by visiting their blogs and reading their sweet sweet posts.
I'm back in the US now, but I'm heading to Mexico in a week and then China a couple weeks after that. Photo is of Machu Picchu, which you should definitely go visit at some point in your life. It's a lot more interesting than I thought it would be.
SETT is great but the upvote button is broken. I accidentally double-clicked up and it subtracted one vote.
Please write a post about rap music, Tynan! I have a feeling you and I view the genre and the state of popular music very differently. But maybe I'm just mad that Juvenile and DMX aren't on the TV every day anymore.
Pleasanton, CA/PGH, PA
Something seems to be broken with the RSS feed subscribe button towards the top of the page (sometimes works for your site, but is not working for Sebastian's site), or maybe I am doing it wrong. Usually when I click that button it will bring up a page where I can choose to subscribe via google reader etc. But here when I click the "front page RSS feed" button it just open up a new page with the posts in text format. There is no way to choose google reader etc as my preferred way to receive the RSS feeds.
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.
SETT is an up and coming blogging platform developed by Tynan over the last few years. In addition to being designed to optimize performance and community interaction, it’s also home to some of the best bloggers on the web. Like me. ;)
I’ve developed some great relationships through SETT and want to use this post to share what some of the other bloggers on SETT are writing about. So without further ado, my top ten favorite SETT bloggers.
Sebastian Marshall is one of my favorite bloggers on any blogging platform. His purpose as a blogger is to, “Help you increase your resourcefulness, resources, and have more impact with the resources you've got.” I’ve been reading his blog for several months and his daily posts on strategy and history never fail to insprire me. Although I’m far from being passionate about history myself, Sebastian has a way of relating the past to the present in which I can’t help but share his excitement.