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:
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.
How you can help
The biggest thing you can do is post to the community section (http://tynan.com/?view=community). My primary motivation in building SETT is turning blogs into something bigger than just one guy posting monologues. The more interaction we have here, the more we can measure and tweak to make it the best possible experience. You can post questions, interesting discoveries, pictures of your RV, or anything else you think would be interesting to members of the community at this site. If you post something really good I will promote it to the front page, and it will be sent to my 13,000 or so subscribers.
Check out http://www.turvel.com, created by a Tynan.com reader (not sure if he wants me to post his name or not)
Also, check out the community post by Konstantin about Dotsies: http://tynan.com/uid/11419.
Hey Tynan, thanks for the plug of tuRVel.com.
The idea actually came from your post a while back looking for a spot to park:
I was commenting as "Dividendium" in the comments on that one.
And nice job on the YouTube video for SETT. Really highlights the valuable differences between a blog and this more community focused endeavor.
Hi Tynan. Great timing, I had a fantastic story to share. Posted it in the community section. Worked like a charm :-)
Bug number 2 was that my profile description shows up when I hover over other people's aviators (I'm using chrome browser), except ironically for any profile that hasn't been filled out by the user, it just says it's blank.
Liking what I see so far, only bug I saw is when logging in using Safari browser and inputting incorrect password there's no pop up dialogue saying incorrect, nothing happens, login boxes stay populated, nothing enters etc.
I didn't buy into this at first, but I like it now. I see that having the best 'community' posts flip to the front is going to encourage better message board posts, better community, etc. I'll try and start using the community side as a message board too.
First off, let me say this: BOOM! I got Tynan.com! YES!!
Okay. So back when I was in high school, I had the idea that maybe this internet thing was going to work out, and I might want to own Tynan.com. I put www.networksolutions.com into trusty old Internet Explorer 3.0, searched for tynan.com, saw that the domain was available, and then balked at the $70 price for two years.
I'll just get it later, I thought.
This blog is powered by SETT, a brand new state-of-art blogging platform created by Tynan. Unlike traditional Wordpress blogs, SETT provides a lot more opportunity for reader interaction.
Do you see the Community link at the top of this page? That's where any one of you can create your own posts and share them with the rest of my readers. If your posts are good, I'll immediately promote them to the front page of this blog so that your ideas get even more exposure.
The community section of SETT takes reader participation to a whole new level. In traditional blogs the reader is only allowed to leave comments at the end of each post (which usually don't get read anyway). On SETT, however, readers get their own section of the blog in which ideas can spread beyond what's possible on traditional blogs. Check out the community of Tynan's blog to see what it looks like when the audience gets involved.
Every post and every comment on SETT can be voted up or down using the arrows on the top lefthand corner. That way you can let the author know whether they're doing a good job and provide feedback with just one click. Over time as more people vote the unpopular comments will sink to the bottom, while the good ones will stay on the top.
Another thing worth mentioning is how well SETT handles comments. Multiple nested comments look fabulous on SETT, and there's usually a lot more discussion going on as well. When you reply to someone in a traditional blog, in most cases they'll never even see your comment. However, on SETT the person you're responding to will be notified via email so that they know about your response and the discussion can continue.