Im sure some of you have noticed that we're having a few server issues -- namely MySQL maxing out on is. Funny, it's not that big a site really, so you'd think my shared hosting plan would do the job, apparently not.
Im not sure what to do about that yet, but will most likely email one of the kind chaps who offered us a box when we switched from Brian's servers. Hang in there, it won't happen today.
You might have noticed that i've been somewhat AWOL this last week also. It's partly due to simple time issues -- im in the middle of another project, and the early days are the toughest, but, it's partly deliberate also. Let me explain a bit..
In order for Threadwatch to continue to work, it needs to be less dependent on me posting. In order to get to a state where that works, (ie. we're getting some good stories posted to the homepage and all have some fun stuff to discuss) we're going to have to go through the pain barrier i think.
I don't think i can do a lot more to the site in order to encourage folks to post, so by not posting myself, or at least posting far less frequently it rather forces the issue.
Whether or not this is a good idea remains to be seen :)
If we manage to ride this period out, I think we'll grow, and change for the better, but it could be tough, and i don't think there's much getting away from that, though im open to suggestion of course.
In an ideal world, this is where i'd like TW to be next year:
- To have a good few posts of quality going up to the homepage daily
- To redesign, the present form does not fit the next item
- To lose the ads -- not be entirely ad free, but try as i might, and despite them working well, advertisers are just too afraid of the [adv] threads you know? I'd like to put in a small ppc link unit in posts where folks that want to get your attention can do, in a manner they're more comfy with.
- To possibly put in a "post vote" system to vote which stories make the homepage -- if i can weight it so that I and editors have a bit more say, or can bypass, we still keep the editorial slant, whilst actually giving some control of the homepage to those that read threadwatch.
Your thoughts welcomed
If i was sure what i was going to do, i'd not have posted this, hence the above title -- let me know what you think, im all ears!