So… I won’t say this place is like learning a new language but… It’s kind of like learning a new language. Yeah, I got nothing.
I can’t say I understand why when I sign up it says username and real name, I think, and then it shows my real name until I change it to my username. So I couldn’t log in for a little while. I wasn’t able to login either way but I alternatively had to do it with my email instead of my username because my username turned out to be my real name!
So early on that’s what this site kind of seems to be like. It’s simple if you actually understand what’s going on but there’s little things about its structure that seem to be somewhat confusing. Not terribly confusing as I’ve seen a lot worse and I’m sure this site will get better (hopefully) since it’s just getting started.
I guess you could say so far the site wasn’t born broken but… mildly glitchy? At least it’s prettier than what Thoughts was. That weird sky blue hurt my eyes a lot. I always felt it looked nicer when it started with that home style light brown color. I wouldn’t call this a return to that but it does seem to be a return to a lot of simplicity that Thoughts kind of moved away from.
I always thought Thoughts was so successful at first, if it actually was I didn’t count the numbers, because of its simplicity. Not because it was attempting to be competitive or emulate other things people were doing. It’s because it was its own place. There’s a difference between fixing problems, improving something that works, and trying to fix something that isn’t broken.
And again in all fairness I don’t know the creator or creators of Thoughts and their motivations or the numbers behind its development and modifications. I’m only going off of things I’ve heard from other members and anecdotal evidence. But the impression I got was that Thoughts was taken in a direction that made it into something that the people who blog there and loved it did so because it was structured in a way, at first, the differentiated it from other blogging sites.
People tend to gravitate towards what is preferential to them and usually require something unique because it’s unique to them. However that uniqueness faded somewhat when Thoughts attempted to implement things that didn’t really seem to have much point. And created a visual style that, oh geez I feel like I’m Gordon Ramsay in an episode of Hotel Hell or Kitchen Nightmares, it just wasn’t appealing. It wasn’t attractive. I mean I liked the bubbly thoughts font for the banner but the color scheme made it seem more like something meant for kids. Not really something for the whole family or for writers.
Granted, I know every writer is different we’re not some kind of culture with with universal traits aside from the fact we all write. But when it comes to being inviting and attractive there are colors, structures, shapes, and tones that work better than others for the general population. That’s a large part of what marketing is about. You sell your product and you have to maintain your product that you’re selling. If the quality of the product or it’s ability to attract buyers goes down the new people won’t come in and the people that were there could very well leave.
The glitches that Thoughts acquired during the big change were are massive issue, I get that. But one should not underestimate the importance of making your site attractive to as many people as possible to bring them in and keep them around. A lot of people, for example, blog and just write in general as a stress reliever. So why would they want to go to a site that visually isn’t very appealing?
So far this site doesn’t look bad. I won’t say it looks good but it’s still in its infancy so there’s no real point in judging it in one direction or the other.
Right now I think it just needs to be clear about how to make it function. Perhaps a tutorial section wouldn’t hurt. I’ve seen another bloggers to already on here asking, “how do I post a blog?”
If somebody has to ask that about a blog page that I think there might be something a little wrong. Or just something that needs to be added to show them.
I’ll be keeping my eye on this place. Hopefully the majority of people on Thoughts will come here. I mean if it’s going to disappear anyway I should certainly hope so