It only took me four years to realize that I should tap into readers to add new features to the site. For some reason in the past I’ve just made changes on my own and not really cared about communicating them to readers, but that’s going to change now.
This change came about because of three things that happened in quick succession. First, Shiv asked me to setup something that allows you to send emails to multiple people from the post itself, and that feature was implemented today.
At the bottom of the post, you can now see an option to share the post through Facebook, Twitter, Email, StumbleUpon etc.
Second thing that happened was someone used Pinterest to pin a OneMint post. I had thought about adding a Pinterest option but then dismissed it because I thought who would want to use Pinterest for something like OneMint? How wrong I was.
That option has also been added.
Thirdly, Anil Kuppa suggested that Disqus be used to manage comments and I’ve toyed with the idea a few times but never implemented it because using Disqus will give the control of the comments to Disqus and I didn’t want that. However, this has certain benefits like being able to see all the comments you ever made, and I think I can assign a few comment moderators apart from myself which will be good. Disqus hasn’t been implemented yet, but it will be very soon.
These three things that happened in quick succession made me realize how big an opportunity I’m missing when I don’t seek feedback for features. So, if you have any suggestion for features, please leave a comment on this or any other post and I’ll respond to you.
Finally, I’m going to talk about new features in a post from now on so that people understand the rationale behind why I made a certain change and then either use the new feature to their benefit, ignore it if it doesn’t appeal to them or give me feedback for improvements.
Most of the content here is driven by reader’s comments and interaction, so I can’t understand why it took me so long to use reader feedback for features, but I guess it’s better later than never.
Finally, I want to thank Kim who does all the WordPress work behind the scenes on OneMint, and she probably doesn’t realize how big a contribution she makes to OneMint, and without her I’m pretty sure OneMint would’ve never reached the scale it has. Thanks a lot Kim, and if you ever have any WordPress related work that you needed to get done, I highly recommend contacting her.