As summer is drawing to a close I wanted to take the time to share with everyone a new feature I’ve been working on for quite a while - the blog.
For those of you who have been around since the early days, you will remember that I used to have to connect separate publication sites to our platform. The posts from those publications would be mirrored here and the comments made would appear on the external publication site. It worked flawlessly, but required a lot of overhead and maintenance.
Now, we will have a blog capability built-in right here. There won’t be a need to create other sites to serve our content and we won’t need to partner with sites in order to serve as their comment engine. This opens up a lot of possibilities for this community. We can go beyond being just another political discussion forum. We can be our own digital publication.
If you are interested in writing a blog post it is a fairly simple process. Just send me a private message with your article. I’ll review it for quality. Once approved it will be published to the Blog category and featured at the top of the home page for 24 hours at a minimum.
Right now there is no limit or restriction regarding topic. If you have an interesting idea or want to share a story in the form of a blog post, have at it! Of course, political articles are welcome and I expect they will be the norm. They just don’t always have to be.
Upgrades and Improvements
Last month, I doubled the processing, memory, and storage capacity of our server. I was experiencing lag when videos were loading because there just wasn’t enough horsepower to serve so much content all at once. That video lag issue should be resolved now and our server is positioned for massive growth.
In addition to the new blog functionality, I am working on a live streaming capability. For those of you who remember FreebirdTV, I want to recreate the ability to live broadcast and upload videos…except this time I want to do it all right here and not rely on a separate site/infrastructure. I’ve been experimenting with a few options in terms of layout, but I am pleased to report we are probably 3-6 months away from this capability being launched.
I also have figured out a way to record and host podcasts all right here as well. That capability is technically ready for deployment; however, I am struggling with where to place the icon on the editor menu (placement is also wreaking havoc on other icons).
Store and Donations
The official store is undergoing a renovation. Initially, I didn’t have the time to build it up like I had wanted. The store was necessary as it was an easy and secure way to accept donations. Now that things have settled down a bit, the store is going to be used to make and sell custom stickers, mugs, t-shirts, hoodies, posters, etc. The proceeds will, as always, be rolled back into the site and be spent on maintenance, development, new capabilities, and marketing. If you have ideas for a custom design or are a talented graphic designer please reach out. We are open to profit sharing.
We will also be accepting crypto in the near future. As of right now we have wallets for Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and XRP. We have an official Ledger to ensure all received donations stay secured. If you are interested in donating BTC right now, please see our QR code at the bottom of this post. QR codes for our other wallets will be added soon.