so i'm at my parents house right now and they reminded me that i still have a bunch of boxes of p3 tshirts sitting in one of their corners, so i decided to give them away for the cost of postage. i certainly misjudged the potential demand on those tshirts, which is a shame because they are really high quality and (IMHO) look pretty good.
anyway, click on the link up in the banner if you're interested!
in a few weeks i'll probably donate the rest to a homeless shelter or something similar.
so it's time for my yearly post! it's been a pretty busy year for us with a new child, another child reaching the terrible twos, new jobs, and all of the accompanying stress and joy that comes with all of the above. overall it's been a very good year, though!
how was your year, oh pleonast faithful? tell me all about it!
otherwise, have any of you found the strength to overcome the temptation of facebook and the like and returned to the bosom of a private community like pleonast where your data and privacy is taken seriously?
if you are still (or again!) an avid pleonast user, what would you like me to focus on here? i don't want to shake everything up for no reason (nobody needs a new design every year, despite what some websites think :-), but there are clearly parts here or there that i can modernize. what would you like to see here?
i don't want to become yet-another-photo-sharing-site, nor am i interested in implementing a million tiny notifications to alert you every time anyone you've ever known eats dinner, but how can i improve your pleonast experience?
many of you active users are already gold members, but if you are an active user but not a subscriber, what could i do to get you to subscribe? because i'm not selling your data or dependent on advertisements (ads are only shown here to non-subscribers), i don't need to be the next biggest site on the internet to survive, but it DOES cost me time and money to maintain pleonast, and so i'd love it if i could provide enough value to you, the user, that you felt it was worth it to support.
about privacy on the internet?
it concerns me to see how much personal and private data so many people post willingly without even thinking about it on the internet.
most of the time if i ask people about it, they say something like "why would anyone care about my stuff? there are soooo many people on the internet". that's true, of course, but it's not so much about why people want to look at your data specifically, it's the simple fact that once your data has been posted, it is literally *impossible* to guarantee that it's completely gone. also, once it becomes a problem it can be difficult or even impossible to correct.
on pleonast i do my best to make it clear what information you post can be seen by whom, and try to keep the options simple and easy to use. i do this because the majority of you active users are subscribers, which directly pays for the site. i have no incentive to share your private information, because you're paying me to protect it.
facebook, however, and any other site you don't directly pay for, has a very strong incentive to share your information with advertisers. the more personal information they can share, the more directly they can target their ads to you.
i think it's perfectly reasonable to use free services as long as you keep very clearly in your mind what you are getting for what you are giving away. if the features provided by a service (like facebook) are worth you giving away some measure of privacy, then by all means use it, but most of all *think about it first*.
if you aren't paying for it, you aren't the customer, you're the product.
it's been a busy year for us with our son - he's healthy and is growing like a little weed. he started walking a few weeks ago and now doesn't want to do much of anything else. other than that i've been super busy with work etc, but overall it's been the best year of my life!
so ... what do you like about pleonast / what do you not like about it?