pleonast in 2016

hello again, it's been a long time.

if you are still inhabiting these dark pages, drop me a line and let me know who you are and what you're doing!

i'm still committed to maintaing pleonast as long as y'all are here, i just haven't really used any form of social media for several years now.

what is pleonast's purpose in 2016?
  • kamille
    I'm still here & use it everyday. We encourage each other & pray for each other. I don't do Facebook or anything else.
    by kamille at 08/15/16 12:38PM
  • split_rock
    I'm still here -- and I endorse monk's comment as well as others. I check in daily, though my postings lately have dwindled to about monthly due to a recent relocation to another state. I'm hoping to get back on track with regular postings once our upcoming "final" move is completed at the end of the month. Thank you, Kennon for preserving this site. Facebook and other social media are fine for superficial communication, but the "real" communication happens here.
    by split_rock at 08/15/16 6:21PM
  • kerrigan
    I still check in to see who's posting.
    by kerrigan at 08/15/16 10:02PM
  • lovescats
    I still use it some. My original group of friends when I joined are no longer on here. Their name may be, but I don't think they post! I've met some folks I first "met" on Pleo, and that's been a blessing.

    I really do wish it were easier to post pictures. I am on the "other" social media, and it is a breeze to post pictures. I wish we could click, go to our pictures, click on the pictures, and their be on Pleo. And I wish I knew how to tag also - to make that link if someone wanted to click on a person's name and go to their page.

    I am very computer illiterate and need easy, easy, easy, step by step instructions!

    Thank you for what you do. Have a nice day!
    by lovescats at 08/16/16 8:16AM
  • this_old_man
    I still use it to check on folks that are afraid of facebook. :)
    by this_old_man at 08/16/16 8:27PM
  • deusvitae
    Thanks.
    by deusvitae at 08/17/16 9:08PM
  • joc
    Oh yes, I am here and enjoying my interactions with other pleonasters. Thank you for what you do.
    by joc at 08/18/16 6:59PM
  • Anubis_Rising
    wow....I didn't think anyone still existed. I thought this was nothing more than the remnants of an ancient site
    by Anubis_Rising at 08/22/16 1:16AM
  • tgatzajr
    Still here! Glad you're still here! Glad Pleo's hard drive is still going round and a round! :-)

    Like a small town boy, Pleo suits my needs just fine. Wonderful community of friends. For me it's never been about the quantity of friends, but the quality! I never have to worry about trash showing up on my post, or having to "de-friend" someone because of immoral immaturity.

    I know from a business standpoint, Pleo is not a big generator of revenue for your maintenance cost and administrative upkeep and that makes me sad. You do provide a great product and service for us and I am glad that I can at least return the favour by being a gold member.

    So what is Pleo's purpose for 2016 (or maybe 2017 now the year's almost over?) Continue to provide the "coffee shop" atmosphere vs. the "football stadium" noise and crowd that can be had elsewhere.

    Thanks Kennon, we do indeed "owe you one!"
    by tgatzajr at 08/22/16 8:28AM
  • wifelet
    I'm still here - and it's nice to see all the other folks who are! :) Thank you for your work in maintaining Pleo for us - I use it regularly! :)
    by wifelet at 08/22/16 8:37PM
  • jimmybuck
    I think Pleonast might become the anti-Facebook. My eyes just relaxed looking at it versus all the busyness of embedded videos, Web 2.0, etc. I only use Pleonast to post our monthly report, but perhaps it provides some encouragement.
    by jimmybuck at 08/22/16 10:41PM
  • kennon
    tgatzajr: you're very welcome, and thank YOU for being a gold member! don't forget that you can gift gold memberships to others, and there are a few people who post regularly but choose not to subscribe, so feel free to engolden them if you'd like to :-)
    by kennon at 08/23/16 8:35AM
  • tgatzajr
    ^Who knows. Christmas is just around the corner!
    by tgatzajr at 08/23/16 3:45PM
  • grandmadiane
    I am here. Pleo is a record of my life and the encouragement I have drawn from others through Pleo. While I look at Facebook as somewhat of a newspaper where I get a quick tidbit of info, Pleo is a diary of a friend I am allowed to enjoy and write among its pages. Thank you so very much for your hard work and patients with us oldtimers! I continue to encourage the young folks to visit the homestead but you know how kids are!
    by grandmadiane at 08/23/16 7:32PM
  • nickkrumrei
    Nick Krumrei from Dry Creek Camp. Oh yes, I have Pleo friends that aren't anywhere else. Thank you for your creation. Fond memories of you and Marla, whom I do keep up on with FB.
    God bless you and stay true to His word.
    Nick
    by nickkrumrei at 08/27/16 3:39PM
  • bonnyswan
    i still check in from time to time. it was my first time to build relationships with people i knew only online. i still have many of those relationships.
    by bonnyswan at 09/23/16 8:54AM
  • amy
    Love the sky diving? Picture!
    by amy at 09/23/16 10:27PM
  • ceoltoir
    I'm still here and participating! I've formed several close friendships here. We would probably never have met were it not for pleo. To date I have spent face-to-face time with 10 new friends I met here. This is a special place and I hope you keep it going. If ever the time comes that you want to shut it down, please give us a warning because some of us might want to retrieve our posts. I've chronicled a decade of my family's life here.
    by ceoltoir at 11/24/16 12:24AM
  • sarahpet
    check in at times
    by sarahpet at 11/27/16 6:28PM
  • tu_madre
    I've gotten less wordy but I'm still creepin'!
    by tu_madre at 11/30/16 10:07AM

i've been busy...

...and today we launched:


  • whipsmile
    i need to take some time to look through that. Seems very cool.
    by whipsmile at 03/02/15 12:47PM
  • ceoltoir
    When I click on Dot's name I get a message that says:

    pleonast

    heavy load

    ouch!

    we're under quite a heavy load right this second, please try again in a couple of minutes.


    This has been happening since last night, and as far as I can tell, only on Dot's page.
    by ceoltoir at 09/25/15 3:20PM
  • sarahpet
    Hi! I'm a nurse working at a pain clinic in Louisville, KY. I should blog again, it has been a long time!
    by sarahpet at 10/18/16 3:15PM

donated

i just dropped off the remaining 137 tshirts at a goodwill donation center:

  • whipsmile
    :-)
    by whipsmile at 12/16/13 10:03AM
  • ceoltoir
    Thanks for giving us another shot at these before you gave them away.
    by ceoltoir at 12/16/13 10:41AM
  • tgatzajr
    So sorry that they all didn't sell. Hopefully they can make for a decent tax write off.
    by tgatzajr at 12/17/13 2:13PM
  • grandmadiane
    Chickadee is being told her posts are spam and she is not allowed to post. Would you please fix? Thank you.
    by grandmadiane at 10/05/14 9:44PM

free tshirts

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.
  • tgatzajr
    Got mine about a year ago. Love It!
    by tgatzajr at 11/21/13 10:10PM
  • tgatzajr
    Just Bought Another!
    Tell mom and dad hi for me!
    by tgatzajr at 11/22/13 11:37AM
  • textilet
    Hey, do you still run this place? Or can you tell me who does? I'm trying to get rid of my gold status. Please help! Thanks!
    by textilet at 11/25/13 6:13AM
  • tu_madre
    i still have my P3 shirt! sorry you didn't sell a whole lot but glad that you liked them. i tried to put some extra love into printing them (-:
    by tu_madre at 12/04/13 9:40AM
  • monk
    I received my t-shirts in the mail last week.
    thanks for being so prompt!
    by monk at 12/11/13 5:07PM

checking in

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.

  • aleta
    Pleonast is still my favorite. Thank you for keeping it going. I really enjoy the gold features and have for some time.

    I'm still at a loss as to how to move my friends names around on the list. That feature stopped a couple of years ago. I loved the new way pleo 3 made it so easy, so I do know what to do, but it just doesn't work for me anymore.
    by aleta at 04/30/13 12:29PM
  • chickadee
    Congratulations on your new addition! I love pleonast. I'll have to think about your questions. Please, no notifications!
    by chickadee at 04/30/13 11:23PM
  • whipsmile
    Pleo is still def my favorite. The numbers are smaller but the conversations are just as deep and meaningful.
    by whipsmile at 05/01/13 9:39AM
  • friedaj
    Sounds like a great year. Ours has been rough. My son is looking for another kidney transplant and had open heart surgery last July but things are looking up. I enjoy some of the groups that are here and the support the people on pleo have for one another. Thank you for all you do.....
    by friedaj at 05/04/13 3:42PM
  • chickadee
    Frieda mentioned the groups and reminded me of my one suggestion. I don't know if that is even the right word. I am not sure what you could do, but so many of the groups have died. I used to so look forward to reading "Childrenisms". And the recipe exchange was wonderful. I know there are recipes everywhere, but it is just not the same. "Small world" was another favorite. The only group on my list that ever sees any action anymore is "caretakers". A great group. By the way, my daughter recently started talking to a young man on churchofchristsingles so I was doing my own little background check. I found him on here. He hasn't been on since 2008, but his posts were still here and no red flags. Thanks for your help!
    by chickadee at 05/09/13 12:04PM
  • monk
    i love pleo and check it many times a day.
    i like everything about the way it works, and am grateful that you give it the time and effort that you do.
    by monk at 05/10/13 10:26PM
  • kamille
    I like Pleo & don't do FB. Thank you for all you do.
    by kamille at 05/20/13 7:39PM
  • ward
    Not doing a ton here these days, but I'm still around.
    by ward at 05/21/13 3:19PM
  • navydoc
    I still check pleo every once in awhile to see what everyone is up to, but I don't post very often. Thanks for keeping Pleo alive.
    by navydoc at 05/27/13 11:48PM
  • anne
    I check Pleo a few times each day, and usually post weekly. I've recently noticed the "alert" numbers that someone has written a comment on my post. Is this really necessary? I liked it better when the little green number let me know there was a private message. I can scroll through the comments to see a new one without being alerted to it. Thanks for all you do!
    by anne at 05/28/13 3:22PM
  • ceoltoir
    ^I think there's a way to change your settings so your account works the way you're wanting.
    by ceoltoir at 05/28/13 3:32PM
  • split_rock
    Thank you for maintaining pleonast. While I do use Facebook, I appreciate the privacy of pleonast for more in-depth interactions than just the superficial hit-and-run of Facebook. As our rights in this country are being more and more eroded, I expect I will eventually abandon Facebook altogether. I'm glad to have pleo to retreat to and to continue to grow friendships that budded here.
    by split_rock at 06/06/13 1:27PM
  • textilet
    Help! I don't want to be gold anymore. What do I do?
    by textilet at 06/17/13 7:42PM
  • age_six_racer
    Kennon! I was wondering where you are these days?
    by age_six_racer at 07/09/13 5:58PM
  • fullofgrace
    kennon.
    i love you and i love pleonast.

    what would it take to make a pleonast phone app?
    phone friendly access would definitely boost the amount i could engage with the site
    and increase traffic.
    by fullofgrace at 07/12/13 8:20PM
  • tgatzajr
    As many others have stated, I do appreciate what you have put into this little community. F.B. is not a temptation to me. I prefer privacy when I want it and good friends who appreciate the same values as I do. I have yet to find trashy talk on Pleo. Guess what you get on F.B.!

    You can count on me doing my part at "keeping the lights on." I hope you keep Pleo around for many years to come!

    Now for a little brain storming!

    Things that might make Pleo better.

    1. Since Pleo requires knowing html to do many things, you need to actively promote using Firefox with the "Write Area" add on. When activated, it turns the Pleo entry fields into a WYSIWYG editor. I use it all the time. A better solution would be to have the CKEditor native to Pleo. But I am sure that would require a lot of work.

    2. For those who don't want to use Firefox, you might consider a button by your entry fields that would pop up a quick list of commonly used html codes that could be copied and pasted into the form fields.

    3. Pleo "help" and "How to" needs some serious rewriting and updating to make it usable. It is really bad! (Sorry for the criticism!). Show your users how to make Pleo really do it's stuff!. I just recently learned how to embed a PDF into Pleo. I didn't learn it here and this sort of thing could be useful for other users.

    4. You might consider moving the "news", "Gold" "T-shirts" etc, links from the footer to the header or at the bottom of each post. Where it is now, it is out of sight and out of mind. Want more  Gold users? Keep it where they can see it.

    5. Finally, I think you need to revamp your home page when people first come to Pleonast.com. It doesn't give the viewer a clue as to what the site is. Tell them what Pleo is all about and your commitment to privacy. And it also doesn't hurt to brag about the quality of the blogs. I have yet to see any trash, or derogatory post. It needs to be promoted as a family oriented site and doing so on the entry page could bring new users to the site. Don't be afraid to promote yourself!

    Anyway, hope these few things are useful and maybe give you a few things to think about. And thanks again for providing this outlet for so many good people that I have come to know.
    by tgatzajr at 08/24/13 2:02PM
  • kennon
    tgatzajr: thanks for the feedback! i'll see what i can do!
    by kennon at 09/05/13 6:43AM