Heya Keepers, it’s been a while since I’ve put out an actual update of what’s going on over at WordKeeperAlpha so I thought I’d let everyone know what I’ve been up to recently. A week or two ago I published the latest update to WKA that enabled the new Projects page that I’ve been working on for some time. Continue reading…
I’ve been promising an update on WordKeeperAlpha for a while now. While I haven’t provided that update, I have been working on it.
My project for a while now has been updating the Projects and Goals page, which currently shoves them all into the same page. What I’ve been working on is breaking them out into their own pages, adding new functionality, working on some new graphs and building a new API backend to support everything. For the non-programmers, the API backend is both to make the site faster in general, and a beginning step to making WordKeeperAlpha smartphone app. That’s still a ways off yet, but this is the first step toward making that happen.
This update has taken so long because of that background work. I’ve had technical issues that have taken way too long to get sorted out, mostly because I can only work on it during my free time. Now, though, I’ve gotten those technical issues solved. The backend is in place, and I’ll be able to expand on it much easier. Once this major update is out, I’m going to devote some time to fixing some of the non-critical bugs that have been reported, update the graphing software that I finally purchased a license for and do some other light updates
Once this major update is out, I’m going to devote some time to fixing some of the non-critical bugs that have been reported, update the graphing software that I finally purchased a license for and do some other light updates before I start working on another major feature. I’ve been focused on this for too long, and I do want to get to work on a social aspect to WKA. Anyway, that’s it for right now. I’ll be back with you in a week or two when I launch the new features!
Oif. I promised an update a week ago, but then life happened. Life happened all over me. Long story short, we’re buying a house! Woo! Yay! Huzzah! Really, both Katie and me are super excited and we can’t wait to get the move over with and start making the place our own, but its going to be a lot of work. Unfortunately, my work on WordKeeperAlpha is going to take a little hit while we’re in the process of packing up all our stuff, cleaning, moving, so on and so forth.
It won’t take too much of a hit though. I’ve been doing some really exciting work on the Goals and Projects lately. I know, I know. Didn’t I just get done revamping the Goals? Well, yes. And aren’t they displaying a lot better now? What I’m doing now will give you much more control over your goals, and give you more information. Here’s a sample:
Some people will go “Whoa! That looks cool!” while I’m sure other people are thinking “So what? How does that help me?” First off, the keen eye will observe the goal graph on the right side. This is the graph that you will be able to display on the home page, and eventually your author page. You will be able to choose what graphs you display on your home page (to a certain point) which has been a major request.
Also, this page is being built completely in Angular. What’s that mean? It means that the whole thing is going to load faster, AND required a new backend be built to support it. That new backend is going to be used for a whole slew of new things, including blog support, writing groups and plenty of other nifty features.
The next update isn’t coming for a while yet. It’s going to be pretty big, though, so very worth the wait, at least in my opinion. Lets break down the features that are coming (hopefully) before NaNoWriMo kicks off in November.
- New Goal page, featuring new stats, graphing and increased performance.
- New Projects page, featuring more stats, graphing and increased performance.
- Updated About page, featuring easier navigation to find the information that you need faster.
- Updated Home page. Maybe featuring Angular for increased performance, custom graphs, word logs now editable from here.
- Full API support. Want your WordKeeperAlpha goals and projects on your blog sidebar? This is the first step.
After all that is done, the next big update will be Social! My plans for social are coming together and will include:
- An Author page, featuring goal and project progress.
- Friends! Everyone needs friends and wants to see updates.
- Writing Groups! Share goals!
- Events! I don’t know how this will work yet, but they will be short term little contests to get people writing as much as they can in a short amount of time.
WordKeeperAlpha is going to keep growing, keep getting better and its going to be because of you awesome people. Are there more features that you want to see? Leave a comment here, or give me a shout out on Twitter or Facebook.
Would you like to support WordKeeperAlpha? Consider telling your writer friends about it. Spread the word and get more people participating! I’ve seen some really awesome growth over the past year and it makes me just want to push it more and make it even more awesome. Anything helps: give me a shout out on Twitter or Facebook. Write a blog post! Send me your ideas / comments / complaints. Social isn’t here yet, but we can still all get to know each other. Has WordKeeperAlpha helped you finish your novel or story? Let me know, I’d love to hear what you found the most useful.
Thanks for using WordKeeperAlpha! I’ll keep you updated as to the status of the next update.
Alright. So it isn’t really the “Ides” of March yet, but I like say “ides”. But I digress (“Digress” is another word I like). Here we are, three and a half months into the year and what do I have to show for it? Plenty! You just may or may not notice it. That’s because I’ve been diligently (kinda) working on bugs and other issues that have been reported to me by my wonderful users.
That isn’t sarcastic. You guys really are wonderful and I really do appreciate it when you let me know when something isn’t working right. As stated before, I’m only one man, and the likelyhood that I’ll find everything wrong with this Frankenstein’s Monster that I’ve cobbled together is minimal, especially when I think it works perfectly. Trust me, I know it doesn’t.
WordKeeperAlpha development has is largely limited to the weekends now, while I focus more on getting my book done. That doesn’t leave me as much time as I’d like for adding new features, but I AM working on them. If you haven’t noticed the bugs, I’m not going to lay them out for you here. If you have noticed bugs, and they haven’t been fixed yet, please let me know, and I’ll make it a priority to fix. One major one that has been repeatedly pointed out to me is that the “Remember Me” box isn’t working properly yet. *sigh* Don’t worry, I’m not sighing at you, I’m sighing at me. I’ve though that I’ve had this stupid thing sorted out twice now, but every time I think I’ve got it whipped, it rears its ugly head once again. I am working on it… in fact its my primary goal right now. So please, bear with me for just a while longer.
Other feautres that I’m working on:
- Public author pages (don’t worry, you’ll chose if you have a public page or not.)
- An API, so that other people can develop WordPress or other blog plugin’s to share your progress and projects.
- A semi-public writing room and simple text-editor to accomidate word sprints. More on this below.
I’ve always wanted WordKeeperAlpha to be a more social experience for writers, but at the same time, I also don’t want to be the Facebook for authors. There’s already one of those. It’s called Facebook. What I want is to create something that will let authors interact and motivate each other. Motivation is the key here and I think word sprints are the first thing that I want to take a stab at. I’ve been on the fence about it, since there are scads of different options for you to write in. Hell, I’ve got no less than six apps on my iPad that I can write in, distraction free. I don’t need to reinvent that particular wheel. What I’m shooting for is a really simple writing environment that will let many authors participate in the same writing sprint. It may work, it might not, but I’m going to try it and see what people think.
This, of course, is where you come in. Do you think I’m going in the wrong direction with WordKeeperAlpha? Is there something that you’d like to see more than a blog plugins or a feature that supports word sprints? Do you think that would be the bee’s knees (I have yet to figure out why a bee having knees would be anything someone would be excited about)? Leave me a comment and justify my exist… I mean give me feedback on what you think I should do with WordKeeper next.
Seriously, someone leave me a comment. Its way to quiet around here.