Hey guys. I didn’t get anywhere near as much work done this weekend as I wanted. I know a bunch of people are waiting for the word record editing and deleting feature, and I’m sorry it isn’t going to be finished tonight. I’ll be working on it through the week though, and hopefully it will be out before next weekend. Please bear with me just a bit and it’ll be done soon as I can make it done. If anyone needs their word records updated, please feel free to shoot me an email either through here or through WordKeeper. Everyone have a nice week and keep writing!
Wow… So this month has been a little bit crazy. Yeah, National Novel Writing Month didn’t help, but MAN it’s been crazy for Word Keeper Alpha too. Here I was, minding my own business, when I decide to look at my traffic numbers…because that’s how I validate my worth as a person… and I notice that they have tripled. Not only that, but all of a sudden I started getting all sorts of email from WordKeeper users … granted, most of them wanted to know how to delete word counts (more on that in a bit) but they also seemed to like it! You can ask my wife. I’ve probably been super annoying over the last week or so.
One of the reasons is because I got linked by PCMag.com (this article, toward the bottom) and they said nice things about WKA! I’ve also been getting traffic in from other places like writing.com and the nanowrimo.org forums. I’ve now got over 200 registered users, and my daily traffic has better than tripled! I could not be more excited about this. I’m just happy that people are finding and using this thing I made.
Of course, that means I have to keep polishing of the rough edges, and the roughest edge that’s been pointed out, so far, is that people can’t delete or update their word counts. If you’re a user, and you’ve run into this, I really apologize. Part of the problem of developing something to use yourself, is that you know exactly how to use it, and never consider that someone might come in, make a mistake, and then want a way to fix it. I mean, everything makes perfect sense to me, the guy who made it… Yeah, I should have thought about that. So, my bad.
Don’t leave in frustration! I’ve read your emails (just the ones you sent me, the government is busy reading the rest) and this is my top priority now. This weekend I’ll be rolling my programmer sleeves up (metaphorically, because my computer room gets DAMN cold) and getting this thing done. I’ll put up a notice here, and on WKA when this function is out and ready to use. After that, I’ll probably work on revamping how the goal graph works, so that you can use more than just the Monthly goal on it.
I’ve got even more stuff in the works, including a more organized and sensible About page, the ability to share your progress on your blog (bit bigger job that), public profile pages, collaboration and much more. Trust me, my work on WordKeeperAlpha is far from finished and you will all reap the benefits. Until then, I hope you enjoy using it. Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments or get in touch via the Contact page.
I haven't been doing much work on WKA lately, mostly because this build seems pretty stable for the time being. Analytics say that I've got a fair amount of users now, at least compared to the last version, whick makes me pretty happy. Honestly, I am really happy with how things are working now. It does everything that I wanted it to do, and a bit more. I'm finding it very handy for my own wriiting, though I suppose your own milleage may vary.
Right now, we're about four days away from the start of National Novel Writing Month, and though I won't be participating (i.e. starting a new story) I will be attempting to write the full fifty thousand words, which means that for the next month, at least, I won't have much time for working on Word Keeper. I will, of course, find time to fix any bugs that crop up between now and the end of November, but I probably won't devote any serious development time until at least the beginning of November.
In all reality, I probably won't do any more serious development on WKA until after the new draft of Imperious is finished. This is mostly because I wasnted to have the second draft done months ago, with the third draft firmly underway by now. Part of the reason that didn't happen is because I sidelined that project due to work on Word Keeper, so now, it only seems right that I refocus my efforts on my own writing now that the program is in a relatively stable and complete state. At my current rate, I'm looking at having the second draft finished sometime early on next year … at least, assuming I make my fifty thousand word goal next month.
In regards to that, I'm doing pretty good. I'm doing my prep work, just like I would for NaNoWriMo, doing my best to write on a regular basis. Undoubtedly, friends and wife will be annoyed with me as a go into a state, of “non-existence” once the first hits, but what can you do? Writing must happen.
So, there it is. The Word Keeper you see right now is the one you can look forward to using for the next couple of months as I get Impervious in order. Starting sometime earlier on next year, look for some updates, including more social features, UI improvements, and more graphing options. I've got a lot of great ideas, and I intend to do a lot of polishing next year. Until then, everyone have an awesome NaNoWriMo and donate! The only reason I can do the things I've done is because they've done a lot of work and done awesome things first.
Hey, everyone! I thought I’d pop on to let you know what’s been going on with WordKeeperAlpha since I went live a couple weeks ago. I’ll admit, I probably got a little overexcited wanting to get it out and live in the real (digital) world. There were some unfinished, unpolished bits, a few more bugs than I would have liked but my users (new and old) have been great at reporting them to me. Here’s a couple things that I’ve done over the past couple weeks.
- Added a tutorial for new users, currently stationed at http://wordkeeperalpha.com/about.aspx. I’ve got some more plans and updates for this coming in the near future.
- Finished the Author page. Right now, its only used to update your email and change your password. Later I’ll be adding sharing options.
- Fixes to the registration / password change system. Now you can feel free to use more complicated passwords. Use strong passwords for everything, even for WordKeeper.
- Finished fully integrating the sights new SSL Certificate. I take everyone’s security seriously, and I’ll take every step I know how to do to make sure people are safe on WKA.
- Made some changes (technical stuff) that just about halved the sites load time.
- Various bug fixes. Thanks for telling me about them! The more you tell me about, the better WKA will work. 🙂
What I’m working on right now:
- Updates to project deletion. There were a few things I didn’t really think through enough, so there should be some updates coming.
- Enter a word count on the wrong day? Want to attribute it to a project that you just made? I’m working on that.
- Facebook sharing option.
- Various other tweaks and fixes.
I’m going to have to work out exactly when and how I put out updates with new features…but then since its just me, I can keep something of a change log on here and ignore some of the standard doctrine with software release. Right now, I’m leaning toward putting up one of these status updates every month. This has the benefit of directing more people to my blog… Look, those reader stats are like crack! Just gotta see how many people are using and reading and… *calms breathing* I’m ok… I’m ok. God… I may have a problem with numbers and the graphing thereof.
In other news, I’ve much more than doubled the number of registered users since launch … which sounds good on paper but there’s still under a hundred users, and probably only a handful who are active every day. Still, its great my usage stats get to the point where the average is above even the highest peak for the last version of WordKeeper. If you didn’t know, yes there was a previous version and it sucked. It was hideous and as proud as I was when I first made it, I hate it now. Anyway, the average user session is around 6 minutes now which is AWESOME. The drop rate (when someone comes to the site then leaves after viewing the first page) is always WAY down. Amazingly so, in fact. Really, I never expected WordKeeper to become an overnight success, so I’m really happy that people I’ve never met are using it and seemingly liking it.
Now that I’m done tooting my own horn, it’s time for me to ask you to start tooting my horn. … … That sounds awkward, but we’re all friends now, right? Ok. Maybe we’re not THAT good of friends. Still, if you like WordKeeperAlpha, consider sharing it on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Consider giving my Facebook page a like, or following along on Twitter. These little things help spread the word and also make me feel better about myself as a person.
Well, I'm rather sick of coding in my off hours now, but WordKeeperAlpha is pretty much fully functional and working for everyone, not just me. Just about the only thing lacking at this point is the tutorial… so … yeah. That's next on my to do list. Really though, now that its up and working I want to just take the rest of the year off of development and work on my book. That's actually the plan. I finished this version of WordKeeper, and I'm not going to be working on any more features until Impervious is done with its third draft.
That means some features that I've been wanting to work on will have to wait, but thems the breaks. I've gone almost two months without writing so much as a word on Impervious, while coding on WordKeeper in almost every free minute. If I can devote half of the effort to Impervious that I gave to WordKeeper over the past couple of months, I'll have that book done and polished by the end of the year. As it is, WordKeeper is telling me to finish my 120,000 word goal by the end of the year, I'll need to be writing better than 800 words per day on it. Which is certainly doable…I just need to do it.
Just a quick update for tonight. No pictures, no fancy deep thoughts. If you read this and you're interested in giving WordKeeper a try, head on over. If you'd like to keep up to date on the latest news, you can follow along on Twitter or my brand new Facebook page. I'll see you there.