Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! Welcome to a shiny new metroblog!

You hardly need me to point it out, but there have been some changes around here. We’ve got more renovations than a Saturday afternoon TLC marathon block of Flip That House.  We invite you to poke around and kick the tires a bit. There are some new features here and some more on the way. Some stuff works and some stuff still has kinks to work out. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the new layout and if you happen to find anything broken.  (Tip: we do know that some archives pages are throwing up 404s and we’re on it – but if you see other stuff, let us know!)

 Thanks for reading!

 P.S. to leave comments you’ll need to register. It takes just a few seconds and won’t result in spam or anything ugly like that. We love your input so please do take the time to register.

9 Comments so far

  1. jeffbellamy on March 4th, 2008 @ 10:16 am

    Pardon me but this is kind of lame. It’s a blog for Sacramento but you can’t post on it. There are just these three anonymous authors.

    I’m having a hard time seeing where this is supposed to lead? How are members of the community supposed to buy in? You have a link for Joining but all one can do is leave comments. It’s hardly inspirational.

    Where are the Forums? If content is to be in the hands of the three unknowns then shouldn’t at least have a Forum section so that people can participate?

    What exactly is the business model here?

    Yours Truly

    Jeff Bellamy


  2. Matt (norcalangler) on March 5th, 2008 @ 9:14 am

    The registration process is a pain in the rear and the layout is formatted for screen larger than 1024×768. Most 15" laptops run at this resolution so the site looks horrible. Why not host your own site outside of metblogs? WordPress is a piece of cake to setup!

  3. cd (cndn) on March 5th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

    Thanks for the comments. Matt – as for the screen layout and registration, I didn’t know they were problems – but I will report to the powers that be and see if there’s any info or tips on fixing the situation.

    Jeff – "business model?" anonymous authors?

    We’re hardly anonymous. We’ve been posting here for ages – I’ve been writing for Metroblogging in general for quite sometime. Also – we’re always looking for new writers. I’m still learning our new layout and our new registration system myself, so I can’t answer all your charges, but if the implication is that we’re some exclusive club, well, you’re flat out wrong there.

    Of course, slightly insulting first comments aren’t necessarily going to win you a fan in me right off the bat, but nevermind.

    Why don’t you stick around and learn a little bit more about the shiny new Metroblogging and then pass judgment, okay?

  4. cd (cndn) on March 5th, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

    Okay – having now road-tested it myself, I can say with confidence that the registration process too about 1.2 minutes and was entirely not-difficult. I still don’t know about that formatting problem, so I will pass that on, like I said, to the powers that be.

    Jeff – I don’t know who you are or if you live in Sacramento or if you’re just trolling for traffic for your own site, but clearly, if you’ve posted a comment on the site, then you’re posting on the site and you’re able to be an active part of our community. Moreover, as I referenced above, why jump to the conclusion that you or anyone else wouldn’t be able to write for the site? We welcome all input from all parts of the greater Sacramento area – from Roseville to Davis, Midtown to South Sac, to any area you make an argument for being included.

    And you have your own website, so if you’re really so utterly concerned about access to the masses, it seems you’re covered. We have a small and dedicated team of writers currently blogging on the site – I don’t stand for ignorant comments.

    So, like I said above, stick around and pass judgment from somewhere more educated or move along and write us off. We’ll still be here, blogging away about our hometown.

  5. jeffbellamy on March 5th, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

    SkillsChristiana, my apologies. I had clicked on sac_ursula and sac_ eric and there was no information and none of you have pictures thus I considered them ‘anonymous". As the terms of usage say "Bode Media Inc feels strongly that people who hide behind fake names are big chickens." I guess I didn’t click on you and for that I apologize.

    As to me jumping to the conclusion that I couldn’t write for the site, well, I tried and I couldn’t. I clicked on Join Us and after registering there was no option to post.

    I was directed here by a link in an aggregator and was just getting my first impressions.

    If I understand correctly this isn’t just a blog but a business. I can’t help myself but when I look at a business I always evaluate what I feel they’re doing well and where I think they have problems. I then feel the need to offer criticism and advice.

    I really do apologize for not presenting this better.

    As to "Business Model" I assume it’s get lots of traffic on the site so we can make advertising revenue but I would like to now for sure. If it is then all steps need to be taken to foster community. Normally this is by inculcating some feeling of ‘mine’.

    No matter how good peoples intentions are nor how carefully they behave there are still going to be misunderstandings and people are going to get pissed off.

    Please don’t be pissed off. There’s better uses for your time.

    Jeff Bellamy

  6. sac92 on March 5th, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

    Long time reader of the site here.

    Jeff raises a good point. How does one go about becoming a poster/contributor to this site?

  7. Matt (norcalangler) on March 5th, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    cndn, thanks for the follow-up. The registration process does take an extra step that wasn’t necessary before. Were you getting a ton of troll comments using the previous system? I’m not against needing to register to comment, it’s the norm for most sites. My knee-jerk post focused on the "pain in the rear" aspect when I should have asked why registration is now required?

    The formatting thing is really horrible. If you drop your monitor resolution to 1024×768 then you can see what I’m talking about.

    That being said, in the end it’s the content that counts so hopefully the site can start kicking out at least a post a day.

  8. cd (cndn) on March 5th, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

    The other authors aren’t anonymous – we just switched from the old platform and layout to this new one this week – everyone is getting caught up and learning the new system. We were comfortable with the bugs and shortcomings of moveable type, and now we need to learn and work the kinks out of wordpress. It’s a whole new world here, so patience is a virtue.

    You can do several things to become an author – as far as I know, our traditional method of expressing interest works just fine – so long as you agree to our two basic and only rules: all posts have to be about Sacramento (and area) in some way (ie: no movie reviews unless you’re reviewing the theater in which you’re seeing it, or the movie is set here) and you post 3 times per week. Clearly, even those of us who are current authors sometimes fail on the 3x/week rule, but everyone gets busy.

    The new way to become an author (and this system may still be getting on its feet, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available) is to comment, comment well, and be highly ranked on the site. You can "earn" your way, I believe into being an author. That’s about all I know on that process now, while it gets up and running.

    Other than that, we’re still the same site, just with new packaging and some new techincal stuff we’re all digesting.

  9. cd (cndn) on March 5th, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

    p.s. registration is now required i think because of the commenter-to-blogger system. certain cities faced more trolling and spam comments issues than we usually did, though i did have to spend a bit of time each week cleaning out the crap stuff that slipped through our filters from various bots, etc. i’m not a huge fan of having to register for sites either, but such decisions aren’t the city captain’s, and hopefully it doesn’t scare anyone off. the ability to read is always there, though.

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