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May 12, 2014

New "Stretchable" Blog Features Launched: Quick Updates (Twitter) and Panasonic GH4 stock status page

We have the first two new "stretchable" blog features launching after the blog reboot. The new blog features are "stretchable". Stretchable in this context means we can spend as little or as much time on them as time/interest/energy allows. However, one thing is for sure: we are not going to "cover everything about everything". The old blog "Newscycle" coverage blog-format is not coming back, it is dead as a doornail.

Stretchable Feature #1: Quick Camera & Photo Updates powered by Twitter
On the front page of the blog we installed a new Twitter widget. We are now using Twitter in a different way. To quickly post Camera and Photo related links and pithy comments of potential interest. This allows for things to be posted A LOT faster and from a lot of different devices than conventional blog-posting. These will develop and get adjusted and fine-tuned over time.

There are two ways to follow these new quick updates:
1) on the front page of the website
2) on the @1001noisycamera twitter account.

Both the Twitter widget and Twitter page scroll to infinity, so you can keep scrolling to see what you may have missed in previous hours/days/weeks/months/years/centuries.

To make these more readable, we are using a more "airy" tweet format, which also makes it easier to quickly skim/scan. Here is an annotated screenshot crop of how the Twitter widget looks on the blog:


Stretchable Feature #2: Panasonic GH4 stock status page
Now that we are no longer posting waves and waves of announcements and round-ups and such, there's no need to keep a separate Stock Status page. So the new Panasonic GH4 stock status page is launched and built-into the front page of the blog. You can get to it directly using this link.

Because of the way things are structured in TypePad, we have to built these things into the front page of the blog. We can't post them as separate blog-posts and move them around, because the month the blog-post was posted is built into the actual url, so if you change the blog-post date to a different month (in order to move it around), it changes the number in the actual url, and it breaks all previous links and bookmarks. A move to Wordpress is a possibility, however, there's no clean/easy way to deal with the thousands of previous posts, so that's a TBD/WiP.

Here is an annotated screenshot of how the new Panasonic GH4 stock status page looks...


More Ideas in the Works
There are more things in the works, but I will try to "test" (the testable ones at least) first before launching them. As mentioned in the blog reboot post, everything about the blog is "rebooted", and this will become more experimental than ever.

As I mentioned before, the "newscycle" coverage "everything about everything" format is dead. Also, I will no longer be trying to "keep everyone happy". There's only so much I can do per day, and I will be focusing on what I find interesting/doable/productive/etc/etc/etc.

May 06, 2014

Explanation: Why the Opinion Soup is not coming back

Multiple people have been asking about the Opinion Soup, so here is a more detailed explanation why the Opinion Soup is not coming back. As mentioned in the Big Blog Changes blog-post, we are now out of the newscycle. This means we no longer track posts published at hundreds of photography feeds/websites/blog on a regular basis.

The Opinion Soup was the most time-consuming and labor-intensive of the regular features at this blog. To the casual reader, the Opinion Soup may look like "just a bunch of links on a page. How hard can that be?" If you haven't tried doing something like this, perhaps you don't realize how much work goes into it.

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April 23, 2014

TypePad Blogs are back after DDoS attack

All apologies for the outage of the last couple of days. Unfortunately the Blogging and Web Hosting Service of the main blog and the Camera Deals blog, TypePad, suffered a major DDoS attack during the weekend, and it was only in the early hours of today that they managed to get everything in order. They had been trying to fix the issues, as evidenced by their non-stop tweeting.

The timing of this was rather unfortunate for this blog since it came shortly after our changes blog-post, leading some to think that we just pulled the plug (literally) on the whole thing :(

April 18, 2014

Big Blog Changes Effective Immediately: Rebooting What We Cover and How We Cover It

All apologies for the delays! This should have happened a few months ago, but I was hoping I could find a way to continue with the original blog-format. It did not work out. Effective immediately, we are pushing the reset + reboot buttons on the Noisy Blogs, we are changing What We Cover and How We Cover it. Here is the situation...

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