So I've had a few questions about my plans for the site. So I wanted to share some of my ideas to let everyone know what direction the site is heading.
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The site's code is old and I've been improving it here and there as I go. I'll probably end up re-writing a good bit of it to make it easier to maintain . That's just under the hood stuff, but it needs doing.
The focus on the site was originally to help writers get feedback on their work with the goal of improving it. The comments were always meant to be for that, but now they've become more a discussion on the subject of the work instead of writing. This isn't a bad thing, just not what was intended. I don't want to stop that. But I would like to put some focus back on getting feedback on the work. I'm going to add a new style of comment box that lets you post either a comment, a critique (or both). The comments will work just like they do now. But the critique will ask questions about the work, as you for specific feedback and give you a spot to make comments on the writing. All works posted will have both. There will just be a tab for each. I have some ideas to encourage people to use the critique system as well, but more on that another time.
I'll be revamping the categories a bit. Things like Poetry, Short Story, Article, Review are all TYPES of writing, not categories. This will be fixed and it'll make sorting and viewing things much more logical. We'll be adding more categories as well. I'll ask for suggestions once I get the code in place to handle the new setup.
I'll also be revamping how the home page works. I'm not going to give a lot of detail just yet, but some changes to the home page are coming.
I'll also be adding hope pages for all the major types. For example, if you just love poetry, you'll be able to visit the poetry tab and get just the content from poetry.
There's also things like making it easier to post a series, adding an author mini bio to each post, updating the vote system to a more social style "like" system, and making the site more social in general.
Beyond the revamping of the core of what Lit.Org is, that's the posts and comments/feedback, I'm also planning on adding some new areas to the site, like a blog focused on writing advice, tips, news, reviews and articles.
I'm also working on a plan to get membership back up here at the site. We need more stories and poetry. We need more people to read and comment. And we're getting there.
Chrispian H. Burks
Lit.Org Owner / Founder
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