Repost: 248PM – Now a community blog

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At the end of December I went ahead and turned 2:48PM into a community blog which is a blog in which anyone can create an account and publish articles. I’ve simplified the process of signing up and posting as much as I can to help make it easy for people who’ve never blogged before. The blog isn’t without some rules though and every post that gets published passes through me first before appearing on the blog. The reason for that has to do more with quality control and not censorship.

So if you’re interested in posting on 2:48PM, just go ahead and sign up. [Link]


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2:48PM – Now a community blog

Post by Mark

Yesterday I went ahead and turned 2:48PM into a community blog which is a blog in which anyone can create an account and publish articles. I’ve simplified the process of signing up and posting as much as I can to help make it easy for people who’ve never blogged before. The blog isn’t without some rules though and every post that gets published passes through me first before appearing on the blog. The reason for that has to do more with quality control and not censorship.

So if you’re interested in posting on 2:48PM, just go ahead and sign up. [Link]


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New commenting system? Maybe.

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A twitter follower made me aware of an advanced commenting system I could install on the blog. Personally I prefer the current simple comment system but I know that many of you have been asking for more features. So I installed the new comment system on 248PM and would like you guys to check it out and tell me if you prefer that system to the current one.

Some of the advantages of the new system are:

– Allows you to connect your profile here with your facebook, twitter or yahoo accounts

– If you already comment on other sites like CNN, Al Jazeera English, Engadget, Tech Crunch etc.. then you could use your same profile here

– New system makes it a lot easier to reply to someone specific

– Has “Like” button

– You can sort out the comments from oldest to newest or the other way around or by popularity etc..

– You can flag comments you see as inappropriate

Anyway the best way to experience is to try it out. Please visit [This Post] on 248PM and try out the commenting system and tell me which you prefer.


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Some Survey Results

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Firstly thank you to everyone who filled out the survey. I was originally hoping to get around 200 to 300 responses but instead I got 1,000 before I shut it down since I hit my account limit. I saved all the results as a PDF (total of 50 pages of small print) and have copied them over to my iPad so I could go through them. I’ve already got a ton of ideas in my head for the blog and I have a feeling 2011 is going to be a very busy year for me. Anyway below are some results of the survey I thought you might be interested in seeing.


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Survey Reminder

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This is just a reminder for the people who haven’t taken the survey yet. I will be closing it down tonight so I can spend all day tomorrow going through all the comments and feedback. If you haven’t taken the survey yet please do. It takes around 2 to 3 minutes to complete and it’s completely anonymous.

[Click here to take the survey]

Thanks!

Update: The survey is now closed since I exceeded my 1,000 submission limit. For everyone who took part thank you again!


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The 2:48AM Survey

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Thanks to the help of some readers I managed to create my own customized survey for the blog. Basically I currently have no idea who reads this blog, what issues you might have with the blog and what you expect from my blog for the coming period. So, I created a survey that will help me improve things.

The survey is short and should take you around 2 or 3 minutes to complete. Please take the survey and help me make this blog a better place.

[Click here to take the survey]

Thanks!

Update: The response has been really great and some of you have been leaving a lot of interesting comments and feedback. Once I take down the survey and collect the results I will most probably dedicate another post answering some of the concerns that have been brought up through the survey. If you still haven’t taken the survey please do.

Update2: So far over 750 of you have participated in the survey. I was expecting originally to get only 200-300 participants this is really great. My limit actually is a thousand so in less than 24 hours we’re already nearly there. Thanks!

Update3: The survey is now closed since I exceeded my 1,000 submission limit. For everyone who took part thank you again!


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A Quick Survey

Post by Mark

Some of you might have noticed a small pop up window appearing in the background when visiting my site asking you if you would like to be surveyed. The reason for that is I am trying to get a better idea on who actually visits my site so I can better cater my content. Please take a minute or two to answer the questions it would help me out a lot.

thanks

Update: I’ve disabled the survey for a number of reasons
1) For some reason the survey showed up only for some people and not all
2) I don’t have a direct link to the survey to share
3) I don’t have control over the questions in the survey.

Basically the survey was asking questions like who does the grocery shopping in the house which I don’t care to know the answer to and don’t see how it could be helpful to me. So instead I will be creating my own custom survey instead and once I have it setup will share it with everyone.

Thanks again


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2:48PM

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Just a reminder, in case you come here and don’t find an update, check 2:48PM. [Link]


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A-Side vs B-Side

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Some of you already noticed that I changed the blog banner last night from the “THEBSIDES” to “The A-SIDES”. Continuing to use the term B-Sides didn’t make sense since 2:48AM wasn’t the B-Side anymore. Originally during my Miskan project I needed a place to dump photos and talk about things that didn’t have room on Miskan (remember I was limited to 1 post a day) and so 2:48AM was created and the B-Side tag slapped on.

My Miskan project ended 5 years ago and 2:48AM no longer was the B-Side, instead it became the A-Side and I don’t know why it took me so long to change that.

So 2:48AM is now the A-Side but that made me realize something. When the blog first started I used to post 5+ posts per day. As the site grew and my readership base grew I started becoming a lot more picky to what to post and what not to. This is why I decided to create a B-Side to 2:48AM, a place where I could post stuff that wouldn’t usually make it on my main site here but was still content that many people would find interesting.

2:48PM [The B-Sides] is now live and you can access it by going to www.248pm.com or clicking the link on the far right of the navigation bar on top of this site. Starting today you will have a lot more posts and content to shift through so I hope everyone enjoys it. Any comments, feedback and ideas are always welcomed of course.


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App Updates

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The 2:48AM app has now been updated to version 1.4. This version now works with iOS4. I’ve also updated the Kuwait Blogs again now to version 1.21. This update fixes the Some Contrast feed. The Kuwait Blogs update is available right now in all the stores, the 2:48AM update just got approved a few minutes ago by Apple so it’s still being pushed to the stores. If you can’t see the update try again later.

You can download the 2:48AM app by clicking [Here]
You can download the Kuwait Blogs app by clicking [Here]


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