What a slow month it has been. Coming into April, I promised an output of articles like a heart rate, and instead, we flat lined. New content was very limited over the past month, and it has been reflected in our visitors, as for the first time in 4 months, our unique visitors will not top the previous months. Does this mean we are losing visitors or readers? Of course not. Our subscriber numbers have happily hovered around 1,000K, and have not sunk below 1k in quite some time. This is good news, because even with limited content, people aren’t giving up on us. So what’s the deal with the lack of output? Work.
As a junior in high school attempting to run a resource now read thousands upon thousands of times a month, it makes it very tough to balance school work with site related work. As March came to an end, April was looking good – and than everything hit. I’ve since be swamped with end of the year term papers, projects, and preparing for the SAT’s occurring next weekend. With all this busyness, it has forced me to put Devlounge in the back seat, and content has unfortunately suffered. From now until early June, it appears that Devlounge will be stuck in this rut, without putting out all to much content.
Luckily, Ronald is back after spending a month working on the Reader Appreciation Week project, where he put out a lot of great plugins, including the ajax comment editing plugin we started utilizing here. After all this plugin creating, he’s now ready to share his secrets with you as he gets ready to start a new series on creating your own WordPress plugins. It should continue for a few weeks, and will do us good as a way to hold you over until June when I can really begin stepping up my own efforts once again. Also, an interview we’ve been planning for weeks with a great bunch of flash designers should be out soon, as long as I get off my ass and email out the questions sometime this weekend.
And finally, on top of all this, work has begun on the next version of Devlounge. We’ve heard a lot of different opinions and thoughts about the current design vs the next design, and what people find wrong with both of them. We’ll be working though all this to really bring the focus back to the articles and un-cramp everything, while keeping the creative flair that has made previous Devlounge designs what they have been.
We thank you for understanding the reasoning behind yet another lack of fresh content. It’ll all be worked out soon.
Enjoy the upcoming weekend, and be sure to go read our latest Friday Focus before you head out to the bar, your girlfriends house, or where ever.