New feature released: DeafRead Hide
|By Jared Evans|
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
In the last year, there has been a boom in the number of v/blogs with huge traffic increase. In the last 12 months, we have served up to 5.2 million pageviews to over 226,000 unique visitors. We are seeing more variety of deaf v/bloggers and as a result DeafRead itself has changed a little bit over time. We see it as a healthy sign when DeafRead is continuing to attract more visitors and helping more people to become involved in v/blogging. We are achieving our purpose of bringing out your voices (figuratively speaking) to a wider pool of interested readers out there.
DeafRead, as a filtered aggregator, seeks out the deaf-related posts but this scope is still very wide. There are different philosophical approaches taken by the members of the d/Deaf community and can been seen in the life decisions that they have each made for themselves. These differences are often at odds with each other. The surge of audiologically-based blogs, featuring cochlear implants, AVT, and AGBell has unsettled some of our readers and has caused a visible discord among some v/bloggers. We have been listening, watching, and talking to our readership to gauge the general pulse regarding these blogs and what, if any, action we should take.
After a prolonged discussion among the DeafRead Team about potential solutions, we all have arrived at a decision. To be certain, this solution is the most vetted feature in the history of DeafRead. We gathered as much input from others outside the DeafRead Team and took into consideration all of our own concerns and the potential impact.
Specifically, we wanted to develop a solution that would:
1) Meet requests from many readers to be able to ignore blogs that they don’t find appealing or interesting.
2) Not place undue burden or delegate too much decision-making power into the DeafRead editors’ hands.
We have devised a solution called DeafRead Hide. We are directly giving you the power to tailor DeafRead to fit your unique taste. In the online world of the blogosphere, where there is blogging, reading, watching, and discussing by the masses, this feature fits in perfectly as a way for the masses to customize the information they get. We believe in gathering as much information as possible then making it all available to you to further customize to fit your desires and goals.
With DeafRead Hide, you can narrow the wide scope of deaf issues down to a level so you can enjoy more your visit to DeafRead. There may be several blogs that you may prefer to skip immediately so you can more easily focus your attention on blogs that interest you the most.
Newly subscribed blogs in the future at DeafRead will be automatically included inside the DeafRead Hide. You can give these new blogs a trial run before making a decision whether or not to keep them in your DeafRead Hide.
For now, DeafRead Hide is an experimental feature that may undergo further development based upon feedback from our DeafReadership. It will eventually be migrated to DeafRead Dashboard, which is currently under development. Right now, cookies are required for this feature to work. When it becomes a permanent feature under DeafRead Dashboard, logging in will be required.
Visit DeafRead Hide to set your list: http://www.deafread.com/dashboard/hide/