It’s been a little bit quiet on the public facing side of ComLuv this month. That’s because it’s the Christmas period and one of the busiest months for me and my takeaway business and combined with so much going on with the backend code for the affiliate tracking and new upgrades package which integrates fully with the affiliate system, I’ve been getting a fair bit stressed out!
I started to become a bit ‘scratchy’, then a bit ‘snappy’ and before it turned into a bit ‘stabby’ I decided I needed to lighten the load. And you know what? I decided not to worry about the PC for a while. Besides, it’s damn cold in the computer room and it was the single most productive source of arrgh and eurrgh for me.
Me and the pc have a trial separation
After not looking the pc in the face for a day, I started to feel much better. Me and the missus have had some good ‘snuggle in front of the tv while we watch crap dramas’ time and I started to enjoy everything again.
Fast forward to now and I’ve had a decent break from the worries of trying to run a busy site in the few hours I get between serving at the takeaway and driving to fetch vegetables from Preston and I’m even on speaking terms with the pc long enough to check emails and support tickets now and again. It’s still hasn’t been long enough, I haven’t fully forgiven it for pissing me about for 6 months with it’s memory settings.
Tv is good!
After spending almost 6 months watching little or no TV, I have achieved an awful lot with this site on my own but now, for a month, I’m going to enjoy my awesome tv and my recently rediscovered Xbox360 which plays awfully nice with my Windows7 pc. I’ve got 6 months worth of downloads to go through so if you’ll forgive me, I’m going to be doing my impression of an easily amused potato for a few weeks.
Magic code gremlins visit
It feels like
I am trying out a new premium feature with this, I’ll be charging 3 credits per url to be added to your account. Credits can be purchased in the dashboard under ‘add ons’ and cost 1USD each.
I’ve had to implement a charge for additional urls because the costs of running this server are just about at the limit of my perception of what an absorbing hobby should cost and each additional url will increase the bandwidth and storage usage. I hope 3 credits isn’t too much to ask.
Support and what it costs (me)
Another thing that uses an awful lot of time is answering support tickets, the majority of which are related to users themes or faulty feeds. In most cases I can provide a solution but with literally hundreds of thousands of blogs and users using the plugin, I’ve ran out of time to deal with them all. I am at critical mass!
Support is going to be light this month and next and I’ll be putting in some premium support features so if you really need help and you don’t want to wait, you can pay a small fee and I’ll be there to edit your comments.php files or do a deep investigation into why your feed is showing as invalid or just hold your hand through an upgrade or template edit.
I’ve put a 15$ deposit in someones affiliate account for referring the most members in November.
As the months go, I’ll be adding more things that can be ‘purchased’ with credits like premium themes and additional features for what gets passed back with your 10 last posts when you comment.
Because the whole system uses credits and the credits are purchased through the add ons system and the add on system is fully integrated with the affiliate system and the affiliate system rewards you for the life of your referred member – there’s going to be real chances for regular commentluv users to earn real money when the site does.
Nows the time to put up tutorials and informative posts about the commentluv plugin and comluv network. Put your affiliate urls in your post and your click throughs could end up being a regular commission earner for you.
Signing off (and on again) for now
I’ve had the time to write this in warm glow of a couple of episodes of Futurama on my big tv, on my 3rd charger this year laptop and I’m looking forward to being Christmassy (read that as lazy). Have a wonderful holiday season and a skippy happy new year! I am here now and then but probably away from my pc so please leave a comment on this post if you have any feedback on the features I’m introducing…