Hey, sorry if you've answered this already, I didn't see it in your recent posts-
I'm not able to make a text post. Reblogging is working fine but for some reason it doesn't like an original post. Is it because I only used the title space and tags with no body text?
Don't quote me on this because I don't have the code in front of me to double check, but I THINK it checks that the actual text box itself has something in it before it'll let you post, so try that. If that works I'll see about doing a hotfix later to patch that out, but if it doesn't work I'll need to investigate because that's a bug.
whoop there it is. Yeah, she works now, you were right- it needs to have something in the text box.
I think we've pretty officially decided to move back home to mo in the future rather than trying our luck in california mosty because if we're being honest we both grew up kinda "trashy" and the idea of trying to maintain a lawn or keep up appearances just sounds exhausting tbh
like something about having a wild untamed lawn in the spring/summer just calls to me i miss it
Gods I can relate. I speak from experience and you are absolutely right -- keeping up apparences and maintaining a "proper" look for the outside of your house is absolutely exhausting.
americans have to maintain a what now
Oh god yeah
I keep dating Americans so I have like. Some sort of peripheral understanding of what they mean
Welcome to the wonderful world of "Homeowner Associations". Apparently, they have rules you have to follow, you have to pay them for membership, and they can have your house if you don't follow the rules.
They also have rules on such things as what you're allowed to plant in your garden, what colour you can paint your house/doors etc, and to top it all off, it's apparently nearly fucking impossible to leave them. Buy a house that's part of an HOA? Congrats! You're automatically a member, like it or not, and have to pay the dues.
As someone who's probably going to end up over there it's fucking mindboggling that they exist and my one rule for my future wife when she's house hunting for us is "no HOA".
Am American, can confirm. Fuck HOAs.
and I am not okay
Something that really bothered me on tumblr that I'm already seeing here is stealing photos just to have an aesthetic blog. Just credit the people who's photos you're using, or use one of the many stock photo/free photo websites. It sucks to see something you put work into on someone else's blog and knowing no one who saw it or reblogged it will know you're the person it came from
self care is coming up with a skin care routine bc you had a dissociative episode last night and you wanna make yourself feel pretty/handsome
self care is also attempting to do your make up, forgetting you wore a white shirt and spilling foundation on it by accident
I'm in this post and I don't like it.
I have my first legit singing lesson ever on tuesday and I am. So ready to be absolutely terrible at it
I've been to exactly one (1) singing lesson in my life and it was fantastically embarrassing and I highly recommend it. Definitely added to the list of things I'd pursue as an eccentric millionaire.
IT WAS A ONE FUCKING CHARACTER FIX YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW PISSED OFF I AM IT TOOK 7 MONTHS TO FIND
ALL THIS PAIN AND SUFFERING FOR ONE CHARACTER
WHAT WAS THE CHARACTER THELL
I ADDED A QUESTION MARK
With the rewrite and an app around the corner, it's time to talk long term. You may or may not know about those (in which case, I recommend following @thelldev where I talk about site development a little when I'm not memeing), but those are definitely things that are happening!
For the last month or so we've been talking amongst ourselves, and we now have a pretty decent handle of how Waterfall will fund itself going forward. Below is a breakdown. Please note this isn't 100% final yet - we're very interested in feedback, and may add things or move things around.
These come into effect with the launch of the rewrite - which, incidentally, with the exception of themes and IMs will bring us to feature parity with Tumblr (i.e. comments, group blogs, password proteected blogs etc).
The bulk of initial funding will be through Kickstarter. Ostensibly, this is being run with the aim of funding the app - namely, the equipment to start building the iOS version specifically. The current plan is to run a flexible funding campaign with an end goal of $10,000. Of that, only around $3,000 is needed for the equipment itself, with the rest going towards upgrading the server hardware to cope with the additional load an app will cause. A stretch goal in the middle will result in us adding IMs. Rewards for this will be stickers, fancy profile icons, beta access, and access to tiers (see below). This will launch as soon as the rewrite goes live.
In order to keep the site ad free, we obviously need some sort of recurring income. After a small focus group with some randomly selected users and some lengthy internal debate, we've decided that the easiest way forward is to add subscription tiers. Very important note: The addition of these will not, in any way, detract from the core experience of the site. That's something we've been committed to from day one. What these will do, however, is improve that experience by increasing a few limits. They have thematically appropriate names, so let's have a look. The plan here is monthly or annual subscriptions, where annual gets you a free month.
Remember: These aren't final yet, and we intend to add more to them over time.
We're planning to get this launched alongside the rewrite. It's pretty set in stone now that Waterfall will take 10% of the commission sale price in exchange for the service provided.
"The service" in this case is advertising you to the whole site rather than just your followers, the protection against scammers we'll provide, and making it so you don't have to give out your email and address to buyers when you use PayPal. For this we'll be using Stripe - a tried and tested provider who deposits money directly into your bank account so that Waterfall doesn't have to hold on to it.
This won't launch in the rewrite, but rather, a few months after. This is basically Patreon, but integrated into the site so that you can automatically set schedules for making stuff public if you choose to, make some of your posts private to sponsors of a certain tier while keeping all your followers in one place, and generally just make content. NSFW content will, naturally, be allowed.
This one is pretty simple - on average, a user has two blogs. So, a new blog limit of 3, with any after that requiring a one off payment of $1 to permanently unlock an extra blog slot. General opinion when floated in the Discord is that this is fair and outliers should support the site. Note: Existing blogs going over this limit are grandfathered in and won't be removed.
This more or less sums up the current strategy. We're extremely interested to hear any feedback on this - is it fair? Are our prices too high? Too low? Are we offering too much or too little? Let us know!
Waterfall is just over 7 months old now, and, at the time I started typing this post, had 24,960 users. From the beginning I said 25k was probably going to be the cutoff point where I sat down with the volunteer mods and we had a talk about what the site was going to be. Part of that figure was thinking we’d never actually hit it, but here we are - by the end of the week, we'll have hit 25,000 users. We’re also averaging 1,000 posts a day now, which is frankly incredible for such a young site.
Before I forget though, here’s a post-mortem on the infrastructure upgrades over the last couple of days.
So, back to the future. A few days ago, I sat down with the mods and we had a nice little chat about what's happening, what we’re doing, and where we want the site to go. We even broke out a little math to help us work things out - a deep-dive on Waterfall's analytics, including a comparison to public figures for Tumblr and Pillowfort, are here.
We took all that into account when making the decisions. When a site gets to this size, it kind of stops being a hobby - it needs a little more constant attention, and a bit more work put into it. There were three paths available - close the site and piss everybody off, abandon the site and let folks run riot Blue Hellsite style, or double down on the site.
We decided to double down.
Once we'd settled on that, we had a quick discussion about where we're going with the site. The short version is - we're remaining completely committed to community and creators. Here's an overview of what’s coming. Not everything is listed here, but these are the major features.
Waterfall can now take advantage of TOP's infrastructure, meaning that soon - hopefully within the next week - reporting and support requests will receive a complete overhaul, making it easier for both you, and us.
The marketplace is on track to launch very soon. There's not a whole lot to reiterate here since I've talked about it enough. Anyone over the age of 13 will be able to offer commissions, provided they're eligible for a Stripe account, which we'll be using as our payment processor. We spoke to a few artists and have settled on what was almost universally considered a fair fee of 10% on commissions over $10 for sales through the marketplace - Stripe's fee comes out of Waterfall's cut. All currencies Stripe supports will be supported and autoconverted for artists. The fee may be slightly higher for commissions under $10, but we're running the numbers to try and make that not be the case. We expect to launch this by the end of July. Don’t worry - we haven't forgotten about writers and musicians.
It’s nice to know who's looking at your blog. Sometimes it's just idle curiosity, sometimes you're an artist wanting to know how well you're doing. Statcounter lets you do some stuff, but given GDPR and improvements to adblockers meaning stuff like that is useless nowadays (ethical considerations aside), there needs to be an alternative.
Waterfall will be building in analytics for artists and blog users alike. You know your art has 100 reblogs but don’t know how many people have actually seen it? Now you'll be able to tell. It'll even get a little bit clever for you and tell you whether a specific post or piece was why people followed you. The system will keep users pseudo-anonymous to protect their privacy, while still giving you what you need to know provided they don't opt out. This will likely replace the Activity page.
Patreon was a nice idea, until they decided their new fee structure was the way to go. Waterfall will be investigating a similar system, where you can give your supporters and followers tiered rewards. With the option to release stuff to lower tiers later, and then to the public, we think artists and creators will find this useful.
Not actually a new thing, but more an upgrade to the Commission Marketplace. Folks wanted to be able to sell adoptables and merch - while the Commission Marketplace will launch without the capacity for this, we like the idea, and we're making inquiries with suppliers to make this a reality for physical products. Digital products like adoptables are also being investigated.
Yep. An app. Soon, we'll be launching an IndieGoGo campaign to fund getting an app going. We don't need too much - we're just settling on the rewards right now. In the meantime, a prototype for the Android version has been bootstrapped.
This covers the essentials. There's still more not here - improve site navigation, bug fixing, the Tumblr importer etc etc. But we were excited to let you know about this, and thought now was the right time to do so! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to let us know in the Discord!