I have tried to really not go into defending what's New in the past, I have recently twice though, because its personal to me when someone has digs at it.
Today whoever posts next will be the 1000th post for the blog- that will probably happen while I'm writing this so congratulations-and since it started on the 1st of December 2007 thats a pretty nice number.
Now come back in time with me for a second, towards the end of last year, the feed was a cesspool, day in day out all it was was drama, big gigantic vendettas against other bloggers and designers, every day it was something, and not good somethings.
People were paying not as much attention to the fashion posts or the new release posts at all, it was all about who was backstabbing whom, and what the next drama was going to be. If you weren't around then , or you didn't yet have knowledge of the feed, then I am so glad for you, I really am, because its something that not many are proud of at all , or would even want to remember.
Back then also there was a definite missing in action on Tao's part, he has allot more going on than the feeds upkeep, and people were always complaining about not being able to get on there. There were also a handful of people, Designers who were really afraid of blogging their items- this is fact I know, because I have had the convo's.
Many Designers and people like me that work for Designers, always believed that fash con should have a blog, a place were all that posted notices in world, were actually able to post on a blog as well, that way not only could those willing to be in the group have notices in world, but those that don't want constant drop downs were still able to keep up with all posts at their own convenience.
I waited for that, hoped that it would occur but it never did. But there was a need for it , a place were there was no drama, no what people had for lunch - yes that is one of the rules on what's new - just a blog where Designers could post on content only, include a slurl and pics and that was it.
It has also ALWAYS been suggested that people DO NOT post same things same day if they have their own blog, I am not their mothers, I have tried to keep the posts as clean as possible to the rule of no drama no bloggy type posts, you can ask anyone that posts there that has done one, how fast I am in their box sobbing and saying please don't.
I have also suggested to people that do have blogs on the same feed, to perhaps even do a montage pic or one or two and link to their own blog for the rest of their new releases, some do that , some don't, again I am not their mother.
The idea of What's New was also a place for people that really didn't want to even see other blogs , that only wanted to know what was new from some stores and thats it, they only want to shop.
I at the beginning regretted adding it to the feed, because of the complaints from some -not enough to make me really regret it - but realised early on still, that many were using it as their ONLY way of communicating NEW releases, and that if the blog wasn't on the feed those people would miss out on the coverage of everyone else.
Complaining aside for a second, of all the Designers on there, yes NOW a majority have their blogs finally on the feed, but some of those that do never had a blog to begin with, What's New gave them the practice and the motivation to really grow in the marketing of their stores , they also found that it made them HUMAN to many customers , when they were seen outside of in world notices, and actually had words.
It also gave us as consumers the chance to see people we had never seen before, lets remember that for a second , there are plenty on What's New who are so grateful to the blog for giving them that exposure, I can name a few that would say so , but I wont , you know who doesn't have a blog that you only see their releases on Whats New, do you actually want to go without those too ?. Or do you want to take away what gave you their current blogs now ?.
The reasons behind What's New as I have said was for one place for anyone to visit/bookmark, and only see those things, that its on the feed was a bonus, now I have thought of asking people that have their own blogs on the feed to maybe give up their spots, as I have a waiting list, but then why is that fair either?.
If I was to take those Designers off what's new just so that you don't see repeats in the same day, then that means people that go directly to the site and not the feed miss out on those Designers content , again how is that fair.
I have today changed the feed list to only show partial listings , will that make a difference I don't know, will it make people happy ? I doubt it allot, thing is that by doing that to make the people that are too caught up in their own needs happy, its going to mean that the images that promote that designers goods wont show, so that also means that if they don't have a blog on the feed and you are only seeing their content on What's New you will miss out.
Because most of us are people that are visually driven , if a pic is captivating enough we want to know more, hopefully though they will post their pics first and it will include a pic one at least, and again I hope that that One pic is enough for people to want to see what else they have to show, again I doubt it , as we all have different tastes , so their first pic might be an item of no interest but the next four might be something we would tp naked and bald to get our hands on.
Do I feel ill about changing the format of a tool that has made so many designers happy, HELL YES! - I almost cussed then and I abhor that in blogs, but unfortunately thats how upset I am about that.
Everyone complaining and carrying on because they see something twice, should really think hard about who you are complaining about, it's not me, I only own the blog, its the designers you all supposedly love and admire so much, designers make choices, and they choose to post how they want to, that they post twice at the same time, is because they see further than the feed, they know that people using the Whats New blog directly deserve to know whats new for them at the same time as everyone else.
From a marketing/customer stand point , I also know that there are times I view the feed and scroll down and get to one item and thats it for me , close link and I am off to the store, so if they post on What's New first thats the image that got me going, if they post on it second it could mean its further down and it really impacts the second time and again off I go.
I am going to keep the feed posting to partial until ONE designer tells me they want it back, if that happens its going back, because IT IS THEIR BLOG I just own the darn thing, if you are so displeased with it being that way , then I double dog dare you to IM the actual designers doing it and take it up with them, you tell them you don't want to see their items twice on the feed , that it makes you so nuts and that you wont shop in their store until they stop, because thats what all the comments saying it makes you hate the item is really doing, announcing that they are obligated to please you.
no kisses or hugs I'm mad