I was just left this comment on my finance post on taking Credit Cards out of your wallet for regular spend, and thought it an excellent point, are there any other complaints, comments, or ideas for Saverocity?
I am trying out new things all the time, and I am sure some fail, what is it that you like or dislike about Saverocity – what would you like to see more of and what should I avoid? Are the posts too lengthy, too short? Too random?
What was your favorite post, and what was your least favorite -and why?!
I just increased the volume of newsletters to daily based upon reader requests, and a number of people unsubscribed, so I swapped it to 4 times a week to try that out, is that too much, too little, or don’t you even care?
Please use the comments here to tell me what you think, and what you want from Saverocity, and I will promise to take it all onboard and do my best to tailor things further. Feel free to critique, i’m a big boy and can take it. The site is nothing without it’s readers, so I hope to keep on improving it for you.
3 newsletters a week max. Maybe even only 2 if the content is that same as the blog posts. That’s just my personal opinion in general for blogs with newsletters.Newsletters are best served for content not included in posts or as an early alert vector.
Thanks Joe, I’ll try 3. Some readers want daily, but I worry it’s overload.
William Charles says
Why not offer both?
I was gonna comment about the newsletter. I like it the way it was before. Maybe like one post a week and for password protected posts and the like.
Of course, you can set up both daily and weekly emails which shouldn’t be too hard to set up.
Another issue I have is with the comments When there are too many replies, it is just about impossible to read on mobile. The column just gets thinner and thinner until there’s only one letter per line.
Thanks for the feedback – I’m down to 2 days a week now, Wed and Sat, lets see how that works out.
I liked it the old way too, but I got a load of people saying they kept missing stuff and wanted more… maybe 2 would be a balance.
Thanks for letting me know about the mobile, those nested comments are a pain, I get a similar problem with Gmail replies too, will look into a way to resolve.
Ditto on the comments getting hard to read.
I’d like a side bar menu with links organized by date or some other easy way to navigate between posts and between bloggers. Finding an old post I want to reread is a pain. And before you decide to add a wordcloud, because it is easy to add, they are not much better.
If you have anything like that in place, it doesn’t work on mobile devices and I’m 99% mobile.
I didn’t unsubscribe, but recently stopped getting newsletters. I had to resub. Perhaps there was a bug, and fewer people left than you thought? Daily early or late with just a quick note and links, I like. Some stuff is very timely, like the sync deal that filled up in hours. For non time sensitive info weekly is good or twice a week.
Anyone getting too many newsletters could solve it with a dedicated inbox.
Great info thanks Haley! Will get to work on that.
Oof… here goes. What I’m about to say is mostly due to a pet peeve I have, and I apologize. I’m a bit embarrassed.
Please try writing shorter sentences, and capitalizing fewer words in the middle of sentences. For example, the first sentence in this post is a run-on sentence and “credit cards” doesn’t need capitalization.
My nit-picks and peevishness aside, I really like this (collection of) blogs and don’t have problems reading it in the present format.
Good point Harvson, it might be worth me investing in a writing class if I want to have a blog :). Thanks for the input.
I have also noticed grammatical issues, and when you helped me last year with my first complicated award booking I contemplated offering you some editing help in exchange. But I did not want to insult you, and given the enormous growth of the blog over the last year, I would not have been able to keep up. Like Harvson, I do think your posts would benefit from some grammatical clean-up at the minimum if you want to do it yourself, and/or some proper editing if you want to engage someone.
Perhaps you could find an English or Writing major who is transitioning into a finance-related field who would like an internship? I have very mixed feelings about unpaid internships, as you may as well, but if you go this route you can probably strike a deal that would be fair to you both.
As one who writes her share of long comments (and sentences!) I don’t mind the posts’ length, and I will continue to be a fan of your blog even if you leave things exactly as they have been until now.
Thanks Elaine, I will be more mindful of this, though with the length of my average post and the rate they come out I am not sure I can afford a pay per word editor! Will just have to work on things myself for the time being.
It’s your style that makes the blog good
Thanks Jimmy, I appreciate that, but I also think we can always improve, so I love some critiquing too!
I like daily, because I have ADHD, and the likelihood that I’ll remember “Oh, yeah! Matt writes every day, he just sends the newsletter a couple times a week!” is about nil to none.
OTOH, if you have something that I want to take a look at, I can leave it in my inbox till I get the time to read it.
For Pete’s sake, I have to purge 3 emails a day from the vendors I like, but don’t order from that frequently. What is the big deal with getting an email from someone who’s not selling anything but their information–and that’s free?
I’m actually wondering whether losing readers or subscribers is a bad thing on some levels – there is a rush when you start a site like this to get out there, but after a while you realize you want a certain type of reader, in my case one that is willing to put a bit of effort into reading the things I write, as some of the concepts are a little convoluted.
But at the same time, I think I can clear up technical issues and as Harvson suggested learn to write normally, it may help improve the overall product!
I second the original comment about font size and color making the blog hard to read–thank you for making that change!
I actually like everything you are doing and wouldn’t change anything. I like the font size as well as the light blue and have no problems reading your blog. There are other bloggers whose blogs look the EXACT same (as each others) and I cannot stand that. Keep up the good work!
I second the comment about old-ish posts being hard to find. I have no suggestions of my own, but the one made in that comment (by HaleyB) sounds good.
I added in the archives as requested, hope that helps.