With only 2 days left for submissions on Stage 2, we have seen very interesting differences when comparing to stage 1. In Stage 2 we have seen:
- Smaller number of submissions (9 vs 30+ in Stage 1)
- Bigger number of comments and interactions between the users (increase of 600%)
These observations are not all that surprising. The decrease in number of submissions is due to the fact that it is harder to submit in Stage 2, since now submissions are 1-page long compared to the 1-paragraph of Stage 1. The increase in the number of comments is a reflection of an ongoing discussion and dissection of the story. It is very heartening to see people giving honest constructive opinions on others’ entries. The story is taking shape, and I really enjoy where it is heading. Go check it out! (www.wribly.com)
Now, for the future, I have mentioned this in the forum, but my next big improvement of the site will be to add an opt-in option to receive an email notification when new submissions are ready to be voted on. This way, users won’t have to log into the site every time they want to check whether there is something new to vote on. I am hoping to finish that some time this week!
This has been a crazy week! Stage 1 of Wribly is more than half way through with 4 days left for submissions. So far we have 31 submissions, 7 of which are still in the running after a whopping 274 votes!! The number of subscribed users has increased to 34 (mostly thanks to the facebook ads I have running). It is very nice to see that people are participating and sending their ideas and suggestions on how to improve the site.
One of the recurrent comments was that users wanted a way to see all the submissions sent so far, and be able to access the comments of users more easily. Yesterday I upgraded the site to include these features.
There are still many kinks that I need to figure out how to resolve, such as:
- While a few of the users come to the site regularly to vote, most of them only come after I send an email reminder.
– Many users don’t realize that, even though voting is ongoing, submissions are still open. Because we are doing head-to-head voting, late submissions are not punished (nor benefited) compared to older ones.
I have to admit… I am a bit nervous about stage 2 of the project. This will be a crucial step. Why? I am not sure people will be willing to develop someone else’s idea. In my eyes, stage 2 is one of the most creatively demanding, since we need to flesh out (in one page) the flow of the story. Playing with Wribly in the past, stage 2 has been the most fun for me. I just have to cross my fingers now that other participants will give this stage a chance.
If you have any ideas on how to resolve any of the issues stated above, or how to motivate people to participate, please drop me an email at email@example.com… all feedback is welcome!
Beta testing for Wribly will begin in a couple of weeks. Just this weekend I added some functionality to the site, such as being able to know the number of total submissions in current stages, as well as how many are still ‘alive’ (meaning, still in the running to become the stage winner). Also, I have added the status of the user’s submissions in their homepage.
So this week I want to send out an email to the 60 people that signed up to participate in Wribly beta testing. It turns out, it has been a bit of a challenge. I had written an email in mailchimp, and then a couple of days back I heard an amazing interview on Mixergy precisely about this topic. It was very lucky of me to catch this interview right at the moment I needed it. I will create another post later to talk more in detail about mixergy, but for now, I would highly recommend listening to this particular interview with Neville Medhora. In the end I completely changed my original email to incorporate the tips from this interview.
The email should come out in the next few hours… I hope most people in the mailing list will sign up to the site. I’ll let you know how it goes!