I previously wrote some thoughts on building an MVP, citing this very blog as an example. Slowly but surely I’ve been thinking of ways to bring this blog to the next level. This includes consistent blogs, a way to engage the audience and other added value. Using the principles of MVP as I understand them, I did the following:
Installed Social Share Buttons
Arguably this should not have been the first improvement I made. It doesn’t help me engage with my audience and it doesn’t guarantee that I’ll write more often. It’s the idea that if someone finds a post valuable, they’ll share it, and perhaps that will cause more readers to come visit, at which point one of them will decided to spark a conversation. There is also the idea that “all blogs have social share buttons” and therefor this blog should have them as well, but we can discuss “standard features” a different time.
I only shared this blog with one person. But the articles have gotten between 10 and 34 hits as I’m writing this. Someone is coming to visit and I don’t know who. (I have yet to install Google Analytics, or any analytics system for that matter, which I’ll probably do in a future iteration). I would love to chat with them and hopefully the comments section is inviting enough.
Installed a Template
Everything I write on this blog is pure opinion and by nature can easily be argued against. At the same time, I have no desire or intention of misleading anyone and only share thoughts, ideas and methods that I myself use. While trying to provide value to the community at large, it’s important to be somewhat presentable. As much as we’ve been told to not judge a book by it’s cover, I know it’s something I do all the time. For example, if a site is cringe worthy, I won’t look much further at the services they’re offering. I installed a template to make it look a little bit nicer.
More to Come
The design is far from complete and there are quite a few thoughts I have yet to share. But in the meantime, this is an iterations. To note, there was more of leap from version 1 to 1.5 than you might think. I installed a new framework that will enable me to do much more with this blog in the future. Although there are no real visual affects of this upgrade, it is an improvement, making this go from a first generation MVP to a second. There is a still a long roadmap to cover before this becomes an actual product.
LaunchRiot in an MVP format, “version 1.5”.