I get messages (lots of them!) or emails about why Wogue blog isn’t active. Well it is! It is just temporary moved on G+ Plus. The reason was that I have not much time this period for posting here.
G+ posts are really short, typically containing a screencast from the new GNOME things, and a short comment including the sources for more information. And you know what? That worked totally awesomely!
To speak in numbers, our G Plus pages had about 200-300k views a couple of months ago, while now our G+Page has reached the 2millions a month (~1000% raise!) and it is keep growing. And I’m not spamming things there, 80% of the posts are GNOME related. G+ plus actions (likes, comments, reshares) are also follow a related increase. A conclusion I made is that people are more likely to re-share a post that is in G+ only, rather on a traditional webpage.
Wogue blog will be active again in October but I am really thinking of a mechanism to be autonomous something like a Slashdot for GNOME only, with the addition of Google Search API to auto-retrieve GNOME news from anywhere and with a smart auto-filtering based on a lexicon. By the way I had done some work in the past on this, but never completed it.
I also wanna refer a few things the theming service I’m working at. It is progressing awesomely (& secretly!) and it is not only about theming anymore. Okay it supports themes, but it is on a new whole level of desktop customization through a Web open API -that however requires Google logins only. It does lots of things and as a matter of fact the online part can support any desktop.
For example with a single click you will able to download and auto-install a complete desktop, including Icons, Shell & GtkThemes, Shell Extensions even GSettings. But that’s not nearly all! You can also upload and sharing your current running desktop too with a single click!
I’ll make a teaser soon and I’ll talk more about it. For now I hope I will release it on October at least the Webpart and a bit later the client, because is kinda complex and I already have more than a 100 behavior-driven development auto-tests. It supports a payment system too, meaning that theme and extension developers can get a profit out of it.
Finally I wanna point a situation that is kinda weird. It happens to know lots of GNOME contributors and with some of them we even text each other. Imagine when I send a “Happy Birthday” SMS to someone and 2hrs later I write a post that I blame something that is contributing at.
Personal relationships are above the blog (except if it is a profitable blog!), but a blog is what it is and contains personal opinions! So yeah, there are things I like and things I don’t like in GNOME and I just name them!
Besides open source ..is open, so anyone can just clone, configure & make ..and make his own opinion :)
Ps. Nothing bad has happened so far!