As I think about what might change with Typetrigger in the coming months, I am also considering what should not change. Here are a few things, in no particular order, that I really consider fundamental to this tool and community. This is not a complete list, but some things that strike me as central this week.
Typetrigger is nothing without the writing that everyone has shared here. Rest assured, we will not be removing any of it in any updates. Whether you have written somewhat recently or way back when we started, you are in charge of deleting your stuff. I am considering the possibility down the line of making it easier to export your work in bulk in case you want a backup for peace of mind.
The Possibility of Anonymity
I started Typetrigger because I wanted a way to practice writing for an audience without putting my name out there or having to publicize my stuff amongst my friends. (That backfired entirely, of course, since I did write on TT under my real name and picture so that the community could understand that I am really invested). I think it is important that people be able to write without sharing too much about themselves, as long as they follow our community guidelines.
It’s time for a visual cleanup of Typetrigger, but the plan is to keep things basic. The focus should be on the writing, with few flashy distractions. This includes the basic social interactions: following (Reading) and liking. While I am thinking of more ways to facilitate discussion amongst writers who want to share thoughts on writing and reading practices, I will not add commenting to the site. I think it makes people more self-conscious and prone to explain their writing. I also am not interested in moderating comments or setting standards for what is appropriate to say. The direct message feature allows everyone to engage in longer conversation (with the option to block if need be). The point on Typetrigger is to get the words out and let them stand on their own. In this age of crazy and inscrutable newsfeed algorithms, I also plan to keep Typetrigger basic, with a priority on chronological display of the trigger responses of those writers who you follow. There might be some other interesting approaches for browsing other writing later on, but it’s not a priority.
What are your favorite features or aspects of Typetrigger? I know that Typetrigger has been a beloved and effective tool for many people but am not exactly what makes it so special for each of you. I would love to hear from you about what you don’t want to see change, as well as what features you’ve been quietly hoping for. Comment or drop a line via the contact form, or let me know on Twitter or Facebook.