It's been a busy summer

Status Report: August 2013 Edition

newsstory-haverzineIf you believe in the age old mantra of “no news is good news”, in our case you would be right. The last time I posted a “status report” in March we had just launched Haverzine 1.3, a significant redesign to the site that has served us extraordinarily well. But it’s been a busy summer, and I figured it was time to let you guys in on the happenings of Haverzine behind the scenes over the past five months, and a sneak peak at what’s next.

Read more after the break to get the latest on Haverzine.

First things first, a very exciting piece of news that has been months in the making. In April I announced Haverzine 1.4, which I then teased as our “most newsworthy update”. I know that some of you out there had correctly guessed what would be coming, but I’m pleased to now officially confirm it – in June of this year, Haverzine was confirmed as a legitimate news source and added to Google News! We couldn’t have been more pleased with this addition over the past couple of months. Readership has been absolutely out of the world, growing over 100x between the months of May and June. Our numbers have been through the roof this summer, and I’m pleased to announce that we have now received well over 100,000 hits in the lifetime of the site. I’ve been truly humbled by the love and support, the passion and enthusiasm, that Haverzine has received in that time and continue to be forever thankful for your love and support.

Next up, you may have noticed some changes to Haverzine on mobile devices. Now, you may (or may not, if you’re new) recall that I had previously announced Haverzine Mobile in August of 2012 – a full year ago. Development of the site has been slow, and at various times stalled despite being fairly far along for a while now. The reason behind this is simple: I want to give our readers the best possible experience possible on mobile devices. Quality is of the utmost importance to me, and for the majority of the last ear the quality of the site just wasn’t up to my high standards.

Until now. Yes, I can officially confirm that Haverzine Mobile is now up and running at long last! I soft launched the site a little over a week ago and have been tweaking, tweaking, and tweaking it since then to get it just right. It should work perfectly on all of the leading web browsers for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone – and probably anything in between as well. It is important to note however that I still consider Haverzine Mobile to be in beta, which means that things are still missing and/or nonfunctional. If you see anything you think we should know about, please feel free to contact us and let us know!

Next up is our most recent launch, one that I know hits a sensitive spot on even the most veteran people across the web: advertising. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into considering every last detail of our advertising, and I think we’ve hit the sweet spot. Our plans are simple – starting now, you’ll be able to purchase advertising space directly from Haverzine. Approved advertisers – and yes, they will need to be approved so as to assure quality and consistency with our content – will be able to add a 300 x 300 banner onto the sidebar that will be visible for both our desktop site and our mobile site. Advertising pricing and availability is available here for anyone who’s interested. And, for a limited time, I’m offering advertising for the rest of August for a low price of just $75 – that’s $75 off the regular price.

Finally, I’d like to give you a small insight into the future of Haverzine. With development of Haverzine Mobile finally wrapping up, I’ve begun to turn my attention to Haverzine 1.5, the next significant update to the site‘s design. Plans are still really, really early, but my current vision is to create a spin between the modern weblog design (complete with an image oriented design) with our current layout. My current vision would make Haverzine 1.5 the biggest change in the history of the site. We’re a long way away from launch, however I expect to be finished barring any big issues before the holidays this year; but everything’s tentative.

Again, a huge, giant thank you to everyone who has supported me and this site in the last 16 months. This has been a crazy journey, and it’s only just beginning. I’d like to thank Thomas Hounsell for his help with managing our hosting server, which required some configuring once traffic picked up in June – fingers crossed, there should be no issues with downtime from here on out. I’d also like to thank Sean Ellis, our secondary writer, for his excellent spin on the tech news over the last 8 months. I’m glad to have you on board. And of course thank you to all of our readers, who continue to make Haverzine worth working on day in and day out.

  • Sean Ellis

    ….has it really been eight months? CES doesn’t feel like it happened that long ago.