I'm late this month! Hope everything is fine with you all.
Thanks to all our star readers for your tremendous support. It's your support that helps us going along...
You wouldn't have seen me or Nanthini very often in the site of-late. We are busy setting up things in our new system.
And I know I haven't replied to many of your comments addressed to me also. Apologies for the same...
Nanthini and myself would like to make this a proper environment before we change our focus to other stuff. So, we both will continue to stay invisible for some more weeks or months... So please adjust with the late replies...
But ofcourse our chillzee all-in-all Thenmozhi will be anchoring and will be able to help you with all your queries, if any....
Ok, Let's move on to the next section...
How is your experience with the new site? Have you got settled down with the new layout and navigation?
I assume that it's comfortable for you all too!
There are couple of 'open' reported issues like specific browser issues and user being logged out when the browser is closed. Though you haven't heard from us on that, we are following up and working on that... So please be patient for few more days!
From the look of it, looks like adHoc series is slowly blooming and I am sure you all are also getting used to those series and frequent or in-frequent updates....
ok, now let's quickly wrap up the announcements for this month:
Just like 'Read on Request' feature, Comment & Read is for writers who want to share their episodes only with the readers who comment
As always we will be experimenting this feature pretty soon in one of the current running series!
This series has been in the pipeline for a while for various reasons. This will be penned by our Mischievous Chillu story writer Shini and illustrated by her mom Bindu.
The series is all set to start from third week of August.
We have got a volunteer for sharing all her healthy and / or tasty recipes with us.
You would have already seen recipes shared my Tmt Renjitham. She is the mother of one of our friends who is very active in our site
Thank you very much aunty! We are excited to have you in our team!
But ofcourse, we welcome recipes from all our readers also.
Not just recipes but we do welcome articles and fun facts on other subjects also.
Thanks Vathsala for the very neatly written article in the Spiritual section.
Before we get on with our other updates, I would like to share the crux of a casual chat I had with my friend.
She was asking me why @ chillzee we are not concentrating on advertising our site but instead adding new features to the site. It's a very valid question.
I want to share the answer with all of you.
We are not a commercial site. You will never see any of our team members soliciting any writers to write a series @ Chillzee.
The concept of our site is to provide an un-biased, monitored and properly managed platform to writers. When I say 'writers', I mean anyone who has interest in writing stories, articles, poems etc.. Interest and that's what matters the most to us!
We spend so much time on the system, server etc and make it dependable just to help our writers.
Ofcourse the Rs.1000/- cash reward is also to encourage and motivate the writers.
Now talking about the features, there are two ways to look at it.
First let's see it from writers perspective.
When you write a story for the first time, you will be very excited and will be very anxious to know how it is received... And as days go by, you keep writing more stories and you start expecting more from your readers. You just don't want to see the number of hits!
Also it's possible that you have become a popular writer by now and you would like to share your stories to a limited audience based on interest or your acquaintance or just to get a feel of your story via feedback.
I can keep writing more as I keep getting more inputs from many of the writers in our friends circle...
So as a writer, when you want to do something like this there are so many ways to do that. You can develop your own environment or you can try some experiments with Social networking sites or blogs. I wouldn't discourage you... But if you are looking for a ready-made solution then we have it set it up for you for FREE!
Any one is welcome to write @ Chillzee and use these features for free...
Now looking from the other side, you need some one to develop and do the manual tasks for you
And I am really proud to say that we are blessed with few Techies who do this for us just for fun and learning! We also have volunteers who have taken up the manual tasks involved with these features.
I tell you, we are not stopping here, we are planning to add more and more features for our writers. It's all available for you... What you take in your plate depends on your appetite and interest
Ok, It's thanks time! A very special thanks to all our July month contributors,
And a very very special thanks to Bala for continuing Ninaithale Inikkum series. I am sure you will do well! Eagerly waiting to read your series.
Some of you might have seen the announcement posted by Thenmozhi for a new Team member @ Indian Time. We have received few e-mails on the saae but I haven't replied to any of you yet. Apologies for the same and I will get back to you soon.
Hope I can identify the correct person and induct her before my next edition of 'From my desk' series.
As always, please feel free to share your comments and feedback about the site in the forum or via email.
Enjoy your August, friends!
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