I’ve been quite busy since returning from my holiday in Cornwall. Aside from gaining a few new bloggers for HYA (that you will hear about in a minute), there have been a few changes to the way that Hide Your Arms looks and works.
- I installed the Disqus commenting system. This should make it easier for you to leave comments on HYA, using various profiles you already have around the web (such as with your Twitter account) or with your normal ‘name + e-mail’ input that has been used on HYA since day one. I like the style of Disqus and the way that replies to comments can be threaded. Let me know your thoughts about Disqus in the comments.
- Rewards for commenters! I really want there to be more interaction on Hide Your Arms, I get quite a lot of traffic but there doesn’t seem to be too much chatter considering how many of you there are. So, in the hopes of people sticking around and leaving more comments (and buying more stuff in the HYA store, to be honest), every time a new person leaves a comment on HYA they will be sent an e-mail giving them a coupon for 15% off in the Hide Your Arms shop. The e-mail will only be sent once, I don’t want to annoy anyone with spammy e-mails. I may think up other rewards in the future, but let’s just start with this and see how it goes.
- You’ve probably seen them already, but I have introduced some cool looking widgets in the right sidebar that help you see at a glance what has been getting people talking and what they’ve been looking at over the past week. The widgets display the most commented on posts of the last seven days (this widget only shows up if you’re looking at the front page of HYA) and the most viewed posts on HYA (this is always in the right sidebar and replaces the old popular posts widget). I think they look damn cool and hope you do too.
As mentioned earlier, I have gained a few new bloggers on HYA recently, as part of the continuing aim of helping the site grow by gaining new points of view from around the world to expose all of us to different brands and generally keep on top of new releases.
Umang will be joining HYA in a general role, blogging about any shirts or brands that he thinks are cool. Umang has his own shirt company, which I think will help give him a good perspective on the industry and provide a fair and balanced view in his posts. Here’s a few words from the man himself:
I like to take long strolls to the liquor store and pick up a nice bottle of Irish whiskey. While indulging in a lowball glass filled to the brim, I have a tendency to think about t-shirts. As I spill some on my 4.5 oz ringspun cotton t-shirt. The stain incurred, inspires me by its expressive, Kandinsky quality and I jump on to Illustrator. I work out some designs for my tee company, Chor Bazaar. Eventually I realize the costs associated with production and the fact that t-shirt sales are down thanks to things like the recession and the debt ceiling and pour myself another glass. My other interests are too long to bore you folks but I do love graphic t-shirts and their ability to spark conversations and or controversy with strangers. Excited to be part of the HYA crew!
Denise will also be joining HYA in a general role. Being from Singapore (and working for 9 Fountains) she will be researching emerging brands from Asia, which I think is a pretty exciting development for the site as I only know a handful of Asian brands and can’t wait to see that expand. Here’s a quick list of brands Denise is into at the moment (so that we all know she’s cool).
- 9 Fountains (naturally)
- Truly Madly Deeply
Remy is joining HYA as yep, you guessed it, a general blogger. The man is clearly a total shirt-nerd so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to be showing us. Here’s a few words from Remy:
My name is Remy Warren. I am an expat currently in South Korea. I started collecting t-shirts about four years ago as a game with my friend. Two hundred shirts and several thousand dollars later, t-shirts have become a passion. Art and design are two things that have recently become super influential in my life. Traveling around the world, having a vodka and tonic in every country, and collecting t-shirts are my top priorities for the next several years.
I have got a few more people lined up for blogging positions (all with the specific roles covering individual brands), but I’ll leave it at that for now as I haven’t sorted the bios yet. Please say hello to all the new bloggers and make them feel welcome!