The Reason

March 7, 2008

So, We Swap Books has a blog…why?

Well first off lets get some things about We Swap Books straight.

1. Activity on the site is not great. After a lot of searching, analysing, head scratching, bribing, drinking beer, watching porn, eating frosties (they’re great by the way) it was agreed that the site needs an overhaul. So in the coming months there will be a lot of changes to the site, the first being a more richly featured profile for the users and a new design is on the way as well.

As of yet we don’t have a launch date for the new design but I do hope to be getting some of the changes on the site in the coming weeks.

2. On some parts of the site I mention a development team. There isn’t one. It’s just me.

Now a lot of web marketing gurus out there will argue I did the right thing by saying “We” when talking about the site staff and painting a bigger picture than the one that exists right now. Others will call me dumb. I accept both, but I decided honesty was the best policy so here it is, this whole thing is a one man band (except the design).

I have a full time job as well, so unfortunately updates won’t happen as fast I’d hoped but I will bust a gut to get this site to where it should be. Firstpage of Google with over 1000 members.

3. I was in the middle of building a complicated News/Blog feature thing when I suddenly thought, “Why not use WordPress?” so, thats what I’ve went with. Hence the blog here on WordPress (happy to be here by the way). Hope to update this pretty often about updates for the site, maybe try to throw in the odd book event announcement from around the UK, maybe some book reviews now and again. So keep checking back.

4. I really need to throw some promotion behind this site. You can help you know. If you know anyone with even just a passing interest in books, let them know about We Swap Books.

The site can be found at

5. This one is to the Americans in the auidence. Now….some of you know that I was planning to launch a US version of the site sometime this year. I’m sorry, but that won’t be happening in 2008. Pushed it back to 2009 for now.

Mainly because I think I need to get the UK site on a sure footing. I felt that launching the US site this year would have spread myself too thin and both sites would have failed. Still hoping to get an American site at least under-development this year.

Any people out there with at least a passing knowledge will notice that my spelling and grammar ain’t good what it should be like. I won’t apologise for that. I’m a web developer trying to make the site I built as a hobby and as an indication of what I could do, into a success so give me a break.

Also we will be sticking with this default theme from WordPress for now. Once I have a better idea of the final design of the site, I will adjust this to be a bit closer to how that looks.

Anyway I hope you got a lot from this first blog posting and I hope you try We Swap Books.

Rob @ We Swap Books.


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