A few quick updates on the site so you're all patched in:
I've been super-dedicated to getting individual responses up to comments on all my own articles within the first week or two of their lives for the past year-and-a-half or so (after doing it rather sporadically before that). I've viewed comments as an important tool for building community on the site, getting feedback from guys on what their biggest issues and questions are, and as a fantastic source for new article topics based around what readers want to know most.
Unfortunately it's reached the point where it just isn't sustainable for me to keep tackling comments myself - I'm scaling up the work I'm doing on the GC backend, and setting aside 10 hours a week to go through comments is something I personally can't commit any longer.
However... I don't want guys' comments to go ignored, so, I've created a new role and brought on our very first Site Ambassador in David Riley (Just_Dave from our discussion boards).
David's one of our senior forum members, and he's been providing insight and guidance to forum members since last 2012. He's going to be doing the same in the comments section on the site now too, as well as throwing any topic and article ideas into a spreadsheet that I and the other writers have access to as well.
He'll also point article authors at any comments that need special attention - so if you're asking a question Dave himself doesn't feel qualified to answer for any reason (though I assure you, he's very qualified), I or one of the other writers will see it.
#2: Social Media
A talented fellow from up north (Canada, to be more precise) named
Chris has joined the team as our Social Media Director (and Prize
Master). If you're noticing a lot of increased activity on our social
media accounts, that's why - and Chris is just getting started.
Chris is bringing our social media accounts into the 2010s with more pictures and more engagement; contests (like our latest one on Lockerdome - make sure you enter if you want a shot at a 1-year subscription to GC + a men's care kit dropped right at your doorstep!); and even our own crack at daily/weekly memes titled #ChaseWisdom (the name is Chris's idea; I had nothing to do with it, cross my heart!).
He's also got a lot more in store; this is just the tip of the iceberg.
So if you want to follow along, make sure you've liked/followed/subscribed to the Girls Chase accounts:
#3: Skunk Works
If you're subscribed to the newsletter, you already know that Colt's got a new program coming out with Girls Chase very soon (and if you're on the newsletter you know what it is, too!). That's still a good month+ away, so don't get too excited yet, but it's coming.
And if you're not on the newsletter, make sure you're signed up so you can be the first to know when we have more information (and goodies) available about this! You can sign up using the email form right after the close of this article.
#4: Changing Servers
Finally, we're changing servers probably this week (since our present host doesn't seem to take massive chunks of downtime for us all that seriously!), so if you see anything unusual that's probably why. So far everything's been mostly smooth, and I don't expect us to have any major downtime, but if the site does go down at all... that'll be why.
Our new host has one of the best SLAs in the hosting industry and everyone I talk to who's hosted with them has nothing but rave reviews for the uptime, so so long as everything tests out properly and the site works (seems to be working fine), we'll be up and running on there and hopefully eliminating website downtime for good very soon.
And that's it for now!