Tuesday, July 24, 2007

wibble

So I'm going to get a little viral on you. Luckily, it's not syphilis so relax already.

Right, so some of you know I've just started a company with Crusoe. It's a multi-user, multi-industry blog called Wibble. Not a tits an ass blog, but one where people don't use handles like 'HuX03' and 'BigPenis007' for instance.

It's taken some guts for me to throw this up onto Peas On Toast. But because every start-up has a timeline, and therefore, so does ours, I want to use any avenue of exposure I can possibly find.

If things aren't sailing by October, Peas On Toast herself will be out of work, probably have to sell the car and move back in with the parents, and trust me, this is a fate worse than hell. (In a nice way, promise, Mum. But face it, you don't want to live with me either.) But I remain positive.

So, I'm going to give it everything I've got over the next two months. I personally believe Wibble is a great concept. The brainchild of Crusoe himself. So far, things are looking good. Our readership is going up daily, and we've only just sort-of launched.

I'm terrified, but also have high hopes for Wibble. Therein lies my real name too, which is also why this took guts. The way I see it, it's alright. My friends and family know who I am, so I suppose it's cool. Here I am Peas though. And always will be.

So, my appeal to you today, is that I'm calling in a favour. And if and when we are highly successful and we hold a big party involving tequila and strippers, you will be the first on the guestlist.

Add Wibble to your blogrolls, or even talk about it. (If you think it's crap, that's fine too, but just add it to your blogrolls anyway.)

That's my pitch. Now back to work.

PS: I haven't really seen Grey's Anatomy properly after the last two weeks. I have been rather distracted, but good distracted, believe you me.

60 comments:

tyrone said...

Morning Peas.

For whatever its worth - I think its a GREAT idea and I take my hat off to Crusoe and yourself for taking the plunge.

Involved in a digital communications company that helps brands use the digital space to communicate, I love seeing things like this pop up...

In fact I was giving a training session on Web 2.0 the other day and could have used this as a very nice example of something local.

Wishing you guys all the best and will definitely talk about it first chance that I get.

tyrone said...

PS! So far, I have successfully fought the urge to find out your real name... :-) Hard work though.

Peas on Toast said...

Tyrone - thanks so much my dear. And thanks for taking your hats off to us. We hope it works too! You're a star. x

Betenoir said...

I'll totally blogroll you on my little blog, for what it's worth (hey, I'm not famous!) but I totally want party invites to all your capetown shindings. fo sho.

I'd even sign up, only I'm not an industry thought leader. Next one up should be an blog for industry thought grunts and gophers.

Peas on Toast said...

Bete - thank you dollface!
Oh yes, and when we hit Cape Town in our lear jets... (ok, now I'm really exaggerating), you'll get a VIP pass :)

capdog said...

Hey Peas,

It looks great! Congrats! :)

Some advice though, I didn't "get it" immediately. Maybe explain more in the top right section where it says "multi-user, multi industry blog", what exactly your mission / purpose is.

I don't know how else to word it but the name "Wibble" kinda makes me think the site has some fantastic Web 2.0 features, when in fact it's a blog (nothing wrong with that, but it's not a social networking tool or Twitter-clone if you get my drift).

The articles on the front page need longer teasers, and the content should stand out more. Maybe a bit of shading behind the text or a web-2.0-ish border around it would be good?

If you look at the overall height of a teaser, about 60% of it is incidental information, like the user name, category, user picture, etc; and only 30% of it is the what I'm actually interested in (the content). It's far too short.

I would leave off the user images on the front page too. They are distracting, because I can't tell if the picture is supposed to be relevant to the story. I see the pictures on the right are the story-related pics, but they should be encased in a border with the extended teaser.

Honest opinions! ;)

You're on my RSS so good luck! ;)

ekke said...

Damn. looks fabulous lass! I signed up and everything.

But what bete said - I can't promise I'll be a thought leader. I'm mre of... well, a bit of a spaz when it comes to thinking, to be perfectly honest. But I'll do ma best.

And don't worry about the learjet. I'll drive to the Jozi soirees... ;)

Vimbai said...

Just had a look-see and you may just have a cash cow on ur hands! Congrats on taking a leap of faith & following ur dreams :-)

I am now chanting to myself, "Wibble it, just a little bit..." LOL

PS Grey's was aight. Izzy was getting on my tits for some reason.

Peas on Toast said...

Capdog - Wow, thanks SO much! I really appreciate you taking the time to point out this stuff, and I will definitely take your points to our developer as well, so we can improve on this. You're an absolute star, thank you!

Peas on Toast said...

Ekke - thank you so much! I'm pretty certain you'll be a thought leader - it doesn't mean you have to write a thesis, I promise. :)
Thank you!

Vimbai - Thanks sweetheart! We'll see, I remain positive. And Izzy wasn't her best last night (the moment I saw anyway! :)

Peaches said...

Done lady!

Peas on Toast said...

Peaches - why thank you, lady! :)

Champagne Heathen said...

I haven't managed to check it out properly yet, but ALL The Best for it!!

I hope it hits the big time!

ekke said...

Oh, no worries. I can barelsy spell 'thesis', nevermind write one.

Now, how do I punt yer thing? On my blog, I mean? I'm sure at least three people read it.

Have read it.

Once.

Third World Ant said...

Hey dear, it's on my blogroll... here's hoping we don't have the same unemployed fate in a few months' time :)

Peas on Toast said...

Champagne - thanks man.

Ekke - you're a king! Well if you like it, or hate it, either way, you can mention it if you like. :)

Ant - thanks my friend. :)

ekke said...

Okay. Nobody panic. I just figured out how to add more links to the side of my page.

Sheena said...

Ok, added you to my lith-t too. Hope it helps. I think I have one or two readers.

And Ekke, I read your blog yesterday, kept me entertained for ages!!!!

Peas on Toast said...

Thanks Sheena - and glad you got your community strip thing sorted too, yay! :)

Sheena said...

Its all your fault it worked, so thanks to you Peas ;)

Mike said...

I tried to see Wibble, but I just found Wobble. Then I looked a bit more and saw the Wombles of Wimbledon. 'Holy Cow' I thought to myself - 'This really is a fantastic endeavor. I might be inclined to look a bit more.'

And so I did. Then I found a Wubble. 'What's a Wubble?' I hear you ask. A Wubble is a piece of cheese in some sauce that is nice.

With that cleared up, go far with your company, and make manys manys moneys.

Peas on Toast said...

Sheena - anytime sunshine. Your blog's looking good!

Mike - ha ha, thanks dear. Now with that cleared up, I'm glad we didn't name it after a piece of cheese in sauce.

;)

Mike said...

I should also add, now that I see I can't edit my post, that after reading your rantings for a while, I had a nagging suspicion you descended from the school where Anne's are Saints. Recently a friend confirmed my curiousness, without me probing, mind you. She merely stated it matter of factly. Something about a radio interview and all and all. How did I harbour such a guess? Why, because I went to the House of Michael, and those girls have a certain way about them that cannot be denied. Walking down the street arm-in-arm, hugging everything from a streetpole to other people's parents, and being lanks girly. Also, the pink and wry wit gave it away.

Peas on Toast said...

Mike - Or should I say, 'Spud?' OK, I'm giggling. It's what we girls of Anne's of the Saints presumably do.

Going tertiary, I have a nagging suspicion you are from the Uni of the Rhodent. A fair guess, perhaps?

Mike said...

School of Hard Knocks, ma dear. Yes, I did make that bizarre vortex of humanity in Grahamstown my home for a year and a bit before the crazies finally got to me and signed me up for their army.

Glad we know each other now. it's been fun. I blame tertiary education for my failing intelligence. In any event, I enjoy the company of those who have no or little education. It is much like watching TV, rather than watching someone mull a thought over in their minds, which is like watching the old SABC test pattern.

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Peas on Toast said...

Mike - failing intelligence? You? Hardly!

I quote I heard yesterday which, when you are next at the House of Michael or the Rhodent Harvest: "I used to be something here. Recognise."

Peas on Toast said...

Rev - thanks my dear! No we have other revenue initiatives besides advertising. :)

And, no I'm not the lovely Graeme. :)

I always liked, for a catch phrase: "Wibble. Because everyone loves the sound of their own voice." But Crusoe didn't buy it.
:)

Will check out the site, and thanks for your input doll.

Mike said...

I hear you.

Wanna get a t-shirt printed that says 'Hey. I used to be kind of a "BIG DEAL" around here.'

Then maybe a picture of Uncle Sam pointing outwards from my belly. Or Harry Potter in the same pose.

Peas on Toast said...

Mike - perfect! Please order two at the t-shirt shop, I want my minions from the school of hugging lamp posts to recognise AS well. :)

ekke said...

"Wibble - Because 'ubersite' was taken."

Whatchoo reckon? ;)

Peas on Toast said...

ekke - bless your little heart :)

ekke said...

Better my heart than my stripy cotton doondies.

Peas on Toast said...

Ekke - you have 'em stripy ones hey?

ekke said...

Well, sometimes. It's a mood thing really.

Fridays is Power Rangers Day, though. Like clockwork.

Peas on Toast said...

Ekke - You own a Superman Duvet. I know you do. :)

Bless. Men and their underwear. Never fails to entertain me.

Revolving Credit said...

Ekke, do you normally wear your underwear on the outside??

Revolving Credit said...

Peas, when you drink John Deers, do you normally get a wibble bit out of hand?

ekke said...

Don't be silly, Revolver Man. If yer jocks are on the outside, then it isn't underwear.

IT'S A DISGUISE TO PROTECT YOUR MILD-MANNERED SECRET IDENTITY.

Silly rabbit.

Peas on Toast said...

Rev - oh you funny bastard. I always get out of hand, bru. Particularly the last time I drank it :)

ekke said...

And I'll have you know that my duvet has none of those sillinesses on it.

It's a big boy duvet.

It's got Twister Spots.

Revolving Credit said...

When you dance wildly and sing to the Monster Hits Vol 17 tracks, do you breasts wibble??

Revolving Credit said...

It's ok, when you're pissed, you normally get by with a wibble help from your friends!

Peas on Toast said...

Rev - you're making me a wibble giggly and I'M TRYING TO ACT ALL IMPORTANT HERE.

Ekke - Twister Spots! Man, I wish I had one of those. Makes for a wibble bit of fun.

OK stop. Look what Rev is doing. No more. Rev. Naughty corner now.

ekke said...

hahahahahaha i just rofled.

Revolving Credit said...

For Sales:
Big Boy Duvet.
Free Twister Spots.
Slight Urine Smell

Sheena said...

Rev,

You are a half of a little bit only slightly INSANE!

That being said, Ekke - twisty spots? Good lord.

ekke said...

And antibacterial soap.

ekke said...

I prefer the term 'bat-shit insane'

In fact, if you read my latest post you'll find out why...

*linkwhore*
*linkwhore*

http://crayola-diaries.blogspot.com/2007/07/for-her-for-me.html


Shameless, me.

Interested said...

'Scuse my ignorance - what does the site actually do?

Peas on Toast said...

Interested - hi! It's a multi-user blog, but we like to think it has a...quality atmosphere about it. No tits and ass, but rather other stuff.

So those who start out already have readership and traffic. Sign up if you like!

Revolving Credit said...

What if you get some quality tits and ass! That should help you hits and rankings a wibble bit!

ekke said...

Motion seconded.

ekke said...

Especially the motion bit.

And the bit about seconds.

oh gosh i'm getting sidetracked ohyesiam.

Revolving Credit said...

Ekke, if you repeat that motion too often you're gonna cum on your duvet again and create more 'twister' spots!

Just slow down a wibble bit!

ekke said...

See now that's just gross.

I sploodge on the vinyl sheeting dammit.

Not the sheets. They're egyptian cotton dammit.

Show some class, boyo.

Peas on Toast said...

Rev - I'm trying to prove to the world that porn may sell sure, but I'm going the hard route. :)

When things get desperate, please post some quality milkjugs up for me, ok. I'm relying on you.

Revolving Credit said...

You're going down the hard route!

Well, quality tits and ass tends to take me down the hard route as well!

ThomG said...

Peas, so far as it goes, your little venture is up on Surface Tension (I'd still love a link on your site). But I digress. Great site, I'm registered and I'm with you.

Peas on Toast said...

Hi Thom!
Consider it done - I will definitely blogroll you - you asked so nicely! :)
Thanks m'dear.