I cannot stress enough how much I love when an app has dark mode. Literally every product/app I have I turn to dark mode. So I am going to inflict that same passion onto everyone who decides to read my blog, and will be rolling out a dark mode toggle soon so you can enjoy my content in the same way as me, which I assume is your end goal?
Right now, my site is very “man ranting at a captive audience”, I’m aware of that. I built a forum app a while back where users (mostly me) can upload short snippets of text, very dumbly called MattChat because I took less time naming it than I do eating a sandwich.
However, I want people to be able to tell me how stupid my blogs and thoughts on the state of the world are more directly, so I’m going to work on adding a comment section to each blog post, so I can drive a bit of on-site engagement.
Currently, my blogs are unorganised chaos that are a testament to the eclectic nature of my interests if you are being generous, and a symbol of deepening psychosis if you are being particularly ungenerous. I want to organise these blog posts with the use of tags, so that I can include a “check out similar posts” block so you can explore more of the ramblings that comprise this website.
Ages ago (version 3 of my 5 versions of matt-bristow.com) I held a vote on the site for what my next blog should be about, tracking it through Google Analytics. I really want to get some of that functionality back so I can collect user sentiment on what I should do next, and then completely ignore it and do whatever I want.
Have you ever been to a festival, recorded the artist and then listened back to the video and dissolved into a pile of ash because you can hear yourself singing in the video? That’s how I feel every time I hear my own voice in any capacity. But I want to challenge myself, get out of my comfort zone, and potentially kick off a multimillion dollar career as a Twitch streamer by uploading some video content to my site at some point in the future.
I used to have an API pulling in a fun fact on the homepage, which has since frazzled out during the Express rebuild, but I want to reintroduce some more fun APIs on to my website, especially the homepage, to liven it up a bit. Any suggestions are welcome!
I’ve always wanted to add more projects alongside my writing on the site, and I recently completed a new one. I built a Wordle clone for my girlfriend with Taylor Swift lyrics (I say it’s exclusively for her, I do try and get it right every day but no luck as yet, even though I built the bloody thing). There’s no rest for the wicked though and I have a really exciting project I’ve lined up to launch next so keep your eyes peeled!