I will, I`m thinking......
One I`d write, is to my Mom. She died when she was in her 50`s. It would mean alot to me to write it, right. The point is, their site inspired me to want to do that! Just to say thanks Mom, again.
I agree, a great concept! Also, (agree) a change in the design would be good.. getting the letters or even just the letter titles on the home page.
It seems to me a blog format would work very well for the site. You have categories of letters, letters/titles could be shown on the home page, and a graphic theme could be applied.
A simpler change maybe just to make the two sample letters more visable...higher on the page or in a third column on the right?
It seemed strange that the read a letter button at the top goes to: http://www.dearmissditty.com/content/blogsection/4/33/
Whilte the "All letters" link on the left goes to: http://www.dearmissditty.com/gratitude/
A personal note: While I understand the idea and purpose, I`m not a big fan of ads on a website. I think they can detract from the website, especially when, like on the read leters page, they are on the right side. Monitizing websites is a common practice and ultimate goal for many and ad revenue can help support a site. If that is important, you might also (or instead) have a "donation" button/link for people to make a contribution to help support the site.
As Steve hinted, there are some revenue generating ideas that would be appropriate.
Writing is not easy for some people... "I want to do it, but I don`t know what to say." "I can`t think of the words to express my thoughts."
One way to help, show sample sentiments. Another approach, gets away from the personal connection, is to provide letter writing service or even some copy and paste text (like you find at some greeting card sites).
Agree - that`s why I said it gets away from the personal connection. But, it was just an idea to help potential letter writers to get over the hurdle of not knowing what to say or how to say it.
Hi All. It`s her (Michelle)....and I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your feedback. I was apprehensive about going into this as the site is very personal to me but really wanted feedback and ideas from others and it looks like SUN is coming through! We hope to hear more!
Steve...I share many of your thoughts and ideas. I also do not like the cartoon characters and hope to improve that part. I would also like to add a simple thank you section to the site where people can choose from postcard type e- designs and send their simple thanks to a friend, babysitter,etc. These would not be posted, just a service offered. I would also like to see stationary type choices too. We will be adding a feature where you can add a photo to your letter also.
To keep people interested in the site we will have a blog and a newsletter. They will have the same information.....examples of touching letters and stories, site updates, and gratitude quotes and discussions eventually. I agree with Janie it takes you awhile to think about these inspiring individuals and decide what you want to say. I hope the blog and newsletter will keep us connected with our customers.
We have some gift ideas and another feature idea that may bring in revenue. We will discuss those more in the future.
Thanks again and keep the suggestions coming!