Wednesday, 17 December 2008
We're sorting out that issue now and should have them resent out soon, but for the meantime if you really want in - drop us a quick message directly and I'll give you your activation code pronto. Email address is hello (put a little at sign here instead of this bit) myfolia.com.
Update: All activations should now be sent out - if you haven't yet received yours, send us an email and we'll sort it all out for you :)
Saturday, 13 December 2008
New Look Home Page, Gardens & Plants Pages
We've completely overhauled the home, gardens, plants and gardener pages to highlight more features from around the site. Whilst working on this feature we were continuously amazed at the number of absolutely beautiful photographs we have linked within the site, so we've tried to showcase them in a more of a browsable, magazine-like way. They are now displayed randomly too - so hopefully you'll stumble across some wonderful gardens that you haven't yet discovered. It all adds to the serendipitous nature of folia!
Login in and check out the changes to your gardener dashboards - you'll find it much more orderly and widgety (and ready for more changes in that direction!) You can hide and show panels as you need them, and you'll also find that your frost dates are now displayed prominently on your planting timeline.
We're still working on a heap of new exciting changes during the winter - we'll be releasing bits and pieces as we go, so keep your eyes peeled and keep your awesome suggestions coming!
Monday, 17 November 2008
Here at Folia, we like to make sure that we aren’t developing things have already been developed nicely elsewhere already. It means that we can concentrate on developing more gardening specific goodness for you all.
One of the things that we’ve often put on our to-do list is automatic synchronisation of your gardener journal to blogs and twitter. We’ve never quite got there with this functionality, as it has required a whole lot of thinking around secure authentication of your details between folia and twitter (whilst trying to avoid naughty Password Anti-Patterns)
I’ve been trialling a service called TwitterFeed which has only just come out of beta – it handles all of the password stuff that we didn’t want to and works quite nicely. It’s really simple to set up and it’s free, so I thought it was worth a post to let you all know about it. Once it’s set up, you don’t have to even think about it again – it all happens in the background for you. I almost completely even forgot I was testing this out it’s so invisible ;)
p.s. Your Folia Gardener Journal RSS is in the format of http://myfolia.com/gardener/[gardener_name].rss – so my RSS feed is http://myfolia.com/gardener/nic.rss (An easier way of finding it with less mucking about is to navigate to your journal page and click on the little orange icon in the top right corner of the page)
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
You can now mark your planting events on your very own gardening timeline, so you can see visually how long your plant took to sprout, harvest or bloom. The timeline is displayed on your newly redesigned Dashboard page.
What's Planting Now
Check out what's Sowing, Transplanting and Harvesting right now in your local area with your "What's Planting" box - this is calculated from all planting events from every gardener around you and should give you a good idea on things to plant and if your own plantings are on schedule.
Improved Dashboard Goodness
We've completely overhauled your gardener homepage to make it much easier to get up-and-running with, add new plants to your garden and change your profile and weather settings.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
All data is safe and accounted for.
UPDATE: we are now completely back up and running on a shiny new box - apparently the memory server was the issue and Slicehost had to move everyone from the effected servers. Many thanks to the Slicehost guys for keeping us updated and getting us back online so quickly :)
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
As part of our update this week we’ve released a couple of nice changes to your journals page:
Pick’n’Mix Journal Styles
We now have 3 journal styles to choose from: Blog (the original), Day and List style. So now you can set your journal view to fit best with the type of garden journaling you do – from our twitterers to our novelists :) You’ll find a couple of buttons to change your journal style on the right hand side of your main journal page (click the Journal tab on your home page to get to the right page)
We’ve also given you a little bit more flexibility on how you’d like your journal to appear to others. You can, for instance, now set your personal journal view to “list” for easy viewing and editing whilst setting the folian view to the blog one. So, go have a play around with all the options ‘til you’re happy :)
Quick Add Journal Events
Another new feature is our “quick add journal” box that will appear at the top of your journals page. This is great to use when you have a couple of quick event updates to add in - you’ll now be done in a jiffy (also click on the weather section to see some funky weather changing feature goodness – Nic’s quite proud of her effort on that one!)
Anyway – let us know what you think about the changes!
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Update: Back up-and-running with some new features - we'll announce all the new stuff very soon...alternatively you can as usual begin to guess what they are instead ;)
Saturday, 23 August 2008
Last week we finally launched the new Street Team page . Woo hoo!
The page includes the fabulous PDF flyers designed by cmagnus and one that we whipped up a while back, along with some ideas on good places (to ask) to put these flyers up around your local area. Let us know if you do get some (or see some) out-and-about :)
If anyone else wants to create some localised / translated / just a bit different-ised versions, we’d be tickled pink! Send ‘em though to us! (preferably as PDF, but if you are having trouble converting we can help you out)
Go Team Go!
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
Okay – this is the last announcement from last week’s changes – it’s now taken over a week to announce everything! Phew!
The final one, which many of you have probably already noticed by now, is a couple of small enhancements to the Add a Journal Entry page :
- We’ve added a couple of new options to journal events – some of the new events are: Pruning, Branching, Treating, Fertilising and Moved (which will also let you select the new garden it’s been moved into at the same time!)
- Plant Happiness is now able to be updated from the journal page – if you select “Happy” then the plant will also be automatically updated to reflect the latest happiness (supporter only at this stage)
Thursday, 24 July 2008
On your plantings page, next to the "printable version" link there is also a link to download your planting list as an Excel file for your own backups. We'll be adding more data to this file over time - milestones is on the list, but if you can think of any other handy data to add let us know :)
This feature is only available to Supporters (it's actually a bit like Supporter Christmas this week). If you want to find out more about becoming a Supporter, go take a look at our Supporter page.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
If you are a Folia Supporter, you'll find a link at the top of your plants page (e.g. My Plants page) called "Printable Version" that will automagically create a printable version of the page for you. (If you aren't a Supporter - this feature is still available, just select print from your browser menu) From there, all you'll have to do is send it to your printer and you're done!
(We'll be also working on making Wish List pages and Journal pages print-ified in the same way very soon.)
You can take it for a spin here over in Nic's Journal and check out what she was doing on the 10th of June, 2008... or strap yourself in and go right back in time to 30th May, 2007 (remember to not step on any bugs or meet your grandmother on the way.)
This feature is only available for our lovely, fantastic Supporters. If you think you might be interested in becoming one, take a wander over to our Become a Supporter! page to peruse all of the lovely features we have built so far. Remember that the more supporters we have, the more features we can develop for everyone! (Did we also mention it's as cheap as chips?)
Friday, 11 July 2008
We've made sure that all of our tees are super customisable, so go crazy adding your own slogans to the back! We've got pretty much every colour covered too (we are a big fan of the hot pink number ourselves) and we've got the organic, free trade, free range options available too.
So, get 'em while they're hot!
Thursday, 3 July 2008
On a similar note, we also revamped the groups pages this week - we've added some slidey magic to make browsing through your groups a breeze, and also improved the layout to highlight recent topics in each group.
So check out the changes and let us know what you think!
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
So what's new this week?
RSS Feeds for Personal Gardening Journals
We have (finally!) rolled out the first of our gardener RSS feeds - so you can now follow the adventures of your favourite folians in the comfort of your very own feed reader. To find the RSS feed, look out for the orange RSS button in the top right hand corner of the gardener pages.
You'll now notice that your retailers are now in fully hyperlinked glory - you can now find out who else is growing plants from the same little nursery, garden centre or market stall that you bought it from. Check out Johnny's Seeds for a great example.
Improved Plant Classifier
We've added some tweaks here and there to improve the plant classifier - it should be even easier to find your plant now.
We've also added a little bit of magic to the groups pages to highlight groups that we think you might be interested in - check out the right side panel on the Groups home page for your own personal recommendations.
My Profiles on Other Sites
Over on your profile edit page, you'll now find some extra options to let folians know who you are on other sites.
..and the usual little surprises around the site that we'll leave you all to find!
Monday, 9 June 2008
Sorry about the downtime we've had tonight, we are currently sorting through some server space
issues with our hosting provider. We are completely on the case, and we'll keep you updated as we go.
p.s. All of your garden data is absolutely, completely safe and sound.
Update: We've almost sorted the issues out - we'll be up (and stable) quite soon. We might be a little up-and-down over the next couple of minutes. Hold tight!
Update 2: We are back up and running!
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
The site is currently running very hot today as we have been featured as Cool Site of the Day on the The Kim Komando Show!
We’d just like to let everyone know that we are working like busy bees to keep the site up and running with the increased traffic – I think we are doing quite well so far, but we will be keeping a very close eye on things today to keep everything running smoothly.
Anyway – we’d like to say a big welcome to all our brand new gardeners. Hope you like the site!
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Friday, 30 May 2008
Update: we are just rebooting and bringing the server back up....almost there!
Update 2: We are back! Yay! We'll be watching the situation tonight as we go....
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
Invite-O-Matic: We've finally created an page that lets you send invites to friends and family. We've linked it all in with your own personal invite page - so if and when they join, you'll get a message letting you know they've arrived and a little "invited by" link to you will appear on their profile.
New Navigation: Again, a long overdue improvement to the site is brand new navigation that makes navigating through your gardens and plants a whole lot easier. We think it's super cool - Check it out!
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Update: we are now waiting for the changes to propagate across the interweb - some people may be able to now see the site. If you can't see MyFolia yet, we should be visible very soon...
Update 2: We are fully moved and have just unpacked the boxes. Welcome to the new server!
Friday, 16 May 2008
Woohoo! MyFolia just won Gardening Website of the Year in the Mouse & Trowel Awards !
We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to both nominate us and to place their vote…you guys are awesome!
p.s. A special thanks to Spidra who kept the publicity machine in motion and made sure everyone got their votes in on time, and also to Colleen Vanderlinden for running the awards so fantastically well :)
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
To cast your vote, here is the voting form.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Another new feature to look out for (told you all that this one was gonna be a big release!) is some more statistical niceness on the plant pages – you’ll find a super-cool graph on each plant page that gives you an overview of how many plantings were sown / planted each month. Take a look at the plant page for Tomato for a good example. Eventually, this should show us some trends as to when the most popular time for planting is (and we can also eventually show this for your area as well)
As a first little experiment into drilling into the planting data, we’ve added a new section to the “Days to Germination” section (under the “How long does it approximately take to grow?” header towards the bottom of the page). You’ll now see the average days to germination, the min and the max. We are basing these calculations on the date planted vs. the date you all journaled and marked as “Germinated”.
The data is looking quite accurate at the moment, well done guys for your observations so far :)
As part of this release, we also added the ability to set a “happiness rating” to your plant – either Very Happy, Happy, Neutral, Sad or Very Sad. This rating will appear as a little smiley / frowney / crying face next to your planting on your garden pages and also on your planting lists. You’ll find the option to select your happiness rating from the (new and improved) planting edit page.
We think it gives another way to log how your plants are doing in general, and will also let us do some more funky stuff around finding what conditions plants grow best in.
You'll now find the most commented / thumbs up'd journals over on the home page, and the first tab on the Journals page will now present the most commented entries (which you can now filter by a timeframe, like day or month or year). This should make sure that interesting journals are not buried as much as they once were, and gives everyone a few more ways of discovering new journals.
Recent journals have now been moved to their own tab on the Journals page so you can still see the most recent entries. Furthermore, there are a couple of options that have been added to this page so that all events can be filtered out (or likewise, all normal journal entries can be filtered out)
Let us know what you think of the changes!
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
20:10BST: The database changes are all going through now - not long to go :)
20:12BST: Still updating the database (and suddenly realising that our database is quite massive indeed now!)
20:14BST: woo hoo - all back up and running with new and improved features!
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Mouse & Trowel Nomination Form
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Another feature that we have just rolled out tonight is the “Thumbs Up!” feature for journals – its a way of giving a little bit of support or encouragement to a gardener, without having to write a comment (although you are quite welcome to do both if the entry deserves it!)
It acts much the same as your faves for gardens and plantings – the recipient of the “thumbs up” will be notified in their activity stream of your kind and thoughtful action and they will feel all warm and fuzzy :)
We’ve also done a minor bit of tweaking to the plant pages to make them a little easier to read and to make room for the new fields. The next version of the variety wiki is heading to the top of the to-do list, so if anyone has any thoughts (that they haven’t already posted in the Suggestions & Feedback) let us know!
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Nath has done a bit of spring cleaning over on the groups page - you'll find them much nicer in layout now, and we've gardener-fied it all up with some profile info.
We've also added location to the gardener profile pages, so now we can get stuck into providing some interesting functionality at this level - stay tuned!
Friday, 14 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Events are now linked in with your journal, so if you are journaling about a plant you will now find a new option called “Growing Event”. If you choose an event your journal will be marked (with a funky looking star) as a growing event in your friends activity streams.
Go check it out!
Firstly we’ve brought latest activity to your personal homepage so that you can kept better track of latest happenings on the site. We’ve also kept the existing Activity pages so you can see the history if you wish.
We’ve also merged Friends Journals into your activity stream so now you can keep better track of what your gardening buddies are up to. This also coincides with another feature we have which I’ll leave for a separate post – which you may have seen appear in your activity stream :)
Anyway, hope you like the change and as always let us know what you think.
Just a quick one to let you know that we’re going to take the site offline for a little while to roll out some new updates… which we’ll reveal after :)
I’m planning on doing this around 12:20pm GMT and it should take around 10mins – fingers crossed
Update @ 12:25pm - Almost there!
Update @ 12:27pm - Bouncing the server....
Update @ 12:28pm - And we are up again!
Friday, 29 February 2008
Every garden page now has a new location section which shows where your garden is on a google map – this hopefully should make it much easier to visualise where we all are across this planet – from Quezon City, Philippines to Groningen, Netherlands :)
This is only the very basic start to our google mapping features – you’ll be seeing some quite interesting maps popping up around the place fairly soon. Until then we’d love to hear your ideas – what maps would you particularly like to see?
We’ve just released a nice little feature for all you bloggers out there – we’ve added a screenshot of your blog / website that will appear on your profile page.
For a great example of the screen grab goodness in action – take a look at YouGrowGirl’s profile.
Note: The screen grabber needs to go and “fetch” the screenshot if it hasn’t yet been requested, so for some you may see a little holding image that will display until the image is available – it takes about 5 seconds or so for the whole process, so refreshing the page a couple of times normally brings the screenshot through. Once it’s been fetched, it will be available for everyone to view from then on.
We’ve noticed that a couple of people have put in their flickr homepage into the website field if they haven’t got a blog – we think that’s a great idea (and it looks quite snazzy too!)
Sunday, 24 February 2008
One of the cool things we released today is….
Weather! We’ve hooked you up with your local weather conditions so now you can see your current conditions and four day forecast right from the comfort of your own homepage!
We’ve also dropped this into your journals so it now automagically pre-fills the current conditions for you! If you’re retrospectively journaling you can still change it to whatever you wish but it’s handy if you’re journaling on-the-fly.
To get weather goodness goin’ on: Make sure that your location is set on your Profile page – on the very same page under the Settings tab you can select if you want to see all weather in C or F – it will automatically default to C if you haven’t yet set it.
Let us know what you think!
Saturday, 23 February 2008
After much work behind the scenes, last week we finally unleashed the first version of the gardening task / to-do lists – take a look under the Tasks tab on your homepage and you’ll find a link to start adding task reminders from there.
It’s pretty basic at the moment but we’ve already got a zillion ideas on how to make these lists really handy…we’d love to see what you guys think, so have a play around and go enter in some tasks!
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
While we were at it, we also have revamped the Seed Stash and Planting lists so they are much easier to read and added some long overdue sorting to the lists. Over on your garden pages we have also made your planting lists a whole lot prettier and included day counters - so you can now see at a glance how many days old your Zucchini is (makes planning birthdays so much easier)!
Saturday, 9 February 2008
We’ve just rolled out some tweaks to the latest activity pages.
We’ve integrated all activity relating to you into one tab (called Recent Activity) so now you can follow who has added comments to your plants, garden and journals, who as added you as a gardening buddy and who has favourited your stuff. Another tweak we’ve made is added a Comments I’ve Made tab. Now it’s easier to look up the comments you’ve made and following discussions in the comments. Also we’ve extended how far back you can go so you can go back and check on even the oldest of comments (in case you may have missed out on the discussion)
We’ve still got a few ideas up our sleeves for this page (like rss feeds and tidying up Group Activity and Friends Journals) but go have a look and tell us what you think!
Saturday, 2 February 2008
Take a look for the coloured zones (ooo, aren't they pretty!) on either on the Plants home page, the People home page and the new Zones home page.
This is just the basic beginnings of showing gardeners by zone - we have used the USDA standard for now just due to it being the most widespread, but we will be adding ways to "translate" between other zone systems like Sunset and the Australian system in the near future. Lots of exciting zone stuff is still to come!
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
As a little present to our users we have added two brand new options for setting your avatar. If you have an avatar on your Picasa / Blogger account you would like to use, you can now set it from your Settings page. Furthermore, if you would like to set your avatar from Gravatar (a great service that lets you use your avatar on a range of sites and blogs) you can now do that too. We will continue to add photo and avatar options as fast as we can develop them - let us know what other options you'd like to see.
We know you'd love MyFolia to grow as much as we would like it to, so help us spread the word - take a look at our revamped Support Us page for ways you can help!
Friday, 25 January 2008
We are currently working hard making the site ready for the public beta launch on Monday, 28th Jan (yay!). When we go into public beta, it will mean that the public at large will be now able to browse through the site, but they will not be able to contribute to anything on the site unless they join.
This doesn’t mean that we will stop developing the site – it will mean quite the opposite in fact. Keep posting your suggestions and feedback as usual :) For those of you that are logged in, you probably won’t notice any change to the site on the Monday – the only change will be that clicking the white “Home” link will take you to the MyFolia homepage, rather than your profile page.
We are really excited about getting to this stage with MyFolia – and we really want to see our little site grow into something unique and indispensable for gardeners everywhere. If you have a blog or know fellow gardeners that don’t yet know about MyFolia we would absolutely love it if you could spread the word. The more gardeners we have in our community, the better the site becomes for everyone!
On this topic, we would love to hear if you have any ideas for spreading the word – we have a couple of ideas up our sleeve, but we would love to get your thoughts (pity we are both computer geeks and not marketing gurus, hey?)
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Link Your Stash
Up until now, your Stash and your Plantings were two completely separate things - now, you can add plantings from your Stash and keep track of all plantings that you've ever grown from a single seed packet. We think this is going to be a great way of telling which seeds worked, and which ones didn't. (or provide you with a convenient excuse as to why your basil died again - "it was a bad batch of seeds, obviously! Nothing to do with me forgetting to water for a month!")
...and introducing : Plant-O-Matic v1.0
We've just added a nice little feature to the Add Planting page to automatically search for likely plant matches for you. Our hardworking Plant-O-Matic v1.0 will scour our plant database looking for what you meant by "Basil - The Green One" and try and help you out. Of course, being v1.0 means that he might not get it right all the time, but we will keep tweaking his logic until we get it right. He might not be able to help you out on your "Some Sort of Green Leafy Plant" however - but he'll give it a go :)
Friday, 18 January 2008
We’ve done away with the carousel for the journals and gone with a simpler approach. Now you have more photos to choose from, better paging, new provider tabs, and you can now manage multiple photos all in the add/edit pages. Woohoo!
We also now have journal tags so feel free to tag up your articles with whatever you like! Be it recipes, projects and harvest! (Just to suggest a few) And since you can’t have tags without a tag cloud – expect one to start growing on the journal page so that you can find other journal articles tagged with the same stuff!
And finally – the weather! You can now add the weather to your journal articles. So you can let everyone get a feel for how cold it was when you were clearing out weeds or how hot it was when you were pruning back the hedge or that you even received snow!
So go on in and have a nosy around!
Thursday, 17 January 2008
So, we thought a good place to start would be by doing a bit of a flashback / recap on some of the more exciting things we've rolled out already:
Now Supporting...Picasa and Blogger Photos
You can now use all your picasa photos on MyFolia - and better yet, since blogger has recently linked with picasa, all your photos uploaded to your blogger accounts are now accessible too. To link your account up, just visit your MyFolia Settings Page, pop in your google account details in and you're off and racing!
Knocking Down the Garden Walls - Part I
We have decided that a staggered approach to going live is the best option for MyFolia - and as part 1 of this step to publicness we have opened up a couple of your pages on the site for everyone to take a peek at. So, you are now able to send your gardener and garden profile pages to your great auntie betty to look at if you like (and if she would like to join up and share her gardens, make sure you show her how!). We will be slowly opening up more pages as we go until we are completely live. Hurrah!Stash Stash Stash
Got a shoebox full of seed packages? Now you can organise them within MyFolia so you know what you don't have to buy this year - you can also mark your stash as available for trade so that other Folians can contact you about a trade.Groupy Goodness
Groups are here! You can join or create any group you please. We have a couple of groups with some interesting topics at the moment - Annet's Creative Solutions Group is currently discussing some creative uses for plastic bottles; whilst over in Murray's Worm Farming Group we have some thoughts on using bathtubs as worm farms!We weren't telling a lie when we said we would listen to your suggestions - most of the new features above were requested by our dedicated beta testers. If you have a good idea (or even a crazy way-out-there idea) for the site then let us know in the suggestions and feedback forum - we love hearing them!
We are both now in the middle of cooking up our next bunch of features, which we should be rolling out really soon...so stay tuned, it's going to be a big year for MyFolia!
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Fresh back from our little holiday break, we are now back in development mode and busy cooking up some fantastic new features that will be arriving quite soon.
To all our new members that joined us over the break – we’d like to take the opportunity to say hi and welcome – we really hope you are liking the site. To all our not-so-new members - again, thanks for sticking with us and giving us some great suggestions and feedback.
We are now up to over 500 members, which isn't too bad for a site only a couple of months old - it will be exciting to see where we end up at the end of this year!
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