Over the last year, the community around this site (and before, when it was The 2.0 Life) has evolved. The site is now one part techie, and one part technological novice – people coming to learn about and discover new technologies. That balance has been my hope for this site all along, and I’m thrilled that people are getting value from it.
In an effort to make Digitizd an even more useful place, and to connect new people with technology and help techies get more from it, I’m launching not one, not two, but three new arms of this site. (Well, four, but we’ll get there).
You’ll be able to find all the arms of the network in the nav bar of this site, and each one has its own unique brand of awesome. Digitizd Plus, a place for tips, tricks, and other bits of cool technology, has been up for a while, and now we’re adding to the family!
A bit about each of the new branches:
Discovering and reviewing products has been done to death, and done incredibly well – sites like Uncrate, Engadget, Gizmodo, Cool Material and others all do amazing work. All these sites fail in one area for me, however: practicality. They tend to recommend things that are expensive, cool without being useful, or in such diverse categories that finding exactly what you need can be tough.
That’s what Digitizd Gear is for. The site is going to be a place to go for gadgets and gizmos aplenty, whosits and whatsits galore, all with a focus on awesomeness, practicality and, more importantly, your wallet. If you’re looking for a techie birthday present, or something to buy when you sell your kidney on the black market, Gear is going to be an excellent place for that – cool gadgets that make sense for you (and some that are just too awesome not to recommend).
It’s also, honestly, a revenue stream for Digitizd. I hate advertising, and want to do it as little as possible. Thanks to the Amazon Affiliates program, I’m able to recommend some amazing gadgets, and I get a small cut if you buy one of them from my link. It’s a great way for you to support this site, and get some awesome stuff at the same time!
I think the question I get most often is “what do you read?” The answer is that I read a lot, in a lot of different places. I’ve listed a lot of them, particularly tech blogs, but there’s still great stuff out there.
That’s why I’m launching Digitizd Library. It’s a collection of feeds that I read and enjoy often, with a particular focus on longer-form writing. I read a lot of blogs, and often miss longer, deeper writing. That’s what the Digitizd Library is – a place to find something great to read, always with some sort of technology spin. That site is super-basic, and will be ever-evolving, but if you’re in the market for some great reading material, it’s a great place to start. I know I use it every day!
The other thing I get all the time, from friends, family, co-workers and readers, is tech questions. Recommendations, thoughts, people calling me a lunatic for liking Windows 7, all sorts of things. I love getting that, and think it’s a blast, but my hunch is that if one person has these questions, others do too.
With that in mind, I’m launching Digitizd Discuss, which is essentially a modified forum. It’s a place to ask questions, get answers, talk to other people, and learn something (hopefully in a way that’s less complicated than some of the answers you might get on Google). I can’t promise to answer every question, because I just don’t know the answer a lot of the time, but hopefully by publicizing the process we can harness the collective knowledge of Digitizd readers. Which is incredible, by the way. And you’re all very attractive as well.
This one’s not as new, but I’m still excited about it. Many people, myself included, are getting more and more of their information from Facebook. So, I bit the bullet and launched a Facebook page for Digitizd. Facebook is a great place to read information, have discussions, and connect with some of the other people who are part of this community.
The page is fairly bare-bones, but it will take shape over time, and will hopefully be a resource for readers of this site to access some of the material without having to go so far to find it.
There’s more in the works as Digitizd matures and develops, but I’m excited about these changes. I want this to be a place where you can come and learn something, find other places to learn something, and contribute something yourself. My hope is that all four of these new features bring Digitizd a little bit closer to being just that.
If you run into any problems, annoyances or weirdness as you use the new features, let me know. Thanks a lot!