This blog has sat, neglected for far too long. I, Lily Pierson, founder of Typetrigger, am guilty of this neglect. Ernie and I began this project with a fury of energy and excitement, and we have been thrilled to see what has happened since we began. But along with the joys of Typetrigger, we have had a lot of other joys and distractions: new babies, new jobs, lawns to mow....
Last week Ernie and I decided to get a beer and talk about the next step for this wonderful community. I wanted to find a way to put more into it. Even when our traffic here is slow, I have never sensed that the community had really drifted too far, it was just waiting for new energy. Ernie agreed, and we pondered what approach we might take.
Yesterday was a standard morning for me: lots of running around and doing. My alarm went off, reminding me to schedule some new triggers, though I wondered how many responses they would get. My younger daughter just turned four--when I began this project she was a mere six months old, and those who have followed my writing on TT have, in some sense, watched my girls grow up. She was angry that I had not brought her bike on our outing, but I had assuaged her temper with a trip to her favorite bagel shop. As I waited for her to slowly make her way through her lunch, I absentmindedly checked my phone. A new email from Ivan was in bold. I was delighted to see a note from one of the first writers to sign up on TT when we launched, IvanThinking. He had not written on the site for a long time, but I remembered him as an early favorite of mine. His short note told me that he had posted about Typetrigger on Reddit, and he warned that we might have a new uptick in users. I was excited to imagine a few dozen more writers, the perfect inspiration and kick in the pants.
I got home and checked our databases, and I was blown away by what I saw: over 500 new writers have joined in the past 48 hours, and they have written about 400 new pieces. Records have been set and broken: first 67 responses to a trigger on Sunday, then 77 on Monday. Last night, new writer Redequlus posted the 13,000th piece on Typetrigger.
To all of you who have supported Typetrigger until now, and to all of those who are just joining, I want to thank you for becoming a part of this. I feel totally in love with all of you. I promise fresh energy. Write On!