Dating Site Updates!
Updates and stuff!
I've been working really hard on the back-end of my web application. This is probably going to sound boring to you since it has nothing to do with dating or social dynamics, but it's pretty exciting for me. Also hugely challenging.
I've been building this website ( for about a month now. I was rolling out updates slowly, but since Google seems to be a fan already and I have lots of repeat visitors, I decided that I wanted to have a really solid application before huge sums of traffic really start kicking in.
Tangent! If you really want  to help me, please link to funny compliments, sweet things to say to your boyfriend and sweet things to say to your girlfriend. Use that anchor text too! There are a surprising amount of people sharing the site already but it's the bread and butter of my traffic so I'll never complain about getting MOAR :)
Anyway, the new features I've added are as follows:
A user system where you can register and write compliments under your own name instead of as a stranger. You can also check out your score, because people voting for your compliments or comments will move you up and down score-wise, and there's a leaderboard where the people with the best compliments reside.
My favourite feature is a random compliment feature. It'll help me moderate new compliments when they come in because of how I coded it, and it'll also get more exposure to compliments that sadly slid off of the first page. This feature is really exciting for me!
They aren't online yet since I'm doing a huge rewrite of  the back-end and I have to re-theme a lot of the pages, but when they're up I'll put up some links.
Have a super fantastic day!

Starbucks in Small-Town China
Does Small-Town have a hyphen or is it a kenning? Or am I making things up?

Anyway, I'm sitting in a Starbucks right now, using their internet. I just got back from Beijing. It's amazing being back - hold on, let me go back a bit more.

I'm originally from Canada, but 8 months ago I came to China to visit my dad. He lives in a small town (no hyphen?) called Changsha. I spent about three weeks visiting before heading to a more westernized city called Shenzhen. Two months later I found myself back in Changsha teaching English at a University, which is where I am now. On holidays!

So, when I say back I mean back in Changsha.


It makes me think of home a little more. Home right now is Changsha, but my sister and my new niece are back in Canada. I miss my family, but I'm very independent. I'm dead set on finishing my contract, but I'm boiling to leave immediately after it ends. It's a strange feeling.

I guess I'll leave it at that. I'm feeling strange in a Starbucks in small-town China.

An Article About Sweet Things to Say to Friends

My favourite style of compliment is simple. I point out something I like about a person and then I say, "I really like that about you."

You're reading a blog about making other people feel good. I really like that about you.

But I also think of memories when complimenting my friends. This one time at band camp... I could keep the simple style of (positive characteristic) + (I like that), but my band camp memories show so much more about my friends.

Images from stories make compliments sweet; a stranger who never had the chance to meet you when you were poor doesn't understand you as well once you become rich. Stories show that you have really thought about your friend and decided that, yes, they're pretty cool.

...Read more at a sweet thing to say to your friend.

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