Two New Features for Writers
Today, Bleacher Report has released two powerful new writing tools. Last week we pushed out Writer Polls, which have instantly improved the manner in which readers and writers interact. This evening, we are releasing two new ones…
The first feature we are pushing is one that users have been requesting for months…
Effective tonight, every article will get auto-saved every ten minutes. If a writer gets logged out, loses computer power, or spills beer on their keyboard, then they will automatically recover their article the next time they open the “Write” form.
Writers can also auto-save whenever they like by clicking ‘save draft’ on the Write interface.
The site will remember every writer’s most recent work-in-progress until they have successfully submitted the piece.
The second feature is a simple and subtle one, but still quite important:
Though it may seem like a minimal addition, page breaks are very important, and there are several reasons why we have added them:
*Research consistently shows that users are more likely to avoid reading articles that appear very long and therefore time-consuming. It’s that simple. Since Bleacher Report has so many great writers who put a lot of time into their articles, we felt that we needed page breaks as an option in order to limit how many readers bypass longer content.
*It’s the industry standard, and Bleacher Report is committed to giving our articles no less than the full treatment.
*It will help us learn a lot about what kind of articles users read, which in turn, will help us pass valuable information to our writers.