Hearts Abound!

In honor of Valentine’s week, we’ve sprinkled some hearts around the Explore page, making it easier for you to show your support for other Accompl.sh members! Yay for spreading the love!

And speaking of love! There’s a new Challenge just in time for Valentine’s Day! 52 Love Notes sounds like a great way to win over the hearts of your loved ones, don’t you think?

Have a lovely week!

New Tools, New Look, More Awesome.

It’s been a while since Accompl.sh got a design tune-up, but it was worth the wait!

Today we’re starting to roll out a new design - one that feels less cluttered, is mobile-optimized, and most importantly, gets you to the tools you need!

On top of the new design, we’re rolling out a feature that we’ve been working on behind the scenes and that some of you have gotten the chance to test: Daily Goals!

Daily goals lets you identify which goals you need to update every day and puts them in one easy-to-reach place. Once you’ve set your Daily Goals, you can update your progress straight from your Dashboard and we’ll generate an update so that everyone can share in your success on the Explore page. (That’s if your goal is public, of course!)

As always, there’s lots more to come including reminders and more, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we’d love to hear your feedback on these new updates!

Head over to your Dashboard to get started!

Good news! No longer will your inbox be flooded because you joined a popular Challenge!
After seeing how many emails the influx of new Challenge participants generated (I don’t know about you, but my inbox was pretty full with notifications!), I’ve just put together a daily digest email for Challenges.
Once your Challenge has begun, you’ll start to get a digest email once/day that sums up all of the activity in all of your Challenges including progress updates and comments! That’s right: just ONE! email! 
If you’d like, you can opt-out of these digest emails on your settings page, but with such a simple way to stay updated on your Challenges, why would you?! :)

Good news! No longer will your inbox be flooded because you joined a popular Challenge!

After seeing how many emails the influx of new Challenge participants generated (I don’t know about you, but my inbox was pretty full with notifications!), I’ve just put together a daily digest email for Challenges.

Once your Challenge has begun, you’ll start to get a digest email once/day that sums up all of the activity in all of your Challenges including progress updates and comments! That’s right: just ONE! email! 

If you’d like, you can opt-out of these digest emails on your settings page, but with such a simple way to stay updated on your Challenges, why would you?! :)

Just in time for New Years resolutions!

We’re reaching that time of year! It’s New Years resolution time!

As the end of the year quickly approaches, more and more lists become New Years Resolution lists - mine included! In fact, it’s why I built Accompl.sh in the first place - I wanted a way to track my own resolutions!

There’s a tiny problem with the system though: I’m generally watching the ball drop on my TV and not sitting at my computer locking my list! And it certainly isn’t the first thing on my mind when I wake up on New Years Day!

This year, to make life easier, I’ve added a special setting to all unlocked lists: You can choose to have your list lock automatically on January 1, 2012!

If you opt in to having your list automatically lock on Jan 1, you’ll have up until then to add, edit, and perfect your list. On Jan 1, any list with more than 10 goals that is opted in will be automagically locked and you’ll get an email reminding you to get started on completing your goals!

It really can’t get any easier!

So go on and start your list. Accompl.sh will handle the rest.

We did it! Kaitycakes just completed goal #30,000!
I’m incredibly proud of how far our little community has come! When I built 101in365 almost 2 years ago it was just a simple tool for me to keep track of my own goals. Now 874 people have completed at least 1 goal using Accompl.sh (which means the average user completes 34 of their goals!) I love watching the checks and progress reports come through every day and I hope you’ve had as much fun as I’ve had so far!
Here’s to the first 30,000, the next 30,000, and who knows, maybe someday, 1,000,000!
You guys rock.

We did it! Kaitycakes just completed goal #30,000!

I’m incredibly proud of how far our little community has come! When I built 101in365 almost 2 years ago it was just a simple tool for me to keep track of my own goals. Now 874 people have completed at least 1 goal using Accompl.sh (which means the average user completes 34 of their goals!) I love watching the checks and progress reports come through every day and I hope you’ve had as much fun as I’ve had so far!

Here’s to the first 30,000, the next 30,000, and who knows, maybe someday, 1,000,000!

You guys rock.

Filter Your List

One of the features I most often get requests for is the ability to see some sort of summary of the types of goals in a particular list. With the old tagging system, this was somewhat possible, but really messy. Thanks to the new category system that I posted about this morning, we can finally see what people are listing about!

This new module on the sidebar is basically a filtering system: it shows you the most common categories in that list and when you click on a particular category, it will filter the list to just show you the goals in it!

As more people add their goals to the new category system, I’ll be able to show a lot more interesting things like who the top listers are in the Travel category or who’s making the best progress in Food and Cooking, so go on and organize your goals! It only gets more awesome from here!

Organize Your Goals

Tags have been a long-standing issue on Accompl.sh - they were hidden, often broken, and there was no real way to navigate among them. 

They’re gone now. 

Tags have been replaced with a stricter category structure that will allow for a much better browse experience. You can add categories straight from your list page. 

There are a few categories to start and I’ll be adding more as I take suggestions and/or see the need pop up.

With these new categories come new ways for you to browse through what people have added: Explore Categories. This new data will also allow me to do cooler things within your list like show what types of goals you’re working on (perhaps you’re a fitness buff with 10 goals categorized as Health & Fitness) and also suggest goals and other members to you based on your common categories. Hopefully that’ll come soon!

Have an idea for a category that’s not included in this first list? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of new Activity on your Dashboard!

Accompl.sh has grown a CRAZY amount since I first added the Dashboard last April, both in terms of members and features. The Dashboard, sadly, hasn’t gotten much attention in that time, but that’s starting to change!

Until now there were 3 types of activity on your Dashboard: Someone updated the progress of their goal, someone liked a goal, and someone commented on a goal. These updates were also constrained to activity that happened TO you rather than including other activity from the people you’re following. Sadly this left out all of the awesome bits of OTHER activity on the site. Things like joining a Challenge, creating a new list, following other people, etc. were all left unannounced and unacknowledged. 

Good news! That’s all changed! The new activity feed on your Dashboard gives you all sorts of new updates, and sometimes even more details on the updates that already exist. This new system not only tells you what’s happening to your goals and Challenges, but also what the people you’re following are up to around the site. 

Here’s a taste of the new update types:

I’ll leave it to you to find the others. Can’t give away all the surprises, now can I?!

A New Round of Challenges

As an experimental part of the site, Challenges have been through a lot of changes over the last month. They’ve had rules added and removed, they’ve crashed, they’ve gotten stuck. Overall, they’ve had a rough life so far.

But, despite all of that, so many of you have made such fantastic progress on your Challenges. Some of the comment threads are super active and so many tips are being exchanged among the the players. It’s been so cool to watch, and I’ve done my best to keep them up and running despite being duct taped together as an experiment.

One month in, it’s quite clear what works and what doesn’t. I’ve gone into hiding these last few days to sit down and (hopefully) solve the issues with the Challenges system once and for all. And I’m happy (and relieved!) to say that I just pushed those fixes live!

Here’s what’s new with Challenges:

  • The idea of “rounds” has been organized a lot more. Rounds still have the requirement of 3 or more players, but instead of being rolling or beginning when the previous round has ended, Rounds now begin each Monday. On Monday the system will check for any Round that has 3 or more players and will kick it off. This means no more waiting months (or even a YEAR!) before you can participate in a Challenge!
  • Each Challenge now has a Challenge page and a Round page. The Challenge page highlights all of the important info about the Challenge and helps you get to your Round page. Your Round page is where you get to update your progress and chat with your team. Consider it your home within the Challenge.
  • The Wall of Fame (pending a much better name) is new! Each Challenge page has a Wall of Fame that spotlights all of the members who’ve completed that Challenge. All the cool kids want to be on the Wall of Fame.
  • Coming soon: A more organized commenting system.

There are a lot of other crazy bits behind the scenes to power this seemingly simple update, but I’m pretty confident the new system will hold up in a much more graceful fashion from here on out!

So go on and check out the new Challenges! What do you think of the new system?