I have a blog. It’s not very good and it doesn’t have a ton of readers, but I’d still rather use Discourse than Disqus for a comment section. However, if it feels arrogant/wasteful/unsustainable to use a whole Discourse instance for myself. It would be nice to share an instance with someone with similar interests. By “share” I mean that all the bloggers link to a post in the instance for their comment section, but each blogger maintains their own Discourse site.
Consequently, I propose a website (or a Discourse instance?) dedicated to finding people to share instances with as a funnel for potential customers for the platform.
Being a pretty novice UX/UI person, I’m not sure what the flow for this application would be, but it seems pretty similar to a dating site:
- Let someone tag their interests for easy searching/matching with others.
- Let them create a profile describing themselves, as well as a curated list of 5 of their blog posts demonstrating their style/interests.
Being an amateur full-stack web-dev person, I’m not sure how hard this would be to make. It feels like a simple Rails CRUD app, but I might be wrong. I think all you need is:
- Basic database saving user data
- Front-end for each profile
- Front-end for searching/browsing profiles
- I’m assuming the people interested in each other can just use email for contact?
Being an even worse biz-dev person, I have no idea if this is worth it to build/host. Some things to consider:
- How many people want to use Discourse as comments for their blogs?
- How often do blogs have similar themes that would enable sharing of a Discourse instance to be beneficial?
- Would a bunch of little Discourse instances be just a profitable/meaningful as big Discourse instances paid by large companies?
- Alternatively, if Discourse itself doesn’t want to invest time/resources to create this site, is there possibility for some sort of referral program? I’m not even clear how those work and if that would viable for Discourse.