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Development wish list for Nonstop

Here’s what I want to see on Nonstop. What about you?

Posted October 29, 2010 by Diane Seo

If you’re a regular reader of Nonstop, I’m sure you’ve noticed that several of our writers/photographers/bloggers have ventured far beyond Honolulu this month.

Tracy Chan was the first to go, flying to California to visit family. Catherine Toth then took off on her European trip to France and England, only to be followed by John Garcia, who went on his honeymoon through Africa and Europe. Next was Melissa Chang, who traveled to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and finally blogger Jermel Lynn-Quillopo saw a friend in California.

Throughout the month, traveling members of our Nonstop team blogged about their journeys, uploading countless pics of what they saw, did and ate. It was a fun diversion, but I’m happy to say, we’re all back in Honolulu. And after this Halloween weekend, we’ll be brainstorming ways we can expand and improve our offerings on Nonstop.

It’s been an excellent ride so far, and I have to give huge props to the core Nonstop team — John, Melissa, Mari Taketa, Tracy, Cat and Ed Morita — for literally working their butts off for the betterment of this site.

One of the most exciting things to see is the reader community we’ve built, especially for our food coverage and blogs. We love when we get comments, sometimes for the most unexpected posts, like Mari’s “What is it about saimin?” entry, which got a lot of people riled up… in a good way. We hope to keep building this reader community and make Nonstop the island’s main meeting place for people who love to eat, go out and have fun.

We know we’ve had some technical issues, and that some days, our content offerings are better than others. But I assure you, we’re working on all these things. Nonstop will continue to be in constant development technically, as well as on the design and editorial fronts. We’re about two months old now and already thinking about Nonstop 2.0.

Here are some of the things on my development wish list:

• More entertainment coverage, including movie reviews and concert reviews. I know we can’t review every upcoming movie, but I’d like to be able to send someone to advance screenings for the bigger flicks. And for events like the recent Adam Lambert concert, I’d love to send someone who could also live tweet from the event, then do a review, maybe even as part of the concert photo gallery.

• More video to accompany our food reviews and other content

• Some type of television presence for our Nonstop content

• Adding great bloggers who can expand our coverage to new areas

• A photo gallery with thumbnails that’s displayed well across all browsers

Now, I’m curious about what’s on your development wish for Nonstop. What would you like to see added or changed on the site? We’ll be taking these technical, design and editorial suggestions seriously, so let us know.

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  1. turkfontaine
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    i’ve always wanted to see little sidebar ‘neighborhood’ sections, highlighting businesses, commuity activities and even man on the street type interviews. another thing i think might be interesting is spotlighting citizens who are contributing to the improvement of quality of life in some way. and then there are the seniors, of whom i am a reluctant member.

    my hope for the site is that it will be THE go-to place, not only for tourists but for locals.

  2. LyndaTakara
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Hate to be a party pooper, but would like to see some restaurants that serve healthy, low cal food! Some days I feel like I’m eating way to much and need to get back on track.

  3. DianeSeo
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 4:49 am

    @LyndaTakara Haha, we do tend to skew toward the more decadent places. But point taken.

  4. MikeSumida
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Let me start by saying this site rocks. You folks have done an excellent job laying it out and I really enjoy the variety of content and mix of voices. Here are a couple of ideas I’ve had…
    I would like to see separate RSS feeds for the individual blogs. I thought it was being developed, but it hasn’t materialized.
    I also think a ‘Next Nonstop Star’ blogging contest would be fun. You could start with a pool of applicants and coose a different topic by week. Your readers could “vote” (by commenting, likes, etc.) to keep their favorite writer in the running.

  5. DianeSeo
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

    @MikeSumida I like the idea of trying to find the next Nonstop blogger. Let me mull over this, but a good suggestion.

  6. turkfontaine
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 10:41 am

    @DianeSeo @MikeSumida a thought occured: Diane, did you happen to know Molly Ivins in you Ft.Worth days?

  7. Harrycovair
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Diane Seo ,

    I’d like to see a way of indexing the various food sites whether it be types of food served, specific location (downtown HNL, Kaimuki, Aiea, San Francisco, etc.), I’m just using food as a top tiered topic since I respond mostly in this category. The indexing can also be expanded to include your pics site, as recorded by Tracy or Jermel, Ed’s reviews on the HIFF films he saw,and the travel adventures of Cat and John. Of course I’d be dismissed if I didn’t hoist a tall stein to the foodie contributors Mari and Melissa. PROST!

    This is a tall order Diane.You might have to seek the services of a SQL/MySQL database person to plan out the database structure.

    I like how NSHNL has transformed itself into an almost 3-D like matrix of events, blogs, discussion, and community input. At this point of your 2nd month of operation, I’m already falling behind on reading all the posts from NSHNL. Best Wishes to you all and Kudos to the Team.

  8. DianeSeo
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    @Harrycovair Good feedback and something we have been thinking about. Being able to easily search and find past content is vitally important for a site like ours. One of the things I’d like to have as well is a way to link related past content to current content. Especially with food coverage, people will pull up older pics and look at them all over again.

  9. Melissa808
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    @DianeSeo @Harrycovair like their favorite food porn? XD

  10. DianeSeo
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    @turkfontaine Molly was a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram whiile I was there, but she didn’t work in the office. If I remember, she was actually based in Austin or anothe part of Texas, so I never met her. But loved her writing.

  11. 808marv
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    @DianeSeo @Harrycovair Yeah I think there needs to be some improvement in searching for the food posts. For example I typed in “burger” and some of the results were Cat’s blog about women with raspy voices and the little girl playing Danno’s daughter in Five-O. Huh? I agree with @Harrycovair that a more advanced search with would help better this situation.

  12. 808marv
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    By “television presence”, do you mean some kind of show? If so I think it might be better to stick to internet video as it is available 24/7 to a wide range of people. Usually when I’ve seen local shows on food/lifestyle/entertainment on TV they get stuck in some bad timeslot like Saturday at 3 p.m. or Sunday at 11:30 p.m. Well OK OC16 might work though since they have shows on multiple times, also Oceanic’s digital on demand channels. A few TV ads to promote the site would be good. Overall it would be cool to see more video on the site even if they are short clips.

  13. DianeSeo
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:43 am

    @808marv Yeah, the first step is to get more video on the site. But my thought is that our content is well suited to be featured on some type of TV program. We’ll see how it goes.

  14. DianeSeo
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:47 am

    @808marv @Harrycovair Yes agreed, Nonstop needs a really good search system. Thanks for bringing this up.

  15. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    DS: I am way out of your target audience, in fact I am actually “in a galaxy far, far away”, but here is my take. I was very interested when EO did some stuff on HIFF and was hoping she would do an in-depth review of the movies she saw. Which brings up the thought of perhaps including cinema reviews as a regular or semi-regular feature. Hopefully, some of your target audience “go to the movies”. At least Cat, Wine Gurl, and EO can rate the “popcorn”!?? I am guessing that at least a good portion of the NSHNL do a little “decompression” in the darkened chamber we call the “movie theater”. Seeing all the stuff you guys are into, I wonder how you decompress or is it that you are on it 24/7? Sorry for the !’s.

  16. DianeSeo
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 4:11 am

    @Annoddah_Dave Yeah, movie reviews are definitely on my radar, probably not every weekend, but at least for some of the more interesting films that come to Hawaii. Will figure out a way to do that. And no worries about the exclamation points!

  17. NonStopMari
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 4:41 am

    @DianeSeo @Annoddah_Dave u wanted reviews?? aw, i didn’t know. i made it to 2 foodie films, was too sick and missed the rest, and after both films i went to eat. i cd’ve reviewed both the films and the food i reco’d to eat after!

    i’ll be on the lookout for upcoming foodie films. when ‘julie and julia’ came out, mavro rented the theater for a showing to kick off his 3-course julie and julia menu featuring items from the movie. the place was packed. i think there’s definitely a foodie audience for foodie films.

  18. Melissa_Kim
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I’d love to see a directory of nightlife spots and a brief summary about each spot, or the type of outing it’s good for or not good for. Like right now I’m trying to think of a good place to take my cousins visiting from Toronto later this month and went to your Nightlife link and saw that it only has photo galleries.

  19. DianeSeo
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 5:24 am

    @Melissa_Kim That’s a really good idea. WIll pass that on to Tracy Chan and see if we can have something like that.

  20. Harrycovair
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    @melissa808 @DianeSeo fuud prom, yummmm.
    NSHNL’s database will incorporate many items. Static items such as pictures and (hopefully) video, links to blogs, cross references to external sources/links, and the like. That means in the background NSHNL will need to tag items with certain parameters that need to be discussed with your database person. Not an easy task by far.

  21. chant808
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 5:05 am

    @Melissa_Kim Your suggestion has inspired me.. I think I’m going to do a mini-series on my blog about where to take out-of-towners, where to find different types of music and people, etc. etc. Thanks!

  22. Melissa_Kim
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

    @chant808 Awesome, glad to hear it!

  23. 808marv
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Speaking of developing websites I guess everyone has seen that another site has popped up on the internets recently that is trying to get the “pulse” of what’s going on in Honolulu hint hint…IMO some articles there seem to have gotten a few ideas from this site. ;-)

About Diane Seo

Diane Seo, the editor and co-founder of Nonstop Honolulu, is the Digital Media director for Upspring Media. Prior, she served as managing producer of Metromix Honolulu; manager of The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF section; Managing Director of New Media for the ATP, which runs men's professional tennis worldwide; a senior editor at and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

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