Welcome to the new Zazzle Blog. zNews has been recycled into this great new Zazzle destination, that will actually be updated often *GASP* and I’m here from now on to inform you of all the happenings. So where do we start? It’s been about six months since the last post (ya, lots of heads-down coding)… so, basically I’m going to try and braindump all of the Zazzle updates for the past six months in action-movie-montage-style, or as it’s called in the online world, a blogtage. Here we go, deep breath…
After the release of our Create-a-Product API, we released 12 new product lines (now over 250 styles and colors in apparel), a PayPal earnings integration, a major partnership with The Picture People, thousands of incredible and historically significant images from Getty Image’s Hulton Archive, lots of pet-loving API partners (Purina, Dogster & Catster), classic song lyrics from Authentic Stars (from the Beatles to Skynyrd), Jessica Alba and others supporting the HSUS in our Sealed with a Kiss program, new gallery templates for those who contribute (which should be you!), waaaay better image management in MyZazzle, a Gift Center to help for those special occasions, design tool optimization for even speedier drag-and-drop ajax customization, a new feedback email address to capture your input (firstname.lastname@example.org) and other stuff that the last episode of “Heroes” just evicted from my head…. Wow, that was a lot of typing, feeling light headed….room spinning….
(2 minutes later…)
Well, now that the floor and I have been properly introduced, let me also fill you in on what is happening around the Zazzle office. We’ve grown pretty dramatically since that last post… in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m wedged tightly in between Darren and Jan (two of our black belt UI developers) on a coffee table. Darren smells especially good today (he must’ve actually showered… nice!).
Anyhew, when meetings started happening in our lobby, the shower room, and even on the street, we knew it was finally time to upgrade. So we’re in the process of moving to a glorious new building at the Pacific Shores Center. It’s bigger, brighter and has lots of incredible shared amenities, including a huge gym with a rock climbing wall, a basketball court, swimming pool (we’re holding out until spring on that one), a 20-person jacuzzi (we’re there), softball, volleyball, and even a bocce ball court. It’s glorious. We’re never going home. I will have pictures from the move soon so that you can see the happy Zazzlers in their natural environment (please don’t feed them, it’s not wise).
So that is really it, and from now on I, the Zazzle Blogger (er Zlogger?), promise to deliver relevant and interesting posts at least once a week to ensure you’re up to date on what’s going on at Zazzle. And, hey, if you’ve got a great Zazzle story to share, send it my way and I will get it up here for everyone else to read.
That is all for now…be ready for more soon…