I've been thinking about this site recently, and I realized that there's more functionality that I'd like to add to RL. There's a few small things I'd like to incorporate fairly soon, like a photo widget on the side, or easier-to-use video capabilities. Additionally, it'd be great to have a ticker-tape somewhere nearby that would display all of @dcfireems's recent updates on Twitter, so that those without an account can follow along. 

On a larger scale, I would eventually like to add more full pages to the site; I was thinking a whole section for photos (user-submitted would be nice), and perhaps a forum area in the future. It just seems to me that there's more I can do to draw readers in and keep them here; the goal would be to have everyone not just read the most recent post and move on, but instead stay for a while and browse around the expanded content. I just don't want it to be too cluttered, you know? 

It's definitely a work-in-progress…

I'll be tooling around with this over the next week or so; if anyone has any ideas, please speak up! You can email me at raisingladders@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post. 

Thanks again to everyone who reads Raising Ladders; the emails from fans and my slowly-growing readership definitely inspire me to continue writing about the best damn job in the world. I'd love to see the site grow and mature, and I think the best way to do it is with your input.


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Alex Capece

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St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!
Great job, brethren ... be bald (bold) even off the fire ground.
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John Struve
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As I read all the above I wondered "How does it work?" Are fire personnel asking for pledges from the public to be paid to this charity when the personnel have their heads shaved? The ad above was not clear to me. I will read it again. The charity is certainly a very worthwhile cause.…
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Jonny Hope
Farewell, brother.
So very well said Brother. Mike was such an awesome guy. Sure am gonna miss him and his stories. Mike touch so many people on and off the job. Mike will continue to live on in so many of us. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute with us about Mike. 
2013-12-04 21:49:48
Scott Jones
Farewell, brother.
A Very toching tribute from a true brother. Thoughts and prayers to his family and his brothers and sisters in DC.  Scott Jones, BC Springfield, MO
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