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    Garibaldi
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    BIG NEWS - THE EVOLUTION OF SMASH HAS ARRIVED !

    Post  Garibaldi on Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:23 pm

    Hi Smashers,

    As you may know, we've mentioned more than a few times that we were looking for ways to take Smash forward and to try and draw new members in. Well, the Mod Mob have not been idle, we have been considering how to do this. And the answer always came back to the same thing: Some sort of portal site or page, much like Smash Wrestling was to SmashLife, to catch attention and guide people in here.

    The problem was always what form it would take, where we'd get the content from and how it would actually be capable of drawing people in. Building something without even knowing what we were doing was out. But gradually the idea of something a number of people could contribute columns to came up.

    The developer in me clicked in - I started seeing images of diferent coloured sections down the right hand side of a page, highlighting contributions on certain subjects, searchable by author. Main menu to all sections down the left. Big link to the forum on all pages. Ideas like regular sports, TV, film and event reviews. Fully searchable. All database driven for archives, page templates, and because I could build bloody databases.

    Sounded good.

    But of course that needed one big thing: regular contributions. And how many games on Smash have shown we can't guarantee that? So back to the drawing board?

    No.

    The idea bubbled under for a while until I was surfing online a couple of weeks ago. At one point I found out about Steven Page leaving the Barenaked Ladies, and found myself on their Blog pages. And his Blog page. And I saw how rarely some parts of theirs were updated and how often others were - some contributed regularly, others when the mood hit them. And it worked. Surprisingly simple...

    I explored quite a few online blog communities and I've found the perfect one in blogspot - it allows multiple contributors, you can host your blog on their server with or withour a URL (just like smashlives)...and it's free to set up.

    So welcome, divas and gentlemen, to SMASHBLOGS...A chance for a number of our regular posters to speak a bit more about what they want, more column inches than they generally get in a forum post, but with a link to "meet the bloggers" on Smashlives. Not everyone will be able to blog on there, because that would just be a mess - it needs to be focussed - but there's an ability for everyone else to add comments to any of the blog entries.

    We picked a list of guys who are intelligent, literate and who have a bit of variety in interests and tone, and where generally we've seen something to show that they'd be good in the medium. We've asked them, some are in, some we're waiting on, and there's a couple who may come onboard a little way down the line. We're looking at seeing how it goes with this line-up, however we'll be looking at it and discussing possible additions if we decide it works or needs a shake-up.

    I'd have liked to have a couple more in place by today, but there's a big reaso for launching tonight.

    As an initial line-up, we're going the following guys:

    The Mod Mob (Me, Sweatsock and BoD)
    Bradshaw101
    Inno

    The url, as it stands, is http://smashblogs.blogspot.com/. That's not a permanent one, but I can't afford to buy that one until we see if it works.

    The big reason - assuming he sees my response confirming that we'll go ahead with it, tonight will see the official launch with BRADSHAW101'S LIVE MANIA BLOG!

    Bear in mind that any rules in here will carry out there, and that we want to get people in here to inject fresh blood into Smash, so to both Bloggers and commenters, I say please keep real bitching here in the asylum, and consider the Blog as "selling" the forum.

    Welcome to Smash: The Brand. Smash: The Evolution...SmashBlogs


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    Post  Bradshaw101 on Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:31 pm

    Just to confirm that the Liveblog is going ahead. Hope to see you all there!
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    Post  showstealer on Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:39 pm

    Good stuff, but I have to ask the big question here...

    Are you going to join Hector's xpert11 thing? Smile
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    Post  Bradshaw101 on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:01 pm

    I've started the liveblog now - catch it here.
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    Post  Hector_Nicols_Accordian on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:07 pm

    Bradshaw101 wrote:I've started the liveblog now - catch it here.

    I'm excited - good work everyone involved. I would quite like to be involved in a month or so if convenient for everyone.
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    Post  Hector_Nicols_Accordian on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:09 pm

    How can we post a comment to interact with the live blog? Is it possible or does he just do it on his own? I am not really sure what these things are.
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    Post  Garibaldi on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:10 pm

    Hector_Nicols_Accordian wrote:
    Bradshaw101 wrote:I've started the liveblog now - catch it here.

    I'm excited - good work everyone involved. I would quite like to be involved in a month or so if convenient for everyone.

    Check your PMs - you were one of the ones we were waiting on! Laughing


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    Post  Hector_Nicols_Accordian on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:12 pm

    Yeah, well I will say hopefully in a month or so then Smile
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    Post  Bradshaw101 on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:18 pm

    Hector_Nicols_Accordian wrote:How can we post a comment to interact with the live blog? Is it possible or does he just do it on his own? I am not really sure what these things are.

    You should be able to post a comment on the blog, just click where it currently says "No Comments". I'll also be keeping an eye on the Mania thread here.
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    Post  Garibaldi on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:22 pm

    Hector_Nicols_Accordian wrote:How can we post a comment to interact with the live blog? Is it possible or does he just do it on his own? I am not really sure what these things are.

    Whe you click "comment" at the foot of the post, you'll be asked what type of account you want to use (e.g. blogger, google, Wordpress, OpenID). You will need one of them at this point Whichever you select, you'll be asked to log into it. That's just to verify users enough to be able to spot anyone being a dillweed. Most people on blogger have an account so it won't cost us possible members - you even have one if you have googlemail/gmail.

    The two systems can't copy logins across from the forum, so you can't just go and be logged in straight away. Should we custom build the next version of the forum and blog, then that will be one of the things I'll look to do.


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    Post  Hector_Nicols_Accordian on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:29 pm

    Right, I don't have access to any of those things. Not to worry, I will look forward to reading it anyway Smile
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    Post  Garibaldi on Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:02 pm

    Hector_Nicols_Accordian wrote:Right, I don't have access to any of those things. Not to worry, I will look forward to reading it anyway Smile

    Aw hell, I'll disable it for tonight!

    Done. Anonymous commenting allowed for one night only! Select name/URL and put your name

    btw - Anyone without one just sign up for Googlemail/gmail. No need to use it as an actual email address. Or there's AIM or livejournal as well.


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