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Blogs? What's Next for MMOG?

Posted 10-07-2008 at 11:30 AM by NoeJeko
Updated 02-18-2009 at 09:41 PM by NoeJeko
If you see this and tl;dr you probably shouldn't be looking at blogs... gb2/forum/

The MMOG Blogs received mixed reactions. The vast majority have been positive and it's definitely more than we expected. A few users expressed privacy concerns with moderation which we addressed in our moderation announcement. Some members expressed concern that we're not trying to be a fansite - but rather a "Facebook" for MMO gamers.

The latter group are right, to a point. MMOG was designed as a gaming "community" - not explicitly a "fansite". There are some drawbacks to being a "fansite". First, when people leave a game, they have little reason to stick around your site. Second, game official forums are getting better. They have better moderation, better features, and their activity is steadily increasing. A fansite needs to work so much harder for that "angle" that brings gamers to them instead of the official forums.

MMOG, designed as a community, was started to outlive the end-of-life of a game and give its members a reason to stick around - even if they don't play one of our featured games. We also limit the number of games we feature so that we can create a more close-knit community. We don't want to become another MMOsite or OnRPG. Don't get me wrong, MMOsite is great - as an informational resource. They're a partner of ours and they're good at what they do. However, no one that I've spoken with goes to MMOsite for its community - they go for information. OnRPG has a community but it's spread too thin. They cover everything and thus have a massive amount of forums that receive mediocre attention. We want few forums, much information, and much interaction.

"So, all this talk on strategy - what about the blogs? That is the topic of your entry."

Glad you asked:

The next step for the MMOG blogs is to implement vBulletin blogs 2.x when it releases a stable release. People can look for features such as:

* Blog Customization - users may customize their blogs in the same manner that they can customize their user profiles (introduced in 3.6).
* Group Blogs - users may allow other users to post to their blog.
* Sidebar Blocks - users may create custom blocks to display in their sidebar. These blocks can be rearranged by drag and drop.
* Custom Pages - users may create custom pages to be displayed in their blog.
* Tags - tag support has been included.
* Featured Entry Manager - multiple entries can be featured on the blog home page now.
* Private Entries - users may set specific entries to be private while leaving their blog open.
* Admin Categories - admins may define categories now.

"Ok great, you talked about the blogs - so what's the 'whats next' mean? I could have read this on the forums!"

We're pushing for stronger interest in the image galleries. The idea is good but, I'm sad to say, our initial vision of them was flawed. Many sites out there have successful image galleries - so why don't we?

Lack of proper marketing and lack of community involvement.

We locked them down too much and we didn't give members a reason to use them.

That's all about to change. There will be upcoming periodic events (such as the ultra-successful Profile of the Month) that draw upon images in the gallery. At least one of these events will require no artistic ability and no "l33t photoshop skillz"; only creativity and your imagination. We're working on some nice prizes to give away to event winners as well. In fact, I just sent some information to a game publisher trying to negotiate continued sponsorship of one of these events. I won't say who, for now, as nothing is finalized but I'm known for my history of giving cliffhanger teasers. One thing's for sure - there will be good reasons to use the gallery, use the blogs, use the forums, edit the wiki, and get involved in the community!

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  1. NoeJeko's Avatar
    Nice, I find an SEO error with my own blog post..
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    Posted 10-07-2008 at 11:47 AM by NoeJeko NoeJeko is offline
  2. WhatThePhuc's Avatar
    yea, i'd have to say
    profile of the month got more attention than sig of the week
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    Posted 10-07-2008 at 12:43 PM by WhatThePhuc WhatThePhuc is offline
  3. DemiGodDanzig's Avatar
    its because everyone can participate in making a pimped profile.
    an awesome sig,not so much /=
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    Posted 10-07-2008 at 01:15 PM by DemiGodDanzig DemiGodDanzig is offline
  4. Bob's Avatar
    I has much chicken. :3
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    Posted 10-10-2008 at 10:40 AM by Bob Bob is offline
 
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