Working to improve blogs
by, 06/29/2012 at 03:22 AM (4855 Views)
The Blog part of this site is my baby.
I think it's a fantastic aspect of the forum that is underutilized and underpromoted. It is one of my goals to make it so 10% of the population is taking advantage of the blog system on this site, something you don't find on many other forums.
What have I been working on?
First and foremost, I have been working on improving Blog's promotion on the Front Page. Currently, we have a 'Latest Blogs' section of the Front Page, but it has issues and I am working to fix some of the problems.
The perfect system, in my mind, showcases 5 of the latest Blog posts, but limits it to 1-2 from each poster. Gotta love PokemonTrader, but it's hard to showcase 5 Blog posts when 4/5 are from the same writer. Perhaps the underlining system is flawed in that aspect, but I think a limitation of 1 or 2 blog posts per user per latest blog posts is fair.
Second, I want to revamp the Blog homepage. Right now, I think it isn't very welcoming. It seems, at the moment, the vBulletin system is very limited. There isn't an exact page I can edit to include information and content; vBulletin literally constructs the Blog homepage from a specific script.
I did look into adding a 'Featured Blog Post', but at the moment it is buggy. I can get it to showcase only a few blog posts, but that isn't what I'd like it to do. I want it to showcase random blog posts that have been posted in the last month, changing every 6 hours. At least, that's the plan.
So, I thought, I haven't posted a blog post in a while. Why shouldn't I keep the blog people up to date with how the blog administrator is working on the system? Here's that post.