I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a career out of writing about games, and now I have. You'll find most of my stuff right here on HonestGamers, of course, but don't be surprised if my name pops up elsewhere. Living out my dream keeps me very busy, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
I've updated blogs a bit this evening. The result is that they should be a bit easier to use. *fingers crossed*
The top bar now includes a 'Site' option (to return to the main HonestGamers site), a 'Blogs' option (to view the landing page that new users will see if they click the 'Blogs' link from the main page of the site) and a 'My Blog' option (which of course takes a signed-in user to his current blog). If you view blogs while not signed into your account, that third link allows you to easily login.
The main landing page now lists the most popular blogs, from most popular (mine currently) to least popular of the top 8 blogs. Users can easily click to check out those blogs and get to know the most popular bloggers.
I'm trying to get as many people as possible involved in a giveaway that's going on over at hardcoregamer.com (where as some of you know, I spend a great deal of my time). The contest is for a free Xbox 360 (Halo-themed) and a copy of Halo 3. If I were eligible, you can bet your ass I'd be participating right now... but I'm not.
You, however, are completely eligible. So, here's the post about the thread that I've posted elsewhere online (since I'm too lazy to type everything up again).
Hardcoregamer.com and Gamer Graffix have teamed up to award one talented and fortunate gamer a free Xbox 360, along with a bunch of other really cool stuff related to Halo 3. If you're a Halo fan, here's the grand prize you could win:
3 FOOT GAMER GRAFFIX HALO 3 MASTER CHIEF WALL GRAFFIX™
This month, I've been playing games like there's no tomorrow. I think by the time November has ended, I'll have written something like 15 reviews. It's crazy.
I plan to take a bit of a break in December. I'm sure I'll still review a lot of games, but I don't foresee myself playing through as many as I have in November... nor do I want to!
Playing through so many games has really improved my general skill level, but at the same time I'm not able to really absorb everything that's beautiful about the games. It's kind of like walking outside and suddenly you feel like staring at the clouds drifting lazily by overhead or the way the breeze stirs the trees as the ocean stretches to the horizon, except that you can't because you have to go to work.
I had a song stuck in my head today and it wouldn't go away. Fortunately, I own the CD, so I was able to listen to it and that has helped quite a bit.
In other news, I stayed up until almost 6 this morning finishing Assassin's Creed. The plan is to post a review for it on Thanksgiving. It's a good game, by the way, but it definitely has a few flaws the detract from how awesome it winds up being.
Okay, I think my flurry of blog updates has more or less concluded. I certainly have no more huge new features planned. The most work I'll be doing for awhile is smoothing out any rough edges I or other users find.
I'm really happy with these changes. The blogs have now reached the feature set I had in mind when I redesigned a few months back, and are also more in line with the plans I had when I created "realms" all those years ago (a few of you may remember those).
Now I can head into 2008 knowing that the site really has all the great features I wanted it to have, and can focus on generating content.
This feature was fairly difficult to implement and probably won't matter to most of you, but it's part of my long-term plans for the blogs and now it seems to be done.
Anyway, you now have your own forum associated with your blog. The reasoning behind this feature is that some people want to build a little community on the Internet, but don't necessarily feel like going through the trouble of making a whole site. For those people, I'm trying to make a lot of good features available through the HonestGamers blogs.
I spent most of today tweaking the blogs rather substantially, though most probably didn't notice. Here's a list of what was done:
1) You can now choose to make your background fixed if you don't want it to scroll.
2) You can now make the background of the main window semi-transparent, though this will affect any images and other content displaying there. Still, it looks cool (I think).
3) Now you can add friend codes, gamertags and PSN IDs to your profile if you want.
4) Changes you make to your blog's appearance will now appear on the confirmation page, meaning it's easier to click 'Back' and correct any horrible mistakes you might make. It should also be less confusing for some users, as well.