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!
As a result of a LOT of coding on my part during the past 24 hours, the site now has two features you might not yet have noticed.
1) While You're Here...
This feature applies to game profiles on the regular site. When a user loads a game profile page, or a review or cheats or any other page that links to a game profile, they'll get the usual info, plus a "While You're Here..." box that recommends another title from the database.
So, I was wondering this evening: what prevents you from being more active on the site?
Right now, we have the Wii giveaway going on, and even that doesn't seem to be doing a lot to encourage the sort of activity I feel the site really deserves. We're improving and people are posting in their blogs more (hi, nash!), but it seems like there's still so far to go.
Is it something the site isn't offering that it really should? Are you just not into games like you once were? Are you new here and not sure how the community will react to your posts? Are you not sure how to even post?
I continue to make substantial site tweaks as the end of 2007 draws ever nearer. I'd like to have almost everything finalized by the time 2008 arrives, since I have big plans then that will likely keep me too busy to do much coding.
Tonight's work is as follows:
1) Forums now display in a broader scope. The left column has been removed so that there's more room for content. That brings the forums morein line with typical forums without sacrificing the critical right column where the latest reviews and other interesting content displays.
So, the lovely weather here has been continuing. There's a flood warning in place throughout most of the day, some businesses are closed (or shutting down early) and the winds persist... to the tune of frequent power outages. Ah, how beautiful!
Supposedly, the wind warning expires at about 7:00 tonight and we should have calmer weather thereafter, with the flood watch ending around the same time. I'm upstairs and our apartments are on high ground, so to speak, so floods don't particularly concern me.
The newscaster gave all this news and then took time to make a special note that people should not drive under downed wires that are located on the south side of town. He called it "not a wise choice," since apparently a lot of people are doing it at present.
It's been really windy here most of the day. Gusts keep buffeting our apartment and you can almost feel it swaying (we're upstairs) as the trees outside bend this way and that like they're about to break. The streets are littered with branches, the power went out once, and rain spatters your face with fury if you venture outside.
I took my wife to work just a moment ago (and threatened to make her walk home tonight, because I'm a butthead). As I was pulling away, an older gentleman probably in his late 40s or maybe early 50s was walking slowly across my path, not particularly giving a shit that he was making everyone wait for no apparent reason other than that he felt the urge to walk abnormally slow.
So, it turns out that I posted 16 reviews in November. Two were on sites other than HonestGamers, and the remaining 14 are exclusives you won't find anywhere else but HonestGamers. So yeah, I had a busy month. Below are links to those reviews, along with a little description of the story behind each one.
Trauma Center: New Blood (WII)
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.