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The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:02 pm
by Melody
A logblog - *puts on cleverglasses* - is a blog. With your logs on it. :mrgreen:

Some of our players at some point decided it might be useful to have an easily-accessible place to store their RP logs, and hey, blogging sites were right there, all set up for dated posts with tags and categories and options for multiple blogs on one account and even artsy layouts for the expressing of oneself. Couldn't have been set up better for our purposes if they'd been trying.

There's a frankly intimidating number of different blogging websites out there – Xanga, Blogger, Tumblr, Livejournal, Typepad, and Wordpress, just to name a few. Wordpress is the one I'm most familiar with and the one I've seen most often used in the context of logblogs, so that's the one I'll be discussing in this post. If anybody is familiar with another blogging site and has ideas about how to convert it to logblogging purposes, please share!

Setting Up Shop

The first and most important thing to remember, especially if you are blogging more than one character, is to be very careful to maintain alt secrecy. You don't want other players to be able to find out who your characters are just by clicking through a few pages. Fortunately, there are a couple of pretty easy ways to make sure this doesn't happen.

Wordpress displays a “nickname” publicly on every blog attached to one account. Obviously, you don't want “ladybug259” displayed at the bottom of every post from your centaur, your Coghill human, your faun, and also your aardvark, so here's how you fix that:

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You get to this page by clicking the little icon in the top right-hand corner of a Wordpress page when you are logged in and clicking “Edit Profile” in the little drop-down menu. Just change the “Display name publicly as” field to an underscore ( _ ) and you are good to go. From the outside, it looks like your character is played by the same person who plays the other fifteen thirty or so logblogs authored by blogger “_”. Anonymity is awesome

Also, if you feel like leaving a comment on a log on somebody else's blog, do it anonymously. That way your signature won't lead back to your public profile and give it away.

The Fun Stuff

Other than that, go to town! Keep in mind that logs are easiest to read when there's an empty line between each pose, editing for spelling and grammar is totally acceptable, and hunger and travelspam is just annoying to wade through. Also remember that anybody can read the logs you post, so don't post anything you want kept secret. Play with tags and categories, see what works for you, and have fun!

(Also, you should link to your logblogs here if you are feeling like it so other people can see. Because. That would be fabulous.) XD

<3 Melz

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:12 pm
by Caileana
I must completely agree with Melody on pretty much all of the points she has made. Logblogging is awesome! I enjoy sharing the best of my logs with other people anyways, and having a blog makes that so much easier. Plus it just provides a really easy place to store all of my logs, which I can access pretty much anywhere.

I have a Wordpress blog, and while it doesn't have everything I've ever rp'd on it, it does have all of the logs that I have either kept or haven't lost...

So if you all would like to check it out, it is:
http://caileana.wordpress.com/

(And comments are always welcome on whether or not you like it, btw) :smile:

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:25 pm
by Cantil

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:53 am
by Glyn
Interesting! I've not blogged my logs before, and so I didn't realise how important adding blank lines is. I've just modified my log scrubber (http://leopardus.org/scrubber.html) so that the default behaviour is to make the log blog-ready, following Melody's recommendations.

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:44 pm
by Lorcan
My logblog can be found: http://lorcanofcoghill.wordpress.com/

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:17 am
by Honour
About time I got around to posting my own...
I can be found here - http://camwen.wordpress.com/
It's not current, the last posting is July of 2011, and there's also some logs missing from around Christmas '10 (AHEM, Dar. Dear, you STILL have to send me those!). Perhaps I should get off my noble tush and update the darn thing... but anyway. Have at it and enjoy!

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:18 am
by Tempest
Someone told me I should share mine...

Hi! Tempest has been around since 2008. She has a ton of logs I still need to clean and post, but with Glyn's amazingly snazzy log scrubber, that will be happening more often. There are some old gems on there that are fabulous. More to come :)

http://scampandpestilence.wordpress.com/

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:19 pm
by Ruby
Why does everybody have Wordpress logblogs? I might be getting Wordpress soon (XD) but until then...

http://www.rubytheunicorn.blog.com/

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:37 pm
by Elriya
I use wordpress because it seems to have the most interesting and easy-to-use design options--and, of course, because it makes it simple to stay anonymous even with multiple blogs under the same account.

Mine is here: http://elriya.wordpress.com/. I generally keep it up-to-date.

Re: The Fine Art of Logblogging

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:50 am
by Antheia
If everyone uses Wordpress, then it's not as easy to go 'oh this is a blogspot blog, must be anth's; oh this is a livejournal, must be emilia's', etc.