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The (re-)introduction of OmoOrg's blogging platform!

Kirito

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Hello, everyone!

With this post comes the official (re-)introduction of OmoOrg's old blogging platform!

If you've been around since the sites earlier days, you may have recognized by now that all the old platforms Fiction entries have been ported over here. This is because, on the old site, the Fiction platform was itself essentially a re-purposed blog platform.

With OmoOrg's new software platform, I decided to re-purpose it as an actual general purpose blogging platform, instead of something exclusive to site fiction.

So what is the blogging system actually for?
There aren't any hard guidelines on what constitutes as a blog, but they should always have some defined purpose. Thus, don't create a blog just for the sake of posting general ramblings (that's what status updates are for!)

Some possible uses include:

  • A place for artists to share information on their latest works (and even work-in-progress/WIP's!)
  • As with the old platform, blogs can also be used for stories/ongoing fanfiction

Why a blog system? Why not just use tradition forum threads?
That's a good question! Both forums and blogs have their advantages and disadvantages. In fact, there's no rule saying you can't use both! But blogs do offer both content creators and consumers with some key advantages:

  • Fans can follow your blogs and receive notifications on only the updates you post while there is currently no way to follow a forum thread without receiving notifications for replies posted by all members.
  • Blogs make content navigation easier. You don't need to wade through pages of replies to find the next update in a series.
  • Blogs allow members to give comments/feedback on individual posts, which can be complicated and cumbersome in a huge multi-page thread.

Why use both?
Forum threads are still a great way for your members to share general feedback and suggestions. It's also an easy way to get some more exposure for your blog if you choose to have one. But, it's entirely up to you! If you'd prefer to use both, use both! If not, just choose whichever medium works best for your workflow.

 

As this is a new system and we are still testing some things at the moment, only Contributory Members and Patreon's will be able to create new blogs for now. However, this ability will be opened to all Established Members and up in the upcoming months.


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