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One of the things that are unofficial requirements for
blogging at GIO is a working knowledge of how the blog editor works. If you
can't figure out how to post a blog, it's a bit difficult for people to see it.
Then there's the formatting problem. Good blogs are easy on the eyes. That means no walls of text, but no collages of pictures either. You have to strike a happy medium. This topic has
been covered before in a previous guide I did.
So new people, listen up. Experienced users, you too. Even
if you know your way around the blog editor, you might not know a couple of
these tricks. Here's how to make the blogging process a bit smoother here at
Don't upload images, use Imgur
I can't provide a link to this, but a while back somebody
working for Game Informer mentioned that the number one thing that slows down
the site is people uploading images. When you post a picture from your hard
drive to GIO, that requires servers for storage, and that slows down the site.
So how do you get images into blogs? Easy. Those of you who
use Reddit have probably heard of Imgur.
Simply put, Imgur is the best image-hosting site on the internet. Uploading an
image there is simple. Select the file, upload it from your computer, copy the
direct link, and insert the picture from a web location into your blog.
You can even do the same thing with pictures on the internet
(and not on your hard drive). Just right click the image and select "Copy Image
Address" or something along those lines. Then use the "Upload from Web" option
Imgur really is the best way to do pictures. It's free, uncomplicated,
and reliable. And it will hopefully speed up GIO a little bit.
Edit advanced options for pictures
Once you've inserted a picture from Imgur into your blog,
try some formatting. Right click on the picture and select "Insert/edit image."
A small box should pop up with all sorts of cool features. You can make the
image right, left, and center justified or put some space between the image and
the text. That's how I start every blog with a left justified image.
Try the advanced options menu, it's got some cool stuff. Just
don't go too crazy with all those weird justifications. Just because you can
tile the background with images of Brucie Kibbutz doesn't mean you should.
Advanced blog editor
At the bottom of the blog editing page there is a link that
says "Advanced editor." This is the super duper blog editing menu where you can
customize all sorts of neat stuff. There are so many options here it's hard to
know where to start.
The timed blog post option is pretty neat. You can write up
an entire post and set it to automatically publish itself at a certain time.
You can block comments on that post or have them published only after your
review. Someone spam comment the page? Edit or delete their comment.
By far my favorite option, though, is the ability to change
the preview text for a post. Normally when you look at the user blogs page, you
see the first few lines of a blog. Put something else in the preview box,
though, and it can say whatever you'd like.
A word of warning- again, don't
go crazy with the advanced editor tools. Just because you can delete
somebody's comment or edit it to make them look silly does not mean that it's a good idea. If you start abusing those powers, don't be surprised when people stop
That's about it for my tips... What are some of your hidden
secrets for posting blogs on GIO?
Thanks! I was wondering how you got your pictures to align like that....
Great blog, thanks. I didn't know about, well, any of these options so I'll definitely have to play around with them.
Thanks for the image tip. Putting in pictures is pretty much what keeps me from blogging. They always get messed up.
Good tips, Apozem. I'm not familiar with Imgur, but I'll have to check that out. Images aren't exactly my forte, and it sounds pretty helpful.
I use pictures! :D
Thank you for the tips! I'm pretty stupid when it comes to the advanced blog editor, so this definitely helps. :)
thanks this could help me alot
This is great, Apozem. I'm going to have to try out imgur sometime...
It's about time I start an Imgur
Interesting blog on blogging.
Unfortunately 98% of the stuff in the advanced editor doesn't work or can be done 4x easier in the regular editor. Other than blocking comments for your blog, you can't do anything about other people's comments at all. You can't publish, hide, or edit them in any way.
And also you don't get credit for posting a blog if you use the advanced editor, but that doesn't matter so much I suppose.
Really if they weren't so broken it would be good, unfortunately they are really broken. Just how it goes though, can't be helped.
Uploading to Imgur though is a good idea, will have to look into that.
Awesome! Thanks, I'm planning on blogging more...if one or two a week counts...:P I'm not going to have tons of time this year, but I'm going to crank out some if I can.
Hey thanks for this Doc. I had no idea about Imgur.
Didn't know about the uploading images thing. Just made an account with Imgur. Thanks, Apozem.
Thanks for the imaging tip. Some of my posts here come from a larger blog I do that covers more than just games, and the editor here doesn't translate a lot of the html properly.
Well, looks like I got work to do. Thanks for the tips!