Yeah, I think he mentioned that, like, two days ago...
I hope you're considering a post that explains your forum handle. Unless BleedTheFreak is some really popular Internet meme already and I'm just too dumb to realize it.
Some people recommend spending close to as much time networking and getting the word out there, as you would spend generating content. I've been lazy in that department, but when I feel I've got a decent amount of content I'm planning on interacting more with other drawing/art communities like conceptart.org.
As for shading, my method is really gradual. You have to identify the darkest part, the brightest part, and blend and smooth stuff out until it looks right. Today I'm starting to copy some works of Michelangelo, hoping to pick up some of his genius. In particular his use of hatching and cross hatching (for shading) is pretty awesome.
is an example.
On the Liquid Electron blog, I'm using my real name - Scott Lufkin. I changed it after writing a few things and realizing I'd rather have the credit than some namless forum tag.
I loved listening to this and wish it had gone on longer. A couple of things as you go forward:
1. You've got to tell us who you are right at the top. "Today I'm joined by..." is all well and good, but I don't know who "I'm" is! I need to know that.
2. Really a sub-point to #1, but I need a gentler intro into the guest. I need a feel for what this show is, who you are, and why we're talking to this particular person. I'm primed because I really like Houngan as a poster (and you too), but that won't be true of everybody who listens. So while the let's-jump-into-the-conversation feel is kind of cool, it feels a bit jarring.
Establish who you are, what the show is, and who you're interviewing. And please do more of these. It's a cool concept.
Thanks for the feedback, Christien.
I'll admit that I really don't know what I was doing here. I only half-intended it to be a podcast (for some reason, I expected to transcribe it into, get this, text!), so I didn't have all the introductory stuff like you mention. Turns out, transcription and editing is really time consuming. If I do it again (and I will if I can find appropriate guests), I hope to be a little better prepared.
thread res time.
I've been working over the summer on a new site for my blog and today I finally announced it: game-wisdom . Besides doing my writing there, I'm also going to spotlight indie and local developers and will also start taking submissions for guest pieces.
love the layout!
I got an email from someone at a company called Media Discovery.
Have any of you done business with them, or perhaps a company like them? I've occasionally gotten similar emails in the past, but I've always deleted them, thinking it was spam.
For some reason, I decided to engage with this person, and she seems quite reasonable (by that I mean, it's not a conversation on the same level as, say, a Nigerian spammer), but it's hard to imagine getting ~100 USD for a single link on an existing page. What's the angle? If there is one, I can't seem to figure it out.
Here is a copy of our last exchange.
Thanks for getting back to me. Iím more than happy to provide a few more details.
We can supply you with either a custom written piece of content that you can publish on a new page of your website. This would ensure you would get 100 USD per year.
Or you can write a new page yourself and include our clientsí advert within your website. This would ensure you would get a higher rate of 120 USD per year.
Here's a sample of how the advert looks like http://www.mycarreviews.co.uk/citroen-c4-review/. The anchor text here is JD Power and it is linked to http://autos.jdpower.com/index.htm
We do have other clients that will surely match your website's niche.
We will endeavour to make sure that you are paid within two working days, using PayPal or Moneybookers.
Let me know which interests you so I can have your site assessed by our Technical team.
This is totally setting off my SEO red alert system. It sounds like blogvertising, and bad blogvertising at that. Avoid, avoid.
I've never heard of blogvertising. A Google search results in a single wiki page written in what looks like Scandinavian language.
What is the angle? I mean, I get some people feel morally opposed to advertising, and if that's where you're coming from, that's fine with me. I'm just trying to figure out if this would be okay to do on one of my sites, to cover the cost of hosting. What would good blogvertising (God, what a ridiculous word!) look like?
Search engines hate paid links, hate 'em, and that's exactly what that is. If someone naturally wrote about that crap without being paid, that would be better, but this is unnatural linking, and your site -- as well as the site you link to -- could be devalued by the search engines. Not worth it man.
Thanks Brian. Brad. I just got another of these offers for a different site. When it rains, it pours. I'm glad I had you guys to bounce this off of. I had no idea, but it did seem a little fishy.
I spent the week working my friend and web-designer on my site to get a podcast going and tonight we put up the first of what will hopefully be weekly podcasts about game design and the industry on game-wisdom.
It took us several takes to record one that sounded good but even that may be stretching it. I think I need to invest in a headset so that I don't sound as nasally as I do here. The first time we did it, we both talked too fast so we tried to slow our speech down and I think I now come off as talking too slow.
In the future, always moderate the speed of your voice with bourbon.