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03-22-2012, 03:41 AM
Who here has a blog and... what do you make of it?:)

03-22-2012, 03:51 AM
LIGHTWAVE and related resources,links,tuts...


03-22-2012, 04:03 AM
LIGHTWAVE and related resources,links,tuts...


Hey that's cool. Just added a Poll and it's public so hope that doesn't matter so much:)

03-22-2012, 04:08 AM
Well, what I want it's to have a kind of markers or favorites online all the time about Lw. I think there are people like me that heard/read about certain resource/movie/plugin and canīt remember where... if my blog can help, I'm glad to know it.

03-22-2012, 04:26 AM
V, you can tick more than one button on the poll. I mean you seem to have the aspect of being able to help done:)

03-22-2012, 06:50 AM
I had one but deleted it. It was a sketchblog. When I deleted it irrecoverably I felt regret for a while but later it felt like liberation.

Waves of light
03-22-2012, 08:45 AM
I have one, but it's only so I can post additional work and efforts outside of my portfolio.

03-22-2012, 08:52 AM
my small blog only for showing my work :)


03-22-2012, 09:46 AM
I have a blog, 3Dproj.com which is:

A) a diary of a project I'm working on, and
B) LightWave tips and techniques
C) "Node of the Week" and
D) "Plugin of the Week
E) tips on related software, i.e. Photoshop

However, turns out blogging is a lot of work, so C&D are more like "X of the {Whenever I Get Around to It}." The diary is supposed to be read by other LightWavers, so it's pretty terse and non-explanatory. The tips are easier to read and frankly make more sense.

So far, it's brilliant at attracting Turing-level spam. :D :devil:

Many many thanks to Kat Myers/djlithium for providing hosting.


Waves of light
03-22-2012, 09:51 AM
So far, it's brilliant at attracting Turing-level spam. :D :devil:

It takes ages to go through the spam I collect in the comments section within Wordpress. So I installed a plugin that removes all unapproved comments.

03-22-2012, 09:58 AM
Blogs can be good if you regularly write or enjoy writing. If you're not apt to write then it can feel a bit like a ball and chain. I'm ambivalent to writing so I don't update my blog much. It can start to feel like a grievous work deadline that doesn't pay. :)

As jeric mentioned it is a lot of work. Maybe not your first post or two, but then you want to get better so you spend more time composing posts.

It may help to add Google Analytics or something. May help motivate if you see people read even if they don't comment.

Spam bots are the dickens and you absolutely cannot have open posting. You do all this work and someone writes a bot to spam your site so they can get higher SEO results for crap no one wants. Uh, no.

03-22-2012, 11:39 AM
Blogs are easier to update than a website for me. Don't really do the blogging part of it.
Also videos and images are easily linked from an outside source so no webhost fee, no bandwidth fee, no downtime its up there without worry. Helps me a lot with freelance work outside of real work.

03-22-2012, 02:50 PM
I have a blog that I use for random things. Mostly it's about gaming (D&D, Shadowrun, etc...), but also has other stuff, like some stills or animations that I've played with (nothing commercial, just minor things).


03-22-2012, 03:30 PM
I've a personal blog in Spanish, and before had a more CG oriented (http://deathfall.com) blog (English/Spanish), but left after my first son was born.

03-22-2012, 05:23 PM
I found keeping a diary helped me retain procedures better, like node setups, and since I was already writing it, why not share my 'experience', such as it is?

When I figure out/learn a cool technique I'll write up a stand-alone post, it's not part of the 'Fox/Stork diary'. For instance, I finally learned how to convert a PShop Path to a Path LAYER, something I'm always screwing up on, so I posted it. Or if I see something cool on Liberty3D, I'll post a link.


However, as a vehicle for learning to use DPKit, no luck so far. >;^)

03-22-2012, 06:17 PM
Mine is mostly to keep far away family up to date on what's happening, experiments and the like.
Nothing serious.

03-23-2012, 01:09 AM
Hey thanks for all the comments. Yeah, I don't think I want the hassle of WordPress which I guess could be fun if you like running the gauntlet on contentious issues ( if not just a shed load of work).

Ideally then one which entertains/stimulates the blogger and the reader with a degree of control over the comment load.

03-23-2012, 02:47 AM
Ours is for letting people know what art projects (http://littlegreendog.blogspot.com/) we have going on, like current webcomics, short films, events, etc. My cats write most of the entries and I've asked them to keep it somewhat mainstream and non-technical.

I also have a 'doodle' blog (http://doodledujour.blogspot.com/) but it hasn't been updated in ages. Thinking of starting a new one though.


03-23-2012, 04:18 AM
My cats write most of the entries and I've asked them to keep it somewhat mainstream and non-technical.

My cats live somewhere in the vicinity, I only see them when they run out of whatever they're hunting:)

03-23-2012, 11:27 AM
Wordpress is pretty fracking cool and easy once you're set up. Ridiculous power there.

Don't fear Wordpress, you'd be missing a good bet.

Waves of light
03-23-2012, 02:29 PM
Wordpress is pretty fracking cool and easy once you're set up. Ridiculous power there.

Don't fear Wordpress, you'd be missing a good bet.

My site's all built using Wordpress. With the right theme it can look good and be very powerful. But having the right plugins helps as well, like BulletProof Security, WP Optimise, WordPress SEO, WP Backup, etc.

03-23-2012, 04:23 PM
Our website is a blog-based setup, invaluable as some clients subscribe to it and google loves it :)

03-24-2012, 01:37 AM
Wordpress... Ridiculous power there.

..."is self aggrandising":D

03-24-2012, 01:59 AM
Our website is a blog-based setup, invaluable as some clients subscribe to it and google loves it :)

That makes a lot of sense:)

03-24-2012, 12:07 PM
..."is self aggrandising":D
??? I'm not WordPress. And it IS ridiculously powerful.


"It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet's "top 1 million" websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites."

And it's FREE.

03-24-2012, 11:02 PM
??? I'm not WordPress. And it IS ridiculously powerful.

And it's FREE.

... I meant it turns some bloggers into ego-maniacal tyrants:) Downloaded again, will have another look from the perspective of basing a site on it since I'm no expert with .php.

03-24-2012, 11:34 PM
Yeahhhhhh, I don't think you can blame WP for power-madness. :jester:

03-24-2012, 11:57 PM
Of course not, but all that liking and disliking stuff is a bit tedious and irrelevant in most cases.

03-25-2012, 01:15 AM
??? I think you are confusing WordPress with FaceBook.

For instance, I'm reasonably certain Liberty3D.com is a WordPress-based site, just to show you how flexible the WP software is.

03-25-2012, 02:05 AM
OK. One question though... der, where is the default WP database? It isn't generating one when I create the wp-config.php and can't see it in the folder? MySql/PhP admin via MAMP (mac).

03-25-2012, 02:44 AM
Ooh not sure. I have separate log in details for mine, hosted at mediatemple - I don't think it's in the actual install folders but I'll check next time I'm at my pc if you like.

03-25-2012, 04:09 AM
... thanks kopperdrake. It's all a bit like paying for useless and nothing to watch, %50 advertising repetitive crap FOXTEL when you're already paying the same for so much unusable bandwidth... if only an alternative?; I'm paying for a site which is under utilised. Changed ISP's since I last looked at WP, the freakin .db is in there somewhere on the host server.

I guess because web tech and design is all borne of Printing us plastic type artists find it slightly counter intuitive?

03-26-2012, 12:45 AM
Found it...

03-30-2012, 03:06 PM
I just started keeping a blog of the 3d tutorials and resources I find interesting and useful. It's only 3d related. Most of it is LW and modo related but there are tutorials for other software as well.


I also have my twitter account which I put out only 3d / design related tweets. This is a bit more active than the blog. @PixelandPoly (http://twitter.com/PixelandPoly)

04-06-2012, 07:01 AM
After installing WP and more or less building a functiioning blog/site with a shopping cart I must say it's clunky and slow to build. Every time you activate a plug-in to have a look at the code it uploads it so you end up with a pile of stuff on the server.
You don't know whether or not a plug is free before you install it and from the DIY perspective you'd end up with many web login accounts where you're paying piecemeal basically for snippets of php. It's the same with html based "weavers"... which of course are a bit of joke once yer familiar with html.