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The vast majority of my effort this weekend has been focused on procuring and prepping content (articles).
Sent out messages via email and Twitter to multiple authors, seeking permission to share their work on NLD.
One of the authors I've had a fair amount of communication with recently is Abhishek Iyer, who's article on Super Mario Bros level design we re-published recently.
His articles tend to focus on a particular game, and generally a specific aspect of a game. He's breaking things down from a game design perspective, which isn't the primary focus of NLD, but I'm really impressed by his breakdowns, and overall writing. Looking forward to sharing more of his stuff in the future.
Also prepped several articles for posting over the next couple of weeks - Finding Header images, formatting the articles, creating lists of 'Tags', and writing article descriptions.
We'll be publishing part of a 250+ page dissertation on level design this coming week. Glad to have that one wrapped up, as I logged probably close to 20 hours of prep work into this one between reading and formatting. Full articles are typically easier to prep than partial re-publishing's like this one, because even though partial articles are typically shorter, it becomes challenging to determine which sections will be included. This took quite a bit of time and tinkering to figure out for this specific article. So yeah, definitely feels good to have it ready for release.
Also this week, the team is prepping to start sharing our content on Instagram. We'll also be looking into allowing users to login with their Instagram login info with this addon: https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/8011-instagram-login-handler/
I'm always monitoring various addons, and looking for new ones that can potentially improve the site. There are a couple I want to take a closer look at soon.
Here's one that would change the appearance of the Articles section: https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/8969-pages-listing-view-like-article-view/
And another that would change the appearance of the articles themselves: https://invisioncommunity.com/files/file/9490-40-axen-article-system-in-pages/
Not sure if these will be an improvement over what we're using currently, but we'll give them a look.
That wraps it up for this week. Though it won't take priority over some of my other site-related activities, I be sporadically updating this Blog, when I have the opportunity.
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