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Developer Blogs?

#1 Post by KittyWills » Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:27 am

Hey guys! I was wonder how many of you promote your game outside the lemma forums and what platform you tend to use? Tumblr, facebook, twitter, personal website etc? A lot of people on this site seem to be pretty self contained. I also noticed a lot of people who do link to blogs tend to link to personal ones and not ones solely for their game/company. Maybe it's because most on here are hobbyists and I know keep multiple sites updated is a nightmare sometimes. I'm terrible at just keep my WIP post updated sometimes. lol

But yeah, I do need some more blogs to follow so if you do have one. Share it out! I'm also curious on how people run and set up their blogs. It's the web designer in me.

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#2 Post by doodlemancy » Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:54 pm

I'm a total noob at this, it's my first game and I'm just starting to try to build interest, but I started a blog for Iron Company last month and I just sort of scream into the void whenever I feel the need. I like having a record of my progress because it keeps me from despairing when I feel like I'm not getting anywhere.

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#3 Post by fleet » Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:59 pm

I promote my work at a forum that I co-administer, at another one where I am a moderator, and at three others. Several of the sites are adults only, so I won't post links in this topic. I don't have a blog. I do think having a blog is a good idea, for those who have the time to maintain it.
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#4 Post by Tempus » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:53 am

It's not a development blog for a game, but I update my progress on StoryDevs on Tumblr. Here's a link to that. Eventually I'd like to have a blog on the actual site but for now I'd prefer to devote time to other things. I will say that making your Tumblr blog approximate the theme of your website is a pain in the butt.
doodlemancy wrote:I like having a record of my progress because it keeps me from despairing when I feel like I'm not getting anywhere.
Yeah it's really good for motivation IMO, though as fleet says it takes time to maintain. I often find that writing a good blog post can take like an hour, especially if you're trying to explain something complex to an audience who mightn't be familiar with what you're talking about. In my case this was a recent blog post about display bugs on iOS devices. Was hard to think of an approachable way to describe the bugs without giving a dry, technical run-down.

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#5 Post by Dreamgazer » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:31 pm

I use tumblr as my game's website, wordpress for my (sparsely updated) blog, twitter for the occasional WiP, Facebook for the same thing as the last, and deviantART for my art. My busy schedule makes it difficult to juggle several different platforms, but I do the best I can. I love making friends, so let me know who you are and I'll be happy to follow you back. And if you have any pointers as a web designer, I'm all ears.
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#6 Post by Chibi Subaru » Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:46 pm

We use a few different sites to help promote ourselves: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and DeviantArt are our main ones. Tumblr is our main posting place, but we usually share the same posts on Facebook and Twitter. We've been slowly updating DeviantArt with some of our artwork for the game and merchandise we plan to sell at conventions.

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#7 Post by Perihelion » Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:11 am

I post my progress most frequently on my Twitter, but I am planning to start maintaining a devblog on our website and probably cross-post entries to various other platforms and websites, such as this one. Promotion is a lot of work, but I think running a devblog is a great way to keep people interested in your game.

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#8 Post by Yomuchan » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:29 pm

I just have a cruddy text document.

... okay, so I'm pretty much new to this developer schtick and have no idea how to actually properly DO marketing.

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#9 Post by Shagwrath » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:11 pm

Myself personally, I learned that if I spend a bunch of time promoting and building sites for my games that I lose steam and lose interest. It's too much to handle when you're just doing it to learn, as a hobby or still learning how to make games.

I do post pics on my personal facebook, and sometimes on imgur (not recommended)
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#10 Post by Vatina » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:21 pm

I mostly use my twitter for development info bits (along with random chatter), but sometimes my tumblr has art updates and wips. It might be more fitting for this.

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