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The Return of the Blog

21 April 2013

 

We have relaunched our blog — Fab explains the reasoning behind this and what to expect going forward

Hello everyone! It has been a while since Sixgun Productions has had a blog. For a long time, we have kept you up to date with the latest from the studio via social media. First exclusively on our, now defunct, identi.ca account and now through Google+ and via @sixgunwire on Twitter. While we still plan on updating you about new episodes and other important events through those channels, two things have become clear to me that need to be fixed in my opinion.

First off, two accounts confuse people as to where the most up-to-date information will be available. To remedy this, I have come up with a plan that involves the social media accounts and the blog complementing each other. Secondly, not everyone is on every social network. Some people prefer Twitter, some Google+, some are only on Facebook and some only use free software alternatives. Because of this, it is impossible to guarantee important information reaches everyone without posting on all of these services — which is something we do not have the resources for. The way to fix this, of course, is to use an old fashioned, self-hosted blog. I had shut our original blog down some years ago because I felt pressure to put content on it and did not have enough time available to do so. With this relaunch, I want to go back to the roots, albeit without an expectation to provide content on a regular basis.

In hindsight, all of this seems obvious but for me it was a trial and error experience. You have to remember that we run this network in our (increasingly rare) free time and often experiment with new technologies and throw things at the wall to see if they stick. We do this, rather than planning everything out beforehand, because it is more fun that way (if you do something in your spare time it should be fun, after all) and also because we frankly do not have the time and resources to plan everything out meticulously. In any case, in the following, I will detail the new plan I have come up with.

All important, official announcements from Sixgun Productions will get a post on this very blog from now on. These are things that most likely also benefit from a more wordy post than a 140 character Twitter message. Links to these posts will, of course, be shared on the above mentioned Twitter and Google+ accounts. Aside from important messages like that, there probably will not be a lot of other content on the blog at this time. Dan and myself are both pretty busy at the moment and the fact that I am writing all day in my day job usually means that when I am coming home at night the last thing I want to do is sit down at a keyboard to type more than 140 character blurbs. That being said, I’ll try to give you behind the scenes impressions and some other (hopefully) interesting tidbits where I can.

Quick announcements, such as when we release new episodes or announce live streams, will still happen on Google+ and Twitter. If you absolutely do not want to miss anything, following on Twitter is probably the best idea as that is where I post the most things — simply for the reason that it is by far the easiest and usually gets good traction, too. I also post on Twitter when things break or if we have any last minute announcements. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still go to twitter.com/sixgunwire and read everything without being subscribed. But be assured that, if something big happens, I will tell you about it on the blog — even if it is only after the fact, though.

Anyway, enough babbling on. I hope the fact that we have a blog again helps with spreading information about the network more effectively and gives you something to link to permanently for announcements as well as a way to easily find them. Feel free to leave comments with suggestions and tell us what you think. Have a nice Sunday!

~ Fab

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  1. April 22, 2013

    Prefer the blog to Plus, as you say a more wordy communication, and with their track record even Google Plus is not a safe bet. Looking forward to LO 308 in an hour or so, with or without LOL Cat.

    Will be haviing a go at Will Stephenson’s Klyde this week, work permitting on an AMD Athlon 2200 box, as quite excited in my own sad little way. If you want a shot heres how.

    Install openSUSE 12.3 minimal X choice at the Desktop page
    * Add these repos:
    ** http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Release:/410/openSUSE_12.3/
    ** http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/wstephenson:/workbench:/klyde/KR410_oS123/
    * zypper in –no-recommends -t pattern KDE4-KLYDE
    * edit /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager, set DISPLAYMANAGER=kdm, this allows you to choose a KDE Workspace session, which is the Klyde subset of KDE 4.

    Have switched 100% to The H and The Register now as Betanews quite literaly makes me puke.

    Rob (Linuxrob)

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