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Blogging on the new Gamespot - Feedback and suggestions

A lot of casual bloggers such as myself have been frustrated with the direction that the new GS has taken as there is no way (currently) to easily track a friends blogs. I am not sure what the notifications are for as I have only received two and despite the feed being a great way to scan all my friend's activity there is no way to filter it for the things I am interested in (for me, blogs). As an aside I have two places to check for info. Also my feed is the default for my page which seems odd as I know what I have done. I know it's only one click to get to your friend's activity but I think that matters.

However, now when we submit a blog we can post it to a forum as a thread (as here) which allows users to reach a much larger audience and encourage greater discussion. This is a much simpler method than trying to get the old soapbox emblem to get on the front page (which I have and am stupidly proud of). This is a neat move and one I have seen more and more users take advantage of. I like it a lot.

Unfortunately just as there are now two spaces for information there are now two spaces to check blog comments and reply. One in the blog part of our profile and the other in the forum we post our blog into. Would it be possible to just have a single thread that is mirrored in both spaces? This speeds up things for the user and could encourage further community among related users.

I would be interested to see what others think of this as I get the impression that many who interact with the site as I do are visiting a lot less. I would also love to see what GS thinks.

To sum up:

1. Ditch the notifications and put everything in the feed section.

2. Add a filter to the feed section.

3. Default to friend's feeds for the start profile page

4. Have just one thread for a blog that is available on the nominated forum where appropriate

I am not sure how easy these are but I think it would really streamline the user experience. I worry that there may be a false impression of traffic on the site when in fact we are just checking things twice. I want to improve this community but GS is making it hard work at the moment.

I would really appreciate feedback on my feedback especially from GS staff.

Thanks.

Discussion

8 comments
gba1989
gba1989

One more thing is that you have to click each user individually if you ever hope to know what blog they've posted. Which is what I'm doing just right now. Recently just got on your blog.

Hope GS listens but as Gabriel from DoW 40k said: "Hope is the first step to the road of disappointment.". Something like that.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

There is not going to be any response from the GS staff because what they did was deliberate. Old GameSpot was built on the idea of users community participation, new GameSpot hates that idea- I'm surprised that they even kept blogs; New GS is built with the IGN model in mind using the Giant Bomb interface. (for more, see Mary Shelley's Frankenstein)

The feed list as it is now, non functional, inconsistent and with the memory of a goldfish is not going to change, one of the things that I learnt all those years here is than nothing ever gets fixed. At least with the notifications feature I can safely track my friends blogging activity, so at the moment I think I have found something that actually works here. Hoorah!

dylan417
dylan417

I have an idea I'm kicking around. Since the only way to check out followed users blogs is the friends feed and since the friends feed cuts off after around 20 feed items, how about posting another blog the day after that is simply a link to the actual blog. Blogception. Seriously though, I'm thinking about doing just that seeing as my blogs can only generate 3-5 comments (opposed to the 10-20 I'd usually get on the last site). I was never hung up on getting as many comments on my blogs or having as many people read my blog as possible because I just flat-out enjoy blogging on the site about games, movies, etc. But without anyone being able to see them, it might as well be a diary.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

"Also my feed is the default for my page which seems odd as I know what I have done. I know it's only one click to get to your friend's activity but I think that matters."

So very much, this. Seems like just a cheap way of increasing page traffic.

You sound far too sensible for your own good. ;)

-INKling-
-INKling-

Notifications are so patchy at the moment and having to check that and the feed seems like busy work.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

Nope. I checked again. Notifications are broken too. It was too good to be true.

-INKling-
-INKling-

That sounds like a good idea in the short term but if everybody did it then we would be back to square one. I know what you mean about the comments though. I started a blog for myself but love having comments and really miss them.

-INKling-
-INKling-

@s_h_a_d_o That one just sounds so obvious. I just can not see much use for a self feed.