Saturday, September 24, 2005

Abandoned Blogs?

Last post:
Three Months Ago:
June 17 hbrrrrrrrrrrrrhhrrbawwwrr
Two Months Ago:
July 04 The Bold and The Tentacled
July 15 Padmé's Diary
July 19 I Miss Biggs
July 23 Yaddle Yaddle Yaddle

Can we remove these contributors who haven't posted for two months or more? Does anyone mind?

In the danger zone:
One Month Ago:
August 03 1337 Jedi SkillZ
August 19 Maul It
August 20 Obi - wan Kenobi
August 22 Confessions of a Senator
August 25 Aayla's Blog
August 25 Barriss's Blog

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Wanted: Photoshopper



Would one of you master photoshoppers be willing to put a little something together for me? It would be a bit of basic animation.

I am heistant to ask for the help, and I am heistant to tell why I need it. It is for something that I have planned for a few weeks down the road.

Is that cryptic enough?

Monday, September 19, 2005

Oh Dear.

Because of school I won't be posting as frequently as I usually do.7th grade is harder than I thought,and I'll probly update once or twice every week.I hope you all understand,and I know we have a post asking people if they had school,but since I am in 7th grade,I have to go to bed real early and won't be posting as much as someone in college or high school would.Im the youngest in SW:U (as far as I know) and please don't flame me or get mad at me on my blog or this one.Thank you.


Amanda/Oola

Saturday, September 17, 2005

It would be cool If....

The other day I was thinking You know how awesome it would be if we could all like just get together somewhere and like meet each other just to find out what we all look like in real life, I think that would we awesome, I mean we have known each other for our character but it would be fun to find out things like Behind The Scenes, and just to see what each other does in the real world. You Know?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

So You Want to Get Comments

I've remained silent on this topic long enough. Several members here have stated they want more comments on their blogs, followed by others who have given their advice on how to get them, followed by others telling them to stop begging for traffic, followed by others stating they also get no comments, but 'here's how to do it'. I could've answered. I should have. But I needed to make sure I would give you accurate info.

So I gathered I a crack team of Internet marketing specialists, mathematicians, psychologists specializing in human behaviour, prominent religious leaders, several of my unemployed relatives, and my seventh-grade Home Ec teacher, Mrs. Evers. Their mission? To analyze all the posts on my blog to fully understand and explain why some of my posts receive several comments and others just a few. To what end? To answer the very important question: How does one attract comments to one's blog?

Progress was going well for about a week. Pie charts were drawn up, graphs were made, numbers and statistics were fed into the supercomputer on loan to us from MIT. But then, discussions broke down into a debate about whether Paula Abdul really did have an affair with that kid from American Idol. One particularly nerdy mathematician took great offense at Mrs. Ever's description of Paula as "trashy-looking".

My cousin Johnny Bob kept saying, "I don't care what you'ns say, that Abdul feller was a great basketball player."

Attempts to explain to Johnny Bob that the group was talking about Paula Abdul, and not Kareem Abdul Jabar proved fruitless.

After several days of this, the Paula debate was put to rest when one of the rabbis suggested we 'leave it to history to judge'. That seemed to appease everyone and heal the rift that had formed. Then the group got back to work and progress resumed nicely.

So after weeks of intense analysis, study, and discussion, the best minds in the country have come up with this list of things that will bring comments to your blog:

Things That Will Attract Comments to Your Blog
1. Any mention of farting or the passing of gas.
2. Any mention of food, specifically gassy food.
3. That silly, silly Kenobi.
4. Kenobi with gas.
5. Pictures of monkeys.
6. Pictures of monkeys with gas.
7. Making fun of Oprah.
8. Any mention of Oprah in connection with gas.
9. Fart jokes.
10. Bennifer! (Especially fart jokes about Bennifer.)

We all put our heads together, but could not find a common thread among the various items on that list. Try as we might, we just could not come up with a pattern. Anyway, I hope this list is useful.

But seriously, I would like to share what I may have learned from what little experience I have. I would also like to make a bold move here and state what may be a controversial opinion -

I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting lots of traffic and comments for your blog.

There, I've said it. In fact, I think that blogging is *gasp* more fun when you have a lot of traffic and comments. Let's face it, if I were just doing this for the fun of writing in itself, I would not have posted it on the Internet where people all over the world can see it. I would've kept my work on my home computer for my wife to read. Besides, if you've worked hard on something and are proud of it, why not let the world know about it? It seems only natural to want others to read your work and offer feedback.

Don't get me wrong. I have great respect for my peers who have stated on this blog an opinion somewhat different than the one above. That's why I haven't said anything beforehand. Further, there is absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting more traffic or comments. Writing can be a rewarding experience in itself, as can the interaction we have with each other.

My point, and I do have one, is that there is room for both types of bloggers within our group and we can probably put up with a little self-promotion among some of our members. That is, as long as that self-promotion is done in a balanced, unobtrusive, and non-begging manner. I say post here about your blog if you wish, especially right after you've updated it. But don't post about it every day. And give me a good reason to come to your blog besides "no one's reading it". Personally, as someone who does not use a newsreader (we're not supposed to intall software on our computers at work), I appreciate postings like the ones by Jon, the Intergalactic Gladiator that inform me of an update. I try to get to everyone's blog, but it is hard since there's so many now.

Now that I've succeeded in alienating everyone, on to the helpful part, at least for those of you who want more traffic and comments -


Things That Might Actually Drive Traffic and Attract Comments to Your Blog

1. Do not rely on us Star Wars geeks for traffic. In addition to commenting on our blogs, comment on blogs by people who aren't a part of our group. More people than you would think will click on that little link above your comment to look at your profile, and then go to your blog, especially if that little profile picture is of a Star Wars character.

2. Find forums where you're allowed to post links and tell people about your blog. Of course, don't spam forums. And only post your link where it would be truly relevant.

3. Make your blog appealing to a wide demographic beyond us Star Wars geeks. This is the reason I often (though not always) put Yoda in situations that most people face in their daily lives. In a bizarre way, people can sometimes relate to what the tiny green monkey is going through. It's also why I don't go so deep into the Star Wars mythology so as to lose the average reader. Some blogger who was reviewing the Yoda blog as part of a college project said that a reader can understand it even if they have only "a casual understanding of the movies". I was glad to read that as that's exactly what I've been going for.

4. Make your blog really good. That seems simplistic for a tip, but people need a reason to come to your blog. You supply that reason by making a high-quality blog. But there are different kinds of "quality". Take the Darthside, for instance. It received tons of comments with every single post. Why? Because it was written so darn well. That author didn't always go for the funny, though he would often skillfully weave dry humor in with riveting prose. But he didn't have to be funny all the time. His strength laid in his writing style and he played to that. Me? I go straight for the funny, because I think that's where my strengths lie in this venue. I don't get near the comments Darthside received, but I don't think I do too badly. Whatever you do, figure out what you do really well and play to that.

5. Post often and regularly. Posting every day is rather extreme, and were it not for reasons which are my own, I would not post daily on the Yoda blog. But the more you post, the more traffic you receive, and the more traffic you receive, the more comments are posted on your blog. (This is not directly proportional. For example, I received almost two hundred more hits today than yesterday, yet yesterday's post yielded over twice as many comments.) Of course, don't post so much as to sacrifice the quality of your blog or to burn yourself out. In addition, regularity is important. If you post once a week, post the same day every week. If you post every other day, don't skip days here and there. Post in a regular pattern.

6. Optimize your blog for the search engines. There's tips all over the Internet on how to do this. The search engines are an important source of traffic, so don't overlook this tip.

That's all I have for now. If you wish, I'll post more tips if any come to mind.

Jo Jo's contest

Jon here,

Ugh.

Jo Jo would like me to remind everyone that he will be picking the winner of the themesong contest tomorrow. I wish the contest would go longer, you can't believe how much time he spends singing the entries with that damned ukelele. Fortunately, I got him to practice in a soundproof area of the Danger Sled, the torpedo tube.

And so, you can read the post and enter the contest right here. Enter as many verses as you want up until he posts the winner tomorrow.

Thank you and may God have mercy on all of our souls.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Survivor Update

Okay. Your overwhelming response to continue to the end was very nice. We’ve invested this much time and effort, I’m glad I’m not the only one that would like to see it through.
Here’s the new schedule for Survivor.
For this week I’ll hold off a tribal council till this Friday. That should give people extra time to post and send in their votes.
The next challenge will be posted Monday. From then on out everyone has up to a week to write a challenge post and send in a vote, but if all the contestants send in votes and post early enough, I will post a tribal council. Then the following day I’ll post the next challenge.
Which means if people get in the vote/posts fast enough, we could move right on to the next challenge. Otherwise a standard weeks time will determine when the next tribal council is posted. Does that make sense? We don’t need to go faster if everyone can’t, but this way gives the option of a little acceleration.
One thing that is important, now that contestant numbers are getting smaller is the vote. With fewer people near the end, one vote could make or brake who gets voted off. (As always, everyone can send in their votes as soon as they know who has immunity.) Because the vote is so important to move the game forward that from here on out, those people in the game that do not send in a vote after a maximum time of a week, will be voted off instead. (Randomly determined if more than one person did not vote.)
This takes effect starting now, which is why I’m giving everyone extra time –till this Friday. This change just seems fairer to those who do regularly vote and post. I hope this is okay with everyone.
We’re coming down to the home stretch. Who will be left…?

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hooray!

We (I) got 341 views for the slideshow I made!
This is it. I couldnt have done it without you guys! Thank you everyone for the humor and excellent stories. Long live star wars united!

-Ti

Friday, September 09, 2005

Find out your cyborg name, if you dare....

Jon here,

As I was surfing around this vast INTERgalactic Network of Electronic Transmissions, I found a site that generates your cyborg name. Therefore, I have blogged about it, thusly.

I know, it's not in the best of taste to beg for readership in your own blog, but this is important. It's about finding your cyborg name!

Everyones REAL name

I have been wondering about this all day, what is everyones real name?

I know I could go through this blog and find most of them. But that's takes time and I don't have that much time with everything that's going on in my life right now. Also if you want to you can write down some additional information. Things like age, where you live (country or state works), what you do besides blog (work, school, collage, ect) or any other additional info you would like to share.

I know I just posted my information down not that long ago but I'll do it again.
My REAL name is Chelley, I'm 25, and I live in Wisconsin USA. I have worked at a cheese packing plant for 5 years. We don't make it but we do slice it, package it, and box it. We do bars or chunks, shredded, and processed cheeses. It's not an exciting job but the money is pretty good so I'm not complaining. I also love animals especially tigers and other big cats.

All I want from all you fellow Star Wars bloggers is at least your name. The additional information is up to you ok .

Thank you Chelley/Noel

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

NEW CONTEST FOR US!

I say we all begin a new contest in which we are given only 40 minutes each to blog about our character and at the end the one who wrote the best will win. This could be fun for all of us because we will have to deal with pressure and a deadline, and will have to make an adventure from scratch. For example, in my case Lando will have 40 minutes to prove that he's the most interesting carachter on star wars unplugged, and so will Siri, Yoda, Leia, Anakin, etc...

Each player is given 40 minutes, then when he stops, the other one starts, then the other one, and so on. after we all finish its pens down...and we start to evaluate the others performence. Only one winner can be selected in the final round, the speed write round, and then the winner will be revealed.

The grand prize will be one weeks stay at Cedar Point, with hotel and tranpertation provided.

Good luck, everyone!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Jo Jo's been spammed!

After only being in existence for a couple days, Jo Jo's blog got spam. Now here's the dilemma, should the creature who's entire reason for being is to annoy, do something about the annoying spam? What to do, what to do.....

Friday, September 02, 2005

34 PEOPLE!!

Dude, this community is awesome! 34 people are on this site! This should go in the newspaper, or better yet, the guiness book of records! So I'm happy for this site and I hope you guys are happy too! Oh, and you guys probally don't care, but I am starting a weekly show on my site. Why not drop by sometime and check it out? I know you guys are Star Wars and you hate me pestering you, but I really want for people to see my stuff.

-Sir Cardbored

Terrell Dohner

Thank you all for inviting me. My name is Terrell and I'm 25 and live in BattleCreek, Michigan. I am unemployed right now, but am getting near the end of my benefits so I have to start looking for a job. I may not be able to post so much depending on the job I get, but I will try for all of you.


What made you decide to start a blog like this?

I like to write and its fun.


Why did you choose your particular character?

Because for a long time, Lando was the only brother in Star wars, and he was very cool.

If you post often, where do get ideas?

From my life and daily living.

Personal goals?

I want to make my site really good and sell it to someone for a lot of money.

Not that it matters, but are any of you writers black? I'm just curious how many of us there are.

Peace!

RIP Admiral Ozzel

From Moviepoopshoot.com



ACTOR MICHAEL SHEARD DEAD AT 65
LONDON - Michael Sheard, who played Adm. Ozzel in "The Empire Strikes Back" and Adolf Hitler five times, including in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," died Wednesday at the age of 65, his agent said.

Sheard, who had been suffering from cancer, died at his home on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England, agent Liz Hobbs said.

Sheard appeared in more than 40 feature films, working with Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Roger Moore and Sean Connery.

He is best known in Britain for his role as Maurice Bronson, the teacher who terrorized his pupils in the long-running teenage soap opera, "Grange Hill."

Sheard is survived by his wife, Ros, and three children. Funeral details were not immediately available. (As reported by VARIETY)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

ooc vs. ic

Please, Can we reserve all IN character posts and comments to all the SW blogs except for this one... and put ONLY out of character posts and comments here...

discussion, or agreement? pancakes, or waffles?

How wude...

Jon here,

"Howya doin' boss?"
Does everybody like Jo Jo so far? I am trying to make him annoying and obnoxious, yet still make it kind of funny. I also now realize that it's been difficult creating another character and give him an entirely separate voice. I am concerned that it sounds like me when I write him, you know.

I've got some plans for this guy. I have a few ideas already and I'll probably come up with a couple more along the way. I will be ending this "story arc" eventually, but it won't end soon enough, ha ha. I am also not tying myself to it, when I want to write about something else like my trip to the Bears game, I will.

If anyone has suggestions on how to add to his obnoxoiosnessocity, I'll take them.