Archive | April 2013

How To Create A Fansite

#1 Picking Your Game

The birth of an Idea

So, you’re ready to set out in the world of fansite building! Yay! So.. now what?

Well, the first thing you need to focus on is picking the game that your fansite will revolve around. Preferable you’ll take something that you play every day, whether it’s a MMO, FPS or RPG.. the list goes on. As an example I’ll go with one of my projects, MapleStory which I’ve played for several years.

But the main point here is take something that you’re really passionate about else you’ll crash and burn quickly.

#2 Finding Your Niche

What is your fansite about?

Here comes the toughest path, finding a niché. You already have your game so what is a fansite in the first place?

“A fansite, fan site, or fanpage is a website created and maintained by a fan or devotee interested in a celebrity, thing, or a particular cultural phenomenon”

What it means is that your niche could be just about anything. I’ll show you how I did and feature some examples below:

Compendium Fansite
Gather all the information the game has to offer and feature it.

Community Fansite
Forum where people can discuss the game/idea itself

Specific Fansite
You look for a need and supply it. Ask yourself, what are you having troubles with when playing the game? For example, MMOs there’s tons of problems which you could ‘monetize’ like make a fansite about guides, quests, news/updates, compendium for lesser things (single classes), skill allocation and so fourth.

Thing long and thing hard, because this will define your fansite and it’s the main driving point to the website. Having a weak niche won’t get you anywhere.

#3 Requirements

What do you need to get your awesome fansite up and running?

From now on I will use my personal experience with MapleSource on what I did.
I picked a game, MapleStory, made a niché for it – leveling guides and once I had those two pieces together all I had to-do was visualize it. Or? First of all, I knew I wanted to feature leveling guides but how would you find stuff on it and how would it be displayed? I wanted it to be easy and simple as well searchable so I focused on creating a search function where you would type in your level, class and intent (experience or making a profit when hunting)

I wrote a documentation for it so I knew already from the start what my actual goal was:

#4 Visualizing Your Idea

We got the game, niche and idea all togetheR

I won’t go into detail into the code of the website but rather visualizing it. I created the wire-frame of the website first of all, made it functional and then added the design which I’ve tested, and tested, and tested.. until I find that magic design that attracts the most people while keeping them there.

If you’re really serious about getting your fansite out there I recommend reading up on SEO (on and off-site), HTML/PHP (or ASP) and look around on your competition on how they’ve done it (if your niche has similar ones) and do it better.

#5 My Finished Product

So how did it end up for me?

It’s been good. I’ve gotten great response on the idea and I have a supportive community that helps me out (Reddit <3) whenever I need help/ideas/feedback.

I got some plans for the future when I’m looking at expanding my original idea even further.

 Guest Author, Axel Hansson at @ AnimalTeeth.


Are the effects of social networking sites positive or negative?

When it comes to social networking sites, the general population seem to believe that they are a positive step forward for social interaction online. My perspective on the other hand is that there are far too many concerns about privacy, safety and loss of language proficiency for a social network to be justified as something positive. In my essay I will attempt to present both sides while pertaining my opinion on social networks that the costs outweigh the benefits.


Social networking sites have already existing for over a decade, firstly known as communities which like the name implies, are places were people with a common interest could gather. Nowadays there exist huge social networking sites where one no longer just shares a single common interest but rather tries attracting a broader audience where people with different interests can gather.

People can now with much more ease share information with each other, but are people perhaps are sharing too much. While this sounds great at a first glance, it does raise the issue whether people are publishing too much private information of ourselves. On one of the most famous social networks Facebook, the default privacy setting allows anyone to read one’s status messages, background information, family and relationships without even being required to log into their service. Job recruiters nowadays regularly check one’s profile to see whether one is fit for the job or not. A simple picture might get the job applicant turned down just simply because it depict the applicant in an undesirable situation. There are also scenarios where someone could use public available information in order to commit a crime.

Example 1

Random Person
I have a hard time appreciating the flat-tire on my bike after 9 hours in school…
Some seconds ago from Android mobile

At first glance it does look rather harmless but it does tell a burglar that the person is probably not at home and has a flat-tire so giving the burglar more time for a robbery. If someone were to read this person’s profile one could find enough information to find out the location of the person or what habits and interest that the person may have. While highly unlikely, it is not impossible that robbing a person like this could be eerily easy.

One would also like to address the issue of degrading language proficiency for teenagers. While most grow out of it at some point, some people get stuck with a mixture of informal spoken language when writing text regardless of its formality. Even if a ‘wall post’ usually can be recognized as an informal text would it not be smart to spend a minute or two thinking just slightly on the content one is trying to portray?

Example 2

“hang over hungry and will eat macaroni with cream for breakfest for me ;D It is always nice to wake up ‘n see that u r engaged nuthin that happen every mornin’ :)”

“Everything in Lyf iz foer the LULz… if you dont tink its funmy pisz of mate.”
“m8 we only like didgeridoo music u”

While a writer should never be expected to be fluent in the language used whilst writing a text, neither should he or she consciously try breaking grammatical rules in an effort to save time or simply because the person is too lazy. In some cases though there are situation where breaking a grammatical rule is acceptable, one example of this is called “poetic license” where a poet may deviate from standard syntax grammar in order to leave an special impression for the reader.

Social networking sites are still in their development and nothing is set in stone. They allow information to be sent to a wide audience in a relatively short time and allow people to follow others. They have enormous potential when it comes to keeping in touch with old friends and making new ones. While this all sounds great there are still flaws in them. The privacy and safety of our young adults should be supervised regularly making sure everyone can enjoy the wonderful advantages of social networking.

~ Guest Author, Axel Hansson at @ AnimalTeeth.

Voice and narration in “A Rose for Miss Emily”

In “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the narrative voice is quite used is quite unusual compared to any other fictional work, “… the story’s complex chronology and the unusual voice of the narrator…” (page 411). Lawrence R. Rodgers opinion on the voice: “I would like to suggest that he was thinking of, and wanted readers to recall, the gossipy, first-person style of society columnists” (page 412). In this essay the narrative voice will be determined in Faulkner’s story and more importantly how it conveys the tensions between Miss Emily and the residents of the town.

The Story

The story starts off with Miss Emily’s death and how the town reacts to the news. The first sentence is interesting as it suggests that the narrator could be one of the townspeople: “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went” (page 391) using the possessive plural pronoun our but still not identifying itself as either female or male. This theme of a plural narrative voice is followed throughout the story as seen on page 393: “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that” using the plural pronoun we to describe how the townspeople think of her. While this first-person plural narrative mode seems to be the standard throughout the story the narrator has the ability to distinguish itself from certain people in the town: “At first we were glad that Miss Emily […] But there were still others, older people, who said that even grief could…” (page 394). A reason for this could be that while the narrator distinguish itself at first with some of the townspeople it then later on starts sharing the same opinion: “It is as if all points of view were given over to this creeping “we,”” (page 412).

Tensions and traditions

The tensions described in this story are because of the class difference between Miss Emily and the townspeople. Miss Emily descends from a proud family as seen on page 391: “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care;…” which seems to be the general consensus of the townspeople. Her house was the only remaining house from the older days and also set in one of the most select streets in their town: “only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps” (page 391). The tension portrayed could be seen as an upper class woman and how the rest of the townspeople compare themselves to her. The collective we is used to describe what the majority of the townspeople think of her. When her father dies they seem happy since now also she could be put in their shoes: “At last they could pity Miss Emily. Being left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized.” (page 393)

The death of her father

Despite of her father’s death and the gossip around her, she decides to hold her head high: “She carried her head high enough-even when we believed that she was fallen.” (page 394) this suggests that she was aware of the fact that people was talking behind her back. She starts to act more rudely to the people around her and isolate herself further from the townspeople. In the section where she buys poison she interrupts the storekeeper and tries to keep the conversation as short as possible: “The druggist looked down at her. She looked back at him, erect, her face like a strained flag.” (page 394). Even the next day, gossip had spread about her purchase and the townspeople seemed to immediately assume that she was going to kill herself.

As she had started to alienate herself from the townspeople, Homer Barron showed up. While he was not perhaps the man her father would want her to marry he was still more suitable than the male townspeople. As she begins dating him, the ladies in the town start talking: “… some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people […] the following day the minister’s wife wrote to Miss Emily’s relations in Alabama.” (page 395). While it is not known to what extent Miss Emily knows of any gossip, this probably did not have a positive effect on the relation between Miss Emily and the townspeople.


In this essay the tension between Miss Emily and the townspeople has been examined. The narrative voice used for this story is first-person plural where the narrator seems to be one of the townspeople whereas the plural use suggests that all of the townspeople could be the narrator at certain times. This essay suggests that there are class differences between the townspeople and Miss Emily that cause the main tension in the story. A reason why she chose Homer Barron over the other men in the town could be explained simply because of the class difference and how she responded to the gossip told by everyone in the town.

~ Guest Author, Axel Hansson at @ AnimalTeeth.