#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:
Gather all the information the game has to offer and feature it.
Forum where people can discuss the game/idea itself
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.
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
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.
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.
Tensions and traditions
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.