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Planning to make a blog tutorial website

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by elmar1028, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. elmar1028

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    Hello everyone,

    I am planning on making a blog where I post computer-related (Unity, Blender etc) tutorials. :D

    I've been wondering what should I write about? And so I decided to ask you guys.

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. elmar1028

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    Here are the articles I am planning to write about:

    1) Preparing your project for version control (Github)
    2) Organizing your code like a boss
    3) Tips to boost your game performance
    4) How to get up and running for Android platform
    5) Ways to squash your game size
    6) How to setup Visual Studio IDE
    7) Get rid of annoying UI click-throughs
    8) Navigate through your game - making a GPS
    9) Shortcuts every Unity developer should know
    10) How to create shadows on 2D sprites
    11) Creating a minimap for your game
    12) Getting up and running with Google Play Services
    13) Add controller support for your game
    14) Immerse your game into VR with this simple tutorial
    15) Extending Unity - Getting started creating editor extensions
    16) Record a lagless video from Unity3D
    17) Cool image effects to make your game look cinematic
    18) Make your terrain look AAA with these tips
    19) Detect swipe movements for your mobile game
    20) Create a stylish loading screen between scenes
    21) Monetize your game with UnityAds
    22) Integrating EveryPlay into your game
    23) Get to know your players better with Unity Analytics
    24) A nice hack to create reallistic camera animation using your VR headset
    25) Make your game split screen compatible
    26) Getting started with AR using Vuforia
    27) Preparing your project for version control - Bitbucket
    28) Preparing your project for version control - Perforce
    29) Create multiplayer game using UNET
    30) Preparing publishing a game to Google Play
    31) How to implement achievements for Amazon Game Circles
    32) Trustworthy alternatives to Google Play
    33) Light and shadow tips for making your game stunning

    Any suggestions appreciated :)
     
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  3. EliasMasche

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    ohh great, Tutorials about Unity and Blender i love that!!!. And for me is perfect the list special the first 20.
     
  4. schmosef

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    This looks like some great topics. Good luck with this project.
     
  5. theANMATOR2b

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    Awesome list elmar. Im no coder but I really appreciate and devour as much quality instructional material as possible related to Unity game development.
    Any lighting and shadow tips and best practice you can provide for different game genres would be a great addition to the list you have already compiled.
     
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  6. elmar1028

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    Thanks a for the feedback. I am also planning to make Asset Store reviews :)

    I will setup a website soon and get to work :D

    @theANMATOR2b Lighting and Shadow tips looks a great topic to talk about! Added to my internal list
     
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  7. calmcarrots

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    You know what would be cool? If you could do like a weekly spotlight of games. You don't have to review them, just post a quick sentence or two of why you chose the game or why it looks interesting. It could help everyone a lot too. Doesn't have to take too much space on the site, just have a horizontal bar on the bottom or something with 5 games and their pictures. Just a suggestion to make it look more lively :)
     
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  8. elmar1028

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    Good idea! I will consider that too :)
     
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  10. darkhog

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    Sidewalk is nice, but IMO you should use something clean and easy to navigate, like something similar to the theme used by Unity Blogs.
     
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  11. elmar1028

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    Thanks for the input!

    Unlike Unity's blog that shows only unity related news, I am planning to have different topics to talk about and so my website is going to have a front page which showcases different categories and lists. I feel that Sidewalk fits the most.
    Note that I can always customize which type of content to show.
     
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  12. EliasMasche

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    Sidewalk Too.. like darkhog say, clean is better and more easy to keep the focus of yours topics and info.
     
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    An entry on 34 called "Make your own MMO" and the answer to that one is to read 1 through 33 first :p
     
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  15. EliasMasche

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    Yes for looks like better, and more easy to read and understand. And you can use the theme who suit better for you and the topics and is going to cover.
     
  16. elmar1028

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    Just need how to make an inventory and RPG elements and it's just about right! ;)

    I think so too. Plus second theme supports reviews, which would be pretty convenient for Asset Store/Game reviews! :D
     
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  17. EliasMasche

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    Well so i think you have everything to settle down, So is only wait for others when you make public the blog. i think you can here too, the others users blogs beside linking related to unity.
    http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/user-blogs.63338
     
  18. elmar1028

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    Good idea! Will do that after In am done with blog.

    My plan is to make several articles before making website live. I am writing on my google doc right now, then migrate the whole info. At the same time I will setup a server + customize theme.

    Will let everyone know when the blog is live! :D
     
  19. elmar1028

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    Hello everyone!

    Wordpress is ready and first post has been created!

    Check it out here! - How to prepare your project for version control - Butbucket and SourceTree

    (Note: website is not done yet. Some components may not make any sense. Theme is to be changed).

    Honest review on the article. Was it helpful? Any grammar mistakes or typos?

    Old posts you see has been transferred from my old blog.
     
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  20. elmar1028

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    Few announcements to make:

    - You can now submit your app/asset to be reviewed on my blog! See here!
    - If someone didn't watch today's Unite 2015 Boston Keynote, I've written a recap here
    - Wordpress theme will be changed to the one which was originally planned (hope it will be in a few days)
    - I've been writing few posts lately as well, be sure to check them out as well :)

    That's it for now! :D
     
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  21. elmar1028

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    After weeks of work, I am introducing a new website layout!

    It's now easier to navigate around than before.

    I will be posting an article on a weekly basis now, as they usually take a lot of time to write and research.

    Enjoy! :D
     
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    Blogmap is now live! Now you can see status of every single article which is going to be produced.
     
  23. darkhog

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    You could also allow user-submitted articles/tutorials (with a review process so you won't get crap). This will make site feel more alive as content could be added faster if it'd be written by multiple people ;).
     
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  24. elmar1028

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    Thanks for the idea! I had this in mind but I don't know where to find users to write content on my blog.
    If you have ideas let me know :)
     
  25. darkhog

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    If people are reading your blog, they're most likely devs themselves. So recruit from them. Also here in this thread, make it so people with article written could PM you here for publishing their stuff.
     
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    Good idea. I decided to create a thread in the collaboration section (still in approval process) to find anyone who has experience with anything related to game dev.
     
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    Looks fantastic!
     
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    PM key users on the forums. You'll find many will be flattered to write an article about something they know.
     
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    Hmmm....will you write an article on my blog? ;)
     
  30. Kiwasi

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    Sure, I'm flattered.

    Anything you want me to write about? I can speak to the struggles of internet forum addiction :)
     
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  31. elmar1028

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    Ha-ha! You can write pretty much about anything related to game development (game design, marketing, forum addiction etc.)
    It's up to you! :D
     
  32. theANMATOR2b

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    Hey elmar - Do you have any interest in writing a best practice for back-up/archive asset packages, purchased and free, once they are on your local system.
    I've read a couple posts that are informative for this process, but incomplete in instruction.
    It would be great to have a guide for this.
    Also looking forward to the above listed tutorials.

    Edit: Was also wondering if you would consider a tutorial on PC development then moving to final build process using Xcode (previous version) and the new Xcode 7. There might be enough instruction on this topic already, but thought you might be interested since I haven't seen any info on Xcode7 yet.
     
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    I am not sure about the topic. Why would this be used if purchased/free assets are tied to your account. Like Steam games.

    Will gladly write about them. :)
     
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    Good point. Only considering this for back-up purposes for assets that are updated and have different features.
    Rethinking - this is probably a personal preference rather than a common workflow.

    Thanks elmar.
     
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  38. elmar1028

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    It's been almost a month and so far so good! :D

    Give me a feedback of my blog on content, layout and pretty much anything else.

    Remember you can request a topic so it will be added to the Blogmap page.

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
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