As far as you know, it’s been a month. More specifically, this will mark four weeks worth of blog posts. Granted, all that means is that this is the eighth post, but I feel I’ve used WordPress enough to address it for the needs of a play-by-post game.
Things I love…
WordPress has the corner on Accessibility. Sure, you have to make a new identity, something I’ve already whined about on Day 1. But after that, you only have to make one, unlike livejournal which is one-to-one when it comes to blogs. If I only wanted a multi-user blog and not have to maintain this weekly analysis, I could have done that. Or, I can make a billion*. There’s something enticing about that**.
Scheduled Publishing. My friend and one of my players posts a blog posts daily. Not five days a week. Not four days in the case of Labor Day. A new post. Every day. She does this daily. I think about it and get a headache. And hers is themed. She writes about a new movie every day. And they are of length. I can’t do that. I barely have the attention span to write this. I know what happens when you slip. It gets bad. You start covering posts. You shorten a schedule. Next thing you know a year has passed and you couldn’t care less. I have bursts, like a lot of people do. I’ll have several thoughts in a day, then none again for a week. If I muscle through now, I can get a couple decent length posts done in a day. Then I can give myself a break. Now if I do that, I can space it around so that my bunch-of-times-a-day blog turns into bunch-of-times-a-week and things sound so much better!
And my favorite, built in socializing. This is something blogger either does not do, or not do easily enough for me to figure out before I got bored with it. Automatic Twitter and Facebook updates. Either automatically or per post. that’s great! So I can literally update my Facebook with these lovely gems or Twitter with some game announcements and I can be sure I hit my players one some avenue they already hit frequently. It shocked me that Blogger doesn’t let you do this as easily. And between the two, it’s like I’m posting all the time!***
Things I wish WordPress had…
Aliasing is so very important when dealing with a game. You have multiple people posting as Multiple characters and generally you don’t want to use the same name you use for whatever important tech blog you chime in on. Blogger uses GoogleAuth (or Google ID, depending on what you feel like calling it). It also has the ability to assign personas per blog you follow, so you can have a seperate avatar and username all tied to the same account and no one has to be the wiser. Grumbly Cube Jockey by day, swashbuckling gnome by night. I suppose the difference is only superficial. WordPress has the same username posted to all of your blogs. I’m not entirely pleased with this but if this is the worst thing I have to deal with, I can roll with it.
Also, Custom Access Control Lists, or User Roles. My specific case is that I want the blog to be public. I want most pages to be editable by a certain class of user. I want a specific page to be viewable only by another certain class of user. Essentially, I want players to be able to see a list of sensetive information, namely contact info, but no one else. I also want the info pages to be public, but editabl only by administrators. If I’m misunderstanding the way their user roles are laid out, I’ll be glad to be corrected.
This is really the best bang for the Multi-User Buck. Not only is posting made easy, but communicating that to your friends, followers, and readers without having to inject stuff is brilliant!
*Probably not a billion.
** I won’t make a billion.
*** I’m not.