[Personal Note] – Traveling

Hey folks, I want to apologize for the lack of news during the last few days. I was in Paris for Minecon and between user meetups, the two-day event itself, the .party() and traveling back and forth, I didn’t exactly have any time or energy left. I’m all recovered now though, so things should be back to normal. Blend on!

[BlenderNation] Reverted to WordPress Comments

After seeing more and more trolling on the site, I have decided to switch back from Disqus to the regular WordPress commenting system. In addition, you’ll now have to log in if you want to leave a comment. I’m sorry to make things more complicated, but that’s how trolls roll – they screw it up for everybody else.

Update: I’d like to re-design the comment layout and make it more compact. If you can help, please contact me. Thanks!

Holidays Header Art!

The Holidays are approaching and it’s time to re-decorate BlenderNation with your X-mas or winter-related art.

Use the new upload form to send us a 1000×288 pixel image, and include your name and a link for the credits. Please don’t add your own text to the image, and keep the file size reasonable – about 150kb should do in most cases. Thanks!

BlenderNation Changes: Header archive, Logo!

Since I switched to the new layout with the artwork in the header, many people have asked me if I could provide an archive of the images. Well, here it is :) And even better: you can now comment on each image as well. Just click anywhere on the header to go to the comments page. Use the Art > Headers menu at the top of the screen to visit the archive.

And remember: I’ll need new artwork every day! If you think your work is the ‘best of Blender’, then submit a 1000×288 image to ‘bart@ this site’.

Oh yes, and before I forget: it only too me close to 7 years, but now there’s a logo on the site! With thanks to Virgílio Vasconcelos for helping me with this. Here’s some background information on the logo, in case you’re interested. (The font was updated recently, the rest is still accurate).

Note: if the BlenderNation logo is covering the entire header, reload the page to get the new stylesheet.

About Posting ‘First!’

Status

A quick note to our visitors who like to post ‘first!’ as a comment: I’m getting more and more reactions from people who find this annoying. It was fun for a while, but we’ve seen enough of those. Let’s keep comments on topic – ‘first’ posts will be removed from now on, thanks!

Emergency Templates

We had severe server problems the last few days, and I decided to install a ‘light’ theme – something I had been working on for a while anyway. I also decided to try the Disqus commenting system as it would further remove load from our webserver. I’ll keep working on a full redesign, but for the time being this will have to do.

As a bonus, there’s now a HUGE amount of space for art (which is what this community is all about, after all). Like with the old layout, the banners rotate daily. If you’d like your artwork to feature here, send a 1000×288 pixel image to bart @ this site, and include your name and a link for the credits. Please don’t add your own text to the image.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, thanks for hanging in here with me :)

Update: BlenderNation Kiva Team

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Over the last three years, 56 BlenderNation members have been quietly providing micro loans through our BlenderNation Kiva Team – so far, we’ve loaned a staggering $11,600! Won’t you join us?

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