Welcome aboard!

I’m sure you know the basics if you’re here, but just in case: you should read our Mission Statement.

So, next steps:
•    Make sure you have been approved to join the AltDevAuthors Google Group and introduce yourself to the Author community.
•    Set up a Gravatar account for the email address you are using to post. This will enable your picture and bio information to be pulled through automatically (note that any changes to this take 24hrs to pull through).
•    Make sure you have been set up with a user account and password for this site (by emailing
hashworth@game-connection.com
with a little info on who you are and what angle you’d like to post from).
•    Use the Share a Draft link under the Posts section of the WordPress dashboard before publishing your first article and email the article link to
altdevauthors@googlegroups.com
(or post it as a topic in the Google group) for community feedback. When you’re ready to post, just change the status to Publish. Note that the date is set when you create the post not when you publish, so if you create posts in advance, you’ll want to reset the date when you publish.

FAQ:

Is it just for programmers?
Definitely not! No matter what your specialty or background is, if you’re one of us, come on in and share!

Do I need to be a #gamedev to participate?
Not strictly, no. We have some people that aren’t actually game developers, but that just share some interests with us.

How often would I be posting?
At the moment, we advise you to post every 15 days and ask that you set up a reminder in your calendar! As we have more people, there will be more posts each day.
The 15 day schedule helps to mix up the days and keep everybody fresh, continue to encourage peer reviewing through the Google group, which in turn keeps us stimulated with fresh content.

How do I post?
You log in to this site and post via the interface. You can use the visual editor, hand-craft html code via the HTML tab, or copy-paste from a Google doc or your favorite HTML editor.

What should I post about?
Post about whatever you want. It’s totally up to you. You can use what’s already there as a guideline or you can jump totally off the deep end and show us something different. It’ll all about you, man.

Some guiding principles to get you started:
•    Be personal! Use your own voice! We are not trying to be any kind of “definitive technical resource” here. The point is to share ideas, thoughts, feelings and ourselves with each other. Do not be afraid to express an opinion!
•    Be controversial! Don’t be afraid of saying something that people aren’t going to agree with. Controversy is interesting. It gets people to think! Tell us what you believe.
•    Be inspiring! Share your hard earned lessons and bring let other people know how they can make their own world a better place too!
•    Teach! It’s easy to forget that the stuff you know isn’t common knowledge. No matter how big or small the topic, there’s someone out here that can benefit from your expertise – so let it shine
•    We don’t post press-releases, blatant advertisements, etc.
•    Share what you post! Your post will automatically be posted to @AltDevBlog, but go ahead and re-tweet to your community!

Anything else?
I’d like each post to have content. Something which stands on its own.
It’s perfectly okay to post a summary and link to your blog. But I’d like to make sure that if someone just reads the summary they get something out of it. However, at this point the preferred method has been to cross-post the full content on this site and your own site. You definitely want to pimp your blog if you have one in your author bio though.
For me this site is about two things:
1.    Getting us to post more. Anything that helps that is definitely a good thing. And
2.    Getting people to read the posts and (ideally) starting a conversation about them. Getting people to think and talk. Twitter’s been mostly the mechanism for that lately (and Facebook a little bit), so that’s where I’m concentrating on getting the ‘word out’ more about each post.

Mike.

Notice to authors: Every author retains copyright to their own posts. However, if you are posting here you’re granting permission for us to post these articles indefinitely. You are also granting us permission to work with other sites to highlight some of our articles and potentially repost or summarize them. If you do NOT want your articles reposted on (any other) site, you need to let us know and I will exclude you specifically from those efforts.