The TMU Blog becomes the TMX Blog

January 13, 2009

In this post I’ll answer some of all your questions 😉

First off, I’m sad no one except TimeBreaker guessed that a part of the “secret plan” was to turn the TMU Blog into the TMX Blog (good job TimeBreaker), and he only did it over MSN, not here on the blog 😛 Shame on you guys!

But yes, you read that right! With all the lowered activity here on the TMU Blog, fewer posts and slightly fewer visitors, it was time to do something about it, and like I’ve said before, closing it would just be sad. So a while ago I talked to MrA over at TMX, and he was all for the idea of “re-branding” it the TMX Blog: change the name and look and make it an official part of TMX. In fact, all that was his idea in the first place!

But that’s not all. A major reason for the lack of activity is the lack of people to do the writing. As you know, I “retired” from the blog months ago, handing it over to Alcator. However, in the long run he too had to face the facts of real life, not having the time to keep the blog active. So how will moving it to TMX make things better? Well, I’m going to make a bigger deal out of letting everyone write! The plan is to invite everyone and anyone to send in their own articles, from long guides and in-depth article series to track reviews, rants  and simple links to YouTube videos along with a few comments. The content will be up to YOU – a blog for the TM players, by the TM players.

How it will work in reality is yet to be seen.

So lets sum things up and answer some more questionmarks:

  • The TMU Blog will become the TMX Blog.
  • There will be a NEW blog, not the originally planned re-make of this one.
  • The old TMU Blog will still be here to read, but no new posts will be written. Basically, the TMX Blog IS the TMU Blog, just with a new host and name.
  • The new blog will be United and Nations in one.
  • The content of new blog will, hopefully, to a great extent be written by you, the readers.
  • There will probably be more TMX-related posts, like what’s going on at the TMX forum or updates on any current TMX contest – but not too much of it!
  • There will probably be less of the old stuff, like track reviews on request and Screenshot of the Week, particularly because I will do much less writing myself, though if someone actually writes posts like that, it will most likely be published.

I also have to say that nothing is settled yet. We don’t know when the new blog will be ready, we don’t know how the whole let-the-readers-write idea will work out, we don’t know what type of content there will be, etc.

And last but not least, I of course want your feedback on all this. After all, you’re the loyal TMU Blog readers, and if you want to have a say in things, now’s the time 😀 I’m confident the new blog will be a success, if for no other reason then at least because we’ll be able to reach out to all the TMX members, United and Nations ones alike. But what direction would you like us to take, what relation to the old TMU Blog would you imagine, do you as a reader think you’ll write an article or two, and what do you think as a whole about this entire deal about moving to TMX?

Oh, and a little PS: You’re right, the new skin I added to this blog was horrible, so I’ve changed back 😉


An Exciting Future

January 6, 2009

Hi everyone! Jozii here 😀

A few days ago Alcator informed me that he won’t be able to handle the blog the way he’d like to. A shame really, and I just have to thank Alcator for the time he did spend on the blog the past few months 😀 If it wasn’t for him the blog would probably have been closed by now.

So I spent some time trying to figure out what to do. Should I look for someone else willing to take it over? Should I go back to blogging myself? The first would probably only work out for a short period, and the latter is out of the question. But then I had an idea!

I’m not going to reveal what it is just yet (as nothing is certain just yet) 😛 However, I wanted to give you a heads up that the blog will – if everything goes as planned – go through a major makeover in the coming time. I don’t know how long it will take – days, weeks or maybe just a few hours – but gradually I’ll be doing some changes and soon enough you will understand what it’s all about 😉 Just keep visiting and you’ll be the first to know!

Also, all this means that I’m back in charge, even if I don’t plan to do much blogging myself. I believe strongly in this secret idea and think the blog will see a healthy growth in the near future.

I’ll keep you posted 😉 In the mean time, feel free to guess what exactly it is I’m planning to do 😀

No time to post…

December 19, 2008

I’m terribly sorry for the recent inactivity, it was (and is still) caused by the workload and demanding family life, which I of course prioritize over TM.

There will be a cool post coming on 22nd of December, and some Christmas themes are due between 24th and 31st, though.

Anyway, should you not visit the blog next week, then

I wish you the very best Christmas and Full Throttle in 2009!

90 minutes for the magnificent 9

November 3, 2008

Right now, the remaining 9 contenders of the StarContest all have a submission uploaded on TMX. They still have 90 minutes to update their tracks, which means all of us can go there, download the tracks, try them and quickly provide a feedback.
In this way, we may all help the final campaign to be even better.

Mission statement

September 13, 2008

Hello, dear readers and visitors!

In this post, I’d like to let you know about my commitment for this blog.

So, without further ado, here comes the mission statement:

I promise to deliver 10 posts per month (roughtly 1 post every 3 days), of which

  • at least 5 posts should be useful articles (tutorials and tips)
  • approximately 3 articles should talk about existing (or just created) tracks

Help from other trackmaniacs who have something to say would be appreciated, please contact me if you’d like to write a track review, track comparison, an article about track construction tricks that you or someone you know uses, or just about anything TM-related. Because as much as I’m able to do all this by myself, truth be told it might become somewhat biased, simply because I am just one type of trackmaniac and there are other types that have different “ways of the samurai” 😉

— Alcator

Plans for the blog – trackmaking competitions

September 3, 2008

Today, I would like to get some feedback on some of my plans for the blog. This time, I will focus on my plans about trackmaking (trackbuilding) competitions. Read the descriptions carefully and let me know which of them do appeal to you the most, which of them don’t appeal to you at all and which of them leave somewhat mediocre feelings. Your feedback is needed!

1. Five-into-one Round 2: About a year ago, TMU blog held “Five-into-one” competition, in which several builders were consecutively building a stage of a track in a given area; after they were done, the best five of the submitted stages were combined into one larger track in an interesting fashion, resulting in a pretty challenging track. I would like to repeat this competition but perhaps with more participants, what do you think?

2. Blog-A-Stage-Contest (BLASTCON): Similar to Build A Stage Competition known from TMX, but voting on the winning submission would be realised by commenting a post with the list of submissions (with the possibility to try them all).

3. Interconnect Challenge: A track is provided with one or more “dull” (marked) sections; participants remove the dull section(s) and try to connect the remaining areas of the track with the most innovative or just plain COOL sections; however, after they do so, they must make an author time that fits a given criteria, which limits how much stuff they can add (such as, originally the track was 40 seconds long, with 1 dull straight road that is 15 tiles long and takes 4 seconds to pass; the time limit is 55 seconds, which means they can replace the 4-seconds-long road with up to 19-seconds section). I believe this challenge would be even more interesting if there were 2 “dull sections” that would intersect, so that the two replacement sections built by participants would intersect as well.

Please provide feedback about these competitions, or suggest some new original ideas for trackbuilding competitions, in the comments!

The Future of the Blog

August 31, 2008

Hey guys 😀

This is a bit of a personal announcement as well as something serious affecting the blog. As of today, I officially hand over the power to lead the blog to Alcator. He will, hopefully, be the main poster and writer in times to come, and I will basically retire.

The aim is that this will make the blog more active again. According to stats, you guys don’t seem to quit anyway 😛 So you might just as well get something to actually read, and I’m afraid I’m unable to deliver that.

This doesn’t mean I’m gone, though. My attention is just elsewhere. I still play TrackMania, and I hope to be a little more active as a member of the TMX crew. Perhaps a new contest coming up soon? 😉 School is starting – first year of university – and I even got an (unpaid) job on as a monthly column writer in their new and free gaming magazine! Next (second) issue is due very soon, if it isn’t out already by the time you read this 😉

Now, I’d also like to remind you that despite having been with us for a long time, Alcator is new to this. He’ll have to keep the blog active and varied, a job which I know isn’t easy! But with your support, feedback and ideas, I’m sure things will work out perfectly. The blog needs a change, and Alcator has the means to make it.

I guess the only thing left to say is goodbye (to my old position on the blog) and good luck. But then again, I will still be around, and hopefully you’ll be too 😀


– Jozii