Something that I've been thinking about, is to bring into TBs the possibility for some of you to sporadically send your own content proposals. This would be something like a GuestBlogger section as we have seen for instance in 'The NXT STEP' blog.
So, even before going to write any suitable guidelines for guests to subsmit their posts, I decided to give it a try.
Sometime ago, Jacob wrote me about how he has been trying to get the TECHNIC community in one place on Flickr, and how it has been difficult.
He was thinking how to offer an alternative, though: only a small portion of TECHNIC builders actually tag their models "lego_technic", so it may not be the most reliable method of collecting images. Jacob then mentioned there is, however, a group that was created a while ago which has been slowly growing for some time: LTEC.
I found it interesting and worthy to mention here, so asked Jacob to write a few lines about the subject, and here it goes.
Flickr is a photo-sharing site that the LEGO SYSTEM community began migrating to a few years ago, the result being that you can find builders of nearly every theme. One exception to this is TECHNIC builders. For some reason, very few seem to have joined, resulting in a small presence on the site. But now, that's starting to change, and you can help! Why join Flickr? Because it is an effectively-designed site for LEGO:
- On each photo, in addition to text comments, users can add things called notes. Notes are outlines of boxes that are placed directly on the image and display a message when you hover your mouse over them. Don't worry about images getting cluttered up, though, because the notes disappear when you move your cursor off the picture. Perhaps you can already see the usefulness of this: instead of trying to type out exactly what you're talking about when commenting on a model, you can simply point to it!
- You can directly control the photos you see. If you see a builder on Flickr that has a lot of things that interest you, and you'd like to see his further work, you add him as a Contact. As your contacts add photos to their pages, all of the new images show up on a single page, making keeping track of everything new very easy.
- It can work in harmony with Brickshelf and MOCpages. Some prefer not to use Flickr as a full gallery, because the aforementioned sites already serve that purpose quite well. However, a very effective hybrid system is to upload a single image to Flickr, and link to a gallery on a different site.
- There is already an established community of great builders. When starting your list of contacts, you will have no shortage of excellent builders to choose from (except perhaps in the TECHNIC field ).
- It is not a regional site. Members of the TECHNIC community from all around the world can meet in one place. Sure, there are still language barriers, but a picture is worth a thousand words, isn't it?
At Flickr you may either add photos or videos from your LEGO creations.
As an example of a model linked into LTEC group, lets take a look into Jakob's new 6x4 truck base below (click on the image to jump into the corespondent video).