I'm excited to announce that the Blinx The Time Sweeper Fansite is getting a fresh rebuild from the ground up.
When the fansite was first created, I wanted an easy place to put anything Blinx related to refer to later without having to worry about the backend. Four years and over 200 pages later, the fansite has pretty much outgrown its website builder host platform. I believe that building the fansite from scratch is long overdue and will benefit its growth in the future.
Why Rebuild the Fansite
Faster Load Times
Without getting too technical, the current fansite is dynamic and the fansite rebuild will be static. The content on dynamic sites is rendered by server and database processes while static sites are pre-rendered and can be passed straight to your browser. As a result, static sites have faster load times since there is no processing time required to deliver a webpage.
In addition, I can trim away all the fat that comes with the generic page rendering processes that come with website builders and optimise the architecture to suit the fansite's requirements.
The Weebly editor is the biggest obstacle to making changes to the fansite due to its slow speed and how it handles page editing in general. Less time spent fighting with the editor is more time spent writing content.
Full Creative Control and Freedom
What content can be added is determined by the website builder. Custom visuals and more advanced behaviours are often only possible with paid feature apps. Because of that, I often spent unnecessary time trying to find free workarounds.
With the freedom to code whatever I want, things like proper references and dark mode can finally be added.
Because I Can
May as well since I have gained skills in web development from my job as a software developer. Looks good on a resume (probably).
Below are several screenshots of what's been built so far, just to show it's doable.
So what happens in the meantime?
As seen from the screenshots above, I've built the foundation of the new fansite and I've started the process of moving content over.
I don't have a current timeline yet but I hope to get it done by the end of this year at the very latest. Extra time will be spent adding new site features and refreshing old content. If it's not finished by the end of this year, blame notna888 for not being able to copy and paste.
I'll be doing regular updates on this blog so keep a watch out for those.
Updates on the current fansite will slow down as I focus on building the new fansite but new content, news and revisions will continue as usual.
That's all for this announcement. Thank you for all the support over the past few years. I don't think the fansite would nearly be as big without it. :)
From this month onwards, I'll no longer be posting Featured Fanart as I'll be uploading fanworks on the Fanart gallery on the new fansite.
Hi all, hope you’re all doing well. Quick fansite update before the new year comes.
Life got in the way of fansite updates for a while as I was moving out my parents’ place. Finally got my PC set up so updates and new content will continue as usual. I’m hoping to add a decent amount of content while on Christmas break.
Didn’t get around to posting Featured Fanart for this month so I’ll be combining art from November with the January post. I don’t expect the blog post to be too big as there weren't a lot of new Blinx pieces as of late.
As for changes I have done recently, I’ve been heavily focusing on reorganising sections (like phasing out the Fandom section) and making sure the galleries and downloads are up-to-date. Gives me a good chance to review and organise all of my local Blinx files.
That’s all for now. I don’t think update posts like these are necessary but maybe I’ll do them more often. New Blinx lore still crops up from time to time so I’ll get around to it all someday.
If you've been within the Blinx and gimmick account sphere on Twitter recently, you may have noticed the massive influx of Blinx pfp accounts.
It all started with Poorly Aged Things (@PoorlyAgedStuff), a popular gimmick account that, you guessed it, showcases unfortunately-aged things. On March 8 they tweeted out a photo of an infamous magazine cover snippet featuring Blinx.
This cursed image has been reposted multiple times on Twitter before, yet this tweet ended up being @PoorlyAgedStuff's most popular tweet with currently over 37K likes and 6K retweets.
Soon after the tweet blew up, @PoorlyAgedStuff "broke character" (a slippery slope for all gimmick accounts) and made a follow-up tweet recommending the game to their followers. They also changed their pfp to Blinx cause it makes sense to have a time-related character as the mascot of poorly aged things.
Naturally, Context for Poorly Aged Things @AgedContext (the sister account who gives helpful context for @PoorlyAgedStuff's tweets) followed suit and changed their pfp to Blinx too.
Two months later there are dozens of "Poorly Aged-Verse" Blinx pfp accounts on Twitter that have formed their own weird little community of replying to every @PoorlyAgedStuff tweet with their own unique gimmick. Some of them regularly get hundreds of likes.
Some give incorrect context, some give context for other context accounts and others take a more unique route like writing limericks or how gay the poorly aged thing is. It's amusing seeing what people can come up with.
To give you an idea of how many accounts there are, one of the accounts @FalseContext created the Poorly Aged family tree. This would have certainly been outdated within a day with the creation of another Blinx pfp account.
Someone else tried to map the relationship between every Poorly Aged account which is way more complex than it should be.
The best thing to come out of this whole thing is the memes and artwork. I joined in too cause what other reason do I have to draw almost 20 Blinx's in one image.
Now every time someone says Blinx has aged like shit (which for the record, has aged very well), I have the immediate urge to reply with "Poorly Aged™?" these days.
I would have never imagined that people would be making Blinx pfp accounts for clout in 2020, but times are strange, and if people are having fun shitposting as Blinx, then good for them.
And hey, if Microsoft ever did revive Blinx and release a third game, @PoorlyAgedStuff would have some great poorly aged material.
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