Because we’re getting so many new visitors (we had over 1,000 hits yesterday, wow! Thanks for visiting!), I’m going to take the opportunity to let you know about how you can follow the news we post, where you can go to interact with other fans, and some of the other sections of this site that you may find interesting.
- Twitter: Any posts we make on this blog automatically ship an alert with a link to the article on twitter.
- LiveJournal Syndication: If you’re on LJ, just friend the account and you’ll have the articles posted right on your friends list.
- RSS Feed: The raw feed, for use in the likes of Google Reader, or for setting up syndication on any sites that provide a feed-reading service.
- Email: Get notifications of blog posts in your inbox.
- The Devil’s Playground Forums: This is the place where many L.J. Smith fans hang around to discuss a range of things, from LJS’s books (including the Vampire Diaries) to every day topics that strike our fancy. There is a section set up specifically for the TV series, and it’s kind of empty right now. Posts on the subject would be welcome.
- TVD Fans: Our LiveJournal community, where we discuss anything and everything Vampire Diaries.
- Fell’s Church Library: This is a fanfiction archive specifically for the Vampire Diaries. It’s pretty new, so it doesn’t have quite the amount of fics that Twilight Tales does. Yet… ;)
- Fell’s Church Gallery: An art gallery for people to post their Vampire Diaries-inspired artwork.
- Icons & Avatars: A selection of Vampire Diaries icons contributed by fans for use on LiveJournal and forums.
There’s more to be found on the site if you explore a bit, and more to come once we have it organised beyond the planning stages. :)
If you know of any other Vampire Diaries communities you think we should be aware of, then please contact us and we’ll look into it.
I’ve added a basic Vampire Diaries character bios page in the ‘books’ section. I’ll add more info when necessary at a later date.
I’ve also added an icons page to the ‘fanworks’ section. There are only a few of mine up right now, so I would really appreciate it if people could send me their own icons for inclusion. You can find out more info for doing this on the page.
On a related note, I’d like to be able to set up a wallpaper section at some point soon. If any of you have any Vampire Diaries-themed wallpaper, I’d really appreciate it if you’d let me upload it to the site. Please get in touch with me via the ‘contact’ link at the top of the page if you think you can help.
A few general website updates:
* The news blog has category links set up to the side now, for easier navigation of the type of news you want to see.
* News will also be posted to twitter, with links back to the relevant posts on here.
* A captcha system has been added to the gallery that should prevent the majority of spam bots from signing up and (most importantly) anonymously adding spam comments to your pictures.
* Banners and buttons for linking to the site have been added. Any site promotion is always greatly appreciated, thank you. Related to that, you you know of any Vampire Diaries or L.J. Smith sites that I should be linking to, please let me know.
Thanks to everyone for visiting and contributing! :)