The heart and soul of the SB Nation network of blogs is in their community of passionate fans. To further empower that fan voice, we have created publishing tools that lets anyone who has signed up for an American Ninja Warrior Nation account to post their own comments and blog posts. You have the exact same publishing tools that the editors of our blogs do.
If you're ready to start posting on American Ninja Warrior Nation, you'll need to create a free user account. Do that here if you haven't already. The benefits of creating an account with American Ninja Warrior Nation (and subsequently SB Nation) are pretty awesome. You can:
- Comment, of course;
- Recommend and flag comments from other users;
- Keep track of read and unread comments on each post (This is huge, people);
- Post your own FanPosts and FanShots;
- Join other SB Nation blogs and participate there; and,
- Win friends and influence people.
Writing your own FanPosts
So you've made a few comments, now you're ready to do your first FanPost, which is a place where you can have your own blog and write your own posts. If you write a great post, it could end up being featured on our homepage and social media accounts.
You can start writing a FanPost in two places. The first place is from the AmericanNinjaWarriorNation.com home page. Create a free account with us first and then click the "Write FanPost" on the right side of the home page. The second place is on the FanPost hub page, which is located here. On that page, you can start writing a FanPost by clicking this link in the upper right side of the page.
Got it? Good. Here are a few tips on writing good FanPosts:
Make the topic interesting. Put some thought into what you're writing. You'll be rewarded with a good stream of comments if you make the effort to proofread and fill it with good info.
Do not post entire articles from other sites. A link, which is always necessary to any article mention, and a snippet of the article is the max you can do. We can get in trouble for reposting entire pieces.
Always link to an article or source you mention. Like we said above. It's part etiquette and part requirement.
Entertain questions from commenters and follow up on what they say. Defend your new turf with vigor but while still following our community guidelines. Quick version: Don't insult anyone.
Utilize the formatting buttons above the text box. Use paragraphs. The quotes are for highlighting text and converting to a nice shaded background blockquote. The picture frame is for images, which are always nice.
Finally, once you're done writing a FanPost, you'll see Show Editor Help on the bottom left of the text box. Click that and up pops a great users guide that goes into much more depth than I am now.
Here are a few more tips about FanPosts:
- Browse the FanPosts already written to see if you are covering a topic that's already been posted about. Do your best not to duplicate topics in the FanPosts. Unless you have a unique angle on the subject, join in the current conversation on another post.
- Utilize the "Rec" feature which is on every front page post, FanPost and FanShot right above the beginning of the comments. If you like what you're reading, hit the "Rec" button. Once that FanPost or FanShot goes over a certain number of recs (which we can change at any time) it moves in to the "Recommended" section. That way, the best posts don't get lost in the shuffle.
- Before you post, check over your writing for typos and other errors. You'll be taken more seriously if you have good formatting and clean copy.
FanShots are links, quotes, video, or pictures. They are meant to be shorter than FanPosts, consumed quickly and you can start posting them from the home page and the FanShots hub page, just like FanPosts.
One of the coolest parts about FanShots is that you can post them quickly via a bookmarklet SB Nation has built. If you don't have the fancy bookmarklet installed, it's really easy. Click here and drag the link to your bookmark section.
Here are few more points about FanShots:
- Use FanShots for breaking news and make sure you quote the most relevant section of the article you're linking.
- If you have a thought that doesn't meet the 75 word minimum of a FanPost, put it in a FanShot.
- Click here right now and take two seconds to drag the FanShot bookmarklet to your browser's favorites (It's in the upper right of the page). Once you do that, you'll begin using the feature a lot more.