Hopefully, these articles are the first step of a series of major changes on this blog.
Unsurprisingly, because of my lack of free time these days, I can either focus on coding, or on blogging and maintaining this website, but not both at the same time. When I’m hard at work on some coding, I miss lots of interesting news on the scene, and when I try to focus on those, I don’t have enough time to code.
But with the recent VHBL releases, I’ve realized that wololo.net is not your typical “homebrew programmer’s blog” anymore. Thanks to the community we have here, and the trust that many devs have put into this website, we have become a major source of information for lots of other scene websites. As a result, every time I fail to report here about some important scene piece of news, I feel like I’m failing you guys. You guys, the readers, are coming here because you know that’s where things happen, and where they will happen again. And I’m thinking that if I want to maintain the level of quality that made the popularity of this website*, I need to guarantee that good content gets posted on the blog, as soon as it is available.
Until now, I was in a “trust myself only” type of position about my blog, but I feel that is not enough anymore. As an example, Pro-C has been in beta test for months, and I never found the time to test it an write about it. For a site that pretends to know everything before everybody else, that really sucks, especially since Coldbird had been in contact with me the whole time, and I was just too busy to even test his brilliant work (so sorry for that, mate!). but that’s just an example of the many things I’ve missed in the scene recently.
So I’ve started looking for guest bloggers, and news hunters. People who, like me, think that a website that talks about the scene should know what they are talking about, not simply copy/pasting any other news from other websites, but actually analyzing what’s going on, or, even better, be the source of the news. I am thrilled that people like Freddy and Coldbird, who have been on the scene for so long, agreed to give it a try. Thanks guys!
What does this mean? We first, hopefully, guest bloggers will enjoy writing here, on a site where we know what we talk about, and that would mean much more content for you guys, in a much more timely manner. Secondly, if you think you can bring something to this project as a news writer, feel free to PM me on /talk. Please understand that I am looking for people with a good English level, and good (very good) knowledge of what they are talking about (but I am open to ideas on what you actually want to talk about). If you need more details about what’s in it for you, PM me for details.
This project might fail miserably if the writers don’t like it here (I’ll do my best though), at which point… well the site will probably go back to me blogging whenever I can… but if you allow me to dream for a few minutes… well we might become “yet another site pretending to be the official console hacking scene”… who knows where that will take us. Game reviews ? News about more platforms? (I’ve always wanted to talk about PS3, Nintendo, iPhone, android hacking…) Cool interviews? And if this works, well I’ll get a new server, so that we finally don’t go miserably offline because of the load, for the next VHBL release
So, if this project works, what type of articles would you guys like to see on this blog?
*I’m not a genius hacker (never found a kernel exploit, I am *not* the creator of HBL, etc…), but I think I, and people in our community understand hackers’ work a bit better than your typical user: I was the first one to understand that HBL would be a big deal for the scene, I was part of the team that brought the first homebrews to the PSP Go, and more recently of the team that brought the first homebrews to the Vita, I was on the front line when TN Hen was being developed, and when the first iso loaders started running on the PSP Go, I co-organized the biggest PSP homebrew competition ever, hackers chose our community to bring PSP homebrew signing to the world, my tutorials on how to install a custom firmware, or how to look for user-mode exploits on the PSP have become a reference over the years… Look at the scene news websites you visit regularly, and ask yourself where most of their news about the PSP and the Vita have been coming from for the past 3 years… this is what I’m talking about when I’m talking about the “high level of quality” of this blog, and of our community at /talk.