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We recently entered public beta and while it's still very early, our stats are a bit lacking compared to what they could be, they could at least correlate with the number of users. At the time of writing Area51 is reporting.

173 visits/day

This site has amazing potential for becoming The Blender Resource. It's fresh and is a refreshing take from IRC and confusing threads in forums. We need everyone to start help promoting the site. This site is geared towards anyone who uses Blender, be it a professional, enthusiast or complete beginner.

Taken from my answer on How can we ensure Blender.SE doesn't share 3DGraphics.SE's fate?

There are several variables involved but the major one is publicity. Even in our commitment phase which took nearly a year, I myself had no idea of it until I randomly stumbled across it. What we need is publicity. IIRC every Blender release totals around at least 200k downloads which means that there are lots of people out there, people who want to learn.

Some of us have the resources but lack the general know how to go about it.


Several users have already pledged to helping to promote this site to their fanbase or specific community. This is a good start, users like Jonathan Williamson from BlenderCooke and CharlesL from TheSpasticKangaroo on Youtube. You might not be as popular as them but every bit counts.

Let's make this a great community. We are already doing very well with over 100 questions and over 200 answers!

All that being said, What are some good ways that we can actively promote our community and spread the word about this site?

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  • $\begingroup$ i'm a little confused as to why this hasn't appeared in Blender Nation or on Ton's twitter feed :) $\endgroup$ – zeffii May 30 '13 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ @zeffii hence the post.. we need shares! :) $\endgroup$ – iKlsR May 30 '13 at 8:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Charles just posted it to Blender nation. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Pendergast May 30 '13 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ “Meet the pros” scheduled chat with Jonathan Williamson $\endgroup$ – Daniel Pendergast May 30 '13 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ One little thing we can all do is put a link to blender.SE in our signatures on other Blender sites, like BlenderArtists. It's not major publicity, but it'll draw people in over time. $\endgroup$ – Gwen May 30 '13 at 16:03
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    $\begingroup$ Ton just tweeted it. Take shelter! $\endgroup$ – zeffii May 30 '13 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ @zeffii Who's Ton? $\endgroup$ – Daniel Pendergast May 31 '13 at 2:13
  • $\begingroup$ @DantheMan He's probably referring to Ton Roosendaal, one of the core devs and project lead for Blender. $\endgroup$ – greatwolf Jun 1 '13 at 3:33
  • $\begingroup$ @greatwolf Haha. Yeah. I just found out the other day. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Pendergast Jun 1 '13 at 13:06
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    $\begingroup$ I created a video for TheSpasticKangaroo: youtube.com/watch?v=VWUSJUpGTv8 telling about the new Blender.SE site. I plan on mentioning it at the end of future videos for a while also. $\endgroup$ – CharlesL Jun 1 '13 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ @CharlesL excellent! $\endgroup$ – zeffii Jun 1 '13 at 21:00
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It might help a little that it is now on blender's front page!

It is in the Official Updates from Blender Foundation, which means it will probably be there awhile.

Blender's Front Page

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Actively tweeting interesting questions and answers, I also submitted a story to /r/blender over on Reddit's Blender subchannel. (wonder how many downvotes it will get ;)

Also from my answer on How can we ensure Blender.SE doesn't share 3DGraphics.SE's fate?

My main suggestion is to share the site wherever and whenever you can, tweet a well written question or answer you found useful and or share a new tip or trick you learnt via your social and personal pages. Invite or tell a friend.

Update:
Spoke to the guys over on reddit in /r/blender and we are now featured as the goto site for technical help etc.

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    $\begingroup$ we might also change all blender tags on different SE sites to inform users that there is a blenderSE site $\endgroup$ – miceterminator May 31 '13 at 17:46
  • $\begingroup$ @miceterminator its in planning, we should have a meta post fron GraphicDesign.SE soon for questions we can take, the rest will come in time. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR May 31 '13 at 17:48
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I have been trying my best to get the word out there.

Creating filters and sharing on social networks

http://stackexchange.com/filters/93031/blender-python

Posting rss feeds on Facebook pages, for example

https://www.facebook.com/LearningBlender2.5

Adding Flair badges on blogs

http://learningblender3dsoftware.blogspot.in/p/about.html

Note: The former is a page that I administer and the latter is my Blender blog. I hope in this context it is fine for me to post my own links..

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