Have you seen those cool little BlogPets that are popping up all over the place? Yup, well we wrote it, and this is the official news site. Come and check out whats new, things we're working on and (of course) let us know what you think!

Sunday, January 9

Version 2 coming real soon

First of all a *massive* thank you to everyone who has installed BlogPet on their blog. We received such a massive following, we had no idea it would become this popular this quick. It's on over 2000 blogs!

We've received some great feedback from you guys too, and I will answer some of your questions in a second. But first Dan, Guppy and I have some good news to announce.

After months of development (and, unfortunately, doing work for money for houses and food and things) we're getting close to version 2. Not hours, days, or weeks I'm afraid, we're probably talking mid-late February to make sure we get everything right. Keep an eye on this blog for more information.

Now to answer a few of your most popular questions:

It doesn't do much!
Yea, we know. Version 1 was more a feasability test - "could it be done"? Yes it can, and in doing so we've discovered everything else it can't do yet.

Can we have more pets?
Sure! Cats are just the beginning. So far we've been asked for dogs, bunnies, dinosaurs and chibis. What would you really like?

There's a lot of browser bugs!
Yea sorry. We didn't take into account some browsers that weren't quite so popular back when we started making BlogPet - a big oversight on my part. Although we aimed for errors that didn't completely rip your site to shreds, it does make for a not-very-nice-pet in some browsers.

How do I change my BlogPet settings?
That's a difficult one. We wanted to make it easy to install, so it didn't ask you for a password or account setup. This meant any information that is displayed by BlogPet is automatically gathered using some (rather basic) programming. Version 2 will incorporate much better NLP and improved support for other popular blogging tools.

Does it support multiple languages?
Unfortunately not. Getting a computer to understand English is a very difficult and delicate job as it is, and multilingual support would be a huge task. We just don't have the resources!

The pet box is too big!
We didn't think so, but then again we're not you. Could we get some more feedback on the size of the box please? It would help enormously.

Get a comedian to write the jokes
Yes true. Point taken.

What about regular updates?
We were hoping that the software would update itself, and in our absence it completely failed to do just that. Not only will Version 2 *work*, it will also have us backing it up. Consider regular updates in the future.

37 Comments:

Blogger frozen_flame said...

i would prefer a dog or a bunny including that they look really cute

January 9, 2005 at 10:08 AM

 
Blogger AA said...

Brill idea! Keep it up! Who know's what other social soft you might go next to..

Have a developers' kit, for site owners who may want to tinker with it, and create your own Club! That would be neat to see it spreading over the Internet/WWW.

Later,

AA

January 9, 2005 at 10:25 PM

 
Blogger wendy said...

Very cute. I've had it on my blog for a couple months now. Can't wait for the update.

January 11, 2005 at 4:35 PM

 
Blogger Summer said...

Very cool idea. I do not have it on my blog yet and may wait for version 2 (but probably not LOL) but I wanted to put in what I would like to have for a pet.

A ferret! I used to be a fert owner and life is too busy to have a real pet ferret again. :)

January 12, 2005 at 5:34 PM

 
Blogger Caitlyn said...

I agree with Summer. A ferret would be way cool.

Take a look at how many bloggers have "ferrets" as an interest. It would also be way popular.

January 12, 2005 at 10:39 PM

 
Blogger Night said...

First off, thanks, you are making a cool thing that many bloggers, including me, would like.

As for pet's look, i would like the ability to draw a custom one, instead of making a huge database of relatively cute things...

About look of the pet box, well, in Firefox it blinks when the pet types text and the text is not placed properly, it's coming to the left, hope you can fix that, 'cause Firefox is one of most popular browsers (16 million downloads!). Also i would like the ability to remove the blue thing that says "User's Pet", for me it says DeathBringer [Night]'s Pet and it's way too long and ugly. Would be OK if it just showed given name of the pet (i.e. "Stormy"). Else, would be good to customize the color set.

Good luck in your work. I will surely install version 2 :)

January 13, 2005 at 9:31 AM

 
Blogger Night said...

Oh, and, as for suggestions, it would be also good if the pet had series of animations, like, when you hover it, it waves you, when you click on it, it talks, when you do nothing, it does some things...

January 14, 2005 at 4:17 AM

 
Blogger Night said...

Also, the pet can show it's mood visually, by sad/neutral/happy look and different series of animations for all moods.

(lol, sorry for triple posting, the ideas just occasionally pop into my mind every time i visit this...)

January 15, 2005 at 2:16 PM

 
Blogger Muhammad Shuaib Anjum said...

May I get my full name displayed in the BlogPet generated HTML, as it is Muhammad Shuaib Anjum, which BlogPet reads "Muhammad Shuaib Anju" :(.

I guess you need to increase the lenght of the name field.

January 17, 2005 at 12:14 PM

 
Blogger dlishtrish said...

I like the cat and think it is adorable. However, if there was a sock monkey option, I would be all over that.

January 19, 2005 at 2:56 PM

 
Blogger Couch said...

i think wombats would be cool... too few places offer wombats...

January 19, 2005 at 10:16 PM

 
Blogger Princess LyviA said...

how do i centralise the blogpet on my page?

January 22, 2005 at 8:39 AM

 
Blogger Night said...

Put it inside the < center > tag?
Or something like < div align="center" >< /div >...
< p align="center" > < /p >?
(withoutthespaces)

January 22, 2005 at 9:02 AM

 
Blogger Night said...

Today i've noticed terrible appearance of the pet box in Firefox.
It's like two pet boxes, one half-under another, and there're no visible pet.
It looks horrible, hope ya can fix that soon.

January 23, 2005 at 8:25 PM

 
Blogger mosker said...

The double (or one-and-a-half-boxes) appears in IE as well as Firefox.

January 23, 2005 at 9:22 PM

 
Blogger 325hjhjhfsdf87897834jhf04 said...

Hey, I like cats! I am very happy with the cat! ^--^

January 24, 2005 at 2:04 AM

 
Blogger whiteshaitan said...

need to modify the paste in javascript to include type="text/javascript" else documents with the BlogPet doesn't validate at validator.w3.org.

January 26, 2005 at 5:12 PM

 
Blogger TheBlondeBrunette said...

How do I get a blogpet I have tried everything I know to do and i still cannot get one. I have typed the address several times and and still nothing HELP Please.

January 27, 2005 at 7:00 PM

 
Blogger Stephie said...

If you're taking suggestions... I would really love a bird as a blogger pet...(a colorful parrot-like bird)! :) and/or a fish, and/or a puppy... :)

I love the blogger pet, thank you so much for creating it and sharing it with us.

January 28, 2005 at 6:06 PM

 
Blogger cmo said...

i second the parrot idea. right now all mine is is a couple of boxes. what gives?

January 28, 2005 at 11:08 PM

 
Blogger Candace said...

What's the deal with the double-boxes, and where'd my pet go? Hello? Anybody there? Blogger-Pet People? Are you still in business?

January 29, 2005 at 6:14 AM

 
Blogger complicated dude said...

blogpet is really cool, though the box look terrible right now... hope you can fix it guys...

January 29, 2005 at 3:42 PM

 
Blogger =) said...

are you working on the double boxes? I miss all the blogpets!

February 2, 2005 at 2:45 AM

 
Blogger YummY! said...

I would go nuts over a rat pet. Yes, I said rat.

But since I'm probably the only person who likes rats I guess there will probably never be a rat blogpet.

February 3, 2005 at 12:55 AM

 
Blogger stephie said...

I would like to add the pet but I don't see a cat, only a desk with a half box on top. Is this being corrected? I'll check back later to see if it looks better. Also, how do you add your name to the top of the pet box?

February 3, 2005 at 7:54 PM

 
Blogger Night said...

Indeed, a rat pet would be cool, esp. red-eyed white or black one.

Still i'm for the option of drawing our own pets/animations. Would be cool also to get the set of standard pets for not-so-picasso-like people and the ability to set the accessories for standard pets, i.e. some kinda rings or clothes, ot more suit the user's personality :). Also would be good to customize the character of the pet, giving it some kinda points like in The Sims, (i.e. "sacastic" or "melancholic" or "good" characteristics/point bars), and, of course, the things that would change in the pet by the blogger's posts.

February 6, 2005 at 3:44 PM

 
Blogger sb said...

Do you realize that this has not been working correctly for some time now?

The image is doubled on top of itself; the pet is not seeable.

February 10, 2005 at 9:31 PM

 
Blogger Amy, Bill,Olivia & Kathryn said...

You guys are the best. Still been down over a month removed ya check you weekly will reinstall. Please fix..........

February 13, 2005 at 6:59 AM

 
Blogger LX Industries said...

Yeah, the doubled up image is shittin me, I'm thinking of ditching the thing all together...
I mean I can't even see the animal anymore. *sheds a tear*

March 6, 2005 at 1:00 AM

 
Blogger ComeauxMark said...

My Blog!!
For my pet, all I have is a big box with a computer sitting at a desk, and than a have cut picture on top of the same thing. Is this suppose to be like this? Click above and look for yourself. Ya'll have a great idea, where did ya go? Thanks

March 17, 2005 at 12:31 PM

 
Blogger Jerzy said...

Ditto about just a desk and a cut picture of the same?!?! No pet?!? - but the comments are great and a really different way to count! Not a great cat fan anyway - but all animals are welcome - where is it?

March 24, 2005 at 3:52 PM

 
Blogger Jess said...

Well i have just made a blog here and i tried to put up my blog pet but it says the code cant be accepted...why is it saying that? Is there some special way i have to post him up on my blog?

March 28, 2005 at 11:17 PM

 
Blogger Night said...

Mid-late Feb you said? It's already 2nd of April and you've not upgraded your pet but shut it down completely? That's horrible, guys. I hope you will be back to work, because - everyone loves BlogPets!

April 1, 2005 at 10:52 PM

 
Blogger drstel said...

03 Apr 05
thank you thank you my pet is back!

April 3, 2005 at 3:24 PM

 
Blogger Night said...

Yeah, thanks. Our pets are back. I hope you will still be working on the second version... good luck, guys!

April 3, 2005 at 11:54 PM

 
Blogger aira_fujin88 said...

wah!.. i'm just new at creating a blog.. i heard there's a blogpet that can put into my blog.. but how can i get one?... oh please oh please... help me..

May 10, 2005 at 4:44 AM

 
Blogger Carneliansweetness said...

hello, i'm trying to put a blog pet into my blog, however i'm unable to do so since i dun understand japanese... could u pls help mi?

January 10, 2006 at 9:14 AM

 

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