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How-To: Blog Post to ThreeFourt

Welcome to the first installment of the new series, “How-To Blog Post:”! This is a crash course to introduce you to the life of a full-time blog-poster (blogger?), and walk you through some of the rigorous steps required to create a high-end post suitable for the judgmental eyes of the many.

Today will be the technical side of posting, where we assume we have all body and formatting complete and wish to deposit our enlightenment unto the blog-o-sphere. I know to you tech-savvy nerds out there, this may seem redundant or repetitive to the skillset you’ve acquired throughout your life, but not all of America is a large, round object sitting around a computer developing poor acne from the vast array of frequencies excreted from your tower of Mountain Dew cans, dusty electrical components, cat hair, and fingernail clippings (or perhaps you have individual stacks for each of these items; some basement dwellers are organized).


Before we can possibly begin, you absolutely need to navigate to the main page of the blog. Since our domain has expired, we are now located in a sad sub-domain, and instead of our full-fledged URL we have to settle with “” (Feel free to click the link, it’ll send you right over).


Now that you’ve navigated successfully to my website/webpage/webblog, you can begin to make an impact! Down on the bottom right of the right-hand collumn of the main page (where it says “home” at the top and underlined), just below the “Blog Stats” entry and even further below the “Login” text (the first one) and subsequent “Register” hyperlink, therein lies the gateway and door to the realm of quality blogging. I know this may sound confusing, but I’ve provided an image to show you what you are looking for when on my page/site/book. Just click the “Log In” link and you should be sent to step 3.


This is a verification step. After the hard troubles of the previous step, you will know if you were successful if your webpage has something that looks like the following image. If it does not, try going back to Step 2 (or Step 1 if you suspect a faulty webpage).


Oops I’m sorry, I forgot about the login screen. This screen should actually show (so disregard step 3, it’s only relevant after step 4). The login username is [Yourname] followed by [yourpassword]. Remove the brackets when you type it in! For example, my username is [zzzdude] and my password is [••••••••] without brackets.


Now follow step #3 and skip step #4 for step #5 and instead go to step #6 when you’re done. Should look like this:


We’re almost there! All we have left to do is follow strict methodologies to concoct a substantial composition of fundamental testaments which can be portrayed as a doctrine of principle for my acolytes.

(Easy part)

Once you have the “Title”, “Content”, and “Tags” fields filled out, you can go ahead and Save the Draft ( I won’t go into the details), or you can do as I do and immediately click the PUBLISH button as seen in the last image of this series.

And you are done. For ever.

You will rarely have to edit this post (I may go into this further at a later time), and you will have a large fanbase applauding in no time.
Until the next update,

this has been zzzdude

AKA threefourt

AKA Stephen G. Mangum

AKA BagOfDucks

AKA That Asshole Who Won’t Get Off the Public Computer So I Can Finish My Twelve Page Essay


Writing Isn’t Dead

I’ve been hearing a lot of hype recently, in regards to the style of writing that is now currently mainstream on the internet. There are two notions in regards to the current web-based media, and how it represents a pile of shit.

The first idea is that since we have a billion web users, who all have access to broadcast their open opinion, that we have a crapload of worthless garbage floating out there in the vastness of the series of intertwined fiber optic tubes. Sure, one in a million of those indie-rock blogs actually portray a meaningful, deep opinion worth reading, but the other 99,999 blogs are uneducated college dropouts voicing their thoughts on how the social standard is failing, filled half-written, half-assed, run-on paraphrases of another man’s beautiful work and labor (Note: Topics tend to vary).

The second idea is in regards to those mainstream websites that the average consumer uses to receive their news, and the reviews thereof. For most news feeds, it isn’t about writing and covering news, but rather delivering the news before anyone else. The reader is still getting what they need to know, but there is no critically acclaimed writer attached to the piece of work. The post which covers Mt. St. Helen blowing merely states that, unlike a good distribution of media, which would tell you how Mt. St. Helen affected the every day lives of innocent people, and perhaps impose a beautiful metaphor relating to the Holocaust.

I consider writing as an art form. There are hundreds (possibly more) words in the English language, and other languages, too! Who’s not to say that restricted poetry isn’t still alive? Haiku’s exist, which are to convey meaning in a series of wonderful phrases, but there are rules applied. Journalism merely means that your restrictions are to release news and opinions to the public in an easy to read, and easy to comprehend manner.

So those writers who are truly poetic, are rare, and extremely hard to come by. But does this mean that writing is dead? Not yet. There are still skilled and talented writers who do their best to present their small group of followers with valuable information and creativity. Look at me for instance, I’m not dead.

Also, check out, my old blog relating to poetry (which is dead).

The Future of the Fortress (

If you’re one of the few lucky individuals who took a tour of our brand new official Threefourt office last week you probably heard a few nasty words come out of our mouths in regards to how we feel about Team Fortress 2. We apologize for any pain these words might have caused, but nowadays it’s hardly a rare occurrence to hear some employee complain “I’m fuck-sick of Team Fortress 2.”

And it’s true. I’m going to be the first one to make this official announcement: here at, we are fuck-sick of Team Fortress 2.

We realize this might come as a disappointment for so many of our readers who come here for our exclusive Team Fortress 2 articles. Don’t worry, we’ll still be writing such articles. Currently, zzzdude and I are currently devising a system we call “procedural writing” as a way of generating enjoyable articles which will hopefully streamline the writing process and make things easier on us (the writers) and more enjoyable for you (the readers). Both zzzdude and I have very little experience coding such complex programs, so it’s been a long and arduous journey to get to the point which we are now where we feel confident this new method of writing is as convincing as a real person.

In the next few days you should hopefully see a new article being posted by either triple-z or myself showcasing this new technology. If we’ve done it right, you shouldn’t even be able to tell a computer wrote it. However, it won’t be without its own bugs so if you catch any please email us a comprehensive bug report so we can hopefully fix these minor errors before they become too problematic. If we are sufficiently satisfied with the response, every post here on out will be procedurally generated.

Thank you for your readership,

~~ Xx-releasecandidate-xX ~~

by the way, I’ve been kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel if someone could please contact my mother Ann Baker in Norcross, GA and tell her I’m alright, I’d be very thankful.


How to Become a Contributor for ThreeFourt

This is a quick and easy guide on how YOU can help the ThreeFourt team expand!

Step 1. Donate some money

Donating money is always a great way on helping anyone out, because money can buy and fix nearly anything and everything. Whether it be website maintenance, a new game to review (They are becoming more costly, and the worse the game, the more expensive!), or even just a slice of pizza so zzzdude can continue living his life in contemporary comfort, it always helps!

Step 2. Creating content for ThreeFourt

If you like doodling, modeling, mapping, or any other sort of hippy outlook considered to be art, you can easily dedicate a piece of fanart to ThreeFourt, and we will most definitely showcase it in such a way that shows your true skill. Don’t ever feel like you are not worthy to draw for us though, we accept anything and everything.

Step 3. Writing

Considered to be another form of medium to some people in college cities, writing is a surefire way to get featured in ThreeFourt’s endless spew of words. You can write fanfic, strategies, tactics, ideas, rants, you name it, you have a chance to be published under ThreeFourt’s copywright agreements, although we do have a higher standard than our other “mediums”, so expect to be reviewed by some of our writers, or not be reviewed at all if it is super unoriginal and completely bad. You gatta know what you are talkin’ about, and you gatta know when to use proper grammer, when not to use proper spelling and when to use the proper conjugation of verbs.

Step 4. Publicising

Anything to help spread the wonderful word of ThreeFourt is more than acceptable, and can earn you a place in my book. The more traffic this site gets, the better for our website administrator!

Step 5. Tell Us!

Everyone at threefourt would want to know what you did to help out! See our contact page to find everyone’s email, and see some more specific detail on contributing. Thank you!

A Talk with New writer, 3com111

It's 3com!

Today we have a interview with my friend 3com111 (picture above is him)

He is 18 years old and lives on the west coast.  His real name is Dryden.

He enjoys long walks at the beach and hates white chocolate.
fps_3com111: Cluckmoo is pretty cool and Andy says some funny things.
fps_3com111: I’m a pretty cool guy. I like to think I have no life but I kind of do. I don’t game very often anymore. but when I do I play for a long time.

Moo: What made you decide to become a writer for Zzzdudes blog Threefourt.

fps_3com111: I’ve always wanted to be a cool writer on a famous blog. So when ZZZ showed me his I really wanted to get on that action. So I did.

Moo: how long have you been playing the teamfortress game(s)

fps_3com111: I never played the original game. But I got into TF2 as soon as I beat Episode 2.

Moo: Where do you think this blog will be in the future

fps_3com111: This blog will be the #1 place to get tf2 news in the future. As soon as ZZZ gets some more writers and more publicity we’ll be rollin in the page views.
Moo: quick fire round
Moo: bra or pantis
fps_3com111: Like are you asking me what I’d wear?
Moo: coke or mt dew
fps_3com111: COke
Moo: Taco or buritto
fps_3com111: Both
Moo: Mexican or black
fps_3com111: Mexican

Moo: Here’s the part where I test your morals and everyone judges you.
Moo: Rossie O’Donnell
Courtney Love
Ozzy Osbourne
Moo: Have to rub one off

Go out to Dinner with one

And have kids with the other.

fps_3com111: I’d go out to dinner with Rossie, Rub Courtney off, and have kids with Ozzy(Lots of child support).
o god its courtny love KILL IT WITH FIRE

  • <– stolen image get fucked krea if you find this
  • Moo: Well i know how you are now.

    Here are some things people have to say about 3com111!
    Zebon: no opinion at the moment

    Cluckmoo: i knew him back in like early 2008 but now i dont kno him  at all anymore

    dustyjo: he cool

    fps_MERRY FARTPOINT: hes got good handjob hands
    rifles: bye
    rifles: deal /w it
    fps_THEPWNER: hes pretty cool
    fps_andy: hi

    I’m sure 3com is going to be a great addition to Threefourt and I welcome him to the family with open arms.!

    Some New Things

    You might notice a few more changes to threefourt.

    We have cleaned up some useless stuff in the sidebars for starters, now there is only one search bar instead of 3. I removed writer’s blog posts from their listing on the right hand side and upped the size of peoples pictures. I’m actually changing the QOTD. There is a new JOBS page for those who want to contribute to our wondrous site.

    We now have a TEMPORARY STEAM GROUP with more than 100 members! There’s also an official twitter, but that was made probably 5 minutes ago, so not much hits for that yet. Then again, who would want to follow a twitter about a blog when they can just follow the blog itself in an RSS feed?

    There is now That’s right, a domain! I think also works, haven’t checked.

    On my to-do list is add custom CSS (wider page width!), but I would like to get a hold of someone who can manage that for me.

    Now that that is all settled, I’m going to be gone for christmas break. I may or may not have access to internet, but since we have a bunch of new members you shouldn’t have to worry about lack of content.

    New Faces

    When zzzdude informed me there would be two new writers for ThreeFourt I was understandably angry. So angry, in fact, that I threw a tantrum and locked myself in my room and refused to leave. All I wanted to do was be a famous blog writer and he wasn’t letting me and that was unfair. He then tried to coax me out of there by offering to drive me to McDonalds to buy me a Happy Meal, but I was not going to be pursued that easily. He then told me of his plan to go to McDonalds alone and warned me the only Happy Meal being purchased would be for himself and I would only be receiving a small shake. I was broken.

    On the way to McDonalds we had a good discussion. A real man-to-man chat. He shared his feelings about the future of the blog and how he wanted to see it grow and I shared my thoughts with him. I believe a great deal of reader support comes from having a small and dedicated writing team. Readers enjoy seeing familiar faces on the blog fontpage and find it easier to relate to a writer with whom they have read previous works of. In the same way one might find difficulty identifying with a larger corporation over a small Mom&Pop store, a larger writing team means more and more faces with which readers will have to identify with in order to have a satisfying blog experience.

    While it’s true more writers will bring more articles and a larger reader base, how can we be sure the articles will be of sufficient quality? Many popular blogs are criticized for their lack of both journalistic integrity and quality of articles. How can we be sure our blog will not wander into the same pitfall?

    I shared with zzzdude a concern of mine in which my strival for excellence would be hindered by these new, up and coming blog writers. Early in late 2006, I had made it a goal of mine to become a famous blog writer by December of 2013. I have slowly been progressing in the ranks and I see my goal being achieved. But just barely. New writers bring new names and will shroud my face. Before the new writers, I was 1/3 of this blog. People noticed me, noticed my articles and their high level of quality. With these new writers, I am now only 1/5 of the blog. A nobody, essentially. Despite this, I realize we can’t simply dump the new writers, both they and zzzdude have made commitments which simply can’t be reversed. I must say I will do anything in my power to make sure my progress is not damamged by these newcomers.

    All points aside, I have made it a goal of mine to come to accept a larger blog. Having read some of both moo and andy’s work, I can assure you both are extremely skilled writers and will have much to bring to the blog. As we always have, we will continue to push our quality standards and continue being an active part of our reading community. We hope you come to accept these new writers as you have accepted zzzdude, peabnuts and I.

    IN OTHER NEWS: NEW TF2 post in the works, look out for this one!!