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InkBlot June Newsletter: Pride, Updates, & More!
InkBlot is celebrating Pride month in the most colorful of ways as well as continuing development! Find out how to join us!
Taking PRIDE in Our Diversity - Join the Celebration!
InkBlot strives to be a safe space! Founded and ran by LGBTQ+ and BIPOC folk, we value the community and the creatives that reside within. That in mind, we wanted to find a fun way to celebrate this joyous month with everyone. Here’s what the CE team has put together:
Pride Month Coloring Pages
The CE team has put together some lovely coloring pages for you to digitally or physically color! Help us paint the rainbow on InkBlot by posting your finished pages.
You can find all three transparent versions of the pages here: IB Pride Coloring Pages 2023
Art Challenge: Pride with Bo!
*record scratch* - “Wait a minute… Who’s Bo?”
Bo is our newly adopted mascot! We all know Tai the butterfly, who resides on our platform’s logo, but now their brand new feline best friend has joined the fun. Bo was designed by fellow community member (and Membership Drive Team Alumni): Hellnuhound, who we were able to officially adopt Bo from on April 15th. (Bo Birthday Bash in the future? Maybe. Wink wink, nudge nudge.)
Fun Fact: Bo and Tai have official stage names. Together they form the stage pair: InkyBlot!
“Oh okay! So what’s the challenge?”
It’s very simple! All you have to do is draw your OC, sona, etc. with Bo celebrating Pride! Make sure to read our mascot guidelines here before posting: Official InkBlot Mascot Guidelines. Post it on InkBlot with the hashtag: #PridewithBo to get an exclusive Pride badge! (Don’t worry, everyone will be getting a pride badge, this just means you have the potential to get two.)
Bo and Friends - Meet Bo’s Little Posse
Coming later this month, you’ll get to meet Bo’s friends and see how they’re celebrating Pride! Each friend was designed by our own staff and volunteer team, representing the diverse folk who help make InkBlot. (You can even see our good friend BCM’s own Rex hanging out with Bo!)
InkBlot’s Anniversary Poetry Contest Winner is…
A New Partnership!?
You read that right. InkBlot is proud to announce that we are officially partnered up with Hiveworks!
“Hiveworks is an LGBTQ+ led independent comics publisher and creative studio. We develop and offer a wide array of artist-oriented supportive services for the creation of hundreds of webcomics.” - Hiveworks Site
InkBlot users will notice that Hiveworks creators on inkblot have a partner exclusive bee badge to help identifying your fave creators!
Hiveworks conducted an interview with our CEO Jay Brown (he/they)! Check it out over on their blog found via Tumblr (give em a follow too!): HiveWorks Interview
What’s New in Development?
Besides hitting 30.8k users this week, we are now on version v1.9.3-hot (it means hotfix lol) ! Please make sure you are on the correct version before reporting any bugs. Check out our changelog too!
Usernames can now be changed via profile settings!
- All accounts can change their username freely once every 6 months. (Emailing support is no longer needed!)
- Pro members can change every 3 months! Check out our changelog & the tutorial on how!
Check out the tutorial for this at our help center!
Please only use the correct tools for reporting bugs/ troubleshooting.
As a gentle reminder, InkBlot is community funded so it is important that we use the tools that the community pays for as much and as efficiently as possible. Our contact form is the best way to get ahold of us otherwise email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Moderation & Community Events Volunteer Positions OPEN Apply at Our Job Site!
A Few Words of Thank You…
These last few months, updates for dev have been slow but we are picking up speed once more. The infrastructure was a huge undertaking that took 4 months and we are still working on the final phase of it. Thank you for those that are patient with us as we continue to improve the feeds.
In honesty, the dev team is slightly burnout but we are trying to keep pace with going back to 3-4 updates a month (1/wk). Unfortunately, we can’t stop to take a break so doing quick small frequent updates helps us still make headway.
Any donations to InkBlot help keep our platform going, check out our Kofi! Thank you for the patience and continued support for this team and this community!