The OBNUG guide to OBNUGging: How to comment, post, and have a ball this 2011 Boise State football season

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The 2011 Boise State football season provides us all with the rare opportunity to waste inordinate amounts of time on the Internet discussing Bronco football. Hooray! That is my second-best life skill behind napping.

To Bronco-obsess to the best of your abilities, check out our guide to the finer points of OBNUG - posting, commenting, reading, and more. Whether you're an OBNUG vet, a long-time lurker, or a wide-eyed newcomer, there's something for you. Join me after the jump. 

For past "How To OBNUG" posts check out the 2009 version and the 2010 version. I think they've aged pretty well, unlike San Diego State's Rocky Long wax sculpture.

The wonderful world of FanPosts and FanShots

If you have ever dreamed of being a real life blogger - and let's face it, who hasn't had that dream? the one with the cash and music video ladies/men? - FanPosts are your key to glory. If you have a hilarious picture of David Augusto at a Wendy's - and let's fact it, who doesn't have one of those? - FanShots are your destiny.

FanPosts and FanShots are the icing on this OBNUG ice cream cake. They are you-driven, and they often beat me to the news and make me look like a fumbling idiot. I photoshop husky cats into Snuggies with Gene Wojciechowski, you break down the quarter-by-quarter statistics of visiting teams to prove there is no blue-uni advantage. You guys win.

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For an overview of what to expect in the right sidebar of awesomeness and a refresher on how that all works, here are some guidelines:

When to FanPost - When you want to share an original thought, a crazy theory, a fun take, a Blizzard recipe, an excerpt from your Boise State poetry, an excerpt from your Dustin Lapray poetry, or a personal vendetta against the state of Iowa

When to FanShot - When you find a picture, link, video, quote, list, or comment to share - especially ones about Mark Schlereth's soap opera guest role

Keys to a successful FanPost

  • Have a point

Keys to a successful FanShot

  • Be relevant
  • Be original, a.k.a. do your best not to double post
  • Do link to Marty Tadman's personal e-mail
  • Do not link to Bleacher Report's anything

How to FanPost - a photo essay

Let's say you wish to share your analysis of Kellen Moore's wedding registry. I think that would make an ideal FanPost, not creepy whatsoever. Here's how to start:

Step 1: Click on "FanPost" in the blue box at the top of the right sidebar.

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Step 2: Begin typing or begin talking into your voice-recognition software or begin dictating to your intern. Make sure that you have at least 75 words to say, otherwise the post won't post and the SB Nation robots will make fun of you.

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Step 3 When you're done typing, you can tag, Tweet, and promote your post via the links in and around the text editor. Click publish before you have second thoughts about that Iowa joke.

Step 4: Spend the rest of the day maniacally refreshing your browser to see if you have any new comments. Base your self-worth on this. Congratulations, you are now a writer.

How to FanShot - a photo essay

As luck would have it, you just stumbled upon the Etsy store of Gary Patterson and his pants boutique. You need to share this find with Bronco Nation. That work deadline can wait. Here's how you go about FanShotting.

Step 1: Click on "FanShot" in the blue box at the top of the right sidebar. Do not click on "FanPost" ... or the bikini Nestea girls.

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Step 2: Choose "Link" from the list at the top. If you were to find a picture or a video, you can click on those words, too. I have no idea what "Chat" is for, but I guess you can use that if you want.

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Step 3: Paste the URL of Patterson's Etsy store into the URL box. Type a title into the title box. Add a description where it says description. Blogging is real complicated, I know.

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For those of you who enjoy sharing videos and also value your sanity, let me make your life a little easier. For video FanShots, copy and paste the old embed code from the YouTube page of your choosing. Make sure the code starts with and not