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Contributor page: Nathan K. – ntk743

LOCATION: USA
NICHE: LEGO Ninjago
WEBSITE: NathanTK743

Hello, my name is Nathan K. (that’s not my full name, of course). I’m also known as ntk743. I have been a LEGO fan since 2009, so you can say that I’m a fairly new to LEGO! :)

I’m a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of-LEGO) and I got into the hobby by getting a LEGO Club Magazine subscription from a friend. I liked LEGO City at first, then LEGO Star Wars and now LEGO Ninjago! (Even though I still like all of them!) I know a lot of my posts here aren’t about Ninjago, but that’s because Geneva – gid617 does a good job covering everything related to Ninjago, so it’s hard to find news that she hasn’t posted already! 😀

Here are some fun facts about me:

  1. I got my first LEGO Club Magazine in February of 2010.
  2. I have approximately 110 LEGO minifigures!
  3. I enjoy building with my bulk LEGO, but keep all my sets together!
  4. My favorite ninja from Ninjago is Kai (if not counting Lloyd).
  5. My favorite villains from Ninjago are Lord Garmadon (with four arms) and Samukai (I have both of them).
  6. I have 3 four-armed minifigures; General Grevious, Lord Garmadon, and Samukai!
  7. If you add up all my LEGO their worth comes to about $600!
  8. My LEGO ID is: ntk743 so invite me as your friend! 😛
  9. I enjoy video-games, especially LEGO video-games!
  10. I love playing Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja!
  11. Usually I enter every contest in the LEGO Club Magazine, except if I’m too late or real busy with something else.
  12. I enjoy reading comics, but I hate reading books! 😐
  13. I’ve been to several different countries including Turkey, Mexico, Cyprus, and Germany (but just to the airport).
  14. My family and I visited or drove through at least 23 states, maybe more!
  15. I’m slowly working on learning Spanish – it’s difficult to learn a new language!
  16. I’ve been to Hershey Park and I want to go to LEGOLAND California!
  17. I visited the Grand Canyon National Park and a few other National Parks.
  18. My favorite sports are football and basketball! I like to stay active and play outside.
  19. I like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Heat, and the New York Yankees! (A lot of people say I’m a front-runner.)
  20. I love having Nerf Gun battles with my friends! :roll:
  21. Usually I go to the beach in New Jersey for vacation! (I love the beach! Except for the sand…)
  22. I’ve have started contributing at theBrickBlogger when I was just a KFOL (Kid-Fan-of-LEGO).
  23.  My favorite post at TBB is LEGO Ninjago Lloyd ZX Spinner Preview!
  24. I like writing about my hobbies – which are, obviously, Ninjago and LEGO!
  25. I especially enjoy writing for theBrickBlogger!

And one more thing…

If you would like to contact me, I’m around theBrickBlogger often, so you can reach me through the comment section below or at my posts. I should answer within 48 hours! 😉

HERE IS A LIST OF POSTS BY NATHAN:

{ 100 comments… read them below or add one }

DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) July 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

hey

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ntk743 July 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Hi!

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ntk743 July 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Thanks admin! 😉

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admin July 12, 2012 at 8:11 PM

You are welcome! Have fun! 😉

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ntk743 July 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I am! How to you have those menus like Lego Ninjago and Lego Star Wars? How do you make those? 😕

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admin July 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Nathan, I did the coding for the sidebars myself. You are using the free version of WordPress, so it is going to be different for you, as the free version works differently and you can’t do your own coding. I think the look of your website is nice, so just work with what WordPress gives you. There should be some way to categorize your posts into groups. Right now it seems you are only using pages and you don’t have any categories set up. I would recommend to organize your posts under categories. 😉

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nace10 July 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM

You might have to change your theme, I mean my website is able to do that.
http://nace10.wordpress.com/
Look to the right on the home page.

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ntk743 July 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I don’t know how to do that! 😕

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admin July 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Well, you choose the theme you are using right now, so you should be able to change it the same way. 😉
But I don’t think you need to do that at all. Your current theme is awesome. All you need to do is to put your articles under categories and not pages. Pages are usually used for the top navigation bar, whereas categories are usually used on the side. When you write a post just create a category for it. Right now all your posts are under the category “Uncategorized”. You just need to change that and that’s all. 😀

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ntk743 July 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Ok, got it 😉

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ntk743 July 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Thanks! :-)

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nace10 July 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Cool! I love Nerf battles!

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ntk743 July 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Yeah there fun if you get a lot of people!

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nace10 July 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

But sometimes the guns bite the dust.

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ntk743 July 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

What?

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nace10 July 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

They break

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ntk743 July 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Oh, yah

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gid617 July 16, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Never happened to me. I like nerf battles too! 😉

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ntk743 July 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Cool Could you write another article for my blog?

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gid617 July 16, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I’m planning on it! 😉

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ntk743 July 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Just email me when ever! 😉

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ntk743 July 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Some times they jam!

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gid617 July 16, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Have you ever won any LEGO magazin contests? I used to enter them, but after, IDK, maybe 10, I gave up. . . :( Still enter occassionally though.

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ntk743 July 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Some times I don’t do them :roll:

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ntk743 July 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

No

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ntk743 July 22, 2012 at 6:59 PM

No I never won a contest yet! But I want to!

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Kevin C July 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Hi Nathan I really like the blog you write for

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ntk743 July 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Hi Kevin! So glad you like it! A few things you should know!
1. admin runs this blog and that’s who I write for…
2. is uhhh… Just look around and have fun! 😉

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ntk743 July 19, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Hey admin,
I think my next article is about the new lego city game coming out for the new Wii U

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admin July 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Sounds good! 😉

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ntk743 July 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Great!

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KXC123 July 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

wasup,
ntk743 i took your advice!

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ntk743 July 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Hi and remember to keep commenting!

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ntk743 July 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

It seems like some comments were deleted admin? What happened?

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admin July 31, 2012 at 1:24 PM

So sorry for the trouble! Hang in there, we are almost done, I think! :roll:
TBB is being transfered over to a new server today. This takes about 24 hours. It is likely that some of the earlier comments were still going to the old server, and now you are seeing the new server, therefore the comments are missing. The good news is that if you don’t see comments that were posted earlier today, it means that you are now connected to the new server and there should be no more issues. Our new server is called PANTHER. I think that’s a good name. 😉

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ntk743 July 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

😆 great! And with the post TBB is getting to popular I have an idea! Maybe you could set up something so the writers for TBB get emails anytime someone posts a comment or on a serten post!

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ntk743 July 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Just thinking out loud

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admin July 31, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I would actually really like to do that! That is the biggest issue with the comment subscription being turned off; contributors don’t get updates either. :(

Unfortunately I’m not a programmer, so I will have to find a plugin that already does that and have it installed. So far I haven’t found anything that would do what we want, but I will keep looking! 😉

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ntk743 July 31, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Doesn’t wordpress have something like that?

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admin July 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Yes, the free version of WordPress does. Unfortunately the self-hosted version doesn’t. :(

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ntk743 August 1, 2012 at 7:40 AM

That’s funny! You have to pay and you get less!

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ntk743 July 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

New contest on Ninja of Ninjago website!

Anyone can enter!

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ntk743 August 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Contest 2 on Ninja of Ninjago site! Anyone can enter 😉 and
everyone should enter!!! 😀

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ntk743 August 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

If you have gone to my site (Ninja of Ninjago) I would like if you could fill out this survey to help improve the site! Thanks!
http://ntk743.polldaddy.com/s/help-ninja-of-ninjago-site-improve-1?tli=1161017

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ntk743 August 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Hey admin,
Just want to know if you got my new post I sent you?

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admin August 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Yes, sent you a PM. 😉

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ntk743 August 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM

New contest on Ninja of Ninjago website! And results for contest 1! Anyone can enter and everyone should!!

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ntk743 August 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Hey admin,
Just letting u know that I have Internet so if you have any questions about the article just email me!

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Kevin C August 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

hello ntk743

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ntk743 August 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM

New contest on Ninja of Ninjago site everyone!!! 😀 Everyone should enter! An this Contest 4! You all should enter + it’s free!

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ntk743 August 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Hey admin i’m back home so if you have any questions about the article please let me know!

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admin August 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Welcome back! I’m planning to post your story this week, and if I have any questions I will let you know. :)

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ntk743 August 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Great and Thanks! B)

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ntk743 August 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hey admin
You know how you post the Ninjago episodes? Well, is it legal? Can I post them too? I though if you film them and post on youtube is kind of stealing because the the people who watch them don’t have to get cable to see Ninjago then Comcast and the other companies will loose money! Is that right? ❓

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admin August 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Yes, there is some truth to that. Please note however that the videos we are using here are not ours. As long as YouTube is okay with them, we can use them as well. Also, a lot of places don’t have cable. So for some people this is the only way they can watch the episodes until the DVD comes out. Also, the videos are posted after they come out on cable, so it is no loss for the cable company. :)

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ntk743 August 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

true, but it still is a loss because there is ON DEMAND and they do show it over and over again so it is still like stealing right?

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admin August 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Yes, if someone has cable and has access to cable they will have no problem watching, and would have no reason to watch the episodes online. However as I have mentioned, cable is not available everywhere. The DVD should be available at some point, but in the meantime most Ninjago fans the only way to watch the episodes is YouTube. I’m not a lawyer, but as far as I know as long as YouTube and LEGO are okay with the videos there is nothing to worry about. :)

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ntk743 August 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Is the user who downloads the video a LEGO user?

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ntk743 August 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

How did your site get so popular? Did you pay money for it to be this popular? What did you do? Can you tell me? Oh and do you get paided by the ads?

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admin August 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

So sorry for not responding earlier; I have been out of town. As far as the popularity if the site, wirting regularly and paying attention of what readers would like to know about is they key in my experience. No I didn’t pay or bribe anyone to read TBB. As far as ads, yes, they pay a small commission. Usually 3% is the standard. Hope that helps. 😉

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ntk743 August 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Thanks! Is there any way for me to get paid o my blog? Do I first have to have a domain name? If I set up a domain name can people still find my site if they put in the old address? That’s what is holding me back! Would people still find my site with the old address? I hope you can answer my question! 😉 Thanks

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admin August 23, 2012 at 9:20 PM

As far as I know you cannot have ads on the free version of WordPress. That is why I don’t use it. 😉

If you would start a self-hosted Wordpress site, you would need to choose a new name. Make sure Ninjago or LEGO is NOT in the name, as LEGO will have you shut it down. :(

You can direct your visitors from the old site to the new one. Just write a note somewhere on your front page for people to visit your new site. If you are serious about building a website I would suggest to do this sooner then later – although there is nothing wrong with having two websites. 😉

Please note that to have any kind of affiliation with advertisers you would need to be at least 18 years old. You would also need to build up certain amount of traffic and reputation for advertisers to approve you. What most people will do is to run their websites ad-free for about 6 months and focus only on making the website nice and building traffic. Once you have at least a few hundred visits a day, you can start talking with advertisers. But again; you have to be at least 18.

Running a full-on, self-hosted website is a lot of work; you need to do your own programming and work on getting traffic. It also costs money every month for hosting (about $10 a month for a cheap one), and also for your domain name ($10-$15 per year).

Hope this helps some. :)

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ntk743 August 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

New contest on Ninja of Ninjago site! Anyone can enter! Please enter! It’s easy and fun!!

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ntk743 August 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Hey admin,

How do you have those ebay and Lego shop ads?

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admin August 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I have affiliation with both LEGO and eBay. As I have mentioned in my previous response; you have to have your own website, build up certain amount of fraffic, and apply for becoming an affiliate. You have to be at least 18 years old to do so.

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Taryn (Ninja of Electronics) August 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM

wow ntk, you seem to use this page for advertising/questions for admin. 😆

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ntk743 August 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Yes, I guess… 😉

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ntk743 August 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Brand new easy Contest today! Ninja of Ninjago site! Contest #7 everyone should enter! 😀

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ninjago master September 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

YEAHYA!!!!!!!!!! MIAMI HEAT!!!!! THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!! we have a lot in common nathan!

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ntk743 September 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Awesome!

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KXC123 September 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hello ntk743,
can you tell me what the new posts are

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ntk743 September 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Hey admin,

Just wondering if you got my Lloyd ZX article?

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KXC123 October 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Hi ntk743,
I’m one of your biggest fans! kind of…….. 😉
how do you make those face emotion thigs?

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KXC123 October 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

ps, the ones that move there lips

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ntk743 October 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Put : then lol then : altogether! 😆

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Cheese-Man April 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM

😆

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NinjaNut November 26, 2012 at 7:56 AM

We can trust you to show us the new sets Ntk743 😀

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Legoman640 January 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Ntk743,you have a Lego ID too? Even gid617 has one! Does everybody have one? Anyway,my Lego ID is Masterj9067 (I named myself that because my name is Jordan 😉 )

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ntk743 February 19, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Hey admin,

Just wondering what theme you use for TBB? I’m looking for a great theme for my blog, one that is really good and this one you use is awesome! 😉

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admin February 19, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I use Thesis. It is one of the most advanced themes available with built in SEO features and a streamlined platform that doesn’t bog down your server, or require you to edit core WP code. It is not a free theme though. If I remember correctly it was like $100 a couple of years ago when I bought it. I use the original version, not the recently released 2.0 that is available now. That one is way too hard to use for beginners and require quite a bit of coding knowledge. Skins will be added later to 2.0, so it may be worth to wait until they get added.

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ntk743 February 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Okay. I was hoping it was free

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admin February 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Yeah, if you want a really good theme you will have to pay. But there are many decent free themes out there as well. Just have to keep trying out a few. :)

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K2 November 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

You know HTML? I’m an advanced HTML and CSS coder. I also know a bit of JavaScript…. 😀

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admin November 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I just know pretty basic stuff to keep thsi website going. But I wouldn’t be comfortable developing my own theme or something like that. However I like Thesis because it has pretty much infinite options without messing with the core WP code.

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ntk743 February 20, 2013 at 7:53 PM

One more thing… I was wondering how you add all the LEGO links and images to the sides of your blog?

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admin February 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

The image boxes I made myself using pictures I found on LEGO’s website. Upload them, then just add a link leading to the appropriate page on LEGO’s website. Different themes handle the sidebars differently, but you should be able to activate a widget or something on yours to do something similar.

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ntk743 February 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Thanks! I figured it out!

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ntk743 February 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Is the categories at the top like LEGO Ninjago from Menus?

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admin February 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Yes, it is beascially the same thing; just some of the most popular sections of the site. I didn’t use the menus though but created custom links to them. 😉

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ninjanut April 5, 2013 at 3:56 PM

😆

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Meneldur son of Garamar May 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Nice to meet you ntk743! I’m Meneldur from the realm of Andoras, a made-up land I created. My real name is Jon and I’m a fan of Lego and have been since I was five (I’m now fourteen). Since you love Lego video games, have you played the Lord of the Rings one? Did you hear about the Lego Marvel Heroes video game coming out?

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ntk743 May 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Hi, no I have not played the LOTR video game yet and I did hear about Marvel Super Heroes game! 😉

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Bilbo Baggins of the Shire June 22, 2013 at 7:38 PM

how do you put faces?????

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ntk743 June 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Ntk743 December 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Hey admin I forgot but I am now a tfol! Lol

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admin December 14, 2013 at 9:28 AM

So, I guess I should update that sentence in your bio?

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ntk743 December 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Sure!

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ntk743 February 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Admin, I have a new blog just about me nathantk743.wordpress.com and I’m a tfol now so if you could maybe make those changes

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admin February 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I will. I have to go out now, but I should be able to do it this evening. :)

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ntk743 February 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Ok! Thanks 😉

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