Monday, May 28, 2012

NBI Wrap-up. all the advice in one place!!!

When Syp asked me to give some advice to newbie bloggers I found myself in something of a quandary. I have been blogging for almost six years but I am not sure I have gleaned any pearly wisdom in that time to pass on. That is why I decided to pick individual posts from the history of his blog that stick in my mind and in telling the story behind those posts I hope to have highlighted a few useful lessons. All that remains is to to try and summarise all the lessons here in this my closing post of Newbie blogger Initiative 2012.

I guess the lesson from my first story behind the post is that sometimes events in a game can surprise you by raising real life issues. While this can be problematic for gaming it makes great writing material.

My  second story behind the post has a couple of different lessons: Writing about a popular new game just after release is a great time to be a blogger and also if you get bored just writing yet another ten rats try writing in character. It might not get you traffic but it sure is a lot of fun.

The third story behind the post is a reminder that you are the boss of your blog and you can go off topic once in a while and write some personal stuff.  It may not win you readers but you just might write some of your favourite ever posts this way.

The fourth story behind the post has two lessons again. The most obvious lesson is to reccommend any gaming blogger to have at  EVE. Even if you hate the game you are bound to get a couple of good posts out of it. The more geneal lesson however is that blogging gives you a completely new way of evaluating a game. In many ways whether or not you enjoy the game becomes scondary to how well it will write.

In my final story behind the post I decided to go all sensible and make the fairly straightfoward reccommendation that bloggers use simple informative titles for any post that wants to attract readers.

Oops, almost forgot. My last and perhaps most important piece of advice: Go back and read your old posts. I know of no better way to enjoy the fruits of your creativity. 

Thats it from me for this years NBI. Happy gaming and happy writing.


1 comment:

DM Osbon said...

Who the hell reads blogs anymore? Are you mad??



just trolling ;-)