Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Newbie Blogger Initiative - Time to Get Blogging.

Have you ever considered writing a blog of your own? Well how about starting now?

Massively staff writer Justin Olivetti, aka Syp, proprietor of the Bio Break blog has launched the Newbie Blogger initiative to try and encourage  new writers to start their own mmorpg blogs and he has asked me (along with some 70 other mmorpg bloggers) to participate as sponsors.

I was actually surprised to be asked because I don't have a celebrity blog that has thousands of readers. Nevertheless I have written a lot of stuff here since that fateful day in 2006 when I tapped on the door and snuck my way into blogging. I have made friends through blogging and it has given me much pleasure. It has enabled me to participate in a community of gamers and writers and it gives me a platform and an identity in the online world. Don't underestimate the value of blogging as a creative outlet. Most of us never get the chance to really write stuff once you leave school so it is terrific as an adult to look over something I have created and put up there for the world to see.

So if you have ever thought about it - how about starting today? Sign up for Blogger or Wordpress or any other free blogging service and start writing. Write about games, write about life, write about something you enjoy. Then get yourself over to the Newbie Blogger forums and sign up. You will get help and support and, shock horror, you will get readers who actually read your stuff and who will help you to get more readers.

For my own contribution to the initiative, in addition to giving advice to fledgling bloggers I have decided to do a bit of a retrospective. I will pick some posts from the past six years of this blog that are special to me for various reasons. I will try to tell the story behind those posts in the hope that it will encourage others to experience the pleasures of blogging.

EDIT: Syp has put up an official kickoff post here:  http://biobreak.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/new-bloggers-we-want-you-announcing-the-newbie-blogger-initiative/

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