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Last week at the GameStop Managers Meeting in San Antonio, a
few of the other editors and I had the distinct honor of meeting a ton of devoted
readers and hardcore gamers. The most frequently asked question they had for us
was how to prepare for a job in video game journalism. The answer is pretty
simple, if a little self-serving: Start your own blog. Preferably at Game
Here's the thing: Becoming a video game journalist takes hard
work, talent, and a more than a little luck. There are no secrets to getting a
job, and no guarantees. However, starting your own game-related blog can provide
you with a number of benefits, which I'm happy to outline for you now.
Practice Makes Perfect:Remember when I told you there are no guarantees in this
whole writing thing? I lied. The more you write, the better a writer you'll
become. Guaranteed. There's no better way to hone your skills at creating focused
and compelling articles than by diving in and writing, be it editorials,
previews, reviews, or whatever else you're interested in. You may not feel yourself
improving, but you'll be amazed (and probably a little embarrassed) at how
primitive your early writing projects seem after you get some experience under
Invaluable Feedback:Another important aspect to growing as a writer is seeking
out feedback from your peers. While sites like Tumblr and Wordpress provide
writers with a free venue for posting their thoughts, getting people to visit
them is another story. Luckily, Game Informer has a built-in community that's eager
to read and discuss your work with you.
Once you've reached Level 5 on Gameinformer.com, your blogs
will start showing up on the User Blogs
page for everyone to see. If you've been an active member for a while, chances
are you already have enough points; you earn them from regular community interactions
like rating stories, leaving comments in articles and forum threads, and
Once you start posting your own articles, it won't take long
to make new friends in Game Informer's blogging community, who won't only offer
you sage writing advice, but feedback on the topics you choose write about. Sometimes
all it takes is for a peer to point out a slightly different approach to a
topic to transform a good article into a great one.
Building A Portfolio:Creating and posting to your own blog won't just provide you
with writing practice. It will also help you generate a body of work that you
can share with potential employers in the future. Bloggers at Game Informer regularly
post game reviews, previews, opinion articles, humorous features - even
interviews with developers and podcasts. In other words, the exact kinds of content
employers expect to see from budding editors. If you dedicate a decent amount
of time to your blog, not only will you have a wealth of writing samples to
show off, but your articles will be vetted by fellow writers, giving you the
opportunity to further improve your work and identify which articles are your
Additionally, community member Saint does
a great job of highlighting GI's most thought-provoking blogs every week in his
Herding feature, which provides hard-working writers with some extra
attention. Our newsletter also spotlights talented community bloggers every
One of our featured bloggers,
Gardner, landed an internship at Game Informer thanks in part to his excellent
articles. Some bloggers have even gotten interviews with developers and freelance job offers from other sites.
Stop Waiting:Starting a user blog isn't a fast track to getting a job in
the industry, and there are no guarantees of it leading to employment. But if
you're really serious about writing, you can't wait for someone to offer you a
job out of the blue. Start writing now and learn from your practice and
experience. At the very least, you'll end up with a portfolio of your work and
a bunch of new friends.
So what are you waiting for? Check out our help page for a guide to
creating blog posts on Game Informer, and read BlackHeartedWolf's
Hunter's advice on how to make your posts more compelling to readers.
Email the author Jeff Marchiafava, or follow on Google+, Twitter, and Game Informer.
Why you should blog on Gameinformer: Because it's awesome.
i have a blog on tumblr. works well enough because i'm interested in more than just games. maybe i'll post a few of my games related ones here now though.
The main benefit to me is becoming more involved in what I consider to be the best online community bar none. However, there are other benefits. For one, I believe that being a featured community blogger and posting regularly helped garner me an E3 media pass. And that meant interviews and networking. It truly opens doors, nevermind building great friendships I really value.
I used to and been meaning to get back in.
I just blog for fun :D
Think I might start this, but idk what to blog about lol. Maybe I'll start reviewing some games and see where I go from there.
I'm no writer, but I'll try when I have spare time
Awesome advice, Jeff. I hope to one day get a job in the industry and maybe one day even get a job at GI. I know I really need to be more active on here and I hope within the next year I am able to do just that, with blogs and reviews and stuff.
I use game informer for news wich is amazing and relay it to people on YouTube
I'm glad you wrote this Jeff. Video game journalism is an interest of mine. I'm working on my writing skills all the time, and with my own blog I can explore and utilize my imagination!
Interesting. Maybe I should finally give it a go after being interested in having a blog for a while. Worst thing that could happen is that people don't give me any feedback on how to get better.
I'm actually seriously considering a career in this field, which is why I've been getting more serious about blogging here much more often. Thanks for the tips, Jeff!
If you're reading this and are thinking about blogging, definitely do it here. You won't find a more awesome community. :)
Just started, I'll try to keep things interesting :)
Ive read this somewhere prior but I cant recall, I do appreciate the advice though and who knows it may help to have something to fall back on if my Ph.D career falls through the floor.
Really good advice Jeff. I have a Tumblr page where I write game reviews but It's mostly been a tool for practicing on my writing. I doubt if If I've had more than a handful of views since I started it around a year ago. I think I will go ahead and start a blog here, maybe this way I can actually get feedback. Thanks again!
Thanks for spotlighting the blogging community and for the mention. Cheers.
I've always dreamed of being a video game journalist the problem is that my writing skills suck. And it's something I need to really practice and get better at. And plus I'm nervous and shy about putting my self out there for tons of people to see what I write thanks for writing this article though it has inspired me to practice Writing and hopefully on day start writing my own articles blogs etc once I get my laptop running again I'm going to practice as much as I can and maybe a college writing class would help too
This is a really great article. Though I actually did join GIO for that reason, I'm sure there are many people out there who haven't realized the potential for success that a blog here can offer.
I like to say: Write every day, no matter what it is. If you write one review, 500 words or even just an insightful comment on someone else's blog, everything is one step closer to the destination you desire.