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Blogging For Dummies...

This is NOT a blog about how to write a blog.

 


 

While I certainly blog more than I probably should be allowed to, I’ve never said I was good at it and absolutely don’t think I am qualified to tell anyone how to do it.

 

 

This is just some mindless ramblings about blogging in general, as well as a few other thoughts that could apply to blogging. Maybe. Possibly? I don’t know. What the heck do I know?!?

 

 

* Just because you think your blog is interesting doesn’t mean everyone will.

 

 

* Just because you think something is true doesn’t make it so. Modern Warfare 2 is neither the best nor worst game ever. It is a game; that much is true.

 

 

* If at first you don’t succeed, parachuting is not for you. No wait. I mean...just because you don’t get picked for @amgo’s weekly Blog Herding doesn’t mean your blogs are bad, but it might.


 

 

 

* If one of your blogs does get picked for the Blog Herding spotlight, it’s probably not a bad idea to tell @amgo thank you.

 

 

* If you are more worried about views than substance or quality, then use a picture of scantily clad women to advertise your blog. I wanted to test this with a blog post that just reads – "this is a test" and had a pic of girls to see how many views it would get, but I thought it would probably get deleted. Besides, I’m a Saint. 0:)


 

 

 

* If you want views AND comments, then blog about religion, politics…or why Modern Warfare 2 is the best/worst game ever.

 

 

* Blog is actually short for web log and might suggest something longer than one sentence. If you have only one sentence to say, you might choose to post it in the forums or sign up for a Twitter account.

 

 

* On the other hand, blogs can be TOO long. Just ask me, I know. In my defense, I do have a 3 page (by MS Word's count) limit and that’s about 2 pages too generous.

 

 

* Blogs can annoy people whether the author intended it to have this affect or not.

 

 

* Cutting and pasting news stories and posting it in your blog, no matter how interesting the story might be, isn’t really blogging. It’s pretending you work for the GIO website and are posting to the Feed, but your (sic) not.


 

 

 

* I have no idea what blogs people will like. Apparently not the ones I think they will.

 

 

* Bloggers are volunteers and work for free (when they could be playing games). Remember that when you critique their work.

 

 

* If you don’t have anything nice to say, find a nice way to say it.

 

 

* Never tell people you’re doing a blog series on a particular subject. They are more inclined to remember than you are and will often remind you when you don’t post an update again.

 

 

* Proofreading and spell check features are normally a free service.


 

 

 

* Never take anything I say too seriously or as gospel. It wouldn't hold up in a court of law. That's been proven.

 

 

* A penny saved...is not much.

 


 

 

* Don't assume. No, not because it makes an ass out of u and me but because it makes an ass out of you, period.

 

 

* If you read a blog and think it's spectacular, tell the person. It will mean a lot to them and if they go on to become a famous author they might remember you.

 

 

* If you read a blog and think its junk, don't tell the person. The chance of them becoming a famous author is nearly impossible and so there is nothing to be gained by being honest.

 

 

* If you are writing about a game that you have no clue about, it will very likely be obvious.

 

 

* If you're 18 years old or younger, be careful if you blog about the classics. Mario Kart 64 is not a classic. Super Mario Kart is.


 

 

 

* If you write a blog and someone replies, you might consider reading it, especially if they desire a comment or response. Ignoring your fan base may result in no fan base.

 

 

* Most people respond well to pictures and yes, you are allowed to use them. Encouraged even. Formatting and punctuation are also allowed! Revolutionary, I know.

 

 

* When in Rome, do what the Romans do. When blogging at a video game website, blog about something gamers will be interested in. Comics – Good. COSPLAY – Good. Horses – Bad. (Unless they are from RDR, then it’s okay).


 

 

 

* If someone gives you negative but constructive feedback, don’t cry publicly. It’s much better to bury your face in your pillow alone in your bedroom.

 

 

* If you have never written a blog then don’t tell people how to write a blog.

 

 

* There, Their and They’re – are three different words.


 

 

 

* If you’re blogging on a train that is heading East at 90mph and it crashes on the border of Arizona and Mexico…where do you…oh never mind.

 

 

* Just because you can make the title to your blog really long and ALL CAPS doesn’t mean you should make the title to your blog really long and ALL CAPS.

 

 

* I don’t have to be your favorite blogger as long as I’m not your least favorite blogger.

 

 

* Yes, I know. Sometimes it takes me a whole page just to get to my point. Sorry.

 

 

* Whoever said there’s no such thing as a dumb question is/was an idiot. There are plenty of dumb questions. Trust me. I’ve asked them.

 

 

* I don’t intentionally avoid blogging about the Playstation 3, PSN, or PS3 exclusive titles. I don’t own them. If you provide me with a system and game, I’ll be more than happy to blog about them.

 

 

* Just remember, everyone in the world is unique…just like you.

 

 

If you are guilty of any of my comments, please don't take offense. You caught me in a somewhat cynical bordering on comical mood and I mean no harm. Besides, I already said I'm not qualified to give blogging advice so just ignore whatever I have to say.

 

 

Well, lookie there. I’ve hit my three page limit. And with that, it’s time to wrap this up. I hope you got a chuckle or at least cracked a smile with some of these ramblings. Feel free to post your own blogging advice. Lord knows I can use all the help I can get.

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