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One of the challenges with blogging (at least for me) is
wanting to write about topics that the audience already seems tired of, or not
interested in from the start. NO...I'm not talking about Titanfall. Well, maybe
I am. But obviously this topic, the one I am talking about now, can apply to
any number of subjects (including Titanfall). It should go without saying but
for the record, everything in this blog is just my opinion based off of casual
observations. Whether you agree or not is entirely up to you - and I would of
course love to hear some thoughts about what you all think.
I'm no blogging expert by any stretch of the imagination but
since I blog somewhat frequently and read a fair number of other blogs from the
community, I can't help but notice patterns and trends. It helps with trying to
figure out what to blog about and what blogs the community wants to hear about.
And one such characteristic I tend to notice is the rise and fall of community
interest with certain topics (and yes, in my opinion...interest in Titanfall is
already on the decline). Now, if you're looking for solutions, answers, or
explanations, sadly you won't find them here. I only wish I knew how to figure
out the secret to getting the audience's attention (besides the easy cheap
shots like kittens or seductive imaging).
What I find most fascinating about this topic is how
interest in some games outlives other games. While interest in Titanfall
discussions might be on the decline, Dark Souls II still seems to draw in the
community and get their (your) attention. Another game I was surprised with how
much attention it seem to pull in was inFAMOUS Second Son. Conversely, South
Park: The Stick of Truth spiked much higher than I expected but then burned out
much quicker than I thought it would. I really guessed wrong with the South
Of course there are so many factors that come into play that
can drive the burn out rate to the point of information overload. How many
people are talking about it; how often they are talking about it; how they are
talking about it. All of this matters.
For a while, Nintendo was the hot topic. Everybody was
talking about Nintendo. But it peaked rather quickly and then people seemed to
want to quit talking about it, or at least quit hearing about it. I was kind of
surprised how quick it seemed to burn out because I think it's an important
topic with a lot of different angles and opportunities that could be explored.
Apparently the vast majority of the community thinks otherwise. No worries.
Another topic I think fell off the face of the earth was
discussions about this next generation of consoles that arrived only a few
months ago. It was undoubtedly (and rightfully so) one of the most prevalent
topics before d-day (launch day) but almost as soon as both big names released
their consoles, everything went silent. I mean, even the console debates and fan
boy wars all but ended. I'm surprised we haven't seen much in the way of - okay
the new consoles are out, have been out, have seen some system updates...and this
is what I think about the system or systems I purchased. Oh sure, there are
discussions like that here and there. But they're not all that common.
Personally speaking, I had a long list of blog ideas
regarding Valve's multi-tiered announcements about a console, a controller and
an operating system. But interest in that seemed to plummet faster than a lead airship
from Bioshock Infinite. I think had I posted more on that subject, the crickets
would've been the only ones reading. I realize the things I'm interested in and
excited for won't necessarily be what everyone else is interested in or excited
I think the same is largely true with a lot of the video
game industry events. Chatter about the recent Game Developer Conference was
minimal. I think interest leading up to PAX East and E3 will be on the rise,
but after a few days for each event the audience won't be as interested. Now
maybe that's because they're not there and so they don't want to hear about it,
or maybe it's because they're tired of hearing everybody talk about it so often. I
don't know, I just know in my casual observations many gamers don't seem to
respond well to posts about these subjects.
Just for my own amusement, I thought I'd take a look at the sort
of blogs that have been posted in the first three months of 2014. For the
record, that's nearly 1,000 blogs already. It's interesting looking at the
blogs. The bloggers here blog with variety and purpose. Out of nearly 1,000
blogs, only a handful of them actually have the name of a video game in the
title. The diversity is amazing and truly a quality I think makes the blogging
portal attractive to the community. We don't just talk about topics you can
find the professionals talking about...the sort of stuff on the front page. We
cover every facet of gaming. And I think that's pretty cool. If you're curious
about the games that got more than a single mention, I've included a list. Out
of all the blogs posted this year, these are the ones that are talked about
more frequently. The list is not all inclusive (just a quick snapshot of the
content - there were others that only got a mention or two.
Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Dark Souls, Dead Space, Dishonored,
Dota 2, Final Fantasy, Halo, inFAMOUS, Persona, Pokémon, Skyrim, Smash Bros., South
Park, Titanfall, Uncharted and Zelda. Surprisingly, Call of Duty was one the
most commonly mentioned games, with Titanfall a close second.
In closing, video game news is perishable. But so is
community interest. As a blogger you can always blog about topics you're
interested in, but the real challenge is blogging about topics the audience is
Have a great weekend.