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GIO Bloggers Group Fireside Chat #2

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  • 1. Length of a blog influences whether I read a blog or not? 4

    2. Pictures influence whether I read a blog or not? 5

    3. Font size and/or color influence whether I read a blog or not? 3

    4. Grammar and Spelling influence whether I read a blog or not? 4

    5. Sentence and paragraph structure influence whether I read a blog or not? 4

    Formatting is a pretty key thing for me. The title of the blog & the preview image grab my attention, but I quickly lose interest if the blog ends up being a huge wall of text with very few pictures or paragraph returns to break it up.

    I love blogs with pictures, especially pictures with funny captions. Pictures are usually a big part of the blogs I post. I like to use plenty of pictures.

    Cowabunga!

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    Formatting is very important. But as long as people can read the blog and understand what the blogger is conveying their message I'm not too worried.  Oh as a note on the pictures, I don't care if they are there or not, but keep them relevant please.

    Azelra fell from her throne. I am Sorin-Life Bringer, and I must asend to her place as The Seventh Dragon Lord of the Consul of Light

  • Support has been great, and there are only two more categories to go (this one and one more) followed by the summary...so we're almost there. This week...we take a look at the actual content of the blog. If you want to add your own comments, please do!

    1. I prefer blogs that are personal narratives or focus on the author's experiences.

    2. I prefer blogs that are more like editorials and talk about current events.

    3. I prefer blogs that are clean and free of mature content (language, violence, sex).

    4. I prefer blogs only about video games and/or consoles that I own.

    5. I prefer list blogs.

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    1 – Strongly Disagree

    2 – Somewhat Disagree

    3 – N/A or Neutral

    4 – Somewhat Agree

    5 – Strongly Agree

  • 1. I prefer blogs that are personal narratives or focus on the author's experiences. (5) I love these kinds of blogs. Having a sort of personal feel to the blog can help.

    2. I prefer blogs that are more like editorials and talk about current events. (4) I do like seeing these also. They can be fun sometimes.

    3. I prefer blogs that are clean and free of mature content (language, violence, sex). (5) while I don't mind all of that stuff, I do prefer if the blogs here are kept family friendly. I'm fine with some stuff, but not overdoing it.

    4. I prefer blogs only about video games and/or consoles that I own. (4) Yea, I kind of do. If it's on something I'm familiar with, it helps me understand the content a little bit better. but sometimes it can be good to look at stuff I'm not familiar with to learn more about it.

    5. I prefer list blogs. (4) I like list blogs. it's interesting seeing how others lists can  compare to mine. Sometimes they can be a bit too... "generic" but I enjoy reading these.

  • 1. (4) I find blogs that have some sort of relation to the author, or is an experience of the author, are a lot more relateable. I find myself able to say to myself "I know what you mean" while reading, further drawing me into the piece of writing.

    2. (2) This depends on the topic. For the most part, however, if I want an editorial or a fact-filled piece of work, I'll go to the front page or the news section of the site.

    3. (3) I don't mind either way. I certainly understand the choice to censor oneself on the site due to the uncertainty of the maturity level of the reader. There are kids on the site... probably quite a few. For me personally, I'm an adult, and adult themes don't bother me too much.

    4. (5) This one falls into the category earlier, about topics being something that I decide on. I mentioned that if a blog is obviously about Halo that I wouldn't read it because I don't play the games and have no inclination to do so. If a blog is about Microsoft, I MAY read it depending on the author. If its a Nintendo blog, I won't waste my time. I'm sure the other consoles are great and all, but I don't have them, so it doesn't really matter to me.

    5. (3) Lists don't really have a bearing on if I read or not. The author of the list, however, does... as well as what thelist is exactly listing. For example, I'll read any list-blog from thegodofwine7 because his lists are always thought out and a great read. If there was a list blog featuring the best villains in Final Fantasy, I'd read it. If it featured a list of Mario games, not so much.

    "I'm a dude, playin' a dude, disguised as anotha dude! You a dude that don't know what dude he is!"  -Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder

  • 1. (4) Somewhat agree. It really depends on the topic. If it relates to gaming somehow, sure, I'll definitely check it out. Otherwise, it's a bit of a toss-up.

    2. (5) Strongly agree. I don't tend to write about current events myself, but I love reading other people's takes on them. So long as the writer's opinion on the matter is substantial and well-presented, that is.

    3. (4) Somewhat agree. It doesn't necessarily turn me off, per se, but unless said content is itself an integral part of the discussion/topic, then it generally doesn't do anything for me. Regarding curse words in particular, I don't want to see them at all—the sole exception, I think, is if they're used in a humorous context. Even then, they should be used very carefully and very sparingly, in my opinion.

    4. (4) Somewhat agree. I certainly like to be able to relate to the topic at hand to some extent, at least. But I may read something about a game/console I'm unfamiliar with, if it seems interesting to me.

    5. (2) Somewhat disagree. I generally prefer reading something with a bit more depth than most "list"-type blogs tend to offer. Beyond that, though, it really depends on the specific topic, and possibly the author.

  • 1. 4 - Being in the mental health field, I find personal experiences interesting and that's generally what I gravitate toward. Being in a different place than many bloggers puts me at a disconnect, however, and those blogs that emphasize that are less enjoyable sometimes.

    2. 3 - These blogs can be enjoyable, but they can also be redundant. When the whole site is hanging on to one event or topic, as has happened several times in the past, I start skipping them all.

    3. 5 - These topics aren't offensive to me in and of themselves, but I don't feel this is the place to talk about such things. Disregarding that notion and not to mention the audience of readers is actually offensive to me, however.

    4. 4 - Of course I'm naturally drawn to experiences that I've had. People talking about my favorite game will almost always get me to read it. There are plenty of great blogs around about games I haven't played, and I may or may not read them based on the author and other factors. There are also terrible blogs about games I have, and those I generally skip.

    5. 3 - Lists can be entertaining, they can be dumb, they can be anything. If it's a topic I'll like I'll read it, if not I'll skip.

  • 1.)4-If someone doesn't, then it isn't necessarily bad. But as others said, I do enjoy seeing the personal connections people have to certain games. Reading why someone liked something is interesting because I can compare their opinion to my own, and look at it in a new way.

    2.) 3-I always am game to gain some new perspective about current events, but I like the blog section because it's more laid-back, and personal. So I like seeing a more creative blog post as opposed to an editorial. It's a nice change of pace from the main site.

    3.) 4-I don't think I've really encountered anything with a lot of that content, but there was one particular story that I remember reading that had the most sexual content I've ever seen in a GI blog. It felt like it was out of place since this site is open to people of all ages. The bottom line is, it's fine to have sporadic mature content, but I just don't think this is the place to be very graphic.

    4.) 4- If there are spoilers, I definitely won't go near it. Unless I'm curious about buying or learning about a particular game or system, then I typically don't have any interest in it if I can't relate, or know anything about it. Still, there are some exceptions.

    5.) 3- I'm neutral about this one. I think lists can be easy to read, and well-done, but I like variety and longer posts too.

  • 1. I prefer blogs that are personal narratives or focus on the author's experiences. 5

    2. I prefer blogs that are more like editorials and talk about current events. 3

    3. I prefer blogs that are clean and free of mature content (language, violence, sex). 5

    4. I prefer blogs only about video games and/or consoles that I own. 3

    5. I prefer list blogs. 5

    I love list blogs - YOU KNOW THAT! HAHA! But yeah, anyways... my favorite blogs are blogs that are more personal & relate to a person's experiences or opinions pertaining to video games. I'd prefer opinions that are positive, but I enjoy negative opinions when the writer doesn't take themselves too seriously & tries to be lighthearted with their criticism. I like blogs about current events, but my interest hinges on the topic & how it's approached.

    Cowabunga!

  • 1. I prefer blogs that are personal narratives or focus on the author's experiences. (4) It's nice, so long as they don't draw it out.

    2. I prefer blogs that are more like editorials and talk about current events.

    (3) I'm fine either way, just has to be about something interesting that I want to hear about. Although apparently no one really wants to read mine (though you did feature the one, thanks for that by the way, Saint).

    3. I prefer blogs that are clean and free of mature content (language, violence, sex).

    (3) I only dislike ones with mature content if it's used improperly or gets really inappropriate. It's not like I don't get that content from games and movies.

    4. I prefer blogs only about video games and/or consoles that I own.

    (4) I prefer it, but I'll listen to what others have to say.

    5. I prefer list blogs.

    (5) If done right, yeah. I mean, hell, a number of my most popular ones have been list blogs. I really aught to do another "Small Topics" some time soon.

    I am Paradigm the Fallen.

    That's "Para-dime". Not "Pair-of-dig-em".

  • Personal blogs: 4. These are favorites of mine

    Editorials: 4. As long as they're presented as opinion and not fact.

    Content: 3. They don't bother me (i'm constantly having to edit myself for example) but crude sexual humor-a month old skyrim blog full of poorly done inuendo comes to mind are clearly just for shock value or to provoke.

    My systems: 4.  I don't even read saints posts about minecraft or halo... The series just don't interest me.

    Lists: 2. Unless the topic is something I really enjoy I generally avoid them.

  • 1) I prefer blogs that are personal narratives or focus on the author's experiences - 5

    2) I prefer blogs that are more like editorials and talk about current events - 3

    3) I prefer blogs that are clean and free of mature content (language, violence, sex) - 3

    4) I prefer blogs only about video games and/or consoles that I own - 4

    5) I prefer list blogs - 3

  • 1.(3) Doesn't really matter to me.

    2.(3) Doesn't really matter to me. Sometimes I actually dislike this if there are 80 billion about something like the Mass Effect 3 ending. Got extremely tired of those blogs.

    3.(4) I would prefer to have them not be little filth piles but I would still read it if there is reason for the words to be there.

    4.(2) I like to read about other things besides the stuff I own. I get gameinformer for a reason. If I only read the stuff in there about things I owned, I would probably read less than half the mag.

    5.(3) I don't really have a preference on this. Really just depends on what I am in the mood for.

  • This is a Massive 3 across the board. As long as the person isn't posting something to troll someone, something, or to be hurtful and rude, a million other factors decide whether or not I read a blog so, yeah 3 across.

    Azelra fell from her throne. I am Sorin-Life Bringer, and I must asend to her place as The Seventh Dragon Lord of the Consul of Light

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