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GIO Bloggers Group Fireside Chat #2

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  • 1. I decide which blogs to read based on the title? - 4

    2. I read blogs with a long title? - 3

    3. I read blogs with a short title? - 4

    4. I read blogs with mature titles or titles that imply mature content? - 1

    5. I read blogs only when the title implies it pertains to video games? 2

  • 1. I decide which blogs to read based on the title? (5) A lot of the time, especially days like these when there are a lot of blogs and I don't have a lot of spare time, I'll pick and choose which blogs I read based on what games or topics the headline is promising.

    2. I read blogs with a long title? (3) Title length doesn't really factor in.

    3. I read blogs with a short title? (3) Same as above.

    4. I read blogs with mature titles or titles that imply mature content? (4) If they sound interesting, sure. As long as they're not meant to be crass, vulgar, or shocking as the primary way of standing out.

    5. I read blogs only when the title implies it pertains to video games? (1) There are a lot of really great blogs on here that have little or nothing to do with games. Saint, your blogs thanking the troops on days of remembrance are a great example. And someone already pointed out Drym's shuffle blogs or Glasses' travel adventures.  As long as they're interesting.

  • 1: I decide which blogs to read based on the title? (4) I agree with a lot of the other people here. I usually don't have too much time, and the title helps me pick which blogs seem interesting.

    2: I read blogs with a long title? (3) Title length doesn't influence my decision.

    3: I read blogs with a short title? (3) Same as #2.

    4: I read blogs with mature titles or titles that imply mature content? (2) I tend to avoid "mature content". I will read blogs containing it, as long as it is appropriate.

    5: I read blogs only when the title implies it pertains to video games? (3) Great blogs are great blogs. It can be about video games, or about something entirely off-subject.

  • 1. I decide which blogs to read based on the title? (4) The title can be important if helping me read the blog. It doesn't have to be important, but f the title stands out, it could help in my decision.

    2. I read blogs with a long title? (3) Doesn't matter

    3. I read blogs with a short title? (3) Doesn't matter

    4. I read blogs with mature titles or titles that imply mature content? (3) I'm neutral on this. The content doesn't really matter if it's mature or not.

    5. I read blogs only when the title implies it pertains to video games? (1) Yes, this is a gaming website. But not all blogs have to be about games. Short stories, movies, TV shows, anything. As long as the blog is nicely written and interesting, I'll read it.

  • 1. Would probably be a (4) for me. Title can usually effect whether I read it or not. Not always but a good title that relates to the subject is usually a good thing.

    2. Would be a (3).

    3. Would also be a (3). Title length doesn't really matter. It can if it starts to become a paragraph in itself but a long, or short, title really doesn't change anything.

    4. Would be a (3) for me. I can read stuff that is mature if it is well written and not coming off in a bad way. If it's reasonable to be there, I would most of the time be alright with it.

    5. This one is a little harder. (3) It really depends on what I want to read at any given time. I would expect most of the things on the site to be about games anyway but if they are not it won't stop me from reading it if it's something that interests me.

  • I'm a bit behind in this but I hope I can still join in.

    1. I decide which blogs to read based on the title? 1 I go by what the topic is going to be moreso than the title. If it includes something familiar, I'll definitely be more interested, but as long as it's a topic I'll be interested in, the title doesn't really matter. I realize I'm in the minority here

    2. I read blogs with a long title? 3 -- I think my answer to the first question pertains to this as well.

    3. I read blogs with a short title? 3 -- Same this one

    4. I read blogs with mature titles or titles that imply mature content? 3 -- I'm not afraid of mature topics, so long as they are handled appropriately. Also, what classifies as a "mature" title or content, really? Because if we're going by ESRB standards, then doesn't any topic about any M-rated game fit under that? Or are we just talking about topics that are genuinely a mature matter to talk about? Or something else entirely? No matter what, if it interests me, I'll probably take a glance.

    5. I read blogs only when the title implies it pertains to video games? 1 No, I'm perfectly fine with non-gaming related stuff. In fact, I think it'd be good if non-gaming topics were treated with a greater respect. It might encourage people to make posts that otherwise wouldn't exist. TBH, there's enough geekery that even GI talks about that it seems within reason for people to talk about all sorts of stuff. I mean, if the amount of views I get for whenever I talk about Batman is any indication, there's a strong bunch of comic book fans on the site.

    I am Paradigm the Fallen.

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

  • Okay, we had a fair turnout for the questions on the title. I think 13 or 14 if I counted correctly. Some great comments and feedback. The next question has to do with the author.

    Author:

    1. I decide which blogs to read based on the author?

    2. There are some bloggers I read everything they post?

    3. There are some bloggers I don't read anything they post?

    4. I read blogs from new bloggers, or bloggers who post infrequently?

    5. A blogger's reputation decides whether I read their blogs or not?

    1 – Strongly Disagree

    2 – Somewhat Disagree

    3 – N/A or Neutral

    4 – Somewhat Agree

    5 – Strongly Agree

  • 1. (4) I hate to admit it, but the author of a blog is important. When I limit my blog/GIO time, if I see a blog by someone I'm familiar with, I know what to expect. This isn't always the case, however. Before I read quasiconundrum's first blog, the title caught my attention. Combined, the title and author play a huge part in what I read.

    2. (4) There are a few bloggers that I know will deliver in terms of quality writing. So sure, I try to read everything they post. Unless, of course, the title gives me a different feeling. Example- If Saint posts a blog and its obvious that its about Halo from the title, I won't read it.

    3. (5) I may look like a jerk for this one. Some bloggers do it wrong, time and time again. I used to read every blog that showed up on the blog section, so my opinion isn't based on whimsy. My tastes are different, and a few bloggers just don't fit it.

    4. (5) I'll give anyone a chance to impress as far as new bloggers go. Everyone that blogs was new at one point, so its not fair to discriminate against them just because of seniority. Quasiconundrum comes to mind again... he has been posting quality blogs since he joined. As for infrequent bloggers, some of them are my favorites to read... Oni, Noob, Anti, Quasi, Hanna... quality over quantity.

    5. (3) I'm in the middle on this one. If someone has a reputation like Pon and blogs, then no, I won't read it. But if a reputation comes from a few people's opinions about the author that I don't agree with, it doesn't matter to me.  Like, if everyone suddenly had the opinion that Kyle or Jack were bad people, that wouldn't effect their writing ability. I guess it would depend on the situation.

    "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. ...actually, yeah. If I know the person generally for not stating valid arguments or they genuinely have said things I've questioned, I'm less interested in reading their stuff. If the topic's good enough, I'll try anyway but... some authors I intentionally avoid for a reason. (3.5)

    2. No. I only get to check other bloggers every so often, so I haven't really gotten anyone consistent besides Theora (and even then, I've yet to check her backlog). (2)

    3. Not yet. (1)

    4. Doesn't really matter to me (3)

    5. ..honestly, I believe my answer to the first question pretty much answers this one as well. (3.5)

    I am Paradigm the Fallen.

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

  • 1. (4) Somewhat agree. I'd like to say that the author doesn't matter to me, but I can't honestly claim that it has absolutely zero influence on what I choose to read. For me, the title/topic trumps all, but if it's a post by an author whose work I particularly enjoy, I'll be far more likely to read something that I might otherwise not.

    2. (3) Neutral. Again, for me, the title/topic largely determines what I read and what I don't. There are plenty of bloggers that I enjoy reading, but I can't say there is anyone I wouldn't skip if the topic really just didn't interest me.

    3. (1) Strongly disagree. I'm a firm believer in second chances, and I don't hold grudges. Yet again, it all really comes back to the title/topic.

    4. (5) Strongly agree. It may sound strange, but I often try to actively seek out new bloggers, as well as those whose works I'm not as familiar with. I enjoy sampling a wide variety of styles and voices, and for me, the hunt for a new favorite writer is a big part of the enjoyment of reading.

    5. (3) Neutral. I generally don't let my personal opinions of people influence what I read. My responses to questions 1 and 3 sum this up pretty well.

  • 1. (4) I'm pretty open-minded about focusing more on the content than the author so the title/photo are usually what catch my interest the most. If I know a blogger I like has written something, then I admit that I am more inclined to read it, but if it's a newbie I will still read their opinion as well.

    2. (4) I agree with this a lot. There are certain bloggers who write consistently awesome posts so I tend to keep up with what they write. However, if one happens to write about something I have no interest in, or about a game I haven't played, then I won't read it. So a blogger's reputation may draw me to read it, but the content is more important.

    3. (1) Hmm,  I actually can't think of any blog that I actively avoid reading. Unless they are a recurring spam bot. :p

    4. (5) Yes! I know I don't blog too often, but I know how tough it can be to write. And there are bloggers who make really stellar posts every now and then, so it's worth the wait to read them. As for new writers, I think it's good to check them out because it helps them become even better/comfortable in the community. Plus, I've discovered some great work from new authors, so quality really can trump quantity in this case.

    5. (4) I'm fairly neutral about this. If it is a blogger who is well-respected (and has written awesome stuff I like) blogs, then I tend to check out their work. If it's a friend doing a series or anything, I read their blog more so than anyone else if I'm pressed for time. However, I said it before, the content is most important to me and determines what I read/comment on.

  • 1: (4) Typically, what is most important to me when deciding what blog to me is the title, but when short on time I pick blogs from bloggers that typically write quality blogs.

    2: (4) There are a few bloggers which write blogs that I consistently read. I tend to read blogs that are on a topic that I feel that I am somewhat knowledgeable about.

    3: (1) I agree with ace13 on this one ^

    4: (5) I am a new blogger myself, and I am overjoyed when I see that one of my blogs gets a lot of attention. So I try my best to pay attention to all bloggers, and to give supportive feedback wherever possible.

    5: (4) A blogger with a good reputation draws me towards their blogs when short on time, but again, I'll give anyone a chance.

  • You took the words out of my mouth. I agree with everything you said.

    Stop reading my mind sir. (I think I need to change my mind's password...)

  • 1. I decide which blogs to read based on the author? (4) I do this moreso nowadays than i did when I first started. I've not had as much time as I would like to sit down and read blogs, so when i do have time, I generally want to use that time for someone I know.

    I do read form others, but I'm using my time for my friends as of right now.

    2. There are some bloggers I read everything they post? (4) Same as 1.

    3. There are some bloggers I don't read anything they post? (2) erhm... kinda. I try not to avoid anything from specific people, but if like I'm not on good terms with them or something to that affect, then I'll generally avoid their posts.

    4. I read blogs from new bloggers, or bloggers who post infrequently? (5) Yes. I do try to make it fair for everyone who blogs, by reading their stuff. And when people like Oni, and now Hannibal, I'll try to read their stuff aswell, when i know I'm going to get something good from them.

    5. A blogger's reputation decides whether I read their blogs or not? (4) I'm agreeing with ace here.

  • 1) 4. I hate to see this but with limited time I try to read those I know first. DJ, Jolt , Saint and others always make me pause long enough to figure out what it is about.

    2) 3. I don't think I've read everything from anyone except maybe Fallen, but that has more to do with the topics he covers and less about it being him. Otherwise No I don't read everything people post.

    3) 3. I don't avoid any writers. I've not been given a real reason to avoid anyone up here, but who knows.

    4) 5. If I see a new member I will read the blog to if nothing else welcome them.  I love to encourage the new members to blog and to give advice about how to better their blogs! As for those who blog infrequently I tend to read their blogs as well. When I don't see people for awhile their blogs often end up having a fresh perspective, but one that is interesting as I don't see it often.

    5) 3. This has only happened once and that was when I read my first Saint blog. I had heard his name a lot so I finally checked him out one day. Other than Saint, our community is rather close knit so when people talk about each other it is someone I've already read a blog from or talked to.

    Great questions Saint. Over all I think that the author does sway me more than the Title to read, but the topic itself is more important.

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