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[NBI] In which we celebrate!

It is the end of may and among other things, this means the Newbie Blogger Initiative, aka NBI,  is coming to a close. I think this has been a much bigger success than anyone expected. We got about a hundred new blogs started this month and some amazing advice from the veterans!

Syp, the great guy who started it all, made a final list of all the new blogs and of all the advice posts that were born as part of the NBI.  You can check it here.

For anyone thinking about starting their blog now, give it a look as there is a gold mine of advice in there. Even for old hats of blogging it might be interesting as there may be one thing or two that you never considered before. If you just like to read you might also want to check the list out as I am pretty sure you will get out of it with at least a dozen new blogs to read. :)

I am not sure if the NBI forums will stay up after this, but if so, I suggest giving a look at it too. You can find it here. We had some fun discussions in there, some that even end up turning into advice articles by the sponsors.

Personally, this has been a humbling experience to me. I entered as a sponsor but it became clear quickly, through the sponsors advice articles, that there are way more to blogging than what I considered initially. So in retrospect I think I should have entered as a newbie. Does this means blogging is hard? No, not quite. It only goes to show how many different ways people can talk about their favorite hobbies. And that is what makes blogs so fun, to write and to read. :)

I will be trying to take every advice to heart as I love this blog, I love the people who take their time to read my ramblings and I want to make it even better so we can all enjoy it even more!

I also have now a lot more blogs to read every day thanks to this initiative and got to talk with some great people either though the NBI forums or through the comments both here and in their blogs. :)

To close this post, a big thank you to Syp for starting the Newbie Blog Initiative and to all those who participated on it! You guys and gals are awesome! :D

EDIT:Ops! Just found out thatSyp asked us to also include the list of  the blogs participating! So here it goes. Oh, he also confirmed the NBI forums will stay around! *cheers*

New blogs to check out:

Sponsor advice posts:

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Newbie Blogger Initiative

 

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Let me introduce you to…

So, this is it. The final challenge set by Ambermist of Taste’s Like Battlechicken. This week she tasked us with finding 3 blogs that participated in the New Blogger’s Initiative, aka the NBI, and give at least one reason we like each blog. Sounds easy right? Well, that is what I thought at first too. Then I realized that no matter how awesome the three blogs I end up choosing are, I will still feel bad about it. There are just  too many awesome blogs that are participating on it for me to just pick three!

In fact, let me point out to a list of the blogs participating on the NBI. There is one list here, categorized by topics, made by Windsoar of the Jaded Alt blog. If you prefer a handy list with each author’s name and tweeter, Shadowspnd of World’s End Tavern made one for newbies and one for sponsors. Check out the rest of their blogs too while you are there! :)

Alright. With that said, let me introduce you to three newbie blogs that have caught my eye for a reason or another:

The Butterfly Gamer

http://leelubutterfly.wordpress.com/

Everyone probably met that one person that can’t stick to a game for very long. Perhaps that might even be your case (it is certainly mine!). Apparently the term for these kind of people is “butterfly gamer”. And as the name of the blog implies, The Butterfly Gamer is the journal of one such person.

Right now, leelubutterfly is trying to stick to just one, to get to the level cap on Aion before Guild Wars 2 is released. It is interesting not only because of her writing (and screenshots!) but also to see her discover new and interesting things about Aion as she goes along. As someone that just started out in Aion it is interesting to see the experiences of another newbie in the game.

Of course, I am also interested to see what other games she will end up playing too. I guess that makes me a butterfly reader?

Ravalation

http://ravalation.blogspot.com

If I had to describe Ravalation in a few words it would be “a feast to the eyes”. Not only her posts are filled with beautiful screenshots (some times with her own drawings too!) but it is all accompanied with very interesting text too. It is like a combo of pure bliss!

Right now Ravanel is writing about Lord of the Rings Online, Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I highly recommend her blog to anyone interested in any of those games. :)

Kemwer Game Blog

http://kemwer.com.br/

While I do have a preference for blogs about people’s personal experiences playing games, I do also like a good discussion about them. Kemwer has been one of those blogs I have been finding myself reading just for that purpose. No matter the topic of the post it is always with a very intelligent and well articulated argument.

His blog (correct me if I am wrong, please, Kemwer!) seems to have a slant towards Guild Wars 2 right now. Though he certainly doesn’t limit himself to just Guild Wars 2 and has made a few posts about Diablo 3, Torchlight 2 and even some more general discussions about MMORPGs.

Wait! There is more…

Ok. So I can’t pick just three after all. Let me list three more blogs before ending this post. But to keep with the spirit of the challenge, in some sort of twisted way, I will just list them and let you find out by yourself what makes them great! It probably won’t be too hard. :)

They are also blogs that are participating on the NBI although as sponsors. Without further ado, here are three more great blogs that just make my day whenever they update:

Nerdy Bookahshttp://nerdybookahs.wordpress.com/

StarShadowhttp://suzitastarshadow.wordpress.com/

LotRO Fashionhttp://lotrofashion.blogspot.com/

My biggest thanks to all the ones I have listed, and for those I could not, for all the entertaining reading so far. Here is looking forward to  reading even more posts! :)

 

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Choosing the subject of your MMORPG blog

This post is part of the New Bloggers Initiative. You can find an introduction post about it here.

This will be a little mix of my reasons for starting this blog as well as advice. Also, keep in mind this will be from the point of view from someone writing a MMORPG blog. So it might not be as useful for other hobbies or subjects…

Anyhoo…. I always liked to write. So when I was a teenager and blogging was the new cool thing, it seemed natural for me to start one. My first blog was a personal one where I would write anything that I felt strongly enough to write about. Eventually I started to run out of things to say, as incredible as it may sound, and the blog end up turning into nothing but posts about quizzes. That one was written in my native language, portuguese, and in any case it is best to left buried in the sands of the internet.

My second blog was an attempt to use blogging, together with roleplaying, to rekindle my passion for Lineage 2. By then I was already pretty much burnt out of Lineage 2 so it didn’t work out. I end up leaving the game shortly after, abandoning the blog at about 8 posts…. For the internet archeologists or brave of heart, you can still find it here.  That one was my first blog written in english too.

The third blog was another foolish attempt to create roots in a MMORPG. Basically, I was tired of hopping between games and just wanted one to call it home. Roleplaying was again used as an attempt to mitigate the natural burning out that come with MMORPGs. The game this time was Everquest 2. Another reason for the creation of the blog was because, at the time, I didn’t find many blogs about it. So it seemed a good idea to write about my misadventures in Norrath. It lasted for a little more than the Lineage 2 blog however it too fell when I left Everquest 2 for the first time. I eventually came back to the game. Then left again. And followed  that cycle a few more times. During those periods I pondered about resurrecting the blog but it seemed silly considering my love-hate relationship with Everquest 2. I am pretty sure that blog is now completely gone as it was in a paid host and I don’t think I made any backup of it.

After the Everquest 2 blog I somewhat gave up on blogging. It just seemed a self-defeating pursuit in my case. I still kept reading blogs that interested me though with the occasional hunts for new ones. During one of  those hunts I accidentally found the blog of an Everquest 2 friend, the a.girl.IRL. I don’t know if it was her writing style or because I already knew her from in-game that I suddenly got an itchy to write again. A very specific itchy to write about MMORPGs that only a blog could solve…. And thus this blog was born! So far I am very happy with it and don’t see it going anywhere. :)

Ok. So the reason for me telling that story is there a few points I would like to make about creating your own blog. The first one is to be careful with the subject you choose for your blog. If you are the type to hop around MMORPGs a lot *coughs*likeme*coughs* then making a blog about a specific game might not be a good idea. A more generic blog about MMORPGs or even computer games might be a better fit. This way if you get tired of the game you are playing, chances are there is another game you like to write about.

That doesn’t mean you should never make a blog that is only about one game. If you are the type who sticks to playing only one MMORPG at a time, play it for years without ever being tempted by the other shiny, new game, then that might be a better choice for you. You can even be more specific than that, choosing to write about your adventures with your favorite class, about raiding, crafting or whatever else you feel passionate about. One of my favorite blogs when I was playing World of Warcraft was about a night elf hunter. Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the blog anymore and I lost the link to it years ago after I left WoW. Might still try to hunt it down again since I loved her writing style and would probably still read it even if I don’t play the game anymore.

Small digression aside, what matters is that your chosen subject, be it as generic as “Computer Games” or as specific as something like “A Lord of the Rings Online blog about all things hobbit”, is that it is something you are passionate about and that you have fun discussing it. Because in the end that is what a blog is, a sharing of experiences between you and your readers. :)

Lastly, if you are still unsure about blogging, give a try to one of the free blogging services available. If you like it, you will find yourself with a fun new hobby. If you don’t then you won’t lose much besides some of your time.

The 3 services I would suggest would be Blogger, LiveJournal and WordPress.com. Of  those, I never used Blogger so can’t really comment on it. I am listing it because it used to be THE blog option back in the day. Nowadays it is still popular but not as ubiquitous as it used to be.

LiveJournal is one dear and close to my heart, even though I don’t use it anymore. It is pretty simple to use however it didn’t have much features either last time I used it. That  was years ago and from a brief glance in their features page it seems it haven’t changed much. The cool thing about LiveJournal though is that it has support for 3rd party software that allows you to write posts while offline just the same way as if you were logged in. This might be nice if you travel around a lot but can’t guarantee a stable connection.

Finally, there is WordPress.com. It is relatively simple, painless to use and is has more features that LiveJournal. You can also add some extra features to it through plug-ins. With the free version you are limited to the plug-ins they provide. However if you are willing to pay or even go for a paid hosting solution you can add any plug-in you desire.

And that should be it! I hope that may have helped a little to any potential new blogger out there! :)

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Newbie Blogger Initiative

 

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Newbie Blogger Initiative

Syp over at Bio Break started a very cool event for bloggers this month. It is the Newbie Blogger Initiative!

Basically the idea is for veteran bloggers to help out and stimulate new people to begin blogging. This will happen during all of the month of May with sponsoring blogs writing posts with advice and other tips to help newcomers to the blogosphere. Currently it has over 70+ blogs already participating and if you want to join in the fun too, please head to the forum Syp setup for the event. You can find it here. If you are a newbie just starting out or thinking about it, join the forums too as there is a section just dedicated to answering questions and to add your blog to the list of new ones.

At the end of the month there will be a compilation of links to all the advice as well as for the new blogs that were created during this month. For the more impatient ones you can check a list of the blogs participating on this thread.

Personally, I am a little terrified of joining in as this blog is still a baby (not even one year old!) even for internet standards. That and it feels kinda like being in the middle of giants. Still I decided to join in because I love writing and this seems like a good challenge to exercise the writing muscles. I also love reading other people’s blogs so this might be also a good opportunity to get to know more interesting blogs be they written by veterans or by anyone just starting out now. :)

Here is looking forward to the rest of the month and hopefully many new bloggers to share their passions with us through their writing! :D

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Newbie Blogger Initiative

 

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