Also known as Aura Kingdom in the upcoming English server, the original Taiwan server added its 9th weapon today, loosely translated as the Blade Gauntlets. Focusing on critical attacks and chain combos, this weapon will stack up special counters to increase damage as well. If you do not know, there are no classes in [&hellip
If you hope for getting money from blogging, I can only advise against the idea. My blog is over 10 years old and comparatively successful. 6 million visitors came to my blog over the years (the Sitemeter counter at the bottom of the page is stuck, apparently Sitemeter went under). But if I add up all the donations and freebies with some monetary value that I received over the years, I earned less than $100 per year from my blog. Sure, I never tried to optimize that. But even if I had, I wouldn’t have made much more than twice that. I love receiving donations as a sign of appreciation. But I don’t think you could ever make any substantial income from a gaming blog. Not unless you bundle useless advice into a pdf file and sell it as “gold guide” or something similarly fishy.
Maximizing the number of your readers is a different story. Whatever your underlying motivation is, in many cases you would prefer your blog to be read by as many people as possible, even if you don’t want to monetize those “eyeballs”. Just be careful with what exactly you do to increase the number of your readers. There are methods of search engine optimization that don’t actually increase the number of real readers, even if they make some statistical counter or pagerank go up. Over the years I have found that the number of readers strongly correlates with the amount of content you offer. Write an interesting blog post every single day, and you’ll get lots of regular readers. At this point I used to give advice about putting your blog posts in full on an RSS feed, as opposed to putting just a header and forcing people to visit your blog to read your posts. But observing my own feed reader count it appears that the demise of the Google Reader pretty much killed RSS as a technology. These days I share via Google+, and that one doesn’t even give me the option of putting my full texts. Modern social media have problems with people writing more than one paragraph.
Ultimately you might want to reconsider the notion that you write your blogs for others. If you consider you writing to be a service for other people, you will in the long run get rather disappointed by how little recognition you can earn even with lots of hard work on your blog. One of the reasons we have such a thing as the Newbie Blogger Initiative is that without it encouragement for new bloggers is hard to come by. At the height of the popularity of this blog I had over 3,000 visitors a day, but not more than one “thank you” e-mail per month.
So over the years I found that a much better concept is the idea that you write your blog for yourself. There is a lot of value in writing a blog which is independent from the number of people who read it or who respond to it. For example writing regularly improves your writing skills, especially if you blog in English and that isn’t your native language, like it is the case with me. Another positive effect is that your blog can serve as a sort of diary: I find it interesting sometimes to read what I thought about a game years ago; and these days I use my blog as a chronicle of my D&D campaign, bitterly regretting that I don’t have a similar chronicle of the campaigns I played before. Finally even if there are only a few people listening, expressing your opinion always has a positive effect on your peace of mind. If you are lucky, you can even sometimes get an interesting discussion going about things you are passionate about.
So in summary, I still consider blogging to be a good thing. Just think about what your purpose is, and how to get there. The Newbie Blogger Initiative can provide lots of excellent advice for different purposes, there is no “one right way” to do it.
[Petition] In a media presentation held on 28th September, Russia’s biggest MMO publisher, Mail.ru, revealed the payment model for ArcheAge Russia. Majority of the community was reportedly enraged by the proposed model, with players able to buy currencies for major advantages. According to the chart below (source), players can buy crystals and exchange for [&hellip
[Kickstarter page] A new Kickstarter campaign was just highlighted to me, and it is titled Universum: War Front. Powered by Unity Engine and Nvidia PhysX, Universum allows players to play in various modes, such as RTS (top view) and FPS/ TPS, sending folks right in the middle of the battlefield. More information can be [&hellip
- Find, visit, and promote new game bloggers.
- Create a friendly network of support.
- Increase survival of new bloggers.
I must admit at first I was chuckling at the last one, because it is quite funny if you take it literally. Survival of blogs might be a problem, but to the best of my knowledge there isn’t a death spree among bloggers. Blogs die because their authors give up on them, not because their authors die. But then the phrase got me thinking: If I stopped blogging, would “Tobold” be dead? While gaming blogs are written by real people, they usually appear on their blogs and in the community as a virtual persona with an assumed pen name. And if that identity is not maintained, it could well be said to die off. And that might actually be a good thing, because it gives a blogger the opportunity to shed a skin in case of a failed effort and start something new under a new name.
If any new bloggers read this, my virtual name is Tobold, and I have been blogging about gaming for over 10 years. So, whatever else you might think of me or my blogging, I do have a rather solid claim on being good at this survival thing. There aren’t many gaming blogs older than mine still active, even if mine is now less active than it was. So I was asked to support the Newbie Blogger Initiative and agreed to do so. I would like to dedicate a number of posts this month to tips for new bloggers, based on my long experience with gaming blogging. As always, these are my personal opinions and I don’t claim them to be universal truths. And as I started this post with a consideration of virtual identity, here is my first advice for new bloggers:
Don’t write under your own name, create a virtual identity for blogging.
The internet has a long memory, I can still find stuff I wrote 20 years ago. And I have not only written about games. I am a scientist, and I have written publications in scientific journals as well as a bunch of patents. Now imagine somebody is doing a Google search on my real name for some professional reason: Obviously I do want him to find the stuff I have written professionally. But Google sorts search results by popularity, and games are a lot more popular than hard science. So if I had written my blog under my real name, my professional identity would have been buried in the search results. It is much better that I wrote my gaming blog as “Tobold”, and thus created a separate identity for a different part of my life. Now you might not be a scientist, but there are lots of other scenarios where somebody might search Google for your real name, for example a job application. And we still don’t live in a society where being passionate about games is something people put on their CV. Human resources departments *do* search the internet for background information about candidates, and being labeled as somebody who “wastes a lot of time on games” can potentially be as deadly for you application as public photos on Facebook showing you drunk and half-naked.
Creating a virtual identity also has another advantage: You probably aren’t totally sure at the start how this blogging thing is going to work out. It is totally possible that you experience some sort of stage fright, and are worried that people will react badly to your writing. But if you have a virtual identity, your blogging isn’t connected to your real identity, but to your virtual one. Which, if everything goes catastrophically bad, can be easily discarded. You could even imagine having several subsequent attempts at blogging, each under a different identity. Blogging under a pen name is “safe”, you can experiment without worry.
So here is a tip on creating a virtual identity: Choose your name wisely. You do want your blog to be the first search result if somebody searches for your pen name. Which means that “Legolas” probably isn’t a good option. If you have problems coming up with a good name, there are a lot of fantasy name generators or similar applications on the internet or downloadable as app for your mobile device. Try to find one that isn’t too hard to spell, and then do a Google search on it: Ideally you don’t get any hits at all, or at least only a few obscure hits with nobody using that name already as his identity. And then you’re off to a new (virtual) life.