Are you a fan of MMO blogs, read them voraciously, and even comment on them from time to time? Do you look at the glamorous life of bloggers and wistfully imagine what it might be like? Have you ever entertained the notion of starting a blog of your own, but for whatever reason you talked yourself out of it?
All of that above? That was me prior to 2008. That was Syp before he worked up the nerve to start a blog of his own. And if that’s you right now, we want it to change.
May 2012 will be a huge month in the blogosphere, because it’s the month of the Newbie Blogger Initiative — and you can be a big part of it! The goal of the NBI is simple: To get prospective writers to come out of the woodwork and try their hand at an MMO blog of their own. We all know how hard it is to get started, which is why over 60 MMO bloggers have banded together to give you a HUGE measure of encouragement, advice, and initial traffic.
In other words, if you’ve ever thought about starting a blog, you’re never going to get an offer better than this (I promise!).
So here’s how the Newbie Blogger Initiative works. Over the past few weeks, we’ve assembled scores of established bloggers who have agreed to be “sponsor blogs” for the duration of the month. All of these bloggers are not only promoting the NBI on their own blogs, but have agreed to write at least one article dispensing advice that they’ve learned about blogging and another article in which they’re going to link to all of the new blogs started up this month. We also have a Q&A forum set up to assist with specific matters.
New bloggers only have to decide to do it, create a blog, start posting, and then register over at the Newbie Blogger Initiative H.Q. From there, you’ll be getting all sorts of support and cheering from those of us eager to see new, vibrant voices added to the field. You can see this month as a trial of sorts, to give blogging a shot and see if it sticks. Your blog can be specific to one MMO or (as with this blog) cover MMOs in general. It could be a web comic, a style guide to in-game outfits, a humor column, or any other idea you think of.
Back in 2009 we did a similar event to the NBI (with far fewer sponsor blogs), and it was a big hit in the community. Out of that event came many blogs that have been going strong ever since. Your blog could have the same story.
So if you’re interested, check out the NBI forums, read the “Read this first” and “Newbie blog instructions” posts, and then get to it! Don’t forget to sign up your blog on the forum once you get it going!
In advance, I’d like to welcome you to the blogosphere — we can’t wait to get to know you!
And if you’re a current MMO blogger and would like to become a sponsor, go to the forums and sign up as one — we’d love to have you!
NBI Sponsor Blogs: Games and Geekery, The Wild Boar Inn, MMO Fallout, Tastes Like Battle Chicken, Grimnir’s Grudge, Roll One Hundred, Dragonchasers, Ardwulf’s Lair, Inventory Full, Jaded Alt, Ark’s Ark, Tremayne’s Law, Blog de la Burro, Just One MMOre, DocHoliday’s MMO Saloon, High Latency Life, MMO Gamer Chick, Skycandy, Nomnom.info, Hunter’s Insight, Life is a Mind Bending Puzzle, Berath’s Brain Burps, Epic Slant, Bullet Points, Professor Beej, Journeys with Jaye, Screaming Monkeys, Welcome to Spinksville, Vicarious Existence, Casual is as Casual Does, Star Shadow, I Have Touched The Sky, The Ancient Gaming Noob, Just One More Unlock, A Ding World, Yeebo Fernbottom’s MMO Love In, Stropp’s World, Kill Ten Rats, The Jedi Gambit, Beau Hindman, Blue Kae, Gankalicious, Live Like a Nerd, Casual Stroll to Mordor, Tish Tosh Tesh, Casting a Shaddoe, A Green Mushroom, ALT:ernative, Parallel Context, ETCmmo, Avatars of Steel, Tales of the Aggronaut, West Karana, Contains Moderate Peril, The Stories of O, Levelcapped, LOTRO Fashion, Mr. Meh’s Supplication, Malchome’s Mind/Restokin, Nerdy Bookahs, T.R. Red Skies, Wadstomp, Scary Worlds, MMO Compendium, Shards of Imagination, Ardent Defender, Blog of the Vagabond, Creep the Prophet, Gamer BC, Gamer LadyP, Psychochild, Tiger Ears, Mana Obscura, Sheep the Diamond, World of Matticus,