NBI: Why I want to read your blog

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When we initially launched the NBI, I admitted that part of my motivation for doing so was incredibly selfish: I wanted more great blogs to read.  It wasn’t that there weren’t already terrific MMO blogs out there — there were — but I kept thinking that there had to be so many would-be writers who were holding back from delivering due to various obstacles, perceived or real.

So this year, I want to share why I want to read your blog, the blog you haven’t made yet.  The one I hope you will.

Why do I want to read your blog?

Because you have a unique voice — You do, really.  Everyone does.  What you write won’t be the same thing or the same tone or have the same angle that I do.  Variety is wonderful in the blogosphere.  And I’m betting that there’s something you’ve got inside of you that could be channeled into a creative endeavor.

Because you play MMOs I don’t — I don’t have time to play every MMO; nobody does.  But we can read about others who are playing games we aren’t, and that at least keeps us in touch with them.  And sometimes it can be enough to convince us to check them out!

Because you entertain and inform me — Do one or, better yet, do both.  If you can make me laugh, use descriptive phrases, have a unique angle, or tell me something I don’t already know, then you’ve hooked me.

Because you become part of the “blogger’s club” and I’ll get to know you more — Blogging is putting yourself out there and that makes you more accessible for budding relationships.  I can get to know people through Twitter and comments, but it doesn’t stack up to how much I can get to know a blogger through his or her regular writings.

Because you are a type of player that I’m not — Believe it or not, I love reading about players who tackle MMOs differently than I do.  I like to read about raiders, about PvPers, about obsessed number-crunchers, about roleplayers, about elves… well, not about elves.  You want to write about elves, that’s on your head.

Because there’s courage in blogging — When you blog, you open yourself up to people disagreeing with you, often quite strongly.  Blogging can be ego-boosting, but it can be ego-devastating as well.  But you also demonstrate courage to do that even so, and those are the types of people I want to know.

Because you can be the next generation of blogger — Bloggers put down their pens every day, and someone needs to pick that up and continue the tradition.  I am a huge proponent of the written word and can’t wait to see what the next generation produces.

Because you’ll eventually make me think, “Man, I wish *I* wrote that!” — I’ll hate you a little for it but admire you even more.

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8 thoughts on “NBI: Why I want to read your blog

  1. I disagree with your point #2 — if the post is about an MMO I don’t play, then I don’t have any connection to it and thus it’s meaningless to me. I have a lot of bloggers in my Feedly and if their post title includes a hashtag or [MMOname] of a game that I don’t play, it’s an instant “mark as read” and move on past.

  2. Well, you’re not Syp now, are you? ;) I’ll skim posts that don’t pertain to games I’m interested in, but I won’t read them thoroughly, unless they’re otherwise entertaining. The truth is my blog reading time is limited. OTOH. Sometimes I get interested in a game because someone else manages to spread their enthusiasm. That’s how I learned about and loved Rift when it launched.

  3. oh…disagree STRONGLY to above…

    #2 I am always finding stuff out there that is interesting…indeed selecting ‘gaming’ as a topic can be fun…huge list with new blogs being created by the minute! I can go half a day for the next new LOTRO blog…

  4. Thanks for publishing the list of tips, I have to admit I have found soo many interesting articles just by clicking through your blogroll and then the blogroll of the site I end up on. You’re right occasionally you find people posting about the same thing, but they all have their own take!

  5. Okay this is seriously an amazing viewpoint. I never would have thought to write an article from this point of view. I tend to hone in on the people behind the blogs, far less than what they happen to be writing. Reading someones blog for me is like a little window into their mind and lets me share moments with them that I will likely never be a part of. I love hearing about games by people who are truly passionate about them, even if I don’t care at all about the game itself. It is infectious to be around people who are really enjoying something, that often times I have gotten jaded about. I figure if I surround myself with enough interesting people, I will in some way also be an interesting person :)

    Great post… I hate you a little for it :P

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