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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.