I woke up groggy this morning, groaning to myself that I didn’t have a blog post idea kicking around in my head. What to do? And then I looked at my Twitter feed and realized — it’s May 1st! It’s Newbie Blogger Initiative time! Score!
So what’s the, er, Newbie Blogger Initiative?
The NBI was started several years ago as a way for the current gaming/MMO blogging community to encourage wayward bloggers, draw new writers into the fold, and provide a support system for each.
The thought is that getting started and into the regular habit of blogging can be tough, especially as you’re trying to learn the ropes and gain an audience. With a slew of articles and direct mentorship by veteran bloggers, and with tons of links going out to all of the NBI blogs by veterans, we are able to provide both.
So who is the NBI for?
It’s really for everyone! If you don’t have any interest whatsoever in blogging, the NBI is useful in giving you a ton of new outlets to read as well as inviting you to peek “backstage” at the blogging process. You can also drop some encouraging comments to new bloggers to boost their spirits.
If you are a former blogger or a largely lapsed one, the NBI can be a tremendous encouragement to “get off the couch” and get back to writing. It’s so much more enjoyable to write alongside a community than isolated, and I’ve witnessed many people enjoy a blogging renaissance through this.
If you’ve ever thought that you might like to try your hand at blogging but have been intimidated, confused, or lost for direction, then the NBI is *definitely* for you. By taking part in this, you can bounce ideas off of other writers, get significant traffic for your initial month, and make great contacts that could develop into beautiful friendships.
So what do I do to be involved?
There are a few ways:
- Stay in touch with the official NBI Twitter account!
- Read the latest announcements on the NBI forum.
- If you’re a new or lapsed blogger, then you’ll want to register on the newbie blogger check-in. We use this forum to keep track and promote blogs, so having your link on it is incredibly important.
- Sponsors (veterans) have a sign-in as well, and if so desired they can put themselves out there to be a direct mentor.
What newbie blogs have signed up so far?
Give them a read: