Whether it’s crafting novels, jotting out love letters, or blogging about games, writing takes time. It’s a patently obvious fact, but I wanted to drag it out into the open because that’s where a lot of people stumble when they try to get into a routine of regular writing of any kind. Day One? Writing is no problem because you’re excited and it’s all new and novel! Day Twenty? Not so much.
So if you’re going to write regularly, you need motivation and good habits, because the words aren’t going to magically appear. They demand you sacrifice some of your time and don’t promise amazing results. It certainly helps if you love what you’re writing about (which, ideally, is all blogs).
But hey — I’m going to share a secret today. A little bit of encouragement to help you through those rough days of writing gaming blogs. And that’s the fact that blogging can be a great asset to your gaming life as a whole. For all of the time that you give to writing about games, the blog can and does give a bit back beyond fame and community connections.
The secret is that a gaming blog helps to give your actual gaming more purpose. Now, I don’t want to hold this up like the Lion King and declare that this purpose will one day rule over all the lands the sun touches. It’s a small-p “purpose.” Got me? But it is real. Because when you’re gaming and happen to be a gaming blogger, no session ever has to be wasted.
What I mean is that you can always turn your gaming experiences into a future post if you’re thinking about it that way. Try out a game that’s just flat-out awful? If you weren’t a blogger (or a YouTuber, etc.), you just blew a chunk of time on a disappointing experience. If you are a blogger? Now you’ve got great fodder for a post. You can spin gold out of that pile of poo!
No matter what MMORPG I play, I know I can get blog posts out of them, so I don’t feel under pressure to make that time and game selection count as much as I might have otherwise. For example, right now I’ve been spending a good chunk of time in RIFT — a game that many people are avoiding because it’s in maintenance mode and there are assumptions of its imminent demise. But as a blogger, I know that I get a two-for-one deal: The fun experience of playing it and the satisfying experience of blogging about it. I am documenting memories to preserve this game for the future, and to me, that gives those gaming sessions more purpose.
Gaming certainly wasn’t meaningless or pointless before blogging, but since I started writing about them, it’s given a nice heft to my time spent in games. Whether I’m about to have a great, mediocre, or terrible night playing titles, I can always take that and use it to entertain others. That’s not nothing!