NBI – All The Pretty Blogs… With Some Contradictory Advice Thrown In
May 31, 2012
Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in
blog thing, entertainment.
Tags: Linkwhoring, NBI, New Blogger Initiative, Newbie Blogger Initiative trackback
All good things must come to an end. This holds for mediocre and bad things as well. You can pick which you felt the New Blogger Initiative was. Syp certainly
seems happy about things.
As one of the so-called sponsors, I committed to putting up an
announcement about the event, writing a bit of advice (I even did some advice embedded in a live post), and then posting a summing up of all the new blogs and advice shared. And so here we are at that final step, the summing up.
I really have nothing else to add, so I will let you sum it up.
(NBI advice: polls are a great way to avoid committing to an opinion! And, as a bonus, you can always wring another post out of evaluating the results!)
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That said, onto the long lists of blogs and articles, which are after the cut.
First we have the new blogs. Go visit them. Click on each link.
Links copied from Syp’s post because I am lazy. But I am taking it on faith that you’re all linking here, to this blog. Linkwhoring. It is what’s for breakfast.
And then there is the advice. I added a couple of last minute entries. Not all of it is contradictory, but I am sure if you distilled it all to basic points and lined them all up, you could find cancel most statements out with an opposing statement from the same list. So just blog however you want!
Anyway, extreme linkwhoring!
Being a blogger superstar, Just do it, The pros and cons of self-hosting StarShadow:
Some blogging advice, Themes and widgets, Screenshots, Menus, categories and tags In An Age:
Advice for new bloggers Tish Tosh Tesh:
Who Am I?, Blogging is a social activity, For love or money, Thinking linking, Traditions, Coda Tastes Like Battle Chicken:
Build your own boss, Week 2 challenge, A few words of wisdom, Week 4 challenge Tales of the Aggronaut:
The Google Reader blogroll, Getting started, Be open-minded (unlike me) Wadstomp Gaming:
The importance of social media, Submit a guest post, The best advertising payouts, Be sure to burn your blog to feedburner, Create your own voice Beau Hindman:
General advice, Indie games and bloggers Games and Geekery:
Why you should blog, Learning about blogging from perfect strangers Skycandy:
Blogging wrong, blogging right Shards of Imagination:
Choosing the subject of your blog MMO Compendium:
Keeping up with the industry and bloggers Contains Moderate Peril:
Some general guidance, Mind your language, Stats, Episode 61 Lotro Fashion:
Screenshots make your blog interesting High Latency Life:
Finding your voice, You need a thick skin Scary Worlds:
Mobile blogging, Creating a good title, Advice you don’t want to hear ETCmmo.com:
General advice Nerdy Bookahs:
Why do you want to blog?, Why haven’t you started your blog yet? World of Matticus:
WordPress plugins, Finishing your blog setup, Making connections World’s End Tavern:
General tips Parallel Context:
The best advice Hardcore Casual:
Forget the rest of the noise, the real advice new bloggers need Tremayne’s Law:
Read Think Write Edit Jaded Alt:
So you wanna be a blogger?, What’s in a name?, If you remember nothing else… write! Avatars of Steel:
Curling up with a good blog Blog de la Burro:
Why I started blogging, Some advice on blogging, Does traffic matter?, How to deal with writer’s block, What you should blog about, Are comments important?, Is it ever okay to rant?, How to get noticed Inventory Full:
How the Bhagpuss came to be, Take a moment, Backing up your blog Gamerlady:
Tips to start Just One MMOre:
How to be consistent and make it painless and easy, One question high-traffic blogs ask Spinksville:
Picture manipulation tools and copyright T.R. Red Skies:
Quick tips, Objectivity, relating and heart Live Like a Nerd:
WordPress plugins for bloggers I Have Touched the Sky:
Avoid barriers to commenting on Blogger, Blogs lists and RSS Thade’s Hammer:
Advice for the new bloggers Levelcapped:
Tell me about yourself, None of my business Psychochild:
What makes your blog special Bullet Points:
The worst advice you’ll ever receive about blogging, You are your blog A Casual Stroll to Mordor:
Learn how to podcast, Writing for the web Contains Moderate Peril:
Episode 58, Fine-turning your blog A Green Mushroom:
Blogging tips and hints Too Many Annas:
Picking a name Grimnir’s Grudge:
It feels good to be a blogger Gankalicious:
Never tell the truth, Meeting interesting people, Who the hell reads this? Herding Cats:
Creating a podcast on the cheap with WordPress Distilled Willpower:
8 blogging tips they won’t tell you Vicarious Experience:
From there to here TL-DR:
Protect your blog!, Tags and Categories Multiplaying:
You should be blogging Blue Kae:
Advice is a strong word Screaming Monkeys:
Top five tips Caer Morrighan:
Get started with WoW blogging Hawt Pants:
New blogger advice Tiger Ears:
Why I started blogging Berath’s Brain Burps:
Sage words, How to get lots and lots of hits Just One More Unlock:
Newbie blogger tips, Opportunity Hunter’s Insight:
An idea is formed, What not to do ALT:ernative:
Starting at the beginning, The first idea Epic Slant:
Tips and links, Guest post MMOGC:
3 little things A Journey through the Mind:
My 0.2 ISK Red Cow Rise:
What and why to post, Blog setup and community building Epic Slant:
Writer’s block Creeping…:
So you think you can blog The Ancient Gaming Noob:
Playing blogroll breadcrumbs, Spurious Blogging Tips and Lies My Parents Told Me Dragonchasers:
How not to build an audience Welcome to Spinksville:
What you should write and how to write it The Stories of O:
Top 4 tips A Ding World:
Blog posting The Wild Boar Inn:
Blogging tips Professor Beej:
Stop writing! Nomnom.info:
4 blogging tips Gamer BC:
A solid foundation and a step forward Casual Is As Casual Does:
Tips, tricks and who am I kidding Roll One Hundred:
Managing screenshots Bullet Points:
I refuse to call it a blogosphere KIASA:
Good advice Pumping Irony:
Before taking the plunge Life is a Mind-Bending Puzzle:
Wrapping up advice all in one place Rikna’s Rants:
The blog rings, By this keyboard I rule!, Guests and cross posts Sheep the Diamond:
Advice from an old bull
The only other thing I can add is that you should, if at all possible, get somebody to proof read your work before you post it. Or read it aloud to yourself, word by word. I don’t do either and I am appalled and embarrassed most days at what my fingers have typed while my mind was obviously elsewhere. My brain knows exactly when to use there, their, or they’re. My fingers seem ambivalent on the subject.
Not that I am taking the hard line on grammar and usage. Glass houses and all that. But sometimes I see hurriedly written blog posts where the number of errors makes me unable to appreciate the actual point of the post.
And one more last piece of advice. When in doubt, go with the simple declarative sentence. I often (far too often) find myself in some paragraph long sentence attempting to round up all possible points with a forest of subordinate phrases only to find that I have totally lost track of where I have started. So I go back and break things up into five or six… or a dozen in one case… simple sentences. It can be dull, but it often gets the point across more effectively.
Otherwise, carry on.