Shared Topic: Character’s Theme Song

This week’s Shared Topic has been suggested by Autumnn of Grumble ‘n’ Autumnn and poses the question, “What would be the theme song for your toon?” Participation in this topic has been really strong so far. Check out a few of the following entries:

And please, no Rick Ashley videos!

Episode 14: One 4 the Horde

4thehorde This episode, we not only have one horde, we doubled our pleasure and got a second one as well! Join us for an express episode of TNB.

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Downtime Round-up: 8-26-08

You may notice, but this week’s show will be a bit short.  Real life crit us for 100,000k and we are recovering.  But that doesn’t mean we don’t have cool posts to link to!

dt_roundup Is it that time again! That’s right boys and girls, it is roundup time! We are excited to have Mania the creator of Petopia and Mania’s Arcania joining us as our Twisted Blog next episode. If there are any burning questions you would like to ask her, feel free to send them in! Here are a few posts you may have missed!

Hay to Munch on:

  • Wanna Raid in Lich? Bell from 4Haelz is writing a great ongoing series on why and how you can get into a raiding guild before the expansion hits.
  • Subcreation gone. Tachyon let us know the popular Subcreation forums, used by mages for all their theorycrafting needs have been deleted.  It is a sad day indeed.
  • We can bite.  Matt from World of Matticus explains how you shouldn’t piss off the very group your are trying to get into.  Bad for business.
  • Pet need forums too!  Mania has created forums for all you pet lovers out there!

Blogger Tip: Writing an Article Series

One of the key ways to build your blog is to give readers a reason to come back. One of the ways you can do that (and build up the body of work that will define your blog) is to write a series of connected articles.

These can be either a step by step process, like Bellwether has been doing with her raiding guild posts, a related progression, like Matticus’ healing strategies, or simply a collection of posts that make sense together, like Jagerbombz Karazhan healing guides. news2 by lusi

Unfortunately, however, writing an article series is about more than just posting on a whim and linking some of your posts to other posts. Planning ahead can help you create a fantastic series that will draw your readers in and have them coming back for more.

There are a few things that will help make a successful article series:

  1. Come up with an idea. Often the best article series happen when you have a post idea that is just too big to fit in one post.
  2. Plan out the series of posts. This doesn’t have to be anything more than a rough outline on some scratch paper. The idea here is to get the continuity established. Do your posts make sense in this order? Are they too broad (and should be two posts) or too narrow (and should be combined)?
  3. Figure out how many will be in the series. If the number isnt’ defined for you (there are 6 bosses in Serpentshrine Cavern), try to fit the posts into an “established” number – 3, 5, 7, and 10 are all pretty standard. Once you get above 15 or so, try to stick to 5 number increments.
  4. Make a table of contents and use it in EVERY post. Then, as you fill in the posts, go back and edit the previous ones to include links to the entire series. That way, if someone finds post #3 in a 5 article series, they can easily find the other articles (or go back and read from the beginning).
  5. Stick with your articles. Sometimes slogging through the 4th post in a series just gets you down. You might need to let the ideas incubate a little (or work on post #5 first) before what you really want to say comes through. If you plan to publish the articles every Tuesday for a month, plan ahead and write in chunks (not just on Monday nights).

The more connected articles are, the more readers will be waiting for the next installment, and the easier it will be for them to follow the entire series.

Writing an article series takes time and patience and requires a little more planning than a normal blog post, but it can be extremely rewarding – both in terms of traffic and commenter feedback. Give it a try!

Every Thursday, one of the Annas from Too Many Annas stops by with a mid-week blogger tip. If you have questions or suggestions for future tips, email Anna ( tips at twistednether dot net ) with a message titled “Blog Tipping”.

* image courtesy of Lusi

Shared Topic: REfer-a-Friend

This week’s Shared Topic is brought to us by The Wrathbringer of Metal Up Your WoW and is entitled simply "Refer-a-Friend." Blizzard and the player community are all abuzz at the recent announcement of the Refer-a-Friend program, a system that lets a player earn a unicorn-esque Zhevra mount by encouraging someone they know to sign up and commit to playing for two months. There are a host of other benefits for the two players involved, including:

  • Triple experience when the two characters are grouped.
  • The ability for the new player to "gift" levels to the senior player.
  • The ability for either player to summon the other once per hour.

Reactions from players so far have been pretty mixed with some complaining that it promotes farmers leveling multiple characters more easily and some complaining that they should be entitled to the program without having to sign up for another account. Still, some players have been thinking about how to best exploit the system to easily level one or more new characters to 60 before the release of the expansion. What’s your perspective?

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