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Welcome Sonny of Arathi Highlander to the Blogging Netherhood.
Yes I got your emails about new blogs while I was on sabbatical and yes I intend to look into them, but today’s blog I found via a comment left for Ego Priest.
“…But I will not participate in the broken record. Grandpa used to say, “If you show the world your balls, someone is gonna kick ‘em.” I agree that you shouldn’t *need* to have rhino skin to write/perform, but you do so you’d better get some….”
I read the comment and giggled at the words of wisdom regarding a problem that plagues almost every blogger from “Hello World” to “Happy 3rd Blogging Birthday” and beyond; nasty little trolls. After my chuckle I looked up and saw this commenter had one of those links back to his site. Ooooo I thought, maybe his blog is full of more stuff like this and so I found myself on Arathi Highlander’s site.
Sonny’s about page doesn’t tell me the basic stats I like to bring to you about 2.5 kids and a college student in Boston. In fact it doesn’t really tell me anything. From what I’ve read he’s a dirty mac user with a coffee problem, he has a smart grandfather, a mother with a blazing hot computer and an ego that might make ego priest consider legal action regarding trademark infringment.
His blog focuses on pvp for the pve mage as he feels all other mage topics are well covered. He provides; guides “In the heart and soul of his guideblog, the Highlander teaches you, the durn fool noob, how to PvP.”, opinions “The Highlander is right about things. He shares them with you in the opinion column.” and well, other stuff “The mages have the best bloggers, followed by the huntards, with druids a close third. Everyone else suxors except Ratshag. *throws down cloth gauntlet*” I think almost anyone will get a chuckle out of his antics and if you’re not careful, you just might learn something.
So, welcome to the blog-o-sphere Sonny, may your readers be numerous and your typos be few.
Every Friday, the Twisted Nether Team has provided me (Auzara of Chick GM) with an opportunity to highlight a new blogger and welcome them to our blog-o-sphere. If you have a wonderful new blog I may have missed, please drop me a line at ChickGM at gmail dot com with a title of Welcome Wagon. I can’t promise to highlight them all but I’ll certainly try.
This week’s (belatedly announced) Shared Topic was suggested by Wildwynd of Rick’s Place and is entitled “Progression: When is Slow Too Slow?” Here are a few different suggestions for how you might approach this topic:
A few posts to help you get thinking:
Welcome to one of many regular installments from self acclaimed blogging “guru” Matticus. Learning about blogging techniques is one thing. Actually going through with them and carrying them out is another and that’s where I hope to help!
From the many emails and conversations and forum posts I’ve read and had over the past month on Blog Azeroth and abound, I’ve figured out that there is one aspect common in all bloggers and that is the fear of sucking.
Common blogging fears
And I’m just skimming the surface here. Don’t try to be a perfectionist right off the bat because it’s nearly impossible to write the perfect blog post every time. Blogging has a learning curve to it. Start with the idea, then support for the idea.
As you gradually progress, you’ll notice your blogging will improve. You’ll start receiving feedback. People will start pointing out grammatical mistakes, factual mistakes, and whatever else mistakes. It happens to me all the time. In fact, I had one particular reader who was so adept at pointing out every error I committed that I eventually gave in and brought her onboard so she could help fix my posts after I had already written them =).
Don’t be worried about fixing your mistakes right away. The most important thing is to get the process of writing down regardless of how it looks and how you sound. Get into the habit of writing whether it’s every day, every 2nd day, or right before you to go sleep or during lunch. Whatever time you pick, make sure you stick with it and commit. Otherwise you’ll start to lapse and wane and your discipline will be rendered non-existent.
Once you get your writing habits developed and you start blogging punctually, then you can spend more time on formatting.
This is not to say that fact checking isn’t important. It is. But it’s not something you should obsess over right away as a blogger. The moment you start getting paid to blog is the moment you need to make an effort to get your facts straight in a really obsessive manner. But since you’re starting out, don’t bust your chops with irrelevant things like that right away.
Besides, it’s good comment bait for people to swoop in and say “Hey, you made a mistake here!” and then you respond by saying “Oops! Fixed! Thanks!”. It makes you look good due to the pseudo reader and writer interaction that’s happening ;).
Try this whenever you hit a wall:
Eventually, you’ll get to a point where a blog post will take more than an hour to finalize. I know bloggers who spend a few days crafting one post. I typically spend 90 minutes on average on a post. The process includes conception, raw writing on paper, typing it on the computer, editing it again, formatting it, finding the necessary images to help accent it, and then finally promoting and publishing it.
I highly doubt anyone is born a natural blogger. It’s a craft that takes nothing more than repetition. In fact, blogging should be a form of martial art because it takes an insane amount of practice before it becomes second nature. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Don’t stop writing. Because once you do, it’s going to take a monumental effort to get back into the groove again.
Try asking anyone that’s taken a break from blogging how hard it can be to get back into the swing of things. There’s still a period of adjustment they go through. But if you love blogging, you have to actually blog. Even if the posts are fail, you have to keep pushing. Even on days where you just don’t want to crawl out of bed, you have to keep blogging (a simple I don’t wanna blog because I feel like crap and why you feel like crap would work). Because at the end of the day, bloggers who don’t blog aren’t bloggers.
Don’t ever be afraid to suck.
Blizzard tries to make each of the primary professions uniquely beneficial to the players who’ve opted to progress them. In Wrath of the Lich King, Tailors can look forward to unique patterns they can embroider onto cloaks and flying carpets; Blacksmiths can add new gem sockets to existing gear, and Leatherworkers will be able to craft armor patches that grant on-use effects. This week’s Shared Topic dares blog authors to take things one step further! Pixelated Executioner wants to know, “What do you wish your Profession could do?”
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