Blog Tipping: Resources for bloggers

Welcome to another edition of Blog Tipping. I’m your host, Kestrel, subbing for Anna this week.

Many of us blog because we read other blogs, thought “I can do that!” and started blogging. Eventually, because most of us are inveterate link-clickers, we visit other blogs—even non-WoW blogs.

If you’re like me, you look at a few of these and start to wonder, “How do they do it? How do they get 50 comments per article? How do they get thousands of subscribers to their RSS feed?” Clearly, some of these other bloggers are true professionals: mainstream authors or journalists who blog. Others are just very, very good amateurs.

What I want to do today is introduce you to some resources that can help to give you, and your blog, more polish, more “professionalism,” and (we hope!) more readers. Yes, Virginia, there are people “out there” who simply want to help you become a better blogger. So why not use those people and their wisdom?

Lorelle on WordPress: Lorelle Van Fossen is one of the most prolific, most respected, and most widely-read “professional bloggers.” While her focus with respect to platforms is obviously WordPress (she uses wordpress.com hosting, you’ll notice), the focus of her blog really has more to do with blogging in general. To fully appreciate the breadth of Lorelle’s work would take much more space than I have; suffice to say, if you only read one blogging resource, you won’t go wrong if Lorelle on WordPress is that one.

Another outstanding resource is ProBlogger, written by Australian Darren Rowse. The tagline for the site is “Blog Tips to Help You Make

Money,” but don’t be put off by that. While the site certainly has plenty of information on how to use your blog as an income stream, there are also myriad articles on how to make a better blog and how to become a better blogger. Darren also publishes “breaking news” of interest to bloggers, and writes on the integration of blogging into social networking.

Finally, for WordPress users, a resource I read every day is Weblog Tools Collection. This is an invaluable resource to stay up-to-date on the latest WordPress happenings, news, tips, plug-in releases, and new WordPress themes. I appreciate that the articles are short and sweet, yet give a lot of information in an easy-to-digest form.

The great thing about all three of these resources is they are simply portals to even more destinations, through blogrolls and links, all of which are intended to make you a better blogger, and yours a better blog.

Till next time, happy blogging, and enjoy this week’s blogcast!

SHARED TOPIC: Most outrageous guild applications

This week’s Shared Topic comes from Cathmor of Eye for an Eye and asks authors to share their most humorous, interesting, or off-the-wall guild applications. In his own words:

Whether you’re a guild officer or a grunt, a GM or a rank-and-file, if your guild accepts applications for membership you’ve probably seen a few of them. Oftentimes guilds will have their applications posted in a public forum for all to see; other guilds will keep the applications in an officer-only forum. However, even when the apps are kept private, funny ones are re-posted for the rest of the guild to get a chuckle. Sometimes it’s an application from a raid boss (I’m Ragnaros and I’d like to join <Raid Guild>!), sometimes it’s an inanimate object or food item, and other times it’s just a raider with a great sense of humor.

What’s the funniest one you’ve seen? If it’s contrived, what made it so funny? Give background if necessary.

Contributions so far include:

You can read more and share your own at the original post on Blog Azeroth!

Downtime Round-up: 8-5-08

dt_roundup Is it that time again! That’s right boys and girls, it is roundup time! We are excited to have Nightravyn from NE L4Mobs, PST! 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:

  • An Exercise in Anti-stun locking: Josh from Eye for an Eye offers some advice for a Ret Pally against a rogue.
  • Assigning Healing Strategy: Matt from World of Matticus offers a great series for heal leads part 2 of 5.
  • Help Auctioneer! Gnomer from Armaggedon’s Coming calls for help on the behalf of Auctioneer’s programmers. They need your logs! Go and help out! Check Gnomer’s post for details.
  • How to Get the Most Out of PVE Combat Swords. Andy from A Rogue’s Eye view offers some tips on how to get the most of your pve combat spec.
  • Shaman Wiki. You guys may be the least played class in WoW, but that doesn’t mean you are second class citizens! Game Dame has created a wiki for all things Shammish and welcome all shammys and their totems. Go forth!
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Episode 11-P.T. Diddy

PTDDruidclip This week we have P. T. Diddy himself, the uber master of posts, Part Time Druid. Some great topics, a tip, listener mail and Fim wants to know if you feel “lucky.”

– Continue reading Episode 11-P.T. Diddy –

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – DruidChick of Drewedblog

Welcome DruidChick of Drewedblog to the Blogging Netherhood.

DruidChick is a 25 year old living in NYC. When she’s not playing WoW or writing about WoW she’s working a desk job with a periods of extreme busy and extreme boredom. (That sounds about like my cube days too). She’s also dating “golf dude” who is occasionally the topic of blog conversation.

The blog is unabashedly punny. Corny jokes litter most entries and make me groan and giggle at the same time. (Regular punsters will note that this is the highest praise that can be given to your puns.) Once you’ve gotten past the puns and corny jokes, you’ll find the pictures. DruidChick’s lastest post is a Calvin and Hobbes inspired illustration that I adore. She’s also included an illustration of her druid and pet peanut. I found myself first drawn to her blog when I found her describing a raiding personality we all know, the opinionated loudmouth, and wondering what exactly she could/should do about this player. Since then it’s been fun to follow her through archetypes of players we all know and love (or don’t love so much) as she and her guild progress through SSC/TK.

So, welcome to the blog-o-sphere DruidChick. 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.

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