Since I have only been blogging for six months now, my blogging career (if you want to call it that) has been short. Therefore, my experience in my field is limited. And so I am writing this post for anyone reading my blog: I need some advice. Some advice regarding where I should take this. Do I try and monetize? How often do I post and how long should each post be?
There's really two ways to go about maintaining a blog: writing short, factually heavy posts, or posting once a day and going in-depth. I'd prefer to do the latter because not only am I trying to inform you, my readers, about the video game industry, but slowly I am gathering more information as well. Expanding my knowledge. The aim is make my posts more informative, more interesting and take a unique look at my beloved hobby.
I'm not expecting the vast readership sites like IGN, Kotaku and other gaming blogs receive daily, but it would be nice to have gaming fans who appreciate what I have to say and how I approach those opinions. Mixing genres is something I've tried in the past, covering every type out there, to less-than-stellar results. I don't plan on posting daily cosplay stories to get cheap viewership from horny, desperate teenagers, or use excessive language to demonstrate how angry a person can get. I am just a simple gaming fan who wants his opinions heard.
The issue with running a blog with little experience doing so is the ability to market oneself online. The key to gaining readership is a slow process - encouraging friends to tell friends, leaving comments on other prominent blogs, networking - and through my efforts I have nothing to show for it. And so I turn to you all, even the people who take one glance and never return again, to tell your gaming buddies to check out my little piece of paradise. Leave updates on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or shoot me an email. Whichever your preferred method, please do so!
The whole idea of social networking is to connect and meet people with similar interests, and I wish to do that with all of you. Everyone has their own opinion and unfortunately the best ones don't get heard often enough. So if you are happy, discouraged, saddened about anything, send me an email and I'll make your voices heard! Or if you own a blog like I do, send me a URL and I'll blatantly steal some of your ideas (with full credit given where credit is due of course) and vice versa.
So I thank you in advance! I am now off to hand out dozens of resumes to places not even looking for people right now. Wish me luck! And may the week go well for you all. Mondays suck.