“Hi, Gamers! You already love to play games, right? You probably love to talk about your gaming experience with friends or even in game chat, right? Then, you are already primed and ready to start a gaming blog! Gamers should blog for a long list of reasons. There are many positive reasons why you should start a blog about your gaming experiences and almost no negative reasons opposing the idea. Take your character beyond the game and give him or her a voice through your blog. This blog post will show you why it’s a good idea to blog about gaming, provide resources for blogging, show you how easy it is to blog, and supply you with a whole list of ideas to get you started on your new, fabulous gaming blog.
Blogging Resources and the Newbie Blogger Initiative
Here at FirstSiteGuide, we feature a guide for bloggers with details on starting your blog and where to go from there. In addition, you can download our eBook, which will help get you online and able to start sharing your thoughts, experience, and gaming ideas. Another excellent place to start in addition to is the Newbie Blogger Initiative (NBI). The Newbie Blogger Initiative is a grassroots community effort to support gamers who want to communicate their passion about video games through blogging, vlogging, streaming video, and podcasting. Their purpose is threefold. First, to promote aspiring game bloggers, second to establish a friendly support network to nurture those bloggers, and third to create an on-going community for bloggers that is available around the clock every day of the year. If anyone wants to learn about a game, or online gaming in general, they can learn so much from other players who are passionate about gaming, building the gaming community, and enjoy spreading the word. Bloggers who want to be able to achieve those goals can greatly benefit from a network like NBI. Game bloggers mostly blog for other bloggers and that is why having a support network to help promote blogs and nurture the game blogger community is so important.
Benefits of Blogging
Besides the fact that you get to share your opinion of games and your passion for gaming, there are other benefits of blogging about the games you play. The more game bloggers there are, the more the benefit the community as a whole receives. By helping to build this community, you ensure that in the future there will be a place for gamers to go to read up on just about anything to do with games from reviews to shortcuts and special rewards. Here are a 5 more benefits of blogging:
Getting the opportunity to network with other gamers and build relationships is one of the best benefits of blogging.
Writing can make playing online games even more fun because of the relationships you build and the information you can gain about the games you love from the community you become a part of.
When you write about games from a player’s perspective, it can help developers create more interesting, fun and more challenging games. Sharing your knowledge with developers will allow them to read the opinions of game bloggers and see the comments on the various blogs from other players in the gaming community.
Bloggers can help convince others to choose the game that is right for them. Multi-player game, MMORPG, death matches, etc. are just some of the gaming styles that you might describe on your blog. Your writing can help narrow the choices down for a reader and help them decide which type of game they want to play. Maybe they might try new games based on your descriptions. When you describe the game itself and elaborate on a first-hand account of what it is like to experience playing the game, it can certainly give your readers a great idea of what each game is like.
As a game blogger, you can help rate games so that others can find games that they would be interested in playing. In addition to helping developers get a sense of what players think about their game, you can inform other members of the gaming community how you would rate certain games. Plus, your own blog gives you the chance to elaborate on that review rather than just giving it stars without the ability to expound on the reasons why you rated a game the way you did.
Ideas for Game Bloggers
OK, so you are ready to start a gaming blog. Wondering what to write about? We have a list of ideas for game bloggers that probably only tips the surface of the wide variety of topics we are sure that you will be inspired to write about once you get started. One aspect of game blogging that many new bloggers might not realize is that starting a blog is your chance to give your in-game character a chance to have a voice and you can expand upon the character you have created and love. Here are some suggested topics for your game blog:
Walk-Through: A walk-through is a thorough description of gameplay with screenshots, coordinates, and maps to help gamers new to a game navigate and figure out how to play. If you write a post of a walk-through of a game you play, it can help other players not get frustrated with the game, get caught up, or maybe not get defeated too easily. Newbie players really appreciate walk-throughs because they might have given up on a game without your guidance.
Lists: Lists are always great for blogs. What are your favorite games of all time? What are your favorite games online and on each gaming console? You can write about the top games for the year, month, or any time period. Those all make great lists to write about.
Help Other Gamers Decide: You can write a blog post that helps other gamers decide what type of game is right for them. They may not know and may not have the experience playing different games like you do. You can write about what it is like to play on different platforms, mobile, devices, and consoles.
Free vs. Paid Games: Which games are worth the price? That makes an excellent blog post because most gamers want to know before paying whether it is going to be worth the money since there are so many free games out there. Speaking of free games, which are the best free games? You can separate posts for free games on different platforms, mobile, or online versions.
Is Questing Worth It? Some online games have quests for you to go on. Other online games give your character the opportunity to farm or participate in crafting to gain points, levels, or in game currency. You can write about whether it is worth it to partake in these activities in each game.
How to Join a Guild: Many online games have guilds you can join. As you know, guild members can become friends and can help each other out in and out of the game. You can write about topics related to guilds such as “Benefits of Joining a Guild”, “Best Games for Guilds”, or tell stories about relationships you build with guild members.
Hidden Secrets and Exploits: An exploit is a “glitch” or previously unknown error in the programming that some gamers find by accident. An exploit makes it much too easy to accomplish tasks or goals in a game. For example, an exploit might allow a player to complete a level or kill a boss just because he or she was accidentally positioned in the right spot. This is a problem because, like the name describes, gamers can exploit this when found and get undeserved extras. In other cases, an exploit can allow a gamer to continue farming and gain unfair advantages against other players. There are many other examples of exploits you have likely come across that you can write about. Writing about exploits can pass information on to other gamers but also can expose problems to developers so that they can fix it and make the game better or more challenging. Writing about exploits might be looked upon negatively by other gamers, but if you are exposing a problem in the game, you can expose cheaters and make the game more fair and enjoyable for everyone. It can also boost your level of credibility and expertise within the community. Publishers or developers might even reach out to you to help them discover exploits.
In Game Easter Eggs: In game Easter Eggs are like special achievements or hidden surprises that help you out in the game or are just there for fun. You could blog about these Easter Eggs / special achievements and describe which ones have better outcomes than others.
Tell Stories About Your Game Play: Everyone loves to hear stories and we are sure that every gamer has at least a story or two. Maybe it is about a friend you made gaming, maybe it is about something funny that happened in game. Share stories how your game time gives you a chance to escape from the real world and live in a fantasy world for that brief time you get to spend playing, creating characters, and living in an alternate reality.
We hope that these ideas have inspired you to start blogging. We offer you the resources, ideas, and reasons why you should blog. Now you can get started. We wanted to leave you with one last tip. Remember that a blog doesn’t have to be only text. Add plenty of images, screenshots, and video of your gaming experiences so that your blog will be rich with media and engaging to your readers. If you have a WordPress blog, you can make it better with amazing gaming themes and gaming plugins.
If connecting with your community and bringing your game characters to life even more isn’t incentive enough to blog, you can also generate some income from your own blog through affiliate programs, banners, and product reviews. Want to see some examples of game blogs already up and running? Here is a list of game bloggers who are starting to build a community effort:
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