"Scattershot", as it happens, was the name of the first Op Ed column I ever wrote for a fanzine, way back at the beginning of the 1980s. It seems my attitudes and approach to life haven't changed as much over getting on for four decades of supposed adulthood as I might have fooled myself into thinking.
J3w3l has also written a post for the NBI in which she talks about the importance of having a suitable space from which to blog. My own "nest" isn't quite as chaotic as the one in the photograph that illustrates her piece but it does reflect my scattershot outlook to organization.
I tend towards design by accretion. My workspace is a concrete palimpsest and my blog posts are sliding block puzzles. This paragraph is being inserted retrospectively to give some much needed structure to what had become a scrambling sprawl.
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In the end I pretty much only have one rule about what I post on my own blog: does it entertain me when I read it back? If it amuses or interests me then I believe there's a fair chance it will do the same for others.
That's why, reading Shintar's suggestions, one early paragraph really resonated with me:
I continue to be surprised by the amount of gaming blogs I see that hardly ever talk about what their writers have actually been up to in terms of gaming. I suspect that some might be afraid that mere descriptions of their latest online adventures might sound too mundane or even boring, but part of the fun of practising your writing skills is making the mundane sound exciting
I couldn't agree more. As a reader I relish bloggers who write entertainingly and enthusiastically about the games they play. If those are games that I play as well then that's a bonus but I devour every TAGN post on EVE and every installment of Bio Break's retro gaming series with as much enthusiasm as though they were writing about GW2 or EverQuest.
If you write entertainingly people will want to read what you write. It really is that simple. Well, it's that simple provided you can get them to look at what you write in the first place, but that's what the NBI is here for. You don't have to be grammatically perfect or poetically profound. Your authentic voice will forgive a multitude of technical flaws although if you prefer to be deliciously arch, well, that works too.
So far 2016's intake has been small but the blogs that have joined have all been very interesting reads. The latest addition to the Class of 2016 is Mignon of Cookie Cutter Monks. I think that's our first ever tumblr blog but I could be wrong...
And now, in this Live demonstration of blogging (working without a net here, people) I'm finally getting around to what I intended to post about when I finished my morning cup of tea and opened with that link to Shintar about an hour and a half ago. What I've been playing.
Except, you know what? I think I'm going to stop here and split that off into a post of its own. You can do that sort of thing when you have a blog. You should try it sometime. Yes, you!