On my lunch break last night I decided to see what sites were sending traffic my way. There were the usual suspects (transmog searches, many of them), and one or two surprises. One was a blog called Musings of an Altoholic, which until that moment I admittedly was not familiar with (but discovered I am, in fact, on their blogroll).
After some reading, I came upon a post regarding the New Blogger Initiative. When I first heard about the NBI, I kind of passed it off because in all honesty I didn’t think I had anything to contribute to it. Despite years of blogging (three and change here alone) I think I might have underestimated myself in that regard. But, that wasn’t actually what I wanted to talk about directly. Instead, it was a comment Lyrestra made:
Maybe it’s just me, but I find it intimidating to try and make my way in the WoW blogosphere. There’s so many other bloggers out there! Amazing bloggers. Some of them have been blogging for years. I feel like a little ant in the world of the giants, trying to get one of them to pay attention to me and my ramblings.
This is where I realized, “JD you actually can be of help” and offer up a tidbit of wisdom. To be honest, I don’t know that I ever felt intimidated so to speak. I started writing because I wanted to. No other reason. Over time I’ve since made the effort to be more focused and in certain cases informative so the people who are coming here enjoy what they read, but I still write for me. So that’s the first thing I’m going to suggest: Just Do It.
Remember that just like in World of Warcraft each person had to start somewhere. Heck, using myself as an example, go back and read some of the early stuff. The groove? I didn’t have it at all. Not to say that I have it now necessarily, but you get the idea. Not every one becomes an expert diver by going straight for the highest board in the pool.
If you’re actively seeking readers and followers, the best thing to do is make your presence known. Comment on other blogs, and take part in Challenges and events that interest you. When various people host events or contests, they almost always post the participants. That brings traffic right to your doorstep.
When Amateur Azerothian took off last year it was because of Saz’s UI meme, as well as Amerence’s Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving contest. Well, that and the insane interest in transmogrification. There are bloggers who constantly come here and comment that I wasn’t necessarily intimidated by, but thought were the upper tier of bloggers -and I still do. I never tried to reach their heights, but somehow have found that I do consider myself to be on par with some of them now and it just seemed to happen.
So if you’re just taking up blogging, or have been for a while but still feel like a little fish in a big pond, that’s ok. Just do what you do, reach out a little bit, and you’ll find this community tends to wrap you up in a giant hug. If such affection isn’t to your liking, consider us the table in the pub that has your beer waiting for you.