Blogging? Copy Nike

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Wise words, right there.

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.

15 thoughts on “Blogging? Copy Nike

  1. Cymre May 16, 2012 / 9:09 am

    Hehe I like it. The two things you mentioned above (Saz’s challenge and Amerence’s Thanksgiving event) were the 2 that really got me started in blogging too. Sometimes it feels like I’ve been blogging for ages until another world event like the Noblegarden one comes along and it reminds me that I’m still relatively new to the game.

    • JD Kenada May 16, 2012 / 9:13 am

      Oddly enough I would have thought you around much longer, though in fairness I can’t necessarily say why. Perhaps it was because I saw you on a number of blogrolls that I just took it for granted.

      • Cymre May 16, 2012 / 9:36 am

        I feel like a lot of my posts get missed if I post more than once a day but sometimes the posts are scheduled and sometimes I’m just itching to get them out. I actually back posted a lot of stuff once I officially started the blog so I think that’s why people get the impression that I was blogging for longer. It was actually only in Dec last year I started.

        • JD Kenada May 16, 2012 / 11:02 am

          What was that about multiple posts? lol

          There’s days where I could probably pump out 4-5 posts, but I just keep them in the dashboard for when I’m not inspired or in the mood or there simply isn’t any creative juice. Heck, I think right now is the first time since late March I have less than 10 posts on my draftboard. Some don’t even see the light of day because they just become so outdated.

  2. tomeoftheancient May 16, 2012 / 9:19 am

    I had been around before those two events too but they really were what got me to stop lurking and commenting more.

    I know when someone comments on a post and the name’s unfamiliar to me, I immediately check to see if they have a blog, excited to find a new one!

    • JD Kenada May 16, 2012 / 9:26 am

      Same. I burn through my blogroll every day. I find myself disappointed when there’s only 1-3 new posts total.

      Don’t get me wrong, I recognize people have lives I just anticipate their writing.

      • Cymre May 16, 2012 / 9:38 am

        that can’t be right, you’d only be reading my posts then 😛

        • JD Kenada May 16, 2012 / 10:43 am

          You, Tome, Matty, and Nav are the dailies that I can think of. I just might not know of all your blogs Cymre.

          • Cymre May 16, 2012 / 11:06 am

            I just have the one 😛 I don’t think I could handle more than that LOL. I have been known to post 4 times a day though, usually one or two though. Did you see my Wonder Woman one in the end? Opened the set up to mail and plate as well 🙂

          • JD Kenada May 16, 2012 / 12:10 pm

            I saw the Wonder Woman. Shared it with Mrs. Amateur and a friend of ours who absolutely loves Wonder Woman. We all thought it was phenomenal!

  3. Erinys May 16, 2012 / 9:40 am

    Couldn’t agree more. When I first started blogging, I hid away in my little corner of the internet too nervous to get involved with the community. Then some weird mix of circumstance and alcohol (don’t ask) led to me posting my details on Blog Azeroth and I haven’t really looked back. Through blogging I’ve met some amazing people and every day I’m glad I found the self belief to say “hi”.

    • JD Kenada May 16, 2012 / 10:44 am

      I’m glad too. 😀

  4. Navimie May 18, 2012 / 7:01 am

    You know, you really need to make a recent posts thing on your blog somewhere, because I missed this post somehow. And reading through all these comments, I have to say one thing…
    That everyone that has replied to this post, is part of the small corner of the big blogosphere I call my friends. The only one missing is Effy but she’s busy buried in D3 with Laz!
    And it’s funny how we all have the same story. I ventured out of my blog for Saz’s challenge and Amerence’s Thanksgiving contest as well. I met all of you there, and like Erinys, I’m glad I felt brave enough to go out and say hi. And now I feel like I should take part in this new blogger initiative and hopefully that person will find a bunch of blogger friends who will visit your blog every day and make you feel like your voice is heard.
    ❤ u guys!!!
    ok soppy rant over 🙂

    • JD Kenada May 18, 2012 / 7:15 am

      I think I’ll take your advice on the recent posts idea. Honestly, I figured it was right beside my posts so I couldn’t see why to include it. I didn’t consider this perspective, and it’s wise. Very much like the rest of your comments here 🙂

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