What do you look for in gaming blogs?

Hey guys,

So tomorrow is my last day of class, and I've been looking forward to it for the past few weeks. Instead of hardcore studying, I decided to spend some time writing for a second. I've been saying for awhile that my summer is going to be used to start writing about video games again, since I couldn't do it while in college. Unfortunately, I won't be able to join a website or anything like that -- summer is far too short. Instead, everything will be going on this miserable blog. This brings me to my obviously-in-the-title question: what do you guys look for in a video game blog?

Personally, I'm a fan of quick lists, high quality videos, and reviews. However for videos, I cannot stand long-winded vlogs that go on forever. Remember back when they had three minute intros? Yeah, that was pretty bad. I come to ask this because I've noticed once semi-popular bloggers, including myself, seeing some dead traffic. I know this result is because, well, you need to meet people in order to gain traffic. View counts have not really ben what I'm about, but it's nice to have read-worthy content actually being visited. So yeah, tons of stuff coming this way soon, but what do you guys look forward to? What keeps you coming back, and why?

Thanks!

Games Day Report: The Baltimore Games Day event was amazing. I was fortunate to meet and greet with Paul Barnett and Josh Drescher of Mythic Entertainment. Also, lots and lots of WAAAAAAGH screamin' (friend lost his voice)! However, the day was ruined for me at one point when my camera's battery decided to die within an early 30 minutes, so I didn't obtain any interesting footage. Funny enough, I have video of me scoring an interview with Josh Drescher, but not the actual interview (remember about two sentences ago when my camera died? Yeah, I was rightfully pissed off). I may post something extremely small later on, but I highly doubt it. Oh well, I'll talk to them at PAX '09.

14 Comments
14 Comments
Posted by Slunks

Hey guys,

So tomorrow is my last day of class, and I've been looking forward to it for the past few weeks. Instead of hardcore studying, I decided to spend some time writing for a second. I've been saying for awhile that my summer is going to be used to start writing about video games again, since I couldn't do it while in college. Unfortunately, I won't be able to join a website or anything like that -- summer is far too short. Instead, everything will be going on this miserable blog. This brings me to my obviously-in-the-title question: what do you guys look for in a video game blog?

Personally, I'm a fan of quick lists, high quality videos, and reviews. However for videos, I cannot stand long-winded vlogs that go on forever. Remember back when they had three minute intros? Yeah, that was pretty bad. I come to ask this because I've noticed once semi-popular bloggers, including myself, seeing some dead traffic. I know this result is because, well, you need to meet people in order to gain traffic. View counts have not really ben what I'm about, but it's nice to have read-worthy content actually being visited. So yeah, tons of stuff coming this way soon, but what do you guys look forward to? What keeps you coming back, and why?

Thanks!

Games Day Report: The Baltimore Games Day event was amazing. I was fortunate to meet and greet with Paul Barnett and Josh Drescher of Mythic Entertainment. Also, lots and lots of WAAAAAAGH screamin' (friend lost his voice)! However, the day was ruined for me at one point when my camera's battery decided to die within an early 30 minutes, so I didn't obtain any interesting footage. Funny enough, I have video of me scoring an interview with Josh Drescher, but not the actual interview (remember about two sentences ago when my camera died? Yeah, I was rightfully pissed off). I may post something extremely small later on, but I highly doubt it. Oh well, I'll talk to them at PAX '09.

Posted by Video_Game_King

I'd like to know this, too. I can't say anything, mainly because there's not much of a pattern to what I read.

Posted by EleFlameMax

I can't really speak for the rest of your readers, but I'd be more inclined to read if the blogs were more creative and playful. There are a million different quirky trajectories you can take this blog because video games (or VEEDEEO GAMES), by their very  nature, touch upon every aspect of our lives. On the other hand, if you want to get people to pay heed to the aforementioned creativity, you've got to really put yourself out there. I found you directly through your Jordan video: That Question-of-the-Week thing could very well serve as a conduit for you to channel some of your humor/slunks-ish-ness. Think of it less as begging for attention and more as artistic showcasing.

And my apologies if I sound pretentious right now. That's kind of my thing.

Posted by Slunks
EleFlameMax said:
"I can't really speak for the rest of your readers, but I'd be more inclined to read if the blogs were more creative and playful. There are a million different quirky trajectories you can take this blog because video games (or VEEDEEO GAMES), by their very  nature, touch upon every aspect of our lives. On the other hand, if you want to get people to pay heed to the aforementioned creativity, you've got to really put yourself out there. I found you directly through your Jordan video: That Question-of-the-Week thing could very well serve as a conduit for you to channel some of your humor/slunks-ish-ness. Think of it less as begging for attention and more as artistic showcasing.And my apologies if I sound pretentious right now. That's kind of my thing."
No, man. That's exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks.
Posted by Chaser324

I definitely agree that you need to put your own unique brand on everything. I won't read your blog if it's just a carbon copy of dozens of others just like it. In the modern age of the internet, it is essential that you really inject yourself into everything you do. Establish your own personal style, your own personal brand.

Specific suggestions for a blog. Occasional video content is good, but like what's already been said, keep it brief. I'm not looking to read an entire 10-page diatribe or listen to a 20-minute rant about how playing Ms. Pac-Man changed your life. Be concise. Get to the point. I tend to think that blog posts should serve more as a jumping off point for further discussion rather than serving as some stand alone sermon on the way things are.

Moderator
Posted by bshirk

I want something that is thoughtful; the subject really doesn't matter.  It can be serious or humorous, but it should be able to stand on its own without images.  I also enjoy reading blogs that aren't just regurgitated from the mainstream gaming press.

Why did I click this blog besides the topic?  Well, to be honest, it was all because of your Lost Odyssey image.  I may have to find an icon of a game that I really enjoyed myself. 

If you have time to check out my blog on RPGs, I'd appreciate it.

Posted by Dovey

There are those I know, that write blogs for popularity, hits and views. They also tend to be unintelligently written and with no interest for the industry in general.   Those are not the blogs I follow.  LIke yours Slunks, I read blogs written by people who just have a down right love for the industry and share an excitement in its future. 


Having said that though, this doesn't mean that every blog I view needs to be an intelligent piece about the industry because, at the end of the day, blogs are a tool we use to express our feelings and opinions about subject matter and sometimes we just need to scream to people who might understand.

I hope I'm not getting to deep but I guess interested in blogs that want to share rather than degrade.
Posted by floorswine

A good blog entry should be entertaining above all else, but also needs to be original and well-written if you want anyone to read it. That's what I usually look for when I'm browsing the user blogs. Not that my own blog entries reach such high standards of journalistic excellence or anything, but there are quite a few about on Giant Bomb that are pretty good.

Posted by Demo

I look for personal stories and views of issues related to gaming.

Posted by pissedoffthewitch

People who don't QQ all the time because their boss has a pony tail and they have to work at a game store or don't know what to do with their lives so they blog about starting their own websites...about games

Posted by Origina1Penguin

I like creative layouts and custom images as a bonus, but I mainly look for blogs with personality.  Many people will write about the same stuff at the same time, so having a definitive personality stands out to me.  If the writer is clever and has a good sense of humor, it makes an even greater leap forward on my list.  Failed humor can cripple a blog though, so pay attention to feedback.

As for the content itself, I'm not so picky.  Make it a showcase for yourself.  Try to keep it game-related though (that's why everyone is here after all).  I've always enjoyed brainstorming changes that can be made to specific games to improve them or reinvent them, but I don't know if anyone would want to read that kind of stuff.  I really enjoy insightful comments about issues involved with game development decisions, demographics, public perception, etc.  If you have the setup and are a good speaker, then doing your own videos is interesting.  Such as DLC reviews and such.

Posted by skrutop

I can tell ya; I avoid "Top 10" lists as much as I can.

Posted by thedj93
skrutop said:
"I can tell ya; I avoid "Top 10" lists as much as I can."
This.

Other than that, entertainment and honesty
Posted by End_Boss

I look for informed opinions, clever analysis and most importantly honesty. Even if I disagree with everything a writer says (be it in a blog or anywhere else), I can appreciate someone sincerely trying to piece together the state of the interactive entertainment industry for the sake of discourse. 
 
Nice, clean formatting helps; anything to make the read a little easier. Video content is okay, but too many people record long-winded video blogs that don't really have anything to say, so its not a make-or-break thing. Hope this helps!