Going Off Topic With Blogs
In order to help man the fort whilst he’s away at Slayage (I’m not jealous… nope, not one bit…), I wrote a guest post for Professor Beej which he published today. The article is a departure from my usual sexually repressed MMORPG related posts and is a review of a Japanese book I’d just finished called “Out”. Although I love MMOs, I have to admit that it was refreshing to take a break and write about something on a totally different subject. It’s not often that I get to opportunity to stretch my literary muscles and explore an unfamiliar genre, something which no doubt other bloggers feel the same desire to do on occasion too.
Covering lots of topics is hard for bloggers because often they pick the subject their most passionate about and then slowly build a readership based on that. Sudden changes in direction though can often leave the reader scratching their head wondering what the heck the author is on about. They want to read posts on material that the blog is meant to be about, not unrelated wafflings from an author who’s desperate to express himself. If they sign up to the KFC blog, they expect articles about finger lickin’ good chicken and not bizarre recipes for vegan meals coming out of the blue. It’s inappropriate and totally understandable. I read Gizmodo for the tech articles (and admittedly to see if their journalist is going to jail for buying that stolen iPhone), not to get tips on flower arranging.
From a blogger’s perspective however it’s tough to keep writing about the same subject day in and day out and often the appeal of writing about something totally different is very strong. Some bloggers even eventually run out of steam on their chosen subject and shut shop completely and start a new blog on their new topic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that and, in fact, I think it’s a testament to how blogging is more than just throwaway opinions but rather an art form in itself.
Fortunately for me I’ve been blogging about MMORPGs for over a year and a half and have never had any desire to stop yet. Luckily MMOs are a genre that constantly seem to surprise us, always creating interesting moments to keep us fueled and inspired. I’ve even got my own little notebook full of post ideas that will keep me going for some time so I’m not worried about running out of steam anytime soon. I am glad though I kept my blog focus relatively wide, picking the entire MMO genre to cover instead of a single game because I’m pretty sure, no matter what I was playing, I would’ve tired of it by now and be yearning to try something else.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this small interlude and if do you fancy something different then you can read my full review of Out over at Beej’s site here. Go for the reviews, stay for his tremendous hatred of the Twilight saga.
P.S. I really want to eat waffles now…