Opinion

The Blogger Recognition Award

A big thank you to Drakulus for nominating us for The Blogger Recognition Award!

When I first started this back in 2012, his blog was one of the first I had come across when I made the switch to WordPress and since that time it’s been a great example to me of how to really make a blog your own. His knowledge on RPGs (and shooters too) is fantastic, especially if you like Bethesda’s games and modding where he regularly highlights what’s new and interesting.

If you’re curious, check his blog out here – it’s awesome. πŸ™‚

As with similar awards, there’s some rules to follow…

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How the blog started…

A few years ago I had been dabbling with LiveJournal as well as writing reviews for a gaming forum I was a part of. After discovering WordPress I wanted to try and make something that looked a little more interesting than my past efforts. It was light years ahead of what I had with LiveJournal and made it a lot easier to have something that looked good. πŸ™‚

A couple of years ago Grocs joined in and brought his enthusiasm into the mix too. Having friends join in has been great for me because not only does it provide more content for the blog but requires me to take a step back from time to time and look at the bigger picture. Helping to make everyone’s posts look good and get noticed has become just as rewarding for me as it does for my own work.

With further contributions now from Kitarakae, Darkelf and Psycosm we’ve kind of settled into a nice groove in what we write about in general.

Some words of advice…

Be willing to experiment. Though you may have certain ideas of what you want to write about, don’t let it stop you from trying something different from time to time. You may end up being surprised with the responses you get.

A couple of years ago Grocs posted tips for the game Project CARS which had an incredible response and convinced us to try it more often. It was something I hadn’t even considered but as it stands now, our tips often get more traffic over time than the actual game reviews.

Just have fun with it. Write about what you’re passionate about, respond to as many comments as you can but don’t let it get in the way of time with friends and family.

My nominations…

Only a small number this time but worth taking a look.

Falcon Game Reviews – a fellow Elite Dangerous player who is also reviewing games regularly. His review of No Man’s Sky is worth reading for ED players too.

AmbiGaming – a gaming site currently going through a 30 day challenge covering aspects of video game. This post on Dragon Age II was one that really got my attention.

Conquering the gaming backlog – the fun tales on on gamer’s struggles to get through their ever increasing collection of games. Also one serious Amiibo collector. πŸ™‚

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  1. Thank you greatly for recognizing me! In honor of your nomination, I’ll have to put something together that is sci-fi related.

    It’s funny, but your advice of experimenting with blogging is something that has helped me a great deal. I’ve noticed that I’ve had a ton of fun doing new things, like doing my Survivor Stories and working on Alien: Isolation. I agree with your advice wholeheartedly.

    Of course, now you got me thinking about Elite: Dangerous again…

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  2. Seems I’m ALWAYS thinking about Elite Dangerous now… Makes it hard for me to finish other games. ☺️

    It’s great to hear that you’ve been rewarded through your own blogging experiments! Mine have certainly been educational (even the bad ideas!) and I think it’s helped improve my writing too.

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