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11:43 PM on 03.25.2011 // Andrew Kauz
State of the Cblogs Address from the new Big Boss



In the interest of your time and to save some tl;drs, I値l start off today with a summary: I知 Andrew Kauz, and I知 your new Cblog Commander, Blog Boss, or whatever you want to call me. In any event, I知 taking over as the main cblog helper on staff. That means if you池e a community member, I work for you. If you池e reading this right now, then what I have to say next will absolutely apply to you, so I urge you to stick with me for just a while longer.

I know a lot of you aren稚 going to know who I am. I致e missed two straight PAXs now, been gone from the front page for a few months, and kept myself insanely busy doing a lot of things that haven稚 been Destructoid. So, if you池e reading my name for the first time, hello. It痴 a damn pleasure to meet you, and I値l look forward to getting to know you over the next couple of months. As for me, you can call me Andrew, Kauza (like cause-uh), or whatever you壇 like. I spent about a year blogging like a madman before I became a contributor here, and now I知 here to talk about community.

And, really, that痴 enough about me. This post is really about you -- all of you. The community. The thing that defines, motivates, and simply makes Destructoid. The reason I知 here, the reason you池e here, and the reason any one of us is here. It is, was, and always will be about community.

A huge part of the community here has always been and will always be the community blogs. Many of the people on Destructoid痴 staff, including myself, got started simply by writing in the community blogs. We all loved writing and appreciated having people we liked read what we had to say. We thrived on an environment that was at once supportive and ruthless, letting us know when we were awesome, and relishing the opportunity to inform us of when we sucked.

As the blogs got bigger, they became more and more like a Republican痴 dream economy: self-guided, self-sufficient, and everlasting. For the most part, all of this has remained true. Less and less direction is required to make sure that the blogs keep going, and if you値l notice, there are tons of great community podcasts (321GoCast, Zero Cool), community events (Friday Night Fights, NARPS, event meetups), community member interviews (HUGE shoutout to LawofThermalDynamics for doing this), monthly musings, and individual editorials that appear every day. Think for a second about how awesome that all is! There can be no doubt that this community is incredible.

Now, let痴 make everything even better.

That痴 my mission, and that痴 why I知 taking over as Cblog Baron. It痴 going to be my sole purpose at Destructoid to be the person who makes all of your cblogging dreams happen, making sure that you have everything you need to write the great blogs you want, and to make sure that no great blog ever goes unappreciated.

There痴 going to be a lot that I値l be doing over the next few days, and weeks, but here are some highlights.

Monthly Musings: These are still going strong, so Jonathan Ross will be keeping the tradition going with some awesome new topics and a lot of promoted blogs. As an added bonus, these posts are going to be even more visible on the site, making them stand out just as a promoted community post should. If there are any questions or concerns with musings, I値l always be willing to help.

General Promotions: Great blogs happen all the time, and we want to make sure we池e highlighting those. While we may not always have the front page real estate to get every awesome blog up, I値l be highlighting a lot of blogs in various ways, from tweets to various posts around the site. Of course, for those especially awesome posts, we値l find a way to get them on the front page if it kills us.

Blogs of the Week: Each week, you値l see a post from me highlighting some of the best blogs of the week. It値l be a set maximum each week, so if you see your blog here, you値l know it痴 among the best the site has to offer, and we want to make sure we池e giving you the readership that your awesomeness deserves.

Asking for It: Yeah, it seems simple, but here it is: We want your blogs. We always have. But what I壇 like to do is be more vocal in my want -- my demand -- for community participation. I have read so damn many great, rewarding, memorable blogs from people on this site that I can稚 bear to see their names empty from the list of blogs anymore. Don稚 be surprised if I start contacting you and asking you to write things -- it means that you池e awesome and we can稚 live without your thoughts anymore.

Featured Blogs: This may not happen for a while, but we池e looking into more ways to make sure that blogs that the community really likes are featured. This may be an extension of the fap system or something else entirely, but for the present, know that we池e trying to find the best way to make sure your work is easily visible to the full sum of the site痴 readership.

More staff presence in blogs: Dtoid staff is busy. Making website is hard work. Still, the staff loves the community blogs just as much as anyone, and make no mistake that everyone on staff checks out those awesome blogs. But we池e all going to make an effort to make more comments, write more blogs, and generally do more community chilling. That awesome new chat function helps, too. As for specifics, I値l plan to make an occasional blog that値l address certain things about cblogging such as helpful tips, shoutouts to awesome bloggers, etc.

YOUR Resource: I知 making myself available as your resource for community blogging. Let me know what you need and I値l get it done. Tips on formatting? Help with images? Wondering why your post didn稚 get promoted? Hit me up and we値l talk. It may be impossible, but it痴 my goal to know everyone in the community.

So, what now? First off, I want to give everyone here my email address: andrewkauz at destructoid dottycom. If you need anything from me, don稚 hesitate to contact me. Also, follow me on Twitter: @kauza. I知 going to be tweeting about a lot of awesome community stuff as well as being my usual charming self.

In particular, I壇 love to hear your suggestions for awesome community blogging ideas -- anything I can do to make your blogging experience better is fair game. I don稚 have magical powers, but I am willing to try everything else to make your wishes reality. Any suggestion is fair game, so go nuts.

You can also use me as a sort of help line for the blogs. Is your video not scaling right? Are you having trouble uploading images? Let me know and I値l see what I can do to help. My schedule can suck on occasion, but I値l try to get back to you ASAP.

Lastly, just feel free to email me to say hi. I have so many incredible friends thanks to this site, and I can稚 wait to have even more. The better I know each one of you, the better I am able to help you out, and the better you値l feel about blogging for the site. Win win.

All right. I致e talked myself nearly into a coma and this fantastic Mothership Wit I have in front of me is making me feel a little happy, so I知 going to wrap things up for the evening by saying this: Welcome to the future of Cblogging on Destructoid. It痴 going to be awesome.

PS: Did you read this promoted post about Half Life 2? Pretty damn good.
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