Hey trapwire, welcome to our Community Blogs!
Unlike a regular blog, where you're out alone in the web wilderness, destructoid
will publish your story instantly to a directory shared by our readers. Great blogs are voted up, and you'll soon earn followers
. "Failblogs", the opposite of awesomeness, we can do without. As such, we want to help you make the best first impression:
Checklist for Not Sucking:1) Upload an avatar
Put a face on your blog. Your profile pic can be a mug shot of you, or something that represents your hobbies. Make it stand out from the crowd.
Upload an avatar
and (optional) change your username2) Write a brief bio
Give your readers little bit about the author - just enough to they understand who the writer is, it doesn't have to be an autobiography or anything super personal. Maybe list some your favorite stuff, for starters.
Complete your About You page
. You can also edit this anytime by clicking any of the edit links alongside the right column of your blog.
3) Publish your first blog (SCARY!)
It's not so scary. However, be mindful of a few things. A good
blog is intended to be a complete article, have entertainment value of some kind, and formatted nicely. If you toss a blog up that looks like a quickly thrown-together email with no photos or care you'll never earn readers, and unlikely ever get your blog promoted to our home page. Here's an example of a FAILBLOG:
Oh hey I'm new here wuz up I've been reading the site for 99 years and this is my first blog! I like tacos! Nice to meet everyone!!! -Niero
Silly rabbit, blogs are not forums
! While enthusiasm is greatly appreciated, that's hardly a valid blog post or even a complete paragraph. Even if your intentions are in the right place, this is what we call a "fail blog". Don't be that guy.
If that's all you want to say, it's better suited for fast-paced conversation in our home page comments or even our forums. Blogs are complete thoughts. They should be able to stand alone. When you're ready to talk about an interesting topic, in 1-2 paragraphs
and ask readers to respond to your thoughts
then you're ready to blog. Got it?
Don't spam the blogs.
One last thing -- be mindful that this is a 'shared' space, so don't push a bunch of blogs together one after the other. After you publish, try commenting and following other bloggers before you blog again to allow people to check your story out, and post new stories as well.
If you are copying and pasting from another blog, please take some time to personalize it for this community. Nobody likes copy-pasta, it's spammy.
Here's a few more blogging tips
from the boss of us. Ready to go?
Click here to write your greatest blog!
This message will disappear when your profile is 100% complete. Happy blogging! If you have any questions, reach us anytime at email@example.com
- The destructoid Community Team