YesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s task via Problogger was on list writing. Readers who have followed me know that I have a personal affinity for list writing. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m currently fighting off an end of semester flu. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a constant occurrence. It always seems to happen during exam periods. As a result, I decided to skip out on that particular task since I love writing lists anyway.
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s task is on blog post promotion! ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a topic IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m also extremely familiar with. In the Blog Azeroth chatroom, something I frequently advise to bloggers new to the scene is to not necessarily link to their blog. Assuming IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a first time reader of their blog, I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know where to start. I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know where to begin. Instead, what I tell them to do is to link a blog post or two that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve written that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re really proud of.
Of course, a common response I get back is:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never written a blog post IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been proud of!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Even now I still donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite know what to say to that except:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Then write one that you are proud of!Ã¢â‚¬Â
List Posts IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve Liked
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a few that have appeared on the blog recently.
But I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hog the entire spotlight. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s some other posts from off the blog.
- 5 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go-ToÃ¢â‚¬Â Resources for WoW Healers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ From KestrelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Aerie
- Ten Commandments for All Tanks Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Via Arrens
- Configure Your DBM to Show Distance Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Courtesy of My Hearthstone
- Five Reality Checks of Epic Storylines Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Written by Anna as a guest post for WTT:RP (I butchered your title, sorry Anna)
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a new blog thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stirring thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s targeting players with a more casual mindset or those that are actively seeking balance between their lives in the virtual world and the real world. They are here to offer a sense of WoW Relief.
A sudden rash of interviews have been requested recently. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m quite flattered. I just hope that the questions arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too repetitive.
Some of the questions asked:
Referencing your site and posts on Wow Insider, you sound like a natural leader, does that leadership in game also come out in real life?
Every once in a while it does, I play a lot of hockey and volleyball now, being the goalie I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really direct people but I will tell them what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to do when they are by my side of the rink. It helps a lot when you tell other players what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing so they can adjust and react to your actions. I notice a lot of skills are transferable since IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m always the one organizing events and get togethers with friends.
Lastly, for anyone who is looking to start a blog about WoW or their toons, what is the best advice you can give them?
There is so much I could say to help but pretty much the best advice I could give is just go ahead and do it already! You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to be a nut like me and grind out posts day in and day out, but start a schedule of setting time aside for writing and stick with it. Otherwise you will lose the habit and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll just disappear.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the link to the full interview on WoW Relief.
I do believe IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have another shorter interview tomorrow that I will link to.
I like to link to various websites or posts that I find onto my Twitter. One of the built in services of TweetDeck (a Twitter client I prefer) is that it can compress URLs. The service I like to use is from http://www.is.gd/. Another popular URL shortener used is TinyURL.
Does it matter which service you use?
In a sense, it does. Twitter has a character limit of 140. Every space and character counts.
http://www.worldofmatticus.com/2009/04/08/my-newfound-respect-for-melee/ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ That is todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s post by Syd. It takes up many characters.
http://tinyurl.com/cggf77 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The same post shortened again. 25 characters.
http://is.gd/rtNf Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The same post shortened. 17 characters.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s another 8 more characters I can use in a Tweet. Some people wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really care too much about that sort of thing. But 8 characters is the difference between having one tweet vs having two tweets in order to clarify a URL. Do keep that in mind especially when promoting your own or other blog posts.