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16 August, 2015

What I think of #Blaugust so far
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:38 AM

Blaugust, day 16

Here we are, just past the half way point for the month and I’ve been going strong so far. Today, I wanted to reflect on the experience so far.

Motivation

As I said on the first day, I’ve wanted to write more in my blog for a while. What did I lack? Proper motivation. Obviously I’ve had enough to say to fill 2 weeks straight of posts, so it wasn’t really a lack of interesting stuff to write about.

Blaugust gave me that push in the right direction to get me writing on here again. So, that’s good.

Planning is invaluable, but editing is optional

One thing that helped was to create a plan at the beginning. I planned out the weekly topics, and a general topic for each day. This made it easier to write because I wasn’t just staring at the blank screen wondering what I should write about. So, even with a bit of time before bed or before I leave for work in the morning, I could type out a blog post.

One major change has been to try to break up a topic into a lot of smaller posts. Each of the week’s topics could have been one longer post. I’m not sure which is better as a writer. I’d love to hear feedback for what readers thing.

The other major change has been the amount of editing I’ve done. I usually spend a lot of time editing my posts, particularly editing out unnecessary passages to reduce length. (Sometimes I’m not so successful.) But, since I studied language at university I’ve gotten pretty good at turning out quality drafts. So, what you’ve been reading has been my drafts

Oh my poor comments!

The problem with comments not working has been disappointing. I really wanted to see if people would comment more and get more interesting discussions going on each day. Instead, comments broke and people who did post comments were unable to participate.

I say in the preamble to the comments area that I think the comments are the best part of the site. I honestly mean that, as I like good interaction. Most of the people who read my blog and bother to comment are very informed and insightful.

But, it looks like comments are working again.

This week

This week will be potpourri. I have an old post I never quite finished that I’m going to post for tomorrow. In the comments, I’ll take suggestions for what to write about the next day. If I don’t get any suggestions, I’ll write whatever happens to strike my fancy; this could be dangerous, as I said that I think the plan I created is what helped me to stay on track for my daily posts. So, do help me out by suggesting topics!

On Saturday, I’ll do an all day AMAA in a blog post; the “almost” is in there because I can’t talk too much in depth about Camelot Unchained. So, think of your other questions and get ready to ask them on Saturday.

Also, leave a comment saying what you think so far, and to make sure comments are properly working again. Email me if things do not work, including the text of your comment, please!







8 Comments »

  1. I, too, am a little conflicted as to whether I prefer shorter or longer posts. Occasionally I felt that I was used to more depth from your posts, and that’s when I wanted more.

    But most of the time, I thought you got it right: deep enough to get the brain going on a topic, but not so exhaustive as to become a one way Road. By which I mean that *slightly* less depth means there’s more to discuss in the comments, which I generally consider interesting.

    Comment by unwesen — 16 August, 2015 @ 8:57 AM

  2. Right now, with eleventy-million blogs in my feed, I definitely prefer shorter posts when it comes to catching up! On a more general level, it depends on the post – which is not very helpful but still true.

    When it comes to my own writing I feel I really need to learn to cut down… but part of what I enjoy about blogging is the stream-of-consciousness cleansing I can do, which was largely why I set up the blog in the first place. I don’t aim to be an authority on anything, which is probably just as well. :D

    Like you, I’m a lit & language grad and I tend to edit as I go. I’ll do a last pass preview and that’s it. Unless it’s a guide or something, in which case I do pay a bit more attention to form, content and style. Other than that – meh. Editing is for work days. :P

    Comment by Ysharros — 16 August, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

  3. Ysharros wrote:
    Right now, with eleventy-million blogs in my feed, I definitely prefer shorter posts when it comes to catching up!

    Yes, but do you prefer a short post every day or a longer post once per week?

    As far as reading blogs goes, I’ve been really slack about that, too. I’m not participating in the general Blaugust activities as much as I really should to be a proper member of the community. Only so many waking hours in the day, though.

    Comment by Psychochild — 16 August, 2015 @ 12:29 PM

  4. hope to see more game related posts… social media is so …. uninspiring

    Comment by jj — 16 August, 2015 @ 12:40 PM

  5. As a reader, I find short posts easier to read, as I don’t have to devote too much time or brainpower to scanning through a short post. I do like and appreciate long-form posts on topics that interest me though, as they offer more things to think about, and can be more nuanced.

    As a writer, I often find it way harder and more time-consuming to produce a pared-down short post, that still contains the essence of what I want to say, than just wall-of-texting the flow of thoughts in my head. If I tried to produce short posts frequently and never long ones, I’d end up writer’s blocked in short order due to all the time and effort it would take to polish a paragraph till it gleamed.

    So I’d suggest to go with what feels best to you, after Blaugust is done. Feel like putting out a short, quick post? Just go with it. Feel like a long form essay works best for what you want to accomplish? Do that too. No point restricting yourself to one or the other.

    Comment by Jeromai — 16 August, 2015 @ 7:14 PM

  6. Yeah, I’m just trying to get a feel for what other people like. I think I really enjoy the long form posts more, but realize that it’s a commitment to sit down and read them. I know I’ve put off reading a few longer blog posts in my reader because I wanted to give it time, only to ignore the post for weeks telling myself, “I just don’t have time right now.” But, when I really want to dive into a topic, it’s nice to find a more complete and well-rounded post that addresses more issues.

    I’m also wondering if some of my longer-term readers notice a difference in quality.

    Comment by Psychochild — 17 August, 2015 @ 6:20 AM

  7. “Yes, but do you prefer a short post every day or a longer post once per week?”

    From you I would probably prefer fewer, longer posts with whatever short posts you fancy in between, because it’s your dissection of design and other gaming stuff that I enjoy.

    That said, someone posted (here or elsewhere, I forget) how a shorter post can be far more conducive to a good comments-based discussion because it doesn’t aim to cover all the bases of said discussion. I’ve been mulling that over because it seems like advice I, particularly, should take. I may blog for myself but I engage far more in the community in general when I get comments and when I have stuff to comment on on other people’s blogs.

    Comment by Ysharros — 17 August, 2015 @ 8:42 AM

  8. Both, of course. :)

    The mix that seems best to me would be mostly shortish, punchy thoughts, plus the occasional long-form rumination on some subject of particular interest.

    Comment by Bart Stewart — 17 August, 2015 @ 9:44 AM

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