I have been writing this blog almost religiously since 2013. It has been a long and often difficult task, but I have not missed a single week in the more than three years that I’ve been writing this gaming centered blog. This was not the original home of DJMMT’s Gaming Blog. For those of you who have been reading longer than the past six months, you know that this blog originally started on IGN. In fact, the page is still there in all its glory, but I have no regrets about moving to my own dedicated WordPress site.
Though I didn’t start this blog for the recognition or the fame, I will admit that it has often been disheartening seeing lower quality content creators get famous and often rich while I slave away at making quality posts hoping for just a few comments. A bit of recognition for my efforts would be very much appreciated and today I show my appreciation.
I have been nominated for the Bloggers Recognition Award by none other than The Ranting SBox. For those of you who aren’t aware, this is an excellent blogger who creates content at a frequency that I could only dream about matching. This blog, like mine, focuses on popular entertainment with a focus on both film and video games. It’s a wonderful blog that I have been following for a while now and you should all check it out. Leave him a comment saying DJMMT sent you. It is both an honor and a privilege to have been nominated by such a talented blogger.
I am very thankful to have been recognized for this award. In the years that I’ve been writing this blog I’ve never actually been awarded or recognized for my efforts outside of the occasional comment or tweet. Never before has anyone taken the time to formally recognize my blog on any serious platform, to the best of my knowledge. This is a moment that I take great pride in and it has only motivated me to continue the good work of creating serious posts in the discussion of video games and the culture surrounding them.
In order to formally accept a Bloggers Recognition Award, one must adhere to the rules to the best of their ability. So in case you aren’t aware, here are the rules:
- You must thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story about how you started your blog.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give the award to.
- Comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated, and provide a link.
I’ve already completed one and obviously two since you’re reading this. So let’s move on to the rest.
I started this blog back in 2013 with a very grandiose goal and vision of myself. I wanted to write a book of essays about topics in gaming. In fact I did write a book of essays about serious topics in gaming. I actually wrote more than 100 single spaced pages on various topics but then I realized something important. Gaming is also changing. Today gens are ending faster than they ever did before and the way games are made, sold, and managed continuously changes. I realized that while the issues I was writing about at the time were important then, they most likely wouldn’t be important by the time I figured out how to get a book of essays published. Even today I still write posts that often get backlogged and by the time I can get them published they stop being relevant. Still haven’t had time to get to that Nintendo Switch announcement post . . .
But my goal for writing those essays was not just for them to exist. It was for people to read them, discuss them, and hopefully take my ideas to heart when moving forward as members of the gaming industry and/or community. That meant people needed to see them while they were still relevant. So I decided that instead of trying to publish a book I would just start publishing my essays in blog form. My first posts were even longer than they are now. I even had to break them up into multiple parts because I knew people wouldn’t read them. I still write thorough posts as you all know, but nowhere near to the degree that I did back when I first started. Eventually you get tired of seeing TLDR for every single post you do. Since I first started I have always taken my blog and accompanying YouTube channel, Twitter account, and other connected media very seriously. For me it’s more than a hobby. It’s a responsibility to the gaming community.
As far as advice to new bloggers, I would say the two most important things you can have are frequency and consistency. People like active content creators. I wish I could do three or more posts a week, but I just don’t have the time. The only way to stay relevant in an ever growing feed of social media where your stuff gets pushed down out of view quicker than it gets shared is to continually create new things to put you back on top again. If I didn’t have to work and do other adult things, I’d try to make a post of some sort every day.
As far as consistency, find a reason and a voice to write with. A good way to do this is by creating a mission statement. The goal of my blog has always been to discuss topics in gaming in a serious manner with a focus on consumers. I have always sought to have people think about gaming in a serious and scholarly way similarly to how people look at film today. That’s why I write the things I write in the style I write them in. Be consistent about what you want to accomplish and how you want to accomplish it. Don’t just change your style and goals based on the current trend. In my case I wanted to create posts that would incite serious discussions about gaming. That’s not sexy and it doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I can be and am proud of every post I create because I know that they show integrity and dedication. And just for the record, this blog and my consistent style when writing posts for it got me my current job so my advice is more than just soap box preaching. People do recognize when and why your content changes and if it’s not for the right reasons it won’t help you in the long run.
Finally, I’m supposed to nominate 15 other blogs with links that I think deserve this award. Now honestly I can’t recommend 15 blogs that I think are worth your time. But I can name eight. These blogs aren’t for everyone, but they’re blogs I like and I encourage you to at least check them out.
- Dan Talks Games
- Later Levels
- Old and New Reviews
- My Five Experts
- Little Fears
- Mega Luxus
- David Snape & Friends – A place to be inspired and show off your skills
Well that’s everything. Thanks again to The Ranting SBox for nominating me. I never thought I’d end up getting a BRA or that it would be given to me by a dude. Sorry I couldn’t help myself.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog over the years. For continuing to read, comment, and share. You’re the reason I’m still going all these posts later.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time.