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avatar CodeHex
Level 17 : Journeyman Robot
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Professionalism. This is what makes the difference between a post that will intrigue PMCers or won’t. In this short blog I hope to expand your knowledge and teach you how you can make your posts look nicer and alternately bring more views.


1. Use a nice picture.


This is the best possible way to get that first glance from the crowd! Having a good quality picture that you’ve made or is original as the cover of your post. A good example is my cover photo, I’ve used a in game screen shot from my Minecraft world and added over the top the title of my blog. Simple but good. And just to top it off I did use my good shader pack and pick a nice landscape in my world.



2. Use correct grammar.


This might be difficult if you struggle with writing but getting this part right is crucial. The better people understand what you're telling the more they’ll know and want to comment their views. And a good way of doing this is before you even start creating a post is to go on to a desktop publishing software like Microsoft Word and writing out what you want to say. This is good because it’ll auto underline mistakes and help with grammar.



3. Reflect and comment.


Last but not least. What I mean by reflect and comment is look at what the community have given back, go through the comments and see what they’ve said. This’ll really help because you’ll now know by seeing the amount of comments and favourites which post are most popular and have the biggest impact on PMC. And as always you’ll attract more people to check out your stuff if you reply, they’ll get on better and learn more about you.



I hoped this help and thankyou for reading, if you did finish it please take a little more of your time just to favourite this blog and comment to know you enjoyed it, and of course leave your opinions in the comment section below!
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You're telling people to be professional on PMC? That's like trying to convince your dog that it's tale, is a part of it's body.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 8, 2014, 4:55 am
Sorry I don't quite understand.
I try to be professional, but still fun. I don't think one should go crazy being professional.
  • PixelHacker
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Narwhal
  • October 5, 2014, 6:08 am
Totally agree!
  • Sbia
  • Level 45
  • Master Botanist
  • March 7, 2014, 1:53 am
seconded and thirded
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 7, 2014, 6:44 am
I agree but you can do both be professional and fun. It's just quickly made blogs with no thought that annoy me.
Great topic to discuss!
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 7, 2014, 6:49 am
Thank you Triston :)
I got 300 comments on my blog, with like 500 views at the time.
That means only two things: Everyone hates me.
or
it was the best blog of all time.
can you guess?
:'(
  • mikeir
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Lumberjack
  • March 6, 2014, 4:03 pm
By reading this it would be that it was your best blog
not that i looked ;)
actually both.
Its my only blog (which means its my best) (lol), and yes, everyone hates me :D
lol.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 7, 2014, 6:46 am
Why does everyone hate you? PM me if you want to talk.
Check out my blog, lol.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 8, 2014, 4:57 am
Ahaha fair enough. I kind of agree with you though.
Thanks. Lol, I keep having one person saying yes, then another no. someone said yes like 2 hours ago, then someone said no right before you posted. Pretty funny.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 8, 2014, 5:58 am
Yeah :D
  • fayemist
  • Level 49
  • Master Sweetheart
  • March 6, 2014, 9:37 am
Considering I wrote a blog on this topic a month ago, this feels like it's missing something.
Looking professional and making a good impression on your viewers comes not only in your blogs by what you say, but also things such as how you take criticism on your work.
I also don't look at just blogs, I take a look at resource packs and skins too, so some of my points are pretty flexible there. Blogs aren't the only thing on PMC where you should make the best impression possible.

And I have to agree with Smon below; quality and professionalism come hand in hand. If you've got a good resource pack but you take any criticism and helpful ideas poorly, or you present your lazily done resource pack with an essay, you've got a bad imbalance.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 6, 2014, 9:50 am
Yeah. I'm not sure if you're supporting me or not with your comment but I understand your points. All I'm trying to say in this blog is that if you present yourself better it might help your chances to get more views and support. But I think what I didn't get across is that what I mean by professionalism isn't just good looks but acually quailty in your work and how you promote it and talk about it and respond to feedback.
  • Smon
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Wizard
  • March 6, 2014, 7:24 am
Quality > Professionalism

My comment is professional but quantitative. One can't succeed without the other.
At first PMC needs more quality - professionalism comes next.

However, you seemed to have made yourself some thoughts on this blog, therefore I declare it as being qualitative, too. I'm more a fan of projects though.

As for your second point: Not everyone on PMC is a native english speaker (me included), and Mojang switched the game's target group to the younger generations (to my dislike), therefore one can't quite expect perfect grammar from everyone.

(This comment was translated from German to English by google translate.)

Not. :3
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 6, 2014, 7:33 am
Yes that's a very good point! And I as trying to force people to use my blog points but it is nice to include them and they can make your post look a lot better. As for the English point I agree I'm not completely good with grammar and spelling but I said in the blog if you just use a free desktop publishing software it'll help you with that.
  • Sbia
  • Level 45
  • Master Botanist
  • March 6, 2014, 2:27 am
GAH
professionalism is boring
like macs
I agree, Macs suck.
But being professional is a key trait in having people visit anything you've posted, that includes Servers, Forum Topics, even in Mods and the PMC Chat room; if you think about it, would you rather go to a server saying: "join my server pls [IP]" or something more like this: "Hey guys! I have a great server for you all to join [Server Specs] [IP], Hope to see you all there!"?
That was rhetorical, no need to answer. :3
  • Sbia
  • Level 45
  • Master Botanist
  • March 7, 2014, 11:00 am
well the problem here iis that sort of "professional" way of asking is cliche and is just as likely to make people pass it by as the other
So, that being said, how would you go about posting your server on PMC Chat, if you have/had one?
  • Sbia
  • Level 45
  • Master Botanist
  • March 9, 2014, 12:28 pm
wouldn't do it on chat

i'd put it as a submission and show it how/what it is without using things like shaders because that raises expectations beyond what it actually is and that's not nice for visitors
  • Gigorahk
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • March 6, 2014, 2:35 pm
lol
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 7, 2014, 6:48 am
Ahaa you see I love Macs I guess it just different opinions :)
  • Sbia
  • Level 45
  • Master Botanist
  • March 7, 2014, 11:00 am
^this guy is cool
  • nolez15
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • March 5, 2014, 9:38 pm
Regardless of there being several grammar/sentence structure mistakes in the "Use Correct Grammar" section, I'll give this a diamond due to the fact that pretty much everyone on PMC needs to read this.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 6, 2014, 7:30 am
Thank you :) And yes as I said I'm not the greatest with grammar and spelling but I try my best.
  • nolez15
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • March 6, 2014, 7:39 am
I understand. It's still extremely readable, and that's nice to see on PMC.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 6, 2014, 7:44 am
Thankyou, time to check your page out now.
  • nolez15
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • March 6, 2014, 8:52 am
:3
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 7, 2014, 6:58 am
:)
  • Piano_Creeper
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 46
  • Master Architect
  • March 5, 2014, 3:35 pm
Besides the gratulations for main pop reel:
(1) Yay Elitism - not all people can run shaders / have time to render/think of something creative
(2) Yay Lenseflares - at least one per image, best is if it completely covers the subject of the image
(3) Yay Left-out points - "Common Sense" is always appreciated, so is Original Content and Creativity
(4) Yay Lists
(5) yes, (2) is considered to bezynical
(6) why am I making a list?
(7) ok, last one...
(8) but now.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 6, 2014, 7:29 am
Ahaha thank you very much :) And did I really reach the pop reel!? And yes, I hate when people say something might be common sense because everyone thinks differently don't they and it's only fair to still adress the point.
  • nolez15
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Toast
  • March 5, 2014, 9:37 pm
I don't even understand this.

:|
Really nice. As a new blogger myself i always try to do these things.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 6, 2014, 7:27 am
Thankyou and yeah it does improve your posts and interacts with people you really want looking at your posts!
  • PixelCrash_
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • March 5, 2014, 11:13 am
Way too many people in the blog section don't do number 2 on your list. I also agree with all your other points.

Here's a diamond.
  • CodeHex
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Robot
  • March 5, 2014, 11:16 am
Yeah it's very much todo with the ages of the people trying to make them but yes it's horrible. And thank you :)

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