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What is a blog?

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mommaCarole avatar mommaCarole
Retired Moderator
Level 53 : Grandmaster Narwhal
In an effort to increase the quality of our blog section, we'll be moderating the blogs and moving/removing posts that don't really fit the criteria for a blog.

So, to be fair, we should answer a couple questions about what, exactly, a blog is. A blog is best described as an online diary, that you openly share with other individuals. On PMC, you can't hide your blog or turn the comments off and on, however, on other blog sites you can. Here, you're sharing with the world. You can post about your day, the weird stuff that happened to you while playing Minecraft, the sort of experiences you have had online, why your parents think you're addicted, whatever. But there are a couple of things you need to remember:

1. Blogs are not one-sentence posts. One-sentence posts can be put in the forum, within reason. Too many one-sentece posts would be considered spam.
2. Blogs aren't meant for advertising servers. We have a server section for that.
3. Blogs aren't the most fantastic way to show off your projects, as your picture is limited to one. Use the projects section for that.
4. Blogs aren't to be used to generate "easy xp" by begging for comments.

Now, how to increase views to your blogs and get subscriptions? Here are some suggestions:

1. If you're posting a tutorial, post it like the person has just started his or her very first game. Go step by step. It's the best way to teach someone.
2. If you have a fantastic you-tube channel, by all means, post it here. You can add the link under images and videos.
3. If you're posting an opinion, expect to get some trolling and flames. We do moderate that sort of behavior, but it might be a bit before we get to it. Also try to remember that everyone has an opinion, and no one person's opinion is "right" and everyone else is "wrong."
4. The blog section is a fantastic place to post your creepypastas, fan stories, comics and the like. You can also post these in the Fan Art and Creativity forums if you want more traffic, but please don't cross-post.

Hope this clarifies what we're looking for in the blog section. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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08/07/2011 10:41 pm
Level 97 : Overlord Terraformer
inHaze avatar
I would love to see this enforced more, as trying to find a quality post in this section can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Just an idea...but what if blogs needed an approval before they were listed? This may or may not save time but I think it would definitively discourage those posting that should be using the forums instead.
08/07/2011 11:55 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole avatar
well, I'd be willing, certainly... I'll bring it up with Cyprezz. I won't even take off marks for spelling and grammar... ;)
08/08/2011 9:24 am
Level 97 : Overlord Terraformer
inHaze avatar
Haha, that's good to know as English was my worst subject in school...I can only imagine all the red marks that would be over some of my submissions. Spell check definitely helps me a lot, but I am still waiting for the dummy proof grammar check option...
08/08/2011 11:16 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole avatar
until computer AI becomes a LOT more sophisticated, a GOOD grammar check is virtually impossible. Unless, of course, someone simplifies the English language. Ha ha ha.
07/23/2011 4:37 pm
Level 45 : Master Dragonborn
bananabananaJB avatar
I'm totally with you creepercarole. Too many people are posting pointless blogs. =D

07/22/2011 3:27 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Princess
OfficialGamemode avatar
yeah... i totaly agree
07/22/2011 8:39 am
Level 74 : Legendary Spleefer
three_two avatar
We need to sticky this blog at the top of the list somehow...
07/21/2011 4:15 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Toast
SoulStealer avatar
Well said :)
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