Five months of pwnwear, 200 blogs since

Just noticed it’s been five months since I started this blog. I see that since then, about 200 blogs on WoW have been launched and announced themselves at blog azeroth. I wish them every success and hope the writers enjoy the journey as much as I have.

Isn’t that an awful lot though? 200 in five months.

WoW is a remarkable game in the way it has created an entire industry around itself.

There are the mega sites which earn an income like wow.com, curse.com and wowhead.com along with their subsidiary sites since Zam and Curse are corporations with a network of sites, and wow.com is owned by AOL.

There are some long-term writers like Galoheart, Honors, Matticus and others who still play WoW and still blog.

There are, we can see, a minimum of 200 blogs in 5 months. There is probably another 100 or so bloggers who didn’t promote themselves there.

Often people think “I can make money from this”. Let me tell you, it takes phenomenal amounts of traffic for you to make any money. You’d want about 100K hits a month to make enough to buy yourself a small pizza every month.

I saw a site the other day with ads plastered all over it. Pretty promising, but their ads made me roll my eyes. You turn people away by having ads in their face. I had some ads for search visitors only for a while (regulars wouldn’t have seen them) but turned them all off after seeing the pitiful income.

I didn’t start blogging to make money anyhow. I’d have liked my hosting costs to be covered by ads, and probably could if I used ads for all users, not just search visitors, but that’d detract from the sense of independence, personal touch and honesty you get from a blog.

I don’t expect possible bloggers to read this and heed any warning from me, but will give it anyhow: don’t blog for profit. Blog because you like to write, to teach, to share or rant, to help people or to learn something new. Keep doing it for those reasons.

That’s why I’ll keep writing. I like helping and teaching.

I’d still like some feedback on this sidebar nav; do you think it’d help people find content? Is it ugly? I can’t stop the little bars jiggling around, unfortunately (bug in jQuery, behind the scenes).

Lastly, twitter me! I’m getting into it. Much hugs to my fellow tanking and blogging twitterati.

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10 comments to Five months of pwnwear, 200 blogs since

  • Domitor

    Gratz on 5 months Gravity.  I must’ve started tanking shortly after you started writing … your blog was the first (non-megasite) I found, and has helped me immensely.  Thanks a bunch and keep up the good work! 

  • grats mate

    your really improving loads of people there game

  • Veneretio
    Twitter: veneretio

    I betcha there was closer to a thousand or more blogs in that 5 months. Some didn’t promote themselves. Some promoted themselves in different ways. The wow blogging community is bigger than you’d think and extends far beyond people that can sign up for a wordpress or blogger account.
    I think the Blog Azeroth community is where you see more people trying (too hard in many cases) to become significant, to become noticed. The reality is, write good content and the readers will come. I think a lot of new bloggers get so caught up in trying to be talked about in the blog-o-sphere that they forget that it’s suppose to be about your connection with your audience not about whether you’re winning the popularity contest.

    • Gravity
      Twitter: gravitydk

      There is an awkward brown-nosing (I referred to it in my tank survey preamble) which sometimes rises up in the blogosphere, and yeah blog azeroth is one gathering place genuinely for the greater-good, but like any community it has a dark side (or ‘brown’ side in this case :P ).

  • Your sidebar is much better than anything I have in my blog, but check out Aero’s sidebar here:

    http://www.aerowow.com/

    That is *very* pretty.

    • Gravity
      Twitter: gravitydk

      That is very fancy indeed. Found it. Doesn’t help people find things really, but looks very pretty.

      • Yeah.  It’s not SUPER functional – but it’s A) shiny, and b) fast to create/load.  I tried another tag-layout thing that looked fancy, clean, and whatnot (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/netlifes-tag-cloud-fatcloud/), but it just slowed the load of each individual page load to an absolute crawl.  There’s not necessarily anything wrong with the functionality or coding of it, it could have been my own messed-up implementation of it, or some cloud-server quirk, or whatever, but… it just didn’t work for me.
        Navigation-wise, tags are meaningless.  Tags are really just there for getting your foot in the door on internet-wide searches, not so much navigating within the blog itself.  Categories are much more useful in that sense.
        I’m still just getting into my own groove in terms of blogging, and there’s lots of things I’d like to change about my own site/setup, so I doubt I’m the best blogger influence out there.  =P  (Specifically in terms of navigation, I’d like to actually set up categories for my posts, and actually place new posts IN said categories!)
        Back to your original post: Congratulations on five months!  And very true in the whole “why blog” deal.  It’s oddly like teaching – you do it for the interest in the subject matter and in the creation of content / connecting with the community… not the money.

        • Gravity
          Twitter: gravitydk

          I do like how tags let you navigate a site by theme, and make ‘related posts’ more effective. A good example is the tag for 3.3 or Cataclysm, which isn’t a news category for me in its own right, but instead a cross-section theme across many posts.

        • Very true.  I guess the difference is in the “type” of writing on the blog.  For example, I’ve mostly written articles to this point.  You seem to write more daily, experiential, and random musings alongside the articles.  This type of writing certainly lends more to the navigation by theme, as opposed to navigation by purpose or category. It really comes down to analyzing how a potential visitor might view your site, as both a newcomer and a regular or semi-regular visitor, and understanding the TYPE of content that you’re posting.

          (I also like how the Ajax comment editing popup darkens everything on the page… except the said tag cloud).

  • Rhidach
    Twitter: Rhidach

    I read an interesting statistic saying that most blogs die after their first month of existence. That is, the author’s interest in the subject peters out. I wonder how many of those 200 blogs are still going on a regular basis?

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