It’s been a while, again, since I last wrote anything here, mainly for reasons I’ve already mentioned here, so I reckoned with the start of a new year, Spring and all that, it was time for a relaunch. So, first, what’s been happening:
League of Legends
I’ve more or less stopped playing League. They keep patching it and shaking up the meta. Every time I think about going to get back into it, Riot change stuff so I decide to wait a bit until it’s all sorted out and settled. And then they patch it again. So I’ve decided it’s simpler not to start at all. Less to think about. Instead I’m still watching my LoL streams, letting other people do the work. I’m also watching LCS, another way of keeping up with League without putting any effort in myself.
In LCS, Origen remain my team of choice. They reached the semi-finals in Worlds, partly by managing to avoid the Korean teams and benefiting from the Chinese League teams imploding, but put up a pretty good performance all the same. They were expected to stomp this Season since, among all the newly formed teams, they had had only had one roster change; xPeke moving to a substitute position replaced by UOL’s Power of Evil. However they’ve looked somewhat messy and unco-ordinated so far and have dropped games. There were problems with internet access and practice at the start which didn’t help. I also wonder if sometimes it’s easier being a new team at the start, what with Riot’s constant meta changes. A new team can come in fresh, a team like Origen has to unlearn what they had down so well previously and almost automatically as a team (with xPeke here) before the relearning starts up again and they can readjust.
Who Dares Grins
Whilst I’ve been away, my little multi-gaming community I was one of the Clan Leaders of, has sort of died a death. The Sunday evening Llama gaming Nights stopped (well I was the organiser) and the TF2 sessions on Tuesday and Friday evening halted. The Mumble server is still used, posts are made on the forum and some people have formed a Steam group and have pub-stomping sessions but that’s about it. I’ll probably join the group and see what’s up. I’ve been thinking about trying to get the servers populated again, but it is a lot of work that’s largely down to me; the days of community-run servers running games sustaining gaming communities seem to be almost over. WDG are one of the last of these communities to go dark with many, most, having gone down way before.
Lord of the Rings Online
Still dropping in, now and again. Feels a bit like coming home, it’s so familiar. The kinship is still about. I’m still an Officer. I could resign but it’s not really worth any potential bother as everyone’s currently dozing away as things are.
Team Fortress 2
I miss playing TF2. Played it a little recently. Going to play it more.
Fallout 4 and modding
I’ve been playing a lot of Fallout 4. I’ve also been exploring the modding scene. There’s comparatively little out there at the moment since Bethesda haven’t released their modding tool yet. So far a lot of the mods that are available don’t really cater for me; I’ve no urge to populate my post-nuclear wilderness with topless women possessing Barbie doll-like proportions. I took a look at Skyrim which has a more advanced modding scene and it was similar; a vast over-supply of mods for hetero males wanting something fruity in their games and scantily-dressed and probably cold lady followers. Well I could either hope that more modders widened their briefs or have a go and try to make the mods myself that I wanted to see. I decided to do that and also see if I could get involved in some modding groups setting up to develop additional game content and give input (trying to keep my Cthulhu obsession reigned in). I’m not sure how it’ll go but at the moment I’m trying to get to grips with the Skyrim modding tool which is very likely to be similar to the Fallout 4 one when it’s released.
So that’s about it really. There are other things going on and other things will be going on but I’ll see. Whatever, I hope to be blogging more now about the above and more. Always good to write a bit of nonsense now and again!
Now, so far in the New Blogger Initiative, the focus of many advisory posts, including mine, has been on not blogging for numbers, instead looking at good writing and slowly building up dedicated audiences. However, there may be many new gaming bloggers who just want hits. Not fame, not longevity, just hits, a ‘forget the quality; feel the width’ approach to blogging. This is fair enough and Berath’s Brain Burps is happy to help them too.
So, I have analysed the top search terms and listed the ones that have most frequently brought people to Berath’s Brain Burps, over the past year.
Right, the most popular topic searched for and the most popular search term is:
League of Legends.
Yes, searches for this term and the variants of, have brought many people here. How long they’ve stayed, how disappointed they were when they arrived, whether or not any came back; all irrelevant. It’s the numbers that count.
The next most popular search term was:
The Pyro in Team Fortress 2 was the subject and the classs of maximum interest for searchees (the soldier a distant second). Unfortunately, the majority of my class posts are about the Demoman and the Engineer. I’ve obviously missed a trick here.
Then we have
tf2 (a.n. other class i.e.not pyro)
Team fortress 2 is generally popular. I noticed an immediate increase in hits after my first TF2 post, initially I focussed on Lord of the Rings Online.
poems about laptops/poem about laptop/laptop poem/ode to laptop and other variants
feature prominently amongst search terms; I once wrote an ode to my laptop when it was very new and very shiny and I was very excited. As a search subject, this was a surprise and perhaps something the hits maximiser can use. Poems about computers seem to be very popular and much sought after.
And finally among the more significantly popular terms we have
I’m very pleased by this, and actually not surprised here. Dice boots are among the unsung heroes of tabletop gaming. Mine is a marvel (it’s so handy).
So, the conclusion. The hits maximiser could write a post combining all the above, and they will get hits. Perhaps a poem about their laptop upon which they play League of Legends, whilst taking a break from playing Team Fortress 2 as a Pyro, all the while gazing upon the dice boot they have on the table beside them. Excellent. Quality unimportant.
There will, of course, be other search terms that would bring in even more hits, but I’ll leave the hits maximiser to find those out for themselves and work them in to their gaming blogs!
Oh yes and finally pictures..pictures get hits. These have been the most popular.
So, hits maximisers, just stick something similar, at random, towards the end of your post. Like this.
As part of the New Blogger Initiative, each sponsor blog has been asked to write at least one post giving advice to new bloggers. Unfortunately I’m led to understand this also includes Berath’s Brain Burps. A flaw in the Initiative I think.
But anyway, here goes. I suppose, one of the first things for anyone to consider, is why blog at all. Well for starters, don’t blog for:
‘cos it ain’t going to happen in 99% of cases; though there may be that 1% where a lucky gaming blogger has stumbled upon a sponsorship with Mr Kiplings cakes or Millies Cookies. Pause, think on that, then dismiss it.
I blog for entertainment. I enjoy writing. I enjoy gaming. When I was younger I kept a diary. Never expected anyone else to read that, I don’t expect that people to read this. Knowing that people do and that they enjoy Berath’s Brain Burps is nice and adds to things, but it’s not my main drive.
It’s noticeable that this blog seems to be one of the only blogs in the Initiative that doesn’t mainly focus on MMOs, I’m likin’ the shooters and lovin’ TF2, though there are a handful of new blogs which look at other gaming genres, one looking at League of Legends (Scattered Thoughts) and another at Starcraft II (Adamant Nomad) and I’ve found a TF2 blog just starting out (TFScribbles). Certainly, considering how many people play shooters, there don’t seem to many who blog about them, at least on a more personal level, especially compared to MMOs.
I’m not sure why there’s this lack. Is it because people who focus on MMOs tend to be more reflective and articulate whilst fps players just care about shooting the mans and can barely string two words together that don’t comprise an insult? There was a thread on the Super Monday Night Combat forum where someone concluded that shooter communities were generally dim-witted and loud, TF2 was specifically mentioned. They also spoke about MOBA communities saying they were generally fairly smart (but also extremely volatile), though I ‘d like to add here that Super Monday Night Combat, which I’m playing as well, has been classed as a cross between a MOBA game and an fps. Conclude what you like there.
But anyway, what am I trying to say? Well, even though the genre does not seem to be that popular amongst the personal gaming blogs in my community, since first person shooter-type games are the games that at the moment I love playing most, they’re the games I write about. And it’s that, that keeps me going. So, new bloggers, find your game/genre/platform of choice, find your raison d’etre that must be yours and based on no-one else, because it needs to keep you writing when your hit rates are barely a couple a week and not even search engines seem to be able to find you. Because if you don’t love what you’re writing, you won’t.
(There, I think that was alright. I’ll just get my MMO-playing friend to check, she looks over every post, capitalising the ‘i’s, she says, putting in the full stops and commas and removing the profanities; they just slip in….she’ll do right by it)
Berath’s Brain Burps is
giddy even giddier than usual at the moment. It’s with excitement. A while back Berath’s Brain Burps was approached by one of the esteemed Readership with a proposition.
Syp of Bio Break and Massively had decided that it would be a really good idea to start a month of events to encourage new bloggers to enter the world of blogging. As part of this he was contacting a whole collection of gaming blogs, including Berath’s Brain Burps, to ask them to participate and share blogging tips, thoughts and experiences.
So, during the month of May, across the Internet, the Readership will find itself encountering countless gaming blogs all busy sharing and Berath’s Brain Burps will be one of them! It’ll be great. Syp has said over 70 blogs are involved and I’ll be posting a master list of participating blogs as soon as it becomes available (now available: see end of post)
A forum has also been set up here where new bloggers can register, ask questions and hopefully get answers from the sponsor blogs. There will also be articles and discussions. As part of the initiative, each participating sponsoring blog has agreed to write at least one post about blogging. At the end of the month all these will be collected together and the links published and of course everything will be going up on the forum, straight off.
Anyway, if any of the Readership has ever considered blogging or even just wanted to know more about it, now is good times. Should I focus on one game, how often should I publish, do I have to be up-to- date/highly erudite/incisive (take a look at Berath’s Brain Burps and guess), will I get rich and be able live the rest of my days on walnut cake….you don’t know? Well then, go, register, ask away, discuss and write!
Little bit extra: Many of the blogs, old and new, focus on mmos. This is just how it is. No reason. Gaming blogs can be about any sort of gaming, on any platform. After all this blog has moved from a gaming/mainly LoTRO blog to a gaming/lots of Team Fortress 2 blog with a bit of MOBA gaming thrown in (still love my LoTRO though).
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I’m really a very serious person. I am. And I’d like my blog to be a very serious blog. Writing serious things about MMOs and LOTRO that make people point and rub their chins thoughtfully whilst they read. I think sometimes I manage it, sort of.
But then I blow it.
But one day I will be a proper blogger. I will!