A short note and update in the world of Reality Glitch Online. Not only is this a year for some awesome anniversary’s (Mario and Back to the Future both celebrating 25 years) but it is a year ago today that I also started my blog.
My first post was on October 31st 2009 and was Dune II for the Amiga 500, follow the link to take a look!
I still have the scribble sheet somewhere with a list of names and titles for the blog. Most of them involved the word retro somewhere along the line and the word gaming, however as I had no idea what I really wanted to write about I didn’t want to corner myself so early in the game!
Reality Glitch Online seemed to be nice and non-committal to any particular section of entertainment, allowing me to explore the usual array of games, movies, TV, theatre and of course retro gaming. Almost shortened it to RGO but thought I might get mistaken for RKO Pictures, silly me.
Still it’s been a great year, plenty to celebrate even in the face of adversity at some points, throughout I have stuck to one of my main goals and that was to keep this blog going. At the risk of this turning into a ‘Dear Diary’ moment, I started out with some bold goals (I think it was to post twice a week) amounting to 8 posts a month and 96 posts for the year, sadly I didn’t reach these dizzy heights of posting, but I’m hoping in this case it was quality over quantity!
Over the year I’ve managed to accumulate a larger back log of retro consoles and games, including a SNES and a NES (one was free, thank you Emma) and the other was £3 from a car boot sale. On top of this a menagerie of Amiga and Sega Mega Drive games, most of which also came from car boot sales, between 50p and £1 a game, you’ve really got to route through huge amounts of stuff to find those bargains.
Below are a few tips gathered from my own experience and from the interweb on blogging, in case anyone else is insane enough to start one:
1) Set aside time on a daily basis to write to improve style and voice. This could be as little as 30 minutes of writing or a single page.
2) Beat your self-doubt and inner critic. I have both and they often run rampant.
3) Connect with readers – I always see this as responding to comments, being open to feedback and tips and constructive criticism.
4) Promote your blog, double posting and spamming not advisable. Also promote and connect with others at least 3
times a week.
5) Ask some questions on why you’re writing and what you’re writing. How will the reader react or benefit from reading your posts.
6) Avoid too many rants (unless of course that’s what your blog is about I guess) I prefer upbeat and helpful posts that leave me feeling informed and positive about something.
7) Develop your story telling ability and think about your writing voice – how the reader can hear you.
Most of all enjoy what you are writing, and set yourself realistic goals.
Thanks for reading and hopefully plenty more posts to come soon 🙂
Hope everyone is having a great weekend and Happy Halloween!