Blaugust Reborn 2018 summary

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This is a post I probably should have done last Friday. But there are a couple of reasons I didn't do it then:

  1. I wanted my  post count to end up at a neat 10
  2. I wanted to see if anyone else would do a compilation of all the advice given during this Blaugust. If they did then I wouldn't do it too as it would feel unnecessary.

Yeah, I am pretty silly in case anyone hasn't noticed that yet. :p

Anyway, I decided to make a compilation of blogging advice written during this month by the mentors. It just seemed like a good idea to have it listed in one place, even if it will end up just being for my own use.

Before we get to my ramblings about my participation on this Blaugust, let's get this list out of the way, shall we?

I tried to categorize them in a way that made sense for me. Hopefully I didn't miss anyone but if I did, please let me know, with the link to the relevant post.

The same goes if you feel your post isn't in the appropriate category.

General Advice

Blaugust Prep WeekTales of the Aggronaut

#BlaugustReborn Getting started - StarShadow

Dust Off Your Old Blog - Contains Moderate Peril

A Blaugust to Revive Blogging - The Ancient Gaming Noob

Blogging is Dead! Long Live Blogging!Me vs Myself and I

When Blogging Turns BadContains Moderate Peril

Blaugust Prep Week: Build BridgesJVT Workshop

Blaugust Prep Week - Armagon Live

Why Blog?Going Commando

Imposter Syndrome and Your Blog - Gamer Girl Confessions

Blaugust Prep Week: Advice - Moonshine Mansion

Blaugust Prep Week: What’s in a name?Moonshine Mansion

Blaugust Prep Week: Listen to AdviceJVT Workshop

Thinking about blogging? A TL;DR for NewbiesThinking Play

Blaugust Reborn – Deciding to BlogNomadic Gamers, eh!

Blaugust Reborn: Five tips for coming up with blog topics - Bio Break

Why blog?Stabbed Up

Blaugust Mentor: How blogging can help your next job interview - Cinemaxica

The Best Laid Blogs O’ Mice an’ Men - Casual Aggro

Starting a Blog & Keeping the Momentum - A Hobbit's Journey

Blog OnMurf Versus

Blaugust Reborn: Five things every blogger should do to connect with other writersBio Break

Opinions, Debate and Courting ControversyContains Moderate Peril

Blaugust and Consolidating Your Blog ReadingThe Ancient Gaming Noob

On Writing

Finding Inspiration Where There Is NoneMe vs Myself and I

Blaugust Prep Week: First WordsJVT Workshop

Blaugust Prep Week: Less can be MoreJVT Workshop

Blogging: Importance of Voice & Choosing your AudienceAywren Sojourner

Blaugust Prep Week: Word KillerJVT Workshop

I, Me, Mine - Inventory Full

How Do You Write A Blog Post? You Just Write A Blog Post - Inventory Full

It Is Blaugust and What Should I Even Write About?The Ancient Gaming Noob

Blaugust: Keep Your Finger Near the Print Screen KeyAywren Sojourner

Finding inspiration #BlaugustRebornGamingSF

A Writing ProcessThinking Play

Blaugust and Editorial PolicyThe Ancient Gaming Noob

Language, Style and ToneContains Moderate Peril

Organization and Scheduling

Blaugust Prep Week: Time AllotmentJVT Workshop

Blaugust 2018: The preper's guide to survival bloggingBio Break

Blogging logistics #BlaugustRebornGamingSF

Blogging and Self-DisciplineContains Moderate Peril

Should I Blog & How Often Do I Post?!?A Hobbit's Journey

Organising blogposts #BlaugustRebornGamingSF

Writing and TimeContains Moderate Peril

Topic Prompts

The First of BlaugustTales of the Aggronaut

Blaugust Reborn BeginsMe vs Myself and I

Blaugust Reborn – It Has BegunA Hobbit's Journey

All The Post Ideas From My Remarkably Small Brain - Atheren's Adventures

Blaugust: Topic Brainstorming WeekMoonshine Mansion

Blaugust: Free Ideas Lockbox! - Why I Game

Blog Post Topic Ideas - Endgame Viable

Scarcity Of SubjectsGamer Girl Confessions

Learning from Day 2 of #BlaugustRebornBeyond Tannhauser Gate

Blogging idea generation #BlaugustReborn - GamingSF

Blaugust Topic Idea: Pet PeevesJVT Workshop

Writing PromptsStarShadow

Topic Brainstorming Week: How do you buy games?Armagon Live

Conversation Starters For All OccasionsInventory Full

Blaugust Topic Idea: Future TechJVT Workshop

Blaugust Topic Idea: Pretty PicturesJVT Workshop

Blaugust Topic Idea: Stories and GuidesJVT Workshop

Mining The PastTales of the Aggronaut

Blaugust Topic Idea: Reviews (and a Daylight Review)JVT Workshop

What Class Do you REFUSE to Play?Soul of the Forest

Technical Advice

Choosing a PlatformTales of the Aggronaut

Blaugust Prep Week: Picture EditingJVT Workshop

Syndication and Social MediaTales of the Aggronaut

Time for a MakeoverContains Moderate Peril

Blaugust – Keep up with the news via RSSArmagon Live

Staying Motivated

Staying Motivated: Oddities of LifeJVT Workshop

Why I’m [Still] BloggingThe Parent Trope

Staying Motivated: Asking QuestionsJVT Workshop

Staying motivated #BlaugustRebornGamingSF

The Rhythm MethodInventory Full

Staying Motivated: Status UpdateJVT Workshop

Reflections on the Event

I decided to join in for two reasons: first it was a good excuse to get into regularly blogging again. The second was to add more new blogs to my RSS reader. Although I wouldn't say I really achieved the  first the second goal was a definitive success. 🙂

My initial aim was to write 5 posts during August which I was able to do without too much issue. I did get a bit more ambitious though and aimed for 15 posts just  for the silver badge but unfortunately my mood was pretty bad during the last two weeks and I didn't feel much like writing (or doing anything) during that period. Still, I wrote more than I expected I would.

I also re-learned the importance of starting to write early, of having some drafts saved up. Writing those big walls of text in one go is hard and the end result isn't good for anyone. That is one of the things I intend to change going forward.

I also intend to write at least one blog post per week. Eventually I'd like to settle into a schedule but for now I think just having one post per week is a more realistic goal.

All in all I am very happy with the event and my participation on it. A big thank you for Belghast for organizing the event. Also thank you for the mentors who wrote all the above advice and for everyone who joined the Blaugust Discord server for the chat and general support. You people rock! 🙂

For anyone curious, here is the tally of the participants that Belghast did.

The Bronze Award for Blaugust Reborn 2018