[NBI] Newbie Blogger Initiative 2013 conclusion

Newbie Blogger Initiative

October came and went and so did the Newbie Blogger Initiative (NBI for short). I didn’t participate as much as I was hoping for  this year which is becoming a troubling tendency on my part. And I am still blaming Everquest 2 for it!

Personal lamentations aside, it was a good event. We got returning veterans who shared more words of wisdom, newbies from the previous years joining the veterans sharing their hard-won knowledge and bunch of new initiates who created brand new blogs or who decided to give it another go.

We also had events which were pretty fun to participate and see the responses too and the NBI has its own site now that can serve as repository and index to all the advice given during this event.

A big thank you for Doone of T.R. Red Skies and Roger Edwards of Contains Moderate Peril for organizing the NBI this year and creating a site for it. Organizing an event is never easy but both you gentlemen did a great job!

I will be doing a round up of the events and the articles in a later post. For now, here is the list of the blogs that participated as Initiates this year as well as the list of Sponsors. If you are looking for something new to read I am pretty sure you can find something you will like on it. If you have a blog of your own consider adding some (of all!) of  them in your blogroll too, specially the initiates. The NBI for this year may be over but our support for the initiates do not end here. A link in a blogroll can mean a lot for any blog, specially ones starting out. Which reminds me I need to update my own blogroll… Hm. I will do it Soon ™.

Another thing you can do to support them out is to leave a comment in the posts you like. It always cool to see people enjoying something you write that they decided to leave a comment. 🙂

Alright, with all that said here is the list. If I forgot anyone, just let me know in the comments or through contact link up top!


The Chindividual


Cheap Boss Attack

The Cynic Dialogues

Misadventures in Gaming

Away From Game

Lyirica Heals You


Part Time Core Gaming

Lyle’s Grind

She’s All Nerd

Vagabond Worlds

The Sofa is Waiting

JVT Workshop

The Vancouverite Video Gaming Blog

Mysterious Artifact

In Character

The Lazy NPC

The Jazz Panda

Thinking Play

Null Signifier

A Blog Reborn

Cogitationes Astalnaris

Gamer by Design


World’s End Tavern

Sheep the Diamond

Why I Game

The Hive Minded

Vagabond Goes For a Walk

MMO Gypsy

Grimnir’s Grudge



Games  and Geekery

Tobold’s Blog

The Ancient Gaming Noob

Ald Shot First

Bio Break

Psychochild’s Blog

Parallel Context

MMO Gumbo

Healing the Masses

Inventory Full

Herding Cats


Out of Beta

Avatars of Steel


[NBI] In which we celebrate!

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It is the end of may and among other things, this means the Newbie Blogger Initiative, aka NBI,  is coming to a close. I think this has been a much bigger success than anyone expected. We got about a hundred new blogs started this month and some amazing advice from the veterans!

Syp, the great guy who started it all, made a final list of all the new blogs and of all the advice posts that were born as part of the NBI.  You can check it here.

For anyone thinking about starting their blog now, give it a look as there is a gold mine of advice in there. Even for old hats of blogging it might be interesting as there may be one thing or two that you never considered before. If you just like to read you might also want to check the list out as I am pretty sure you will get out of it with at least a dozen new blogs to read. 🙂

I am not sure if the NBI forums will stay up after this, but if so, I suggest giving a look at it too. You can find it here. We had some fun discussions in there, some that even end up turning into advice articles by the sponsors.

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Let me introduce you to…

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So, this is it. The final challenge set by Ambermist of Taste’s Like Battlechicken. This week she tasked us with finding 3 blogs that participated in the New Blogger’s Initiative, aka the NBI, and give at least one reason we like each blog. Sounds easy right? Well, that is what I thought at first too. Then I realized that no matter how awesome the three blogs I end up choosing are, I will still feel bad about it. There are just  too many awesome blogs that are participating on it for me to just pick three!

In fact, let me point out to a list of the blogs participating on the NBI. There is one list here, categorized by topics, made by Windsoar of the Jaded Alt blog. If you prefer a handy list with each author’s name and tweeter, Shadowspnd of World’s End Tavern made one for newbies and one for sponsors. Check out the rest of their blogs too while you are there! 🙂

Alright. With that said, let me introduce you to three newbie blogs that have caught my eye for a reason or another:

The Butterfly Gamer


Everyone probably met that one person that can’t stick to a game for very long. Perhaps that might even be your case (it is certainly mine!). Apparently the term for these kind of people is “butterfly gamer”. And as the name of the blog implies, The Butterfly Gamer is the journal of one such person.

Right now, leelubutterfly is trying to stick to just one, to get to the level cap on Aion before Guild Wars 2 is released. It is interesting not only because of her writing (and screenshots!) but also to see her discover new and interesting things about Aion as she goes along. As someone that just started out in Aion it is interesting to see the experiences of another newbie in the game.

Of course, I am also interested to see what other games she will end up playing too. I guess that makes me a butterfly reader?



If I had to describe Ravalation in a few words it would be “a feast to the eyes”. Not only her posts are filled with beautiful screenshots (some times with her own drawings too!) but it is all accompanied with very interesting text too. It is like a combo of pure bliss!

Right now Ravanel is writing about Lord of the Rings Online, Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I highly recommend her blog to anyone interested in any of those games. 🙂

Kemwer Game Blog


While I do have a preference for blogs about people’s personal experiences playing games, I do also like a good discussion about them. Kemwer has been one of those blogs I have been finding myself reading just for that purpose. No matter the topic of the post it is always with a very intelligent and well articulated argument.

His blog (correct me if I am wrong, please, Kemwer!) seems to have a slant towards Guild Wars 2 right now. Though he certainly doesn’t limit himself to just Guild Wars 2 and has made a few posts about Diablo 3, Torchlight 2 and even some more general discussions about MMORPGs.

Wait! There is more…

Ok. So I can’t pick just three after all. Let me list three more blogs before ending this post. But to keep with the spirit of the challenge, in some sort of twisted way, I will just list them and let you find out by yourself what makes them great! It probably won’t be too hard. 🙂

They are also blogs that are participating on the NBI although as sponsors. Without further ado, here are three more great blogs that just make my day whenever they update:

Nerdy Bookahshttp://nerdybookahs.wordpress.com/


LotRO Fashionhttp://lotrofashion.blogspot.com/

My biggest thanks to all the ones I have listed, and for those I could not, for all the entertaining reading so far. Here is looking forward to  reading even more posts! 🙂