Running a video game blog takes more than just a love of video games. Once you dedicate yourself to presenting a reliable stream of relevant information to your audience, you’ve made a commitment to continue to do so for as long as you keep your blog active. The fastest way to kill off your readership is to drop the ball and let your blog fade into oblivion, something that happens far too often. You need specific skills to be able to maintain a successful video game blog, and here you’ll find a few of the bare bones basic ones that will be required of you to keep your gaming blog up and running.
If you can’t make yourself write on a regular basis, your blog isn’t going to last long. Maintaining a blog is more than just writing whenever you feel like it; you need to commit from the onset to writing a certain number of posts and reasonable intervals, at least once a week. If that seems cumbersome to you now it’s only going to get worse as time goes on. Try writing up sample blog posts before you launch to see how easy it is for you to keep up with. That way you already have a queue of posts ready to go just in case you miss a deadline but need to keep to your schedule.
A Thick Skin
Not everyone is going to like what you have to say all the time. If you’re a people pleaser who wants to make everyone happy, you may not have a thick enough skin to handle blogging. The more popular your blog becomes the larger the diversity is going to be in your regular readership and the more likely it is that you’re going to attract some negative comments, and possibly even a few trolls of your very own. You can’t make everyone happy all the time, and a blog is a poor place to try and accomplish this as waffling back and forth on your opinions and content can make you lose your focus when it comes to the aim of the blog. If you don’t think you can handle the potential abuse, you might as well quit before you get started.
A Point of View
Out of every other skill you might have, this is perhaps the most important. Without a point of view, you have no content. Simply regurgitating what other people have written won’t get you anywhere. Why would people want to read content from you that they could get anywhere else? Come at your blog with a specific point of view. Do you think video games are too sexist? Do you think the next generation of gaming platforms needs a new direction? Do you think some games made in Japan but never brought over to North America ought to be? These are all excellent points of view that you could easily base a blog around. More importantly they also generate a number of blog post ideas you could quickly and easily publish for your readership.