Blogging, RSS & Feeds

Writing Quality Blogs


Writing?Blogs?Blogs are on-line journals where people express themselves through writing. Writing?Writing is the process where one puts down words of a language on a format that others can read. This process has not been around very long, to use one of my writing teacher?s favorite sayings, ?Writing has only existed for one day in the one year that humanity has existed.? Speaking and thinking come much easier than writing. These processes just flow out naturally like a river of consciousness; sometimes we hardly have to think about doing them. Anyone and everyone can write words down on paper but that doesn?t mean it?s ?good writing?, myself included. Like most things in life, our society already takes writing for granted which is proving to expose more of our ignorance. Writing is a new form of expression, and if we want to do it in a way that the masses can connect with our ideas, we have to think much more simply and clearly about this art. Now that was quite a big paragraph, you?ve got to wonder if I really needed to say as much as I just did to introduce this article on the best way to write your blogs on the Web. I didn?t even mention this main idea, and that?s what an introduction paragraph is meant to be for. This is a common mistake in many blogs out there. We try to get too many ideas across in one paragraph, sometimes even in one sentence! The key, as in all things in life-is to keep it simple. Simplicity means that readers won?t get confused about what your journal entry is actually about. Introduce your main general topic at the start, and use the subsequent paragraphs to discuss separate ideas that relate to this topic. Try to tie everything up in the concluding paragraph, your main argument and the reason why you?ve written in the first place. Grammar and sentence construction are not easy systems to master, especially if you come from a school system that spent more time telling you about historical battles and quadratic equations than on how to read and write. This is a real problem. When we speak we can get messages across to others easily, but if we put these words down on paper, the writing just isn?t interesting and doesn?t connect with people?s curiosities and fascination. When you write you are not talking to a close friend. You can?t use slang and colloquialisms that only your local community can understand. The aim is to connect with all the people in the world, so let?s make it crystal clear and enjoyable to read. Your computer has spelling and grammar checks, as well as access to a thesaurus. Use them, but remember that the machine can?t decipher all the intricacies of language. Language is a world in itself, and much of its territories are undiscovered by the masses. So, again keep it simple. Short, precise sentences with single ideas are great. Many words in the English language have the same meanings (synonyms). Use the thesaurus so you don?t repeat the same word over and over throughout the text. It keeps the story fresh and doesn?t turn the reader off. There?s nothing more boring than repetition. Using different words can be a lot of fun and a learning experience, just make sure you use a dictionary (also on the computer/Internet) to make absolute sure of the word?s definition. Readability?Simplicity?Make your blog accessible by all people. You can even take into consideration that many readers will have learned English as a second language. As I?ve said in previous articles, keep to the point-don?t go on tangents. Stick with the article?s topic, and definitely stay within the realms of your blog?s main area. If your blog is entitled ?Jazz music?, people who go there don?t want to hear about how your football team won on the weekend! Please be consistent. How irritating is it to visit a blog that hasn?t been written on in months or years? I hope these little tips will help you on your quest to producing ?good? writing that brings new friends and acquaintances of similar outlooks into your world. If you want people to read, the aim is to produce an emotional reaction in your reader. Pretend you are writing to another form of yourself, if it were not readable, interesting and fun?would you stick around?

Blog Problems


What in the world is up with the world of blogs? Blogs are meant to be this great new technology where people can share their ideas and interests with others around the globe. As far as I?m concerned the state of blogs is one of chaos, confusion, and anti-interactivity. The other day I decided to do some research on the Web and try to connect to some blog writers out there that interested me. Let me tell you it was not an enjoyable task as I had envisioned. I spent four painful hours surfing through around a thousand on-line journals, and I found only a few that interested me. What are we doing out there people? First of all, just getting to a blog can be a pain in the arse. For example, you type in the words ?Philosophy blogs? and a whole bunch of sites come up. Some are conglomerate sites with thousands of journals, but the area you?re searching for may have only one blog in it! This is because they separate the blogs into a million different categories, like ?love?, ?lovers?, ?lovable? etc. Why not have just a few main categories to choose from? The next problem is the content. People with ?philosophical? blogs are having personal chats with their mates about the local dance competition on Tuesday! Why not go to a chat room if you just want to talk to your friends? Blogs are supposed to be a personal viewpoint expressed to the whole Web community. Wouldn?t you actually like to meet more people like yourself? How is this going to happen if you talk in strange uncommon slang and acronyms that you and your friends can only understand? Please stick to the subject at hand, and take it at least half seriously. Another major problem is the fact that you can find a really cool blog that sparks an interest, but then find that the writer hasn?t added an entry in over a year! What?s it doing on the Net? Have these people passed away? I seriously doubt it, as there are so many blogs in this ?lost? state. Having a blog is a responsibility; it?s a shared diary for the whole community. How can someone form a relationship if you only write in your blog once a millennium? Back to the subject of content: These on-line journals are a real chance to communicate regularly with others with similar views to yourself. We can learn a lot from each other, as each human is an individual with special traits and skills that only they have. So why do we see so many blogs just talking about trivial nonsense like ?Who the coolest movie actor is.? Humanity is an intelligent species evolving everyday towards a higher consciousness. So where are all the thinkers out there, the people who have taken us to the next levels of spirituality and scientific exploration? I?d really like to hear what you?ve got to say, but all I can find are philosophical beliefs on why died pink jeans express one?s true inner self. The issue of making comments on someone?s blog is also a controversial one. Why have comments sections if you?re not going to reply to people who have expressed an interest in what you?ve had to say? How is this community going to function if all the conversation is one-way! Come on people, wake up and smell the onions! Let?s change the blogging community into the awesome structure of shared knowledge that it was intended for. Please don?t let it turn into the small-talk world of chat rooms.

Writing Good Blogs


There?s a lot of blogs out there on the Web, most of which don?t entice one to go back regularly to read updates. What is missing from these on-line journals that would essentially make them ?good? blogs? Well, the answers in life usually come down to simplicities. So let?s look at the problem like we were children. Children don?t complicate life with miscellaneous information, and when they speak they tell you straight to the point exactly how they feel and think about a subject. First of all, we should ask the questions,? Why do blogs exist? And what are they here for?? Well, in an ideal world ?good? blogs would help people connect, sharing knowledge and feelings about issues in life. As they are journals written by individuals we would hope that they?d be readable and open to comment by all other people, not just a select group of friends. The key is speaking in a way that is understandable by the masses, get rid of acronyms and local slang that only few will comprehend. Keep the sentences grammatically simple and generally short and concise. Try to write in your blog as often as possible because if people enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas they?ll want to communicate or at least be filled in regularly on ?your world?. Ask questions, comment on other blogs of similar content, start communities with others you?ve never met, based on your interests. Keep focused; if your blog is about thoughts on war and peace, keep your thoughts on the latest movie and how hungry you are for somewhere else. The idea is to incite intelligent communication so that in time our collective stockpile of knowledge and wisdom will gradually grow like a tree in fertile soil. I think of most importance is the fact that you want this journal to be ?good? reading. Of course we all have ideas about what genres and styles we like, but writing from your heart and soul is imperative for the connection with others that you?re looking for. Share yourself; don?t hide behind walls of fear of ridicule and judgment. In real life relationships trust, respect, intimacy, and unity are all necessary for a bond to form. It?s the same in the ?virtual? world; people want to hear from real people-not just one-sided, highly opinionated arguments from egos that don?t want to hear the ?other side of the coin?. Now, in my last article I really tore apart most writers out there, and here I?m giving some pretty complex ideas on how to fix the problem of ?bad? writing. In my next article I?ll attempt to go back to the simple basics of how to write for beginners. I hope I haven?t come across as too judgmental, I just truly believe the ?blog world? could become a real asset to humanity, and at the moment it?s missing the mark. Ideas about sentence structure, grammar, paragraphing, using a thesaurus (varying terms used so as not to sound repetitive), whether or not your blog is suitable for a personal or professional approach, are all important to creating a simple and enjoyable read for the blogging visitor. If you are a beginner, please check out my next article on the basics.

RSS is a Life Raft, Saving Us from a Sea of Useless Information


One of the main problems with the Internet these days is the fact that there is so much information out there; it can be quite hard to find the particular knowledge that you?re looking for. It can often feel like you?re surfing waves of thick chocolate fudge sauce and your honeycomb board has a crack that?s getting wider by the second. Over stimulus is the issue here; you wanted to read opinions from music enthusiasts about music, and every second blog article had to do with new punk hairdo trends and which band has the coolest tattoos. How can we find only the content we?re looking for without getting bogged down in miscellaneous information that erodes both time and patience? The answer is in context. There?s now a way to sift through the cacophony of babble and wisdom to find exactly what you?re looking for. Instead of having to join clubs and organizations and receive their newsletters via email at their convenience you can now have control over what you receive. Having to search through millions of blogs to find the few you like has now become an obsolete task. The new system is called an RSS Reader: ?Rich site summary? or ?really simple syndication? are the common definitions of this software. The process begins by signing up to receive automatic updates from blogs and other Web sites that distribute summaries of their latest postings to your reader. You then find which ones you like and delete the rest. You can keep adding new sites until you have literally hundreds of informative connections in your areas of specific interest. Another great aspect of the RSS Reader program is the fact that you can put in key words of interest and the computer will surf the Web for you and add new blogs and web sites to your list, rating them according to the terms you have selected. You then scan over these and add the ones you feel are relevant, deleting the detritus. Eventually you will have an email-style formatted file where you can search through all your favourite writers, news, and topics? latest information. Then you also have functions such as ?comment? so you can automatically share your input with your fellow humans. Or, you can reply to the ?messages? and actually communicate with the producers of the ideas. This will really help to decentralise the information sharing processes of the current top-down mass communication systems like the media. We can hear multiple opinions on an issue and give our own views, instead of being told one story that is heavily affected by the company?s personal perspective of the situation. So, you can see this has the potential for something quite big. Less time wasted, finding all the knowledge you?re looking for, and sharing your opinion and meeting others similar to yourself has never been so easy. The RSS Reader is a knife cutting away all the useless packaging, revealing the true content of the gift of the Internet.

Blog Reflection


I still consider myself to be a blog writing novice but as I?ve got a few entries under my belt I can tell you about an unexpected bonus of this journaling process. A lot of people think that blog writers are just people who are tooting their own horns blabbering on self-righteously about what they believe to be true in life. On the contrary, for me writing a blog has helped me to reflect on my experiences that I may have otherwise have forgotten if I hadn?t written them down. It has become a process of self-actualization, whether others have read my thoughts has become less of a priority for me. When I read over my past entries I am surprised to hear about thoughts, ideas, and wisdom that is quite relevant to my present experiences. It?s like I already knew some of the solutions to my problems in the present, but I still had to go through the experiences to actually have this knowledge become truly learnt. I also find it rewarding in both the respects that I get to ?relive? certain moments in my life, and I get to analyze my previous thoughts. This analysis often leads me to new ideas that I couldn?t see clearly when I was in the original moment. ?Reliving? past experiences by reading old journal entries can be a powerful experience indeed. You can be transported to the moment in time you were writing about, as well as the moment and feelings you had when writing the blog entry. Experiencing these events and feelings again can be a really enlightening process, especially if the emotions you had were strong ones. An example of this from my blog www.thepowerofeverythingthatis.com is a recent upheaval of emotions I wrote about when a young lady I?d been dating and really started to like a lot told me she didn?t want to kiss me anymore. Now when I read this entry I can feel those same painful feelings, but in a new light as the time has passed and I?ve moved on. It gives me hope in understanding that all feelings pass, and also in the knowledge that all things happen for a reason. This knowledge I couldn?t see at the time as I was totally enveloped by my agony. These insights into past feelings and thoughts have been an eye opener for my self-introspection process. I think the blog can give you the chance to get to know yourself better, something all humans could find beneficial. All of us are on quests to find out who we are and why we are here on Earth. The blogging process might just be another avenue for people to find out who they truly are. Keep on writing my friends!

Feed The Need: 5 Ways To Use RSS To Boost Your Business Or Organizational Success


RSS (it stands for Really Simple Syndication, among other things) is a relatively new technology that allows anyone who creates frequently changing web content - news, blogs, current events, etc. - to deliver their messages to interested readers with no fuss, no muss and best of all - no spam!

What Is This RSS, XML, RDF, and Atom Business?


It's been a long day at work and you're in no mood to cook dinner or go out. Time to count on the reliable pizza delivery guy. The order is called in and he promptly arrives with smokin' hot pizza within 30 minutes as promised. If it were only that easy with a picky family where no one can agree on the same restaurant for dinner. One wants Mexican, another wants Chinese, and another wants a burger and Mexican. Instead of running to three different places, you call a delivery service that goes to all of them and brings it to you. What could be easier in getting a meal without cooking it or fetching it?

Is a Blog Right For Your Business?


Lemmings are cute, but dumb. If you tell them to jump off a cliff, they will. Just like the people who start blogs because everyone is doing it. Guess what happens after a little while? The blogs die.

RSS & How to Use It (part 1)


Have you ever read an article, intended to explain RSS in simple terms that, begins well, but soon descends into confusing jargon or information overload?

RSS & How to Use It -- Part 2


Welcome to part 2 of the article that aims to give you just enough information to help you understand RSS and start using it.

What Are RSS Feeds


RSS Feeds.

3 Reasons To Publish An E-Newsletter AND A Blog


With spam filters on high alert, delivering a newsletter by email is not as easy as it was even one year ago. Should it reach your subscriber's inbox (without getting siphoned into a junk folder), it still has to vie for attention amongst dozens ? or even hundreds ? of new messages.

Benefits to RSS


RSS streamlines communication between publishers and readers. Since RSS has had a popularity surge, webmasters have been experimenting and using RSS feeds to deliver content in new and innovative ways. Typically, RSS feeds contain news headlines and content summaries. The content summaries contain just enough information without overwhelming the reader with superfluous details. If the reader is interested and wants additional information they can click on the item in the feed, accessing the website which contains additional details. RSS readers aggregate multiple feeds, making it easy for individuals to quickly scan information contained within each feed. Feeds are generally themed, allowing users to opt-in to feeds that are of interest.

Internet Communication


Email, Instant Messaging, Blogs, RSS, Forums and Listservs: What's Next?

Should You Get A Blog?


A blog is a type of website. It allows the website owner to easily write messages that get posted to the site automatically, often in a journal or diary-like style. A particularly appealing thing about blogs is that your readers can comment back to your posts fairly easily, and a continuous stream of fresh conversations result. (This is a good thing.)

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6 Reasons Your Ecommerce Site Needs a Blog Booster Shot  Search Engine Journal

In *content* marketing, it's often all about the B2Bs. But what about you? The small online business owners, the B2Cs, the local marketers? Are the benefits of ...


How to come up with new game ideas  Gamasutra

Here's how you start developing your first game — with Shovel Knight as an example.


Designing a New Website: Choosing the Best Tech for Your Dev  Search Engine Journal

Designing a new website? Here are the pros and cons of using a CMS vs. a website builder, as well as some SEO considerations when choosing a platform.


Ian Hamilton's Blog - Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019  Gamasutra

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is event that takes place on the third Thursday of every May, with the goal of raising awareness about digital accessibility.


Thais Weiller's Blog - Bittersweet Game Design -- The 'What'  Gamasutra

This article is based on a talk I presented on the Tehran Game Convention. Slides are available here. It is also available in my personal blog, in case you prefer ...


Vasiliy Sabirov's Blog - 10 useful links for game developers  Gamasutra

We at devtodev collected 10 great links which could be useful for game analysts and game developers and tried to organize them in the most logical way.


Pope lashes out at blogging ambassadors, demands obedience  Fox News

Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal ...


Move or Die and its 5+ Year Journey to the PlayStation 4  Gamasutra

From “flashy” beginnings to the development swamp and finally launching a console game, this is the story of how Move or Die was made.


Don’t Be Alarmed – But I Want You To Kill Your RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

Back in 2010, I published a blog post about the choices bloggers gave their readers when it came to how they consumed that blogger's *content*. The gist of the ...


Netflix's Bandersnatch UX: Cinema meets Gaming, how to make the marriage last!  Gamasutra

Bandersnatch: Netflix's attempt at gamifying cinema is a commendable attempt but leaves more to be desired, ideas on how it can benefit from deep lear.


James Patton's Blog - Spinnortality: crunching the numbers  Gamasutra

Is it still possible to break into the games industry as an unknown indie in 2019? James Patton shares the sales numbers for his indie success Spinnor.


China's Shark Tank: Gaming Authority Now Requires A Business Plan Before Your Video Game Can Launch  Gamasutra

The new approval process requires you to share extensive information about your game. Not presenting all relevant information could slow the approval.


Picking a Platform: Bottom-up vs Top-down thinking  Gamasutra

Outlines two approaches to picking a target platform: one which begins with your game's design and works upwards and another that starts at the platfo.


Pascal Luban's Blog - Apple Arcade : Opportunity for indies or illusion ?  Gamasutra

Apple has announced its new game distribution *service*, Apple Arcade. This subscription-based *service* offers unlimited access to games present in its c.


Welcome to rabbit hell! Reliable AI locomotion with TDD  Gamasutra

Unit testing is often thought to be inapplicable to game development due to randomness, 3D interaction, and unpredictable player input. But in ElemenT.


Katarina Sostakova's Blog - AN ADVENTURE CALLED DATA ANALYSIS  Gamasutra

What it is like to work as a data analyst in a free2play game dev studio? Walk through the week of Katarína and get a grip of her adventurous work!


Ahmed Khalifa's Blog - Level Design Patterns in 2D Games  Gamasutra

This blog post is a more friendly and accessible version for our paper (by Ahmed Khalifa, Fernando de Mesentier Silva, and Julian Togelius). Also, we added ...


James Margaris's Blog - An Artifact Card Review  Gamasutra

20 pages of thoughts on Artifact cards that begin with the letter 'A'


An enigma called Rahul Gandhi  Times of India

The Minority Department in the Congress party organisation is charged to look after the affairs of minorities that include Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, ...


Video game music composer: Getting your big break  Gamasutra

Game composer Winifred Phillips discusses ways for new game composers to achieve their first professional gig. Article includes advice regarding the.


Caleb Compton's Blog - Game Designer Spotlight: Hideo Kojima  Gamasutra

In this installment of Game Designer Spotlight, I look at the acclaimed director of the Metal Gear Series and Death Stranding. How did he get started.


What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through Tax Policy  Inequality.org

State governments have many options for recouping the windfalls large corporations and the wealthy received through the 2017 Republican federal tax law.


David C. Drake's Blog - Gaming and Game Dev on Linux  Gamasutra

Observations and opinions on the current state of Linux as a platform for gaming and game development.


Chad Cable's Blog - Unboxing BOXBOY! - A Character Controller Cover  Gamasutra

An in depth look at what makes the character controller tick in HAL Laboratory's BOXBOY! This was done by Covering the game - a terrific game develop.


Vasburg E''s Blog - Don't Browse ArtStation Too Much  Gamasutra

Does ArtStation bring artists closer together or their art, making it more similar in the process? In this article, I discuss if there is an underlyin.


Diego Ricchiuti's Blog - Troll Games - Design a golden path  Gamasutra

Troll/raging games can teach us a lot about how to the design a golden path and how use it to motivate the players.


Sarah RobinsonYu's Blog - Mitigating Toxic Behaviour: 4 Lessons from Overwatch  Gamasutra

As an avid Overwatch gamer, I thought I'd discuss the level of toxicity the Overwatch community and the number of notable strides that Overwatch has.


Josh Bycer's Blog - The Limitations of Leveling in Game Design  Gamasutra

Leveling has been an essential part of game design and progression since the origins of RPG design. However, I'm finding that modern games are missing the ...


Haley Uyrus's Blog - Failbetter Games Retrospective: Making a Launch Trailer  Gamasutra

A behind the scenes look at how an indie company creates a launch trailer, with specific insights into the Sunless Skies launch trailer.


Ryan Darcey's Blog - Designing a Production Process: An Addendum  Gamasutra

An addendum to my Designing a Production Process series that describes how to further utilize your issue tracking database to support it.


Breath of the Wild Open World Analysis: Gravity to go Forward  Gamasutra

Analyzing the open world design in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild to break down Nintendo's level design and use of topography to guide where t.





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