little by little, one travels far

posted this on June 12th, 2012.
Categorized as asides, everquest, little by little one travels far, lord of the rings online, lotro, rpg, vanguard.

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everquest:  its unlikely we’ll be playing this again.  I can see why it was such a good game and why so many people have fond memories and so many still play it though, I think I came along too late.

vanguard:  not sure what’s happening with this game.  its absolutely gorgeous, feels quite different and we’ve had fun so far.  Now we’re back in lotro though, I’m not sure we’ll have time to play here too.  Its possible though, we will be grouping here when it goes f2p.  Must remember to log in and check out the free house loyalty reward.

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week 3 challenge: my main characters

posted this on May 18th, 2012.
Categorized as elder scrolls, eq2, everquest, games, lord of the rings online, lotro, MMO, newbie blogger initiative, rpg, vanguard.

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I’m loving Ambermist’s challenges – really fun to do and to read how others have responded.  Its also nice to have some direction for a change, especially as currently both I and my toddler are cold-afflicted again ;)

so… this week’s challenge – my main characters… this could be lengthy so be warned :P

wordpress tips ~ menus, categories and tags (nbi)

posted this on May 6th, 2012.
Categorized as elder scrolls, eq2, everquest, games, lotro, MMO, newbie blogger initiative, rpg.

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Full link: http://suzitastarshadow.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/wordpress-tips-menus-categories-and-tags-nbi/

WordPress uses categories and tags as both a way for search engines to find your blog and as a way for you to organise your content.   There are different ways of doing this but the way I find works best is to use categories for individual games and the overall subject matter (e.g. games, mmo, lotro, vanguard) and tags for keywords (e.g. lotro outfit, weatherstock 2012, minecraft client crash) and some sub-organisation (e.g. lotro lore, weekly screenshot).  Wordpress suggests using between 6 and 10 categories/tags as the optimal amount to use.  It does take a bit of trial and error to find which work for you but you can change them and change as you go along (you can rename them globally which can save a fair bit of faffing under the Posts> categories or tags dashboard).

Custom menus are just brilliant, especially if you play more than one game and write about more than one subject.  As you can see above I’ve used a custom menu to differentiate all posts categorised under lotro and under eq2.  These posts are then further sub-categorised into lotro outfits, eq2 decorating etc.  I tend to only put posts on the custom menu if there are a fair amount of posts as otherwise the category widget works just as well (test it out – try looking at my minecraft posts using the category widget, and then the lotro posts under the category widget.  Then look at the lotro menu above and try that out).

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wordpress tips – themes and widgets (nbi)

posted this on May 4th, 2012.
Categorized as elder scrolls, eq2, everquest, games, lotro, MMO, n, newbie blogger initiative, rpg.

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Full link: http://suzitastarshadow.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/wordpress-tips-themes-and-widgets-nbi/

Ok so I’m not going to talk about the basics or how tos as WordPress has plenty of help and tutorials already.  What I aim to do, is to point out some tips to get your blog looking the way you want, how to use screenshots in a post and how to organise content.  phew!  I think I’ll need to split this into three posts ;)

Themes:

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some blogging advice (nbi)

posted this on May 2nd, 2012.
Categorized as Dragon Age, everquest, everquest 2, games, lord of the rings online, lotro, minecraft, MMO, newbie blogger initiative, rpg.

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OK so, you want to blog about gaming but you’re not sure where to start or what to write?  Funnily enough… that’s exactly how I feel right now!  This blog is mostly an online gaming diary with a few creative efforts, guides etc thrown in, so the advice I give will obviously be from this angle :)

Subjects:
The first thing that I feel is important is that you write about what you enjoy, not what you think others will enjoy.  If you have a great screenshot, post it up.  If you’re proud of an outfit you’ve created or a house you’ve decorated post that up.  If you’ve had a blast running around X dungeon – describe your adventures.  If you roleplay, try developing your character on your blog.  Experiment too – you don’t have to publish the results ;)  The subjects you write about may stay varied and personal or they may develop into a theme – follow your interests :)

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newbie blogger initiative launches today!

posted this on May 1st, 2012.
Categorized as Dragon Age, everquest, everquest 2, games, lord of the rings online, lotro, minecraft, MMO, newbie blogger initiative, rpg, skyrim.

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Full link: http://suzitastarshadow.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/newbie-blogger-initiative-launches-today/

May is the month for Newbie Bloggers!  The Newbie Blogger Initiative (organised by Syp of Biobreak/Massively) will give new bloggers help and support to get started plus a shedload of publicity once you’ve established your site – there are over 70 well known and established blogs lining up to support this!

During the month of May many blogs, incuding mine, will be posting at least one article giving advice and tips.  Then at the end of May we will be publishing on our blogs a list of all the new blogs and links to the advice columns.

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