August 02, 2010

EVE bloggers checklist

After reading CK's stuff about writing a good blog I came up with a quick checklist of my own that I will start to follow for all future posts.

Do you like what you’re writing today?
Chances are if you dont no one else will, so if you have an article that doesnt sit well with you right now then save it as a draft and revisit it down the track.

Is the page one big block of text?
If it is then you are doing it wrong, walls of text make it hard for you to grab attention and since EVE has no sound EVE players are used to being drawn towards pretty pictures or red squares.

Does everything look right?
Layout, cohesion, image sizes, text colour and fonts being used can be a harsh mistress if treated disrespectfully.  Doll the stuff up but dont dress her up like hooker looking for her first paying customer for the day - unless you are a hooker looking for your first customer...

Does it make sense?
dabbjabazai    ...exactly!

So with these few points I hope that my next few posts should be my best yet.  For the rest of the bloggers out there what steps do you go through (if any) before pushing that publish button?


  1. Spellcheck spellcheck spellcheck! I'm no perfect English student but omg a simple spellcheck is so easy to do, why do so many people not bother?

  2. Hey yo!
    I liked reading this because it is al true. Writing and writing and writing but not enjoying it only makes for bad posting. In my case, writing while having a very busy working week only comes out as frustration and angst instead of a positive flow of words.

    I think everyone who blogs should read this post, or something like this pos just to "top up" on this important lesson :)

  3. I read my posts out loud in my head and pay careful attention that it doesn't get too long and boring. There's so many good blogs out there I am sure my readers don't want to spend all their time on mine, but I do want to keep them captivated long enough to finish reading.

  4. I make notes as I play, or scribble them down after any event that commands my full attention. This helps jog my memory later as well as preventing false memories from creeping in to my writing.

    I write from my notes, embellishing where it makes dramatic sense or editing where it becomes boring. Having notes to work from also helps me find the focus of the current post, which lets me pick relevant information to include.

    The post is saved as a draft and uploaded, where I read it through from start to finish to look for typos, grammatical ambiguities, and unclear writing. I tidy up the text so that I am happy reading it myself.

    At each point I am careful to check my facts, whether it be an accurate representation of what happened according to my notes or making sure I have a ship's class correctly stated.

    When I am happy with the post I schedule it for the next daily slot. Delaying each and every post by at least one hour between completion and publication gives my brain a chance to realise any egregious errors I have made whilst still having time to correct them. Post-scheduling errors are rare, but I prefer to find the occasional one that slips through before it is live on the site.

    Then I bask in the glory of another published post.