One of the things I like about boardgame blogging is the community that builds up around it.
I have “met” (virtually, for the most part, but not totally) a number of wonderful boardgaming people on Twitter and some on Facebook too. Indeed, somehow this happened in the Board Game Reviewers & Media group on Facebook.
I was shocked, and very happy to see it!
Anyway, I was reading a question from one of that group’s members (not identifying him since it is a closed group and I don’t want to overstep my bounds) asking about “curated content” vs “original content” and the “80% curated content/20% original content” general guideline.
While I agree with that on social media (if you’re doing nothing but sending your content along on social media, then you’re pretty much a spammer, or at least not an interactive member of the community), I don’t agree with that as far as blog content goes. If anything, it should be the other way around.
But it did spark a thought in my mind even as I answered his question: am I wasting an opportunity to not only add more content to my blog with posts about other bloggers, but also to promote some of the bloggers that I really enjoy?
Why not make that a regular Friday thing?
So welcome to the first week of a (hopefully) weekly series of favourite blogs that I’ve read this week.
First, I have to mention Clio’s Board Games, one of my favourite blogs that I would probably get to more if he offered a way to subscribe via email (hint hint) since I’m notoriously delinquent in actually reading blogs through the WordPress Reader (I am a follower on WordPress though!)
Clio posts not just about board games, but history and how the two mix together.
Check out his article “The Berlin Crisis (Century of German History #1)“, the first in a series on…well, German history. This post examines the Berlin crisis through the prism of 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, a really fun 2-player game.
Space-Biff took a look at the game Imperius in yet another well-written review.
I’ve been seeing Biff off and on during my discussion board readings on BGG, but I don’t really read that many reviews that come up on BGG so I hadn’t *really* noticed him.
But then I saw his review of The Estates and my jaw dropped. I almost stopped writing reviews after reading that one because hell, what’s the point any more?
Obviously I decided to keep carrying on, but only if I stop making any comparisons between him and me. That way lies madness.
Finally, there’s Katie over at Katie’s Game Corner. The blog that not just disproves the notion that women can’t play wargames, but shatters it so hard that there’s nothing left but dust molecules.
Her explanation of the 2-player block wargame Sekigahara actually makes the game understandable.
But it’s not just wargames she posts about. Check out the rest of her blog for great stuff regarding other lighter games, as well as guest posts from notable game designers and other gaming personalities, such as Cole Wehrle (designer of Root, my #7 favourite game).
What have you been reading this week? Anybody I should check out (this isn’t a comprehensive list, so I may be checking them out already, but who knows?)
Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for the shoutout!
E-mail subscription to my blog should be possible – at least I have (used to have?) e-mail subscribers. Maybe you need to be signed out of your WordPress account for the option to show?
You’re welcome. 🙂
I went there both logged and logged out and there’s nothing there. But that being said, I can’t find anything on mine either and I know I had it. Very weird.
The reason I can’t see it on mine is because I’m already following it by email. LOL On my blog, there’s a big thing that says “Follow blog via email” on the side.
Anyway, I figured out how to do yours now. I managed my WordPress following settings and one option is to have it emailed.
So that’s done!