The RPG blogging community is a wide open place, incredibly welcoming and extremely friendly. If you aren’t a blogger, or at least someone who is involved on Twitter, you need to be.
I’ve been around for a while. I was in the second wave of bloggers who emerged over at the RPG Bloggers Network, starting Dice Monkey around the time 4e was released. I was one of the first blogs up at the RPG Blog Alliance.
No, that’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is that you should get yourself involved in the community. I wouldn’t have remained involved in the RPG Blogger community if it wasn’t a fantastic place.
So, how do you get involved?
1. Start a blog. Now, there are plenty of people in the community who don’t have a blog, and are just involved on Twitter. You can do this too, but having a blog gives you a central place for people to see what you’re playing and what you’re thinking about gaming at the moment.
2. Register your blog at RPGBA and RPGBloggers. If you didn’t follow step one, you won’t be following step two. Getting your blog up on the RPG Bloggers Network and The RPG Blog Alliance is a great way to get yourself noticed.
3. Quality over quantity. When I started this blog, a lot of it was complete crap. I was cranking out a post a day, just rambling about anything I could think of. I still do so today, but I don’t post EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Over on Plot Points, there are daily articles, but that’s because I have multiple contributors. I couldn’t produce quality content every single day over there on my own. I have help.
4. Get a Twitter account. This is far more important than having a blog. The RPG community is massive on Twitter. I’ve made some fantastic friends on there, chatting throughout the day on gaming and many other subjects. Start following people (you can start with me @MarkMeredith) and once you start talking to people and offering your opinions on things, you’ll really feel like part of the community.
5. Put yourself out there. You can only be a part of a community if you involve yourself in it. Commenting on blogs, writing tweets and more can really help that.
I am a very proud member of the RPG community, a place where I’ve made some amazing friends, and hope to make more in the future. Maybe that new friend is you. Won’t you be my neighbor?