That's a Palm Pilot on the left, and a pink iPod mini on the right. Yes, I've been doing BGTG that long!
Do you read boardgame blogs? I mean, besides this one?
My friend Jeff Myers is a boardgame blogger, and he joins me on this episode to talk about the subject, both as a reader and an author.
In some ways, I think blogging is a lost art...and the literary form has only been around since the late 1990s. Perhaps that's because they've developed along with the Internet during that same time period. Though they started out as humble web-logs by quirky, individual authors who wanted to write about something, they exploded into the commercial and professional media world who displaced those private authors.
Except that they didn't.
While the New York Times, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Wall Street Journal, and even consumer products such as Coca-Cola and Volkswagen have things they call blogs (and I guess they are), the blogs boardgamers care about are still around. I'm talking about individual authors with their personal point-of-view, writing style, and a talent for giving us good stuff to read. It's about the boardgames, yes, but it's as much about the author. You find a few you like, you subscribe to the blogs, and (hopefully) give the blogger some feedback. Here are just a few...
Gameguy Thinks... by Jeff Myers
Castle by Moonlight by Giles Pritchard
Mechanics and Meeples by Shannon Appelcline
Tom Rosen's posts on Opinionated Gamers (a multi-author blog)
Gamer Chris by Chris Norwood
The Tao of Gaming by Brian Bankler
Gameblog by Mikko Saari (btw, Mikko gave BGTG its first webspace many years ago, in its pre-podcast days! Very nice guy)
On Gamer's Games by Jesse Dean (a BGG-hosted blog)
Empty Nest Gamers by bgg user Hobbes (another one here on BGG)
jergames.com by Yehuda Berlinger
When I said blogging was a lost art, my fear is that blog reading is what we're losing. I hope I'm wrong. Just going to a website regularly and looking for new content works ok, I guess, but the real way to enjoy this form is to subscribe to the blogs and use a blogreader. They have them for every conceivable platform, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and even cloud-computing web apps that are device-independent. A lot of good blogs are hosted right here on BGG, but there are others out there on their own websites. BGG has a subscription button, but you can easily keep up with any blog (including ones on BGG) using a blogreader. Here are a few good ones:
At the end we try to be technology futurists and imagine what's going to happen to blogging in the next decade. Social media has transformed interaction online, and that world is due for another technological generation. Something that facilitates thoughtful writers who want to do more that just tweet in 140 characters.
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