As I may have mentioned before, short stories that present a cohesive, powerful narrative can hold more worth to me than long, meandering, so-called “epic” storylines in MMOs and other games. I suppose that’s because it’s how video games present themselves. RPGs and their offshoots rarely go through a single huge story in one go like a novel would but instead break it up with side quests and other various activities. It diverts attention from the overarching narrative and eventually weakens my interest in it. In other words, if a main storyline takes me the better part of a month to get through and during that time I’m doing all of these side quests and taking breaks to play other games, I’m probably not going to track that storyline as well or care about it when it resolves. Whereas short stories — shorter quest arcs — have a much better shot at being consumable in one or two sessions and retaining my interest. Plus, I think that … [Read more...] about ESO: Short stories, big experiences
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The plan was to fan a spark into a flame, but now it’s getting dark, so who’ll remember your name? (Apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda for that.) Yes, it turns out that we are indeed getting another new expansion for Final Fantasy XIV (not a surprise) called Shadowbringers (also not a surprise), but the keynote for the 2018 Fan Festival still featured tons of surprises and excitement. The whole thing kicked off with the Shadowbringers trailer, too, and that right away built excitement. A flashback to the adventures of the generic Warrior of Light, showing off every change in jobs, every shift, from the 1.0 trailer as an Archer to the Samurai of 4.0… followed by a transformation into Dark Knight. There were also signs of ruined flags, wreckage, and Thancred with a mysterious girl in white and a gunblade on his back. So we’re covering a lot of ground. Of course, we didn’t get anything held back shortly thereafter; we were immediately told that the expansion is … [Read more...] about FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Shadowbringers promises new story, new regions, and new jobs
If you’re having trouble pulling in high reader numbers on your blog, it might be time for you to reevaluate the style, format, and substance of your content. Even if you’re doing everything you’re supposed to do as a blogger—write for your target audience, keep your posts short and sweet, stay on stop of current trends, and so on—it can be hard to establish a prominent online presence. Great writing skills will only get you so far in the blogosphere. Being a great blogger requires a host of indispensable skills, among them a keen sense of networking and a work ethic that would make the typical 9 to 5er blush. It’s a full-time job, no doubt about it. But even the strongest work ethic won’t get you anywhere as a blogger if you don’t have compelling and engaging content to draw in readers and fellow bloggers. That’s why you have to go the extra mile to optimize your content if you want to make the leap from web obscurity to viral … [Read more...] about Blog Post Styles Designed to Optimize Your Content
Writing on a blog is only one piece of the puzzle in creating content for people to consume. There are other publishing platforms available that can add more value to your blog/website that are not used in this way. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. are all other places to publish original content that is not found on your main blog. By doing this, you are creating layers of content for people to take in. Having layers of content available to your readers is important if you want to develop a deeper relationship with your audience. The more people invest time into consuming a work of content (a movie, a book, a long article), a journey (a vacation, long hike, running a marathon), or creating (a novel, sculpture, designing their own website), the greater the sense of accomplishment is at the end. After people have climbed the mountain and reached that peak, so to speak, they will share that experience with others and want to share what they experienced with the people who provided the … [Read more...] about Adding Value to Your Blog: Layers of Content
If you are running an ecommerce business, you are probably already promoting your products by using social media in some fashion. You put out a tweet or Facebook post whenever you want to promote a new product, hype up a hot seller. That a great start! But to really maximize your store’s potential, you should not rely solely on social media. Social media is just one part of an overall marketing push that includes various other elements depending on what you’re selling. But one aspect of the marketing mix that is proven to increase sales, and is often neglected by stores just starting out, is content generation. Providing original content in the form of blogs, newsletters, guest posting campaign, video Blogging or infographics can have a measurable impact on your overall marketing push. So here is a little overview on the advantages of generating awesome original content, and a few tips on how to make it a killer. Why to use Content marketing for your E-commerce business: … [Read more...] about How Content Marketing Can Help E-commerce Business?