Earlier this week, we wrote about the launch of a new book that’s right up MMORPG fans’ alley. Dubbed Braving Britannia: Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online, the book gathers together 35 interviews with players and both former and current Ultima Online devs to effectively become the first published oral history of the MMORPG that started it all. Author Wes Locher was kind enough to answer a bunch of our questions about the book and provide us an excerpt to help you folks understand what you’re getting into if you decide to pick it up. Read on for the whole scoop! MassivelyOP: First, I’m actually curious about your own history with Ultima Online. To care enough to write a book, you surely played, right? Where and when and who! How did you get your start in Britannia – and what made you leave (if you ever did)? Author Wes Locher: I played Ultima Online religiously from 1998—just after the release of The Second Age expansion—until … [Read more...] about Interview and excerpt: The ‘Braving Britannia’ book preserves Ultima Online’s oral history
Why write a book
Imagine you have a friend who excitedly tells you that he’s learning to cook. Every day he spends hours planning out recipes, buying ingredients, chopping, grilling, and seasoning until he finally has the perfect creation. And then, after all of his hard work, he takes a few bites and throws away the rest. Frustrating, right? If you’re anything like me, you want to yell at him to enjoy the meal, or invite some friends over for dinner, or donate the leftovers to a local shelter. It’s ridiculous to put in so much work and not make the most of it! Well, here’s my confession: The way you’re feeling right now is exactly how I feel when I talk to bloggers who haven’t written a book. It’s not that bloggers are putting in work for nothing. We all know the value of putting your content out there and sharing it with the world. I believe everyone should have a blog, and I know that’s it’s a crucial piece of your public identity. But, like our … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons Why Every Blogger Needs To Write A Book
So, you’ve been writing and publishing articles on your blog for some time now with nothing to show for it. You’ve always tried to put your very best in every article you write, but each time you hit the publish button, you’re often disappointed at the engagement it brings. Could it be that you’re not good enough? Or, is it that there’s a magic wand that Henneke, Jon Morrow, and Ana Hoffman are using that bring them lots of visits and engagement each time they dish out a new post? Now tell me… Assuming you are provided with an opportunity that would make you able to write articles that eventually increase your blog’s popularity and turn it into an authority site like The Huffington Post, Mashable, Cracked, Lifehacker, or Techcrunch, wouldn’t you grab it with both hands? In case you don’t know, the introduction of your article plays a vital role in helping people decide whether or not to read the rest of the blog post. If your … [Read more...] about 10 Easy Ways To Write A Powerful And Addictive Introduction
I have always loved Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and Neil Pasricha’s The Book of Awesome. Both are a page-turner and require less time to check Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and more time for the book and some pondering, actually. But did you know that those two incredible authors and their bestselling books began their journey towards Planet Popularity through the use of the so-called blog? The world of snail mail and pagers is over. Very few companies now are still relying on sending promotional leaflets on client’s home or office, hoping and praying that they haven’t migrated or left their jobs yet, and not to mention the expenses of printing creative brochures and sending them overseas. Nowadays, having a blog is very necessary in marketing a product. The thing is, consumers are drowned in these marketing strategies that more often than not, they are ignored altogether. As they say, too much of something is never good, and instead of … [Read more...] about How to Write a Viral Content ?
Reading this heading you might wonder “What is the difference between a SEO article and a normal one? If you have never heard about SEO before it will be quite difficult to understand that there is a slight, but very important difference between a Normal and SEO optimized article. And reading how some people talk about SEO as if it was rocket science might discourage you to even try to understand it. But here’s the good news: SEO is far from rocket science and you will start to understand it more and more as you dive into the topic deeper. And let me tell you another secret: No one (besides from the Google geniuses who come up with these things maybe) understands SEO fully. Why is it important to write articles for SEO? The main reason why you would engage in SEO is to be found – in search engines, socially, locally, globally! You optimize your website to give it relevancy, quality and that “little something” that will draw people to it. And what is it … [Read more...] about How to Write a Great SEO Article Without Spamming