Audience Reach: Which content is most enjoyable?

September 1, 2015 1:05 am Published by

This is an audience reach experiment: Please select up to three content options in the poll below!

What content did you (reader) enjoy the most from me?

  • Conspiracy Craft (Time Chronicles) (47%, 8 Votes)
  • Editorials (24%, 4 Votes)
  • News (18%, 3 Votes)
  • Guides (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Feedback/Opinion (6%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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It’s been a full year of working outside the “breaking news rush” for fansites. It has brought a new content format in the form of boss guides for World of Warcraft raiding. In that year, I’ve lost complete connection (this is how I feel) with what my audience expects and enjoys from me as a writer. The poll above is to help me reconnect with all of you by giving you three content options to choose from that you like.

Personal Reflection

I miss being able to write up “breaking news” at a very fast pace. It was challenging while having its moments of feeling just amazing when you beat the competition. Sadly, being a small fansite means there’s no way I could compete with bigger sites such as wowhead, MMO-Champion, Blizzard Watch, etc. I have no idea how some of them even get the “copy-paste” method off so quickly when Blizzard Entertainment shares news.

With GameSkinny, I was shifted into a new direction with guide writing. Guides have been a learning experience as they require massive research, narrow time windows, and then constant updating once players progress. I’m still working on improving my familiarity with guide writing, but it certainly is not one of my strengths.

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My obvious strength would be with editorials and feedback/opinion articles and most of that is tied to my old Warcraft lore theories and history lessons. This is where I can have my own voice and not feel like I’m attempting to mimic what thousands of others are repeating.

Unfortunately, I can get very verbois when I write these types. Often, I lose an audience about 150-300 words in. And the interaction is very minimal. In fact, it’s completely stopped once I shifted away from GameBreaker TV.

Perhaps that’s where I lost my audience connection. There’s no community feeling with my own personal website. Especially one that appears to be a portfolio than a place for me to put my thoughts out there on the internet.

But even as I’m reaching out to you (the audience), I’m aware of some things that will need to change before the next expansion. It’s time to get back into my editorials, the first idea being an explanation on why Warlords of Draenor was just bad for lore theorycrafters. It’s time to put serious feedback into more than 140 characters on Twitter. But. . .

writing is hard, but so is reading

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