Plus, what a lot of people don’t seem to get is that it’s called a blog hop for a reason: it’s supposed to encourage readers to hop from blog to blog, sampling blogs they may not have otherwise heard of. At the very least, there needs to be a central popular blog where participants can register, and every participating blogger needs to link back to that list of registrants. Participants should devote a couple posts that month to linking to and discussing other participating bloggers, and the organizer ought to have a weekly round-up post. This pretty much demands that each participant only submit one to three posts, period. But no, we’re geeks, and we geeks don’t know the meaning of the word “restraint”! If one post is good, 28 to 31 posts is even better!
This month’s bloghop also happens to include a lot of dull questions. “What was your first character?” I think, like a lot of kids in the ’70s, my first character was named “Bilbo”, and I’m pretty sure I had a “Gandalf” and a “Doctor Strange”. Not interesting in the slightest.
But that’s not the worst of it. About half of the questions relate to commercial consumption. It’s another geek failing, particularly easy to see on the forums: too much focus on what you can buy, how much, what’s new, what’s being re-released. Certainly, we should expect some of this. An occasional review, or an announcement from someone who is generally excited about an upcoming product because they know something about it, more than “they put a cool picture on the ad and repeated a bunch of buzzwords I like”? Blog marketing is to be expected, but what I like to see is 90% “here’s what I’m doing/thinking” vs. 10% “here’s what I own or would like to own”.
Maybe we should tone down the gamer gluttony, just a bit?
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