My initial reaction to being assigned a blogging project over the course of the semester was not great. I always viewed blogging as a waste of time because it is just one person putting their opinion into the void of the internet. If i were a more respected member of the marketing scene and had some serious background in the area then it would not be waste of time. Having a reputation in the marketing community would make blogging carry more weight.
It was fun to put words to a topic that i really enjoy though. It really helped the flow of my writing to write about something i really enjoy (obviously) and would wish that there would be more writing out there about my topic.
What worked was the data collection on the demographics of the gaming community. The pastime of gaming is already plugged into the internet inherently so the amount of data on the gaming community was rather large and daunting at times.
In the beginning i started to write these blogs as an essay format which didn’t work at all. I felt that my writing process was way too structured and it did not feel like i was writing from the heart. After i started free writing the topic started to flow much better than the original essay format.
The largest and only challenge of this topic was finding supporting data about the future of the gaming community. A lot of my writings were about the future of the gaming demographic and so finding data to support future events was rather difficult. Not many people were writing about elderly gamers because our older demographic of the present is not interested in gaming whatsoever. In turn most of my writing was trying to predict the future of the industry for people like me who will get old eventually and still have the same pastime.
The rewards of this writing project was me finding out that the demographic of gamers was not what i was expecting. I was expecting that most of the demographic were to be younger Americans under the age of eighteen. I was pleasantly surprised when i saw that the majority of gamers were my age or older. That made me feel pretty good because i always questioned my pastime as being childish and not for adults but in reality people like me are the largest consumer base.
The best way to improve my blog is to find more credible information on the internet. because of the lack of information regarding my topic, it was rather difficult to find the information to back my product line and my opinion of where the market was headed. I would find better sources and take more time to find the best pairing of legitimate hard data sources of information. Better sources equals better results.
If my future employer requested that i build and maintain a blog for the company i would be completely OK with that. At the end of the project all the words flowed rather easily and i was already confident in my writing abilities. It was just the small details about blogging online which i lacked the experience. Writing essays well does not mean that you can blog well, that is the lesson i learned. You have to write to entertain and in the same breath back it up with credible sources which is a balance that is rather difficult to maintain but not impossible.
Writing has always been fun for me and this project has reinforced that narrative and I hope that i could have the opportunity to write as part of my career.
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