Hey Lockergnome community,
Not to long ago I've started my blog over at http://nitrocrime.com/. I will mostly be blogging about games and game development. Right now I've got 7 blog posts of which 6 are about Binary math and my latest post is on Whatpulse
I've got a descend amount of views but I never really had any quality feedback (most of the comments were automated spam messages). Would you be so kind to help me get better at blogging.
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answered Aug 09 '11 at 10:49
I really like your blog! The first post discussing the piece of software 'Whatpulse' was really good. I read it, and I downloaded it straight after that. So far I love it, thanks!
answered Aug 09 '11 at 10:27
Quite simple. Add More pages and only put a snippet of the post on your homepage. I think the theme is simple enough and maybe get a simple logo designed...
answered Aug 09 '11 at 11:17
Nitrocrime, I love the simplicity, but you should put a contact page on it in case people like me want to contact you.
answered Dec 04 '11 at 14:15
probably one of the biggest things, avoid using your blog as an advertising platform.
If you are advertising products that you make then dedicate the blog only to the products and link to it from your app store description as those are the only people who will ever click on it, and in most cases people click on the developer links in order to find a more direct method of contacting someone when there is an issue.
answered Dec 07 '11 at 15:48