The New Bloggers Initiative: A Startling Success

by on May 16, 2013


Longer-term readers will remember last year’s New Blogger Initiative, an effort from Justin Olivetti, aka Syp, to encourage new bloggers to join the MMO community.

Well, it’s been a year – so how has the NBI turned out? Are many bloggers from it still going?

It turns out, as a number of bloggers marking the anniversary report, that the NBI was a sensational, spectacular success:

Congratulations to everyone who started blogging in the NBI 2012, and I look forward to reading your blogs for years to come.

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Redbeard May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I don’t suppose Syp is willing to do this again, is he?

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Talarian May 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Uh, not to rain on anyone’s parade, but that same TAGN link you have up there states that the prior year, without any such initiative, 28% of new blogs were still running after a year from 2011 to 2012. That tells me the initiative made no discernible difference, rather than the “sensational, spectacular” success you mention.

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Ravanel Griffon May 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Just to specify: the 28% was a random grab of people who put TAGN on their blogroll which were checked after a year. The difference is that these weren’t all new blogs, so I’m not sure if it’s a legitimate comparison. Others have done research and found that 60-80% of new blogs are abandoned within a month (source: http://www.caslon.com.au/weblogprofile1.htm#ephemerality). So when compared to that, the NBI might’ve been a success after all.

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Rivs May 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I can’t speak for Syp, but being a part of it, I think if one more blogger came out of it, and created a blog and stuck with it for a while…then it was a success. It’s not about numbers, or percentages it’s about giving people an outlet for what they love to do, but don’t know where to get started.

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