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Sunday, 20 September 2015

SIX OF THE BEST: The Other Side


For this week's SIX OF THE BEST, we've gone to the other side. That is Tim Brannan's blog, The Other Side.

(1) How long have you been blogging and how’d you get into it in the first place?

I have been blogging since 2008. I had a website that I managed before that, called The Other Side, but after getting hit by hackers one too many times I wanted something a little different.

I originally got into blogging because I wanted to talk about the book I was working on, The Witch,  though it quickly morphed into something else. I also wanted a place to talk about any game I wanted. Message boards had become way too clique-y for my tastes and I wanted to have control over what I said.


(2) What do you blog about and how frequently do you post?

Every day. Sometimes a couple of times a day.  I typically take the weekends off. My Saturday feature, Zatannurday is written sometime the week before.  I like to be able to say something everyday.

(3) How does your blog stand out from all the rest?

I like to think that because I talk about a lot of different games I can provide a perspective that other blogs do not.  I should point out however that this doesn't mean I lack focus. I tend to spend much more time on horror-related games and ones with magic.

I also tend to do a lot of character builds and spend time doing deep dives into games or game systems.

Zatanna - from the cover of DC Comics Bombshells #3

(4) What’s the best (and worst) thing about blogging?

They are the same; the commitment.  I feel I owe my readers the best I can offer them.  They have hundreds of choices of blogs they could be reading, but they are reading mine.  So I owe them a certainly level of respect as my readers and to provide them with the best I can offer.  Sure there are times I have "phoned in" a post, but I have always wanted to give my best.  

If I ever feel I am doing this and not giving it my best, then it is time to do something else.

(5) Do you have any self-imposed rules (or guidelines) for your blog?

I try to keep things focused on what I consider to be the reasons why people come here.  So no political rants, no sports talk, no idle gossip.  I try to maintain what we would call a "PG-13" rating here in America, so you are not going to see a lot of swearing or nudity, though occasionally something risqué will be seen. 

You also won't catch me talking bad about other bloggers or game designers.  That's not what I do.  There are few out there that have disappointed me in their personal actions but you won't read about it on The Other Side.

(6) Name one blog everyone should be reading (other than your own)

There are so many good ones really.  I used to run a feature, The Best Blog You Are Not Reading, but it has been a while. I would take some new blog or one I thought was getting overlooked and let people know about it. 

Name one blog?  I am not sure I can.  

One that I do enjoy is House of Self-Indulgence. It reviews horror movies from the '70s and '80s. Very in-depth reviews. Of course only if you like horror films from that time.

6 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading that. Well done, Tim and Tim.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy. I hope people are finding these mini-interviews interesting.

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  2. Thanks so much! A real honor to be featured here!

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    1. Thank you for taking part, Tim. In a fortnight we hear from Siskoid of Siskoid's Blog Of Geekery.

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  3. Good Sir Brannan's blog is one of our favorite reads... great choice , good Sir..

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    1. One of my favourites as well :) Also, hopefully, as this feature continues, you'll discover some blogs you might not have visited before.

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