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Sunday, 4 October 2015

SIX OF THE BEST: Siskoid's Blog Of Geekery


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

Michel M Albert: Siskoid’s Blog of Geekery
started on December 9, 2006, but a lot of the initial material had been written for other forums (I was doing Star Trek reviews and other articles for the Star Trek CCG boards, and had put comic book reviews on my own site, which at the time was mostly hosting my fan-made Doctor Who CCG).

I was blogging already, you could say, but didn’t make Blogger work for me until 2006 after discovering Dave’s Long Box and falling in love with the format. The SBG eventually led to several other blogging projects, including blogs on Hamlet, comic splash pages, the Legion of Super-Bloggers, blog work for my job, and eventually, podcast participations. But you could say I’ve always been a writer; blogging is merely the most democratic outlet for it.

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

MMA: I blog two articles a day on the SBG. One is a daily review of whatever TV franchise I’m currently covering; the other is about some other geek niche, like comics and RPGs. Hopefully, it’s a good blend of analysis and humour. Taking other projects into account, I probably write between 15-18 articles a week.


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

MMA: You tell me; I don’t know that it does. I suppose the comment I hear/read most is that people are surprised I can maintain that gruelling pace. The answer is: I publish my first drafts and hardly do any proofreading.

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

MMA: The best thing is the community that forms around blogs and links them together. Sometimes people ask me if I want to monetize the blog or something, and I don’t quite understand any of that. I get paid in comments, pure and simple.

I could facetiously say the worst thing is that sometimes you don’t get any, but in actuality, I think it’s the disposable nature of blog posts. They scroll off your page and no matter how good they were (some of them), they’re only rarely accessed after that. Thinking about it too much can do bad things to your brain.

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

MMA: Keep it clean (mostly), keep it light (mostly), and keep it varied (which is why I feel the need to post twice, so that readers who aren’t fans of Trek or Who or whatever find something that else that might interest them).

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

MMA: Slay,Monstrobot of the Deep! I like to think of Snell as my evil twin. He tends to go more negative than I do, but it comes off as savage satire or insightful and precise criticism. Love it. (And his James Bond blog isn’t half-bad either!)

6 comments:

  1. Always good to hear the answers of another blogger.

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    1. Every fortnight, my friend! And if you know anyone you think should be included, give them a nudge and get them to contact me. I'm looking for a variety of blogs to profile next year.

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    1. Yes, it's long been a favourite of mine as well. And if you can think anyone else that should be included in this feature, give them a nudge and get them to contact me. I'm looking for blogs (and podcasts) to profile next year on pretty much any subject (not just my usual comics, games, films and TV).

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  3. Thanks Cal and Tims, I've been known to spend some time on your spaces as well. And I'm going to try some of your suggestions as well - already, House of Self-Indulgence wrote a piece about a movie I JUST WATCHED. So, good matches.

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    1. See? That's what it's all about, spreading the love. Thanks for taking part, Michel.

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