It might seem strange to introduce the blog in the fourth post but today I want to explain the motivation and goal behind The Parsnip Post. Like most, I was hesitant to start blogging, after all I am a first time designer, what do I have to add to the topic? It wasn’t until late one night during a zoom call that I discovered what I had to add. I was explaining about the importance of the choice of words after one phrase stuck in my head while browsing Kickstarter. The next day I set up my blog and wrote Choose Your Words Wisely.
The aim of my blog is for me to have a place to write what I learn as I design a board game and also to have somewhere to eventually share it. While the posts will be focused on my own game, I want that each one could be helpful for someone in the future.
So why should you start a blog? Before I started my blog I read (multiple times) this post by Jamey Stegmaier. In it he outlines three benefits for starting a blog for creators; you learn how to write engaging content, it gives you an online presence and it can help grow a bigger audience. However, I think that since I started writing the blog there has been another benefit, one which I think is more helpful than anything else. Each topic I write on gives me a deeper understanding of the topic than I had before. Take the colour blind post for example, we have already considered accessibility for our game in terms of distinguishing the game pieces but it wasn’t until after I made the post did I realise that the game board had blue squares and red squares on it and they meant completely different rules. If I hadn’t written that post then I maybe would never have noticed the issue.
For any creators out there considering a blog I would say do it! For me it doesn’t really matter if not many people read mine, the benefits of improving my writing and getting new perspectives on different topics are what keeps me writing new posts.
If you were to start a blog, what would you write about and what would you hope to achieve through it? Maybe you have a blog already, let me know, I would be curious to check it out!