Poker Blogs Will Improve Your Poker Game – Top 5 Reasons Why You Need to Read Poker Blogs

Poker is one of the most popular games around. It’s no wonder, then, that many people are looking to start playing it. If you’re a beginner to the game, or even if you’re someone who’s been playing it for a long time, you’re probably looking for ways of bettering your knowledge of the game. There are many ways of doing this, but by far one of the best ones is to simply read all about the game. Blogs are a great source of information for both the beginner and advanced player-and everyone in between. Still not sold? Check out the 5 reasons below.

Reason #1: Free Information

Most blogs are run by players who have a lot of experience with the game. On their blogs, they may be sharing information that you might not otherwise find unless you pay for lessons from a professional player. Indeed, these blogs offer a ton of free information to players of all skill levels. They cater for all games, whether you prefer Omaha, Holdem, Draw, or any other variant. The information ranges from simple techniques to methods of playing that result in a lot more poker wins than you might be accustomed to.

Reason #2: Entertaining Stories

If you’ve ever sat down playing cards in a casino you’ll know that this sport is one of the few in which there are a lot of entertaining stories going about. Since blogs are traditionally places to share funny stories about things that have happened throughout the years, many of these collections of entries are a source for a lot of funny things. This is especially the case with the blogs run by pros who have been in the industry for a long time. When you explore these entertaining writings, you’re bound to find at least something that makes you chuckle.

Reason #3: News about Poker

Because the best blogs are usually updated daily, they’re often a great source of up-to-date information on all things relating to the game. You’ll find news on professional play and, depending on the blog, amateur play as well. You’ll find news about upcoming tournaments that you might want to play in, both online and offline. You may even find news on some of the blogs that you wouldn’t find on any other web site, such as insider news that will keep you informed on all things relating to cards.

Reason #4: Tips on What Online Poker Sites are Worth Using

There are a ton of different online sites around, some of which really don’t do what they say. If you’ve ever looked for the best place to play, but have been overwhelmed by all of the choices, then you know it’s important to figure out which are really worth using. A lot of card playing blogs give recommendations for online sites, so if you read one of them, you’re sure to come away with at least a few different potential web sites to check out where you can hone your money making skills.

Reason #5: Free Lessons

You’ll find that, more often than not, poker is a game in which its players enjoy giving back. That’s why many of the sites run by professional/amateur players feature free lessons. You’ll find lessons ranging from “the basic rules of Pot Limit Omaha” to those that teach you how to beat even the best No Limit Texas Holdem players.

The Golfers Blog – Loyal Friend or Smiling Assassin?

Never before has it been easier to announce yourself and your golf game to the world. Seems the explosion of social media in recent times has enabled more and more players, be they aspiring pros or enthusiastic amateur, to share their game in such a variety of formats. In previous times, the web was the domain of the business owner, displaying their bespoke website and fancy links. Now, just about anyone with a tiny piece of virtual knowhow, can launch blog pages, fire up their Face book ‘friends’ or share Tweets with their chain of anonymous followers. At last, golfers of all standards can blog away merrily, safe in the knowledge that somebody, somewhere can ‘feel the connection’.

The golfing blog for me represents everything that’s good and bad about the world of social media. At its best, it’s a fantastic opportunity to share information, discuss new strategies to move your game on and connect with people who normally you’d have no chance of ever ‘meeting’. At its worst, it’s become a vehicle which is covertly destroying potential golf games. Even more alarming, is that the smiling assassin is the player themselves.

Don’t get me wrong, used with precision, the golfing blog is a fantastic resource which can propel your game forward quicker than ever before. The shared knowledge and insights you can collect makes for powerful reading and there are some unbelievably creative blogs doing the rounds. Half a dozen sit in my ‘favourites list’, from pros looking to climb the career ladder, to amateurs on a quest down to scratch. They are fantastic examples of how a blog can be a loyal friend and ally to your game.

Unfortunately, within my remit of mental coach, all too often I see the majority of blogs contain the Smiling Assassin, masquerading as everyday commentator and general golfing authority. Of course, the player writing the blog doesn’t see it in quite the same way as I do, but then isn’t that the way of the Smiling Assassin, delivering the fatal blow only after stalking its prey! No, the player sees it as just ‘telling it how it is, being honest or just a bit of friendly banter’.

Take a trip onto Facebook or Twitter and you don’t have to wait long for the Smiling Assassin to appear. Pre competition he likes to adopt the friendly banter approach, covertly running their own game down first before ‘spreading the love’ to ensure others get the full force too. This can range from telling everyone they are going to rip up the front nine in 28, to playing down their chances, likening their game to something a complete novice would be ashamed to own. But of course, it’s just friendly banter right?

And why wait until after the competition is over! No, the Smiling Assassin wouldn’t be playing fair if he didn’t exert a little more covert pressure at half time. He feels compelled to relive the appalling round he’s just played, just to ensure the state of mind ahead of round two is suitably kicked to the kerb.The Smiling Assassin does run the risk of being exposed at this point but he knows what he’s doing, after all, the player isn’t even aware the game is almost up.

The golfers blog for the majority, has become counter-productive. In fact it runs deeper than that, it’s now become as destructive to a player’s game as that niggling hook or poor pace control with the putter. The Smiling Assassin is gathering pace and has plenty of takers. Consider this. If you are a pro player seeking exposure and promoting yourself to a potential sponsor, ask yourself how it looks to someone looking in. Are you a good prospect if all you do is throw around criticism (under the guise of banter) and talk your game down whenever you have an ‘indifferent’ round? Would you invest in someone like that?

I use the word ‘indifferent’ because invariably the reality of the players effort is almost always, never as poor as the Smiling Assassin likes to paint out. But then his mission is to mislead you before striking.

Too many players have created blogs, fan pages, post tweets etc, but have lost sight of why they are doing it. If you’re aim is to never fulfill your potential and waste time writing about a version of your game that doesn’t exist, then carry on as you are. Invariably, the reality of our game is never as good, or as bad, as we’d like to think. Ask yourself what’s the real purpose of documenting your game?

Surely the aim of the golfing blog is to plot the progress of your game, report honestly on what’s really going on for you, seek resources to improve and embrace other player’s success along the way. Sure you will have ups and downs, report on both with a fair and balanced stroke of your ‘virtual pen’. The Smiling Assassin is closing in on the majority of golf game blogs, which are written by players who appear to have little awareness of how destructive the power of their words can be. It’s time for all players who construct thoughts on social media to realise that it forms part of your golf game preparation and analysis. Get it wrong and the golfing gods will forever view you in the clutches of the Smiling Assassin.

Is the golfing blog dead in the water- not quite yet, but the coastguard has been alerted!

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Shin Mega Tensei – Strange Journey – A Nintendo DS Games Blog Review

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, released by Atlus, is a niche Nintendo DS game that was released in America on March 3, 2010. The release is a first-person dungeon crawler, like Dark Spire, but with a Shin Megami Tensei taste. In SMT: Strange Journey, the player will direct a silent protagonist as he explores the dangers of a gigantic place known as the Schwarzwelt: a mysterious expanding space found at the South Pole that threatens to consume the whole planet. During a mission to investigate the likely threat posed by the Schwarzwelt, the main character will find himself crashing somewhere within it, and the story begins as the main character is introduced to the idea of fighting monsters.

For the most part, Strange Journey is composed of a navigation system and a battle system, with a central hub place to which the player will report between and during stages. You make your way through the maze-like Schwarzwelt while occasionally being interrupted by a random fight. These battles are standard, step-by-step RPG fare in which the player controls a group of monsters to combat different monsters. What differentiates these fights from those found in different Nintendo DS role-playing games is that they start off challenging in every space, so you will have to plan about resource management while exploring, so that you always have enough supplies to survive the trip back to the central rest area.

To the eyes, the game is nice. The character and enemy artwork looks detailed, and even though the enemy artwork is ripped out of previous SMT games, they are much more than would be hoped for considering the gigantic amount of demons you may enlist in the fighting group. The 3D visual effects aren’t anything special when compared to those shown in different Nintendo DS games, though they are not distracting, either. The visual effects perform the job they’re made to and provide little distraction from the real content of the game, but they do not wow either.

The sound effects exist along a continuum from grating to pleasant. Encounters will exhibit obligatory sounds of projectiles firing and fangs slashing and demons yelping. Doors will make clicking sounds as needed, and nothing stands out if it shouldn’t. The score sounds creative, anyway. During encounters and plot scenes, the music will mostly be upbeat, and never invoke the wrong mood. While navigating, however, it is usually nothing more than repeated drum sounds interspersed with the attention-catching vocal grunts, which are poorly done.

Overall, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is a strong title. It is in no way likely to let you down, but there is not much to make it one of the best. Taken with the entire library the Nintendo DS games, it is close to the highest rank due solely to the stupendous amount of decent and downright boring RPGs. Placed upon a list of different titles, it would be seen close to the median-quality games. Don’t get me wrong, if you have completed a lot of the awesome Nintendo DS games, or you only thirst for a solid dungeon-crawler, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey should be moved to the highest eschelon of your to-buy queue, but if you are yet confused about all the awesome Nintendo DS games to be found, take it slow and learn more about what else is out there before making your next purchase.

Game Blogging – 3 Principles for Effective Communication

The vast majority of video game bloggers are focusing on promoting their blogs and forget or simply ignore a very important factor, which is communication. Learn to generate traffic is one thing, good communication skills is another, and both must be complementary.

To communicate clearly, you must follow three steps:

• Give a message
• Create interest
• Provide a way to remember

As a blogger for video games, you must communicate effectively in your blog. Not once, not twice, but every day. Let’s see these points more closely:

Give a message

I think this is something we take very seriously. We always write our articles in order to give a message. However, simply give a message is not enough. If we want our message to pass to the next level, we need to push people to action.

Give a message means we know what we’re trying to convey and what we want people to take at the end of the message. If we do not know what we want people to do, it will be very difficult to get action.

When someone reads your blog, it is important to draw a path for them. Communicate is also giving people a call to action that we want them to take.

Generate interest

• A person interested in what you write is more motivated to act
• An interested person is more likely to share your content with their friends
• An interested person is more willing to contribute via a comment

I think the logic is there, a person who does not feel interested in what you say will not feel concerned, a person who does not feel concerned by your message will not be willing to communicate with you.

Your message should not only be of value, but it must have value for them. They must see that what you share with others can assist them, inspire them and improve their video games knowledge and interest. Your content must be able to touch their motivations, their feelings and values or desires to which they are attached.

Provide a way to remember

Sometimes people do not act for the following reasons:
• They change their minds (sometimes in the last minute)
• They are busy and sometimes they simply forget your message
• They do not feel concerned by the call to action

Let’s focus on the first two reasons, because they are the most frequent, especially if you’ve passed the first two stages. Before they leave your blog, you must give them something that will remind them what you want them to do. At this level, I must admit that there is no magic formula, each one has their own method. Some use photos, videos, free reports, newsletters or social bookmarking.

Video games and Internet are evolving very quickly, whenever you discover new ways, always remember to include these three components in your articles. Keep in mind that communication is the key to success.

A Video Game Blog – Play Games and Get Paid

With a Video Game Blog, playing games isn’t a waste of time. It actually becomes more than just a hobby. It becomes a lifestyle! Are you one of those people who thought going to work is boring and sitting at home playing your favourite video games on console or PC would be the only way you’d enjoy making a living? Well you start a video game blog and start working from home.

There are a lot of people out there that already blog about video games and the latest movies. I’m positive than some of us have a friend or two who are absolute game junkies and have every single console and still play on PC. Well how about share the fun with the world? With a video game blog, you can do just that.

Did you ever wonder how video game journalists get paid? I’m sure you’ve read those gaming magazines or watched YouTube review channels for different games – did you ever wonder how or did you even know that some of them can make money? Playing games and getting paid for it is half right. Selling stuff on the side of your video game blog is one basic concept that can get you paid for just playing games.

Selling games on your blog is obviously a popular way to go. But a lot of bloggers don’t usually have time or patience to order the games or send them out or even get an eBay account. Make no mistake though; there are a lot of people out there who make a lot of money online from eBay. But that’s just one of the many ways you can make money online with your video game blog.

Another way to do it is through advertising. Imagine loading up your blog with a bunch of ads and you get paid whenever someone clicks the ad. Google AdSense is based around this concept. You basically allow Google to load up your website with relevant ads and you get paid a little bit every time someone clicks on them.

With more popular games, such as World of Warcraft, a lot of bloggers and online marketers alike love to start blogs on specific games and offer tips, items and even e-book strategy guides that they can sell and get commissions from. Through affiliate marketing, these people don’t even have to create or own their own e-book strategy guides and walkthroughs and just sell someone else’s and earn commissions.

Starting a video game blog actually isn’t hard at all. Staring a blog in general is pretty easy. Especially with something as simple and user-friendly as a WordPress blog, pick a theme and start sharing stuff. What exactly do you share? Well that’s all up to you. It’s your blog. You can share whatever you want, however you want to do it. You can post your Gran Turismo lap times on your blog. You can post screenshots of some Easter Eggs for whatever you’ve encountered in Resident Evil. You can post videos of your favourite Call of Duty moments.

Or you can just post your thoughts on how much you enjoyed a particular game or storyline. You can even write about how horrible or difficult a particular game is. The market is so easy because there are a lot of games out there that people search reviews about. Not just that, but people also search for tips, tricks and secrets too. With a video game blog, you can do all that as well as make money.

Start a video game blog and find the best program to promote or a monetization method from the choices above and start earning some income just from playing video games!