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Monday, December 17, 2018

Post number 200! Tips and tricks, recap, and more!

So, this is my 200th post. I didn't really know how to start it off. I am human just like you after all! Unless you are a robot, if so can I join you? Anyways, just like the title says there is a bit of everything. So sit back, relax, grab some hot chocolate and enjoy.

Tips and tricks:
Tip 1: Make some friends who are official bloggers or unofficial. Honestly, having friends who have blogged longer than you really helps. They can tell you how to improve and what you are doing right! If they are official they might advertise you a bit (try not to force them to often) and that could certainly help you gain a following, but remember this you aren't friends with them just for help and views, you are friends with them because like you, they are bloggers and need your support just as much as you need theirs. I'm friends with a few official bloggers, and while I may ask for a retweet here and there I still interact with them whenever I can and support them. They aren't there to me for views, they are my friends just like any other.

Tip 2: Advertise wherever you can! If an official site has a blog list, apply to advertise there. If someone is retweeting blogs, tell them yours, and most importantly, advertise yourself. Honestly, even with me being on some blog lists, most of my views are from twitter and me announcing new posts. So don't rely on others, you are most likely going to get more views just advertising yourself.

Tip 3: Listen and respond to the community. The community looks at your blog, if they see something they like respond and say thank you, and do it more often, if they don't like something, listen and change it in the future. And always be open to criticism, as long as its constructive. For example my pvp gear guide didn't do so well, I admit it there are flaws, but I listened to the community, and responded. I haven't done any pvp posts since, because I don't feel like I've improved enough. And even if people do criticize you, don't be discouraged, try something different. And always be respectful to your viewers, even if you disagree at least argue in a civil manor. Like a debate.

Tip 4: Do something different. A blog usually has its own theme for posts. Mine for example are theories. If you do a blog on something a ton of people do, and then submit it, its probably going to be rejected, or if you do something that clearly someone else has the market on, like decorating and Paige Moonshade, you will probably get rejected as well. So offer something that hasn't been offered before!

Tip 5: Have fun. Honestly if you are not having fun blogging, this is not for you. You should be having fun, and thats that.

Tip 6: Its okay to take a break from blogging. Again don't have to explain this much. Real life is more important, and it always should be.

Tip 7: Not everyone is good at writing. And this is by no means bad, it just means you should practice more. Writing isn't something everyone is good at, its like music, you don't just learn to play violin over night. So be sure to practice and learn to write professionally!

Tip 8: Celebrate milestones. Oh wait, i'm doing that... But make those milestones special posts, you should be proud and let others be proud with you...

Recap.
I started blogging in February of 2016. I've really come a long way haven't I? My blog used to be a mess, not really any way to look for old posts except look through every one, a pretty bland template, and things like that. But over these (nearly 3) years I have had a lot of help. From bloggers gone (like the nordic champion) and bloggers still around like Edward Lifegem and Autumn Dreamwalker. Thanks to them my blog looks like it is today and has become successful. It does seem like forever ago though. In 2016 I made 100 posts, in 2017, only 14 since real life came up and so far this year 86 including this one. In march of 2016, I did 35 posts, Never think I'll break that. This recap may be a bit sketchy, but thats because honestly, time just went by. I never saw this blog as a pain where I count the days, I saw it as and adventure where time doesn't matter. I really do hope that continues and I can blog for a lot longer!

More.
I planned to do a party or giveaway, but thats not really me. I like to host parties but they are hardly ever successful, giveaways are the same. But still, I want to do something. So what? How about this, If any of you want to start a wizard101 or pirate101 blog, I would be happy to help you, and if you already have but need advice I will help as well. I won't promise to endorse you for personal reasons, but if I can I will try. And before you ask, thats blogs only. I don't really promote many streams unless they are from friends I have known awhile and know won't cause drama. So once again thank you for viewing and cya in the spiral!

-Jack

Sunday, December 16, 2018

What irl world is Dragonspyre?

So, the age old debate since the first arc. What world is Dragonspyre in real life? The debate died down awhile ago, most people just agreeing its Russia, but what if I told you its not based off of anywhere in real life? KI might have said something (or might not have, I'm not totally sure) but if they said it was a place IRL they are far from right... I'll be explaining what Dragonspyre really is, not a real life place, but a place of fiction, a place of poetry, and a place that I love. Time to go down this rabbit hole...
First check out an old post on it from an amazing friend who sadly is no longer in the community, I owe a lot of  my success to her to be honest.
http://nordicchampion.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-mystery-of-dragonspyre-revisited.html
While I hate to disprove her and all the research she did, she didn't consider the poetic aspect of it. Yes, she is probably right on what its SIMILAR to, but not what it really is. Dragonspyre is in fact, just a fantasy world, made up, its not real in real life. Keep in mind, while KI does like to take pages from history, they keep it at least recognizable to everyone. The closest irl thing I can think of for Dragonspyre is the fall of East Rome. However that doesn't make much sense since East Rome survived, Dragonspyre on the other hand did not, its been completely forgotten by most of the spiral, and for good reason. But enough of that, lets go into what Dragonspyre really is.
Dragonspyre is in fact, just a poetic reference to the current Malistare, A man stuck in the past. See the tragedy of malistare post for reference. But lets look at the inhabitants, like malistare they are all stuck in the past. Ghosts, fighting a war that is over. They send you on quests to fight an enemy that has already won. They can't see the present for what it is, and their future is gone. Just like Malistare. The people of Dragonspyre are a reference to Malistare, stuck in the past, and focused on avoiding loss. Now look at the architecture, its very fancy compared to most worlds, and if you know Malistare he used to be an elegant man, refined tastes, and fancy to say the least.
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 But now he is broken and ugly, and full of fiery rage. Just like Dragonspyre.
 Wherever you go in Dragonspyre you see broken ruins, and if when did Dragonspyre past you found out it was all once beautiful. Just like Malistares old life.
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And lastly, Dragonspyre itself, its a dangerous world that could hurt many more than it already has, just like Malistare. My theory is that Dragonspyre isn't a world in real life, its just a reflection of Malistare's story. It may draw some references to in real life places, but at its core, its a poetic world, a world that sought power and destroyed itself, just like Malistare sought power and destroyed who he once was.
Cya in the spiral!
-Jack

Saturday, December 15, 2018

What era is MB in compared to real life!

So, have you ever wondered which era MB, one of the most technologically advanced worlds in the spiral, is in? To put it simply, its between 1908 and 1915. Not 1901, even though thats when Queen Victoria died. Most people think MB is in the Victorian era of England, we have queen Victoria, people like Jacques the scratcher in Wiz. However while history says one thing, technology and advancement, what MB is all about, says another thing. This is going to be a short post, however its just to make you question how much you really know. There are 2 main points I will go over, first a side quest, second some decorations. Lets begin shall we?

First point, a p101 side quest, Light a candle.
In this side quest we install electric lamps, despite the name. How do we know this? Well the quest is in the isle of dogs, and despite not being MB city, it does show to have electricity. But to fully understand you have to look at the p101 story. Right now MB is at war with Valencia, I am guessing this is a WWI reference. We see in Bishops puppet show they plan to bombard The isle of dogs, which in real life started in January of 1915. But because this hasn't happened but is close to happening the oldest year MB could be is 1915. And we do know the bombing on the Isle of fetch would be within the week. So how does this side quest relate? Well, if VA is already this close to victory, we can assume all power is going towards the war effort and since this quest is to stop spies, it would count. Plus, this was how it was in real life, even though it was after the bombings...

Point 2: Some Wizard101 decorations/items in MB. This sets the minimum year for MB, 1908. But why is it 1908? Because of the model MB. The model MB car is no doubt a reference to the Model T. There were cars before the Model T, but not available to the mass public, my best guess is this is the point where Model Ts became popular and wide spread. I don't really have to explain more since it speaks for itself...
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In conclusion, I would place MB somewhere between 1908 and 1915. There is no clear date, but it is certainly later than most people think! Sorry for the short post, and while I do have plenty of evidence, its not really needed since this isn't supposed to be taken all to seriously. Tell me what you think in the comments and Cya in the spiral!

-Jack