You've seen them on the Gamespot frontpage, so I bet you're wondering how to get your blog content some extra attention from Gamespot visitors.
Here are three ways to get your blog considered for the special Awesome User Blogs feature section!
1. Participate in Chalk Talk!
Chalk Talk is the Gamespot community's way of tackling topical and discussion-worthy concepts. Whether it's a reaction to a big news story or simply a casual discussion of something special in a game, Chalk Talk is a great way to share your views on the world of video games. Chalk Talk is updated with discussion topic assignments regularly. If you're up to offer your perspective, remember that all Chalk Talk submissions must be at least 500 words long, must abide by basic formatting procedures (that means straightforward and simple paragraph formatting and no altered text fonts or colors), and require at least one 400x400 image as a cover shot. Remember that you can also get your blog evaluated and critiqued on the Writers Round Table forum in each Chalk Talk assignment's respective topic.
2. Get frequently selected for the Gamespotting Editorial Feature!
The Gamespot staff is always hard at work keeping the site in ship shape, but they also love seeing fresh ideas and discussions in your blogs! Hence, there's GameSpotting, a special section where Gamespot staff members select their favorite blogs and feature them! Hand-picked by the staff, GameSpotting is a showcase of new talent and exciting discussions on gaming. Wanna be up for GameSpotting feature status? PM a link to your blog to our wonderful Community Manager @Synthia or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As with Chalk Talk, you can also have your blog peer reviewed on the Writers Round Table forum. Just post a link to your blog in a topic there!
3. Get noticed and/or recommended by a Gamespot Ranger, Moderator, Justicar, or Staff Member!
Repeated participation in the blogging community is sure to gather some attention from everyone. If your blog catches the eye of one of the Gamespot community elite, you can be up for Awesome User Blog consideration too. The Rangers and Moderators populate Gamespot, keeping the content in line for everyone's enjoyment. Check out The Moderator Collective union to see who could be watching your blog for top-grade content, as well as The Ranger Ravine for potential watching in the Ranger world!
As for the Justicars, I'm sure you know who they are. They take care of the Writers Round Table union! If you're up for learning more about these titans of the Table, check out the Meet The Justicars page here.
If you still are looking for an audience, remember that the Gamespot staff are watching out for quality work as well!
The Gamespot community is one of the pillars of the Gamespot site, so your content is immensely valuable! Got something interesting to say? Write up a blog. Have fun, and who knows? You might see your blog on the front page before you know it!