Once and Future Kings: Top Ten Storylines from the 2013 Candidates Tournament

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #21


    Interesting article...good job.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #22


    GargleBlaster wrote:

    Thank you - if there's sufficient interest I might consider further articles about this tournament, such as a survey of the more interesting games, opening novelties, endgame themes, etc.

    I'm interested.

    "If you write it, they will come."

    The above article was great. You could, and maybe should, write a short book on the 2013 Candidates Tournament. There is interest, I think.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #23


    PS: Great article GB, you could also post it as a blog for the heck of it and see how many hits it gets that way.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #25


    GargleBlaster wrote:

    B) 99.999% of chess.com members are only aware of blogs shown on the front page  FALSE,  although quite possibly accurate in effect; I occasionally get responses to old and antiquated blogs 

    C) The only blogs shown on the front page are from "featured bloggers"  FALSE Depending on how you define "featured blogger" I guess, a lot of blogs on the 1st page are often 100% crap and I mean 100% crap not 99.999% and I'm not being a snob - I'm being an insufferable snob - I believe the first page is the most recent blogs with no exact formula for who gets picked and who doesn't and overall it's page 1 - latest blogs /// last page - oldest blogs

    I've posted about 150 blogs and I'm pretty sure (but not 99.999% sure) I know more about them than you do. As for being a "top blogger" I never set out to be one and in fact was unaware of being one (or that there were "TBs" to begin with) until I looked at the list after having posted several dozen blogs already.

    Unfortunately all I can say about getting more attn is give the readers what they want - in my case lots of blogs with games by Bobby Fischer seems to have helped - and continue writing quality blogs I don't claim to be a great blogger but quite frankly a lot of "blogs" out there are a total 100% waste of time ("chess com sucks" "I don't know the difference between a blog and a forum" "testing-testing-one-two-uh, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, etc")  so anything halfway decent automatically will help you to attract attention to your blog.

    I'm guessing once you get one blog with several hundred or more hits it's easier to stay on readers radar than to get there in the first place

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #27


    I'm sure whining about the lack of attention will generate lots of hits. 

    As one who has been a published writer for more than four decades in newspapers, magazines, literary and professional publications, as well as extensive online work including as a contributor to top 10 and top 20 blogs, I can attest that often your best stuff attracts the least attention and adulation, and pieces you consider throwaways or generic product can achieve celebrity.

    There is no accounting for the public's taste, and even less to be gained by complaining about it.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #28


    I am pretty sure GB is right about C). Only top bloggers are shown there.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #29


    Stormstout wrote:

    I am pretty sure GB is right about C). Only top bloggers are shown there.

    There are 25 blogs displayed on the front page right now (July 8 0715 PST) not counting the top 3 in yellow. "Top Bloggers" (a separate listing) takes up 2 pages. 

    • EstVALERIUS has five postings on the first page; Vivian_Mery
    •  has 4 postings; neither person is a top blogger. Maybe you can find some correlations in the other 16 postings?
  • 3 years ago · Quote · #30


    I think by front page, he means the "www.chess.com" page. There are (in order) articles, videos, news and blogs featured there. There is always one primary blog and 4 "more blogs" there and all of them are from "Top Bloggers".

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #31


    OK I'm going by the blog listings when you go to  look up blogs. I never thought about the "front page" here which I never go to.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #33


    People who track you or your friends will see all your blog entries. I'm one of those and wouln't miss any of your writings Smile.

    If you increase this 'base number' then you can reach the critical mass required to feature as a top blogger.

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