LOTRO: Bloggers are Press, Streamers Aren’t

Participating in blogs, fansites and podcasts can be a tremendous experience. It can also be a little confusing when trying to determine where you fit in the grand ecosphere of press/new media/indie media. Just when you think you’ve got a good handle on your role, a new wrinkle is thrown into the equation. Video has stormed onto the video gaming/content creation scene thanks to accessible tools like OBS and Twitch. It was on one such stream a few weeks ago that I heard LOTRO community manager Frelorn make a statement that surprised me a little. Frelorn mentioned that the applications for the 2015 LOTRO Players Council would be going out soon. Upon questioning from the chat, he also validated that LOTRO streamers would be eligible to apply for the council. While this may not seem like a big deal to the casual observer, it does seem to draw an interesting line revealing who LOTRO considers “press”. Continue reading

The Fan Site Tightrope

The following represents my opinions and viewpoints only

I’ve just celebrated my personal first anniversary over at the LOTRO Players fan site. My first article was posted on July 5th of last year. In some ways it seems like just the other day, and in other ways it seems like years ago. One reason that it seems like a great deal of time has passed is because of how much I’ve learned in the past year. Games communities, volunteer journalism, informal networking, and even the business of gaming are things that I’m constantly learning about while feeding this hobby of fan site volunteerism.

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