Ask The Stargazer: “How should one go about starting an rpg blog?”

Stargazer Yesterday I got the following email:

Dear Michael/Stargazer,
My question for you sir, is this? How should one go about starting an RPG blog? I have some ideas for content but my technology-fu is pretty weak. Some folks recommend Blogger to me and others WordPress. I was wondering if you have any tips for getting a blog up and running and then maintaining it?

Best regards,


Luckily that’s a topic I have already written a lot about. Some of you might actually remember my RPG Blogging 101 series, that I have written back in early 2011. If you are looking into starting your own blog, it wouldn’t hurt if you check out these posts first. But let’s have a deeper look on Matt’s question first.

Matt is currently deciding whether he should use WordPress or Blogger as his platform of choice. I have to admit that’s not the easiest choice to make. Both platforms offer a lot of great features and are totally free to use. But from what I’ve seen in the last few months Blogger is actually winning on almost all accounts, especially when it comes to the number of features available to bloggers. And especially if you already use a lot of Google Services aleady, it’s probably best to stick with Google for blogging, too.

If you are tech-savvy enough I would recommend using a self-hosted WordPress blog, but when you don’t want to worry about all that tech stuff, use Blogger.

You might also want to check out the following posts about blogging in general and RPG blogging in particular:

I hope I could help you with your question, Matt! Feel free to add more questions on the topic below!

By the way, if you have a question you want to ask the Stargazer, send an email to!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

One thought on “Ask The Stargazer: “How should one go about starting an rpg blog?””

  1. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the detailed response. I will definitely go and check out the posts you suggested. I have some fairly solid ideas for the blog now, it’s just a case of trying to implement them in some way.
    Blogger does seem to be the way to go at the moment.
    I’m not in any rush though, so I’ll take my time with it. Once it gets up and running I’ll post a link.



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