I’ve been an avid chess fan ever since my first game of chess. I may not be the best chess player but I’m not the worst either. For awhile there I wasn’t able to fulfill my chess fix but that’s not a problem anymore thanks to being able to play it online. It was actually during one of those games when I mentioned to Mitch of I’m Just Sharing how we should do a blog post comparing chess to blogging. As it turns out Mitch beat me to the punch with his Comparing Chess To Blogging In 5 Moves and so I figured it was about time for me to come up with my version.
I’ve got to tell you guys the truth, working out a comparison between blogging and chess turned out to be more of a challenge than I originally expected. Perhaps that’s why it took me so long to decide to write this post Enough with the procrastination, let the chess pieces land where they may.
A Comparison Of Blogging And Chess
Woman playing chess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When comparing chess to blogging the first thing that came to mind was why do people play chess or take up blogging. As far as chess goes the one reason people play chess is to win. When you think about it, the same goes for blogging, only where blogging is concerned the prize is either monetary gain or some sort of recognition.
Winning a chess game is all about strategy. If you just move your pieces any which way, unless the other guy is an absolute moron, you’re going to lose. The strategy also involves planning and flexibility because you have to change your planning and tactics after almost every move.
Blogging Is About Planning And Tactics
The same can be said for blogging but unlike chess, blogging is a lot more involved. The planning starts from the very beginning, from the moment you choose a domain to the time you write your first post. The theme you chose and the way it’s all set up can also play a significant part. Even once you get all that under way you still have your SEO to worry about, and unless you’re just blogging for fun SEO has a major impact on how well a blog performs.
Then there are tactics, which comes about by studying your competition. What are they doing to get where they are and what can you do get some of their action? Are they utilising the best SEO and if not will you be able to take advantage of that? Like chess you will need to keep an eye on their moves so you can plan your conter movers.
How Chess Pieces Relate To Blogging
I was thinking about this today while I was at work and so I decided to incorporate it in the post. Most of you will know that chess is made up of a whole lot of pieces that you move on a board. You probably also know that certain pieces have certain strengths and that some pieces are considered stronger than others, and yet, as long as you plan your moves right and things go your way you can actually win the game with a pawn which is considered the weakest piece on the board. Enough of that, lets have a look to see how those pieces can relate to blogging shall we?
The King: Definitely not the strongest piece but it is the most important piece because the whole game is focused on this one piece and whether you win or lose is dependant how well you protect it. To me this is akin to your content and why they all say Content Is King!
The Queen: The queen is definitely the strongest piece on the board and I’ve actually had some players resign once I’ve captured their queen. I reckon when it comes to blogging the queen could be likened to your domain name. Picking the right domain name for your blog will make things a lot easier when it comes to SEO.
The Rook!: Sometimes also referred to as a castle, is the third most powerful piece. I reckon the rook is like your blog theme in importance. I believe using a crappy poorly designed blog theme will make things a lot harder for any new blogger. Why? Because first impression means a hell of a lot to most people and even if you have got good content a poorly designed theme can actually turn people away! Even if you can get their attention for a little while with your title and introduction, it may not be enough to get the sale,
The Bishop and Knights: I reckon they are of equal value but I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ll sacrifice a bishop any day of the week for an opponents knight. Although these pieces are considered to be of similar value, combined they can be a definite threat. Sort of like SEO. In fact SEO can be considered as the tactics in a chess game that combines all the pieces together and the outcome of your blogging game may depend on how good your SEO is.
The Pawn: You may have noticed in one of the previous points how I mentioned the importance of a blog’s title and introduction? Well then, they can be likend to your pawn. Although the pawn is the weakest piece it by no means belittles their true value. Like I said above you can actually force a checkmate with a pawn and they can also be a great defensive mechanism.
In the long run, to be a Chess champion or a successful blogger you have to be able to incorporate everything into your game plan. You need to look ahead, see what the opposition may be planning and then head it off with your own moves. You need to do this because that’s exactly what they are doing and anything less will cost you the game.
Phew! I don’t know how this post stacks up against Mitch’s post but I know one thing for sure, I like the first photo I used a lot better than his. I’m sure glad that I never had to play against her. Heck, who can concentrate on their game when you have cleavage like that in front of you.