Considering creating Martial arts blog/website soon

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Talk' started by Ryan_, Jan 10, 2019 at 1:42 PM.

  1. Ryan_

    Ryan_ Green Belt

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    Hey, so I've been away from the website for a while but have continued my training.

    Anyway, I was thinking of creating an eeducation-orientated website wboab martial arts in a few months time when I am back at work and can upkeep a domain.

    Ideally, the website would have a section for Chinese/Japanese etc. Martial arts and would include history of them as well as information about what they specialise in.

    Also, a possibility of a weekly blog about my personal research into martial arts.

    Would note it would not be a forum or a website with user-generated content, nor would it attempt to teach martial arts, as I do not believe they can be taught via the internet.

    Would also note the plan would be to include ads (via Google AdSense or similar, nothing intrusive) as I am an enterprising computer science student and would like to attempt to make my own income.

    My questions anyway are:
    Would anyone here be interested in such a site?
    Would I be allowed to advertise the website here, noting that it is intended to be a business?
     
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    Azulx Black Belt

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    There's so many blogs out there. I honestly would be more interested in seeing videos of your personal martial arts journey,and you talking about your system , what it means to you, etc. I would enjoy watching videos of you doing thing in your style such as forms, sparring, weapons, self defense, etc.
     
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  3. Ryan_

    Ryan_ Green Belt

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    That is true, there are a lot of blogs so if I was to do this, I would put significant effort into making sure that my articles are the best quality possible and hopefully give website visitors a reason to visit again.

    I am honestly quite camera shy although at the same time I would like to show off my bo staff abilities lol.

    The thing with only writing about one style is I'm unsure how much it would potentially restrict my audience (or maybe the opposite as it will be one focus?)

    An option would be to start with the styles I have studied and then expand if interest continues.
     
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    Tony Dismukes MT Moderator Staff Member

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    Rules regarding advertising can be found here: MartialTalk.com Forum Rules and Procedures

    For me personally, I’m interested in blogs written by someone who has an in-depth knowledge of a specific subject. In my experience, “overview” websites, books, articles, etc tend to range from superficial at best to completely fictitious at worst. Besides, I already have a fairly broad but shallow* knowledge of a wide range of martial art topics. I’m more interested in deepening my pool of knowledge than in making it broader.

    *(That is to say, I have a deep knowledge of some arts and a much shallower knowledge of many more.)
     
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    skribs Senior Master

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    What differentiates your site from MartialTalk (for one), Black Belt Wiki, Wikipedia, or any other site I can google and find right now?

    I'm going to say only do videos if you know how to write a script and edit videos. If your video is presented like this:

    • Hi guys, today I'm going to talk about leg sweeps
    • This is a leg sweep
    • Here's how you do a leg sweep
    • Here's situations you would use a leg sweep
    • Here's why your leg sweeps fail and how you can fix that
    • Here's situations you would not use a leg sweep
    Then you can have a very good video. But if your video is like this:

    Hi, today I'm talking about leg sweeps. A leg sweep is when you sweep with the leg, although sometimes it's more of a spring motion and sometimes it's a trip. It all depends on your stance. But yeah, so leg sweeps also use your arms. And you have to get leverage on your opponent and get him off balance. Now we're going slow here so you can see the move but normally I'd go faster, I'll show you that later. If he knows what I'm doing he can counter me this way, and I'd do this instead or counter it that way, and there is one circumstance in which you don't want to do this, but to do the sweep you need to trip your opponent like this, and from here you can do X, Y, or Z.

    You get the idea? If you talk about it, plan what you're going to do BEFORE you get to the video, make use of B-roll and voiceover so you can edit it together and make a good presentation.
     
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    Buka MT Moderator Staff Member

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    Advertising here, just like advertising anywhere, depends on what your advertising budget looks like.
     

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