Whether you love it or hate it, Farmville is a phenomenon that is hard to dismiss. As with anything successful, it is worth looking for anything we can learn from it. As it happens, if you tilt your head the right way when you look at it, Farmville has a lot in common with blogging, but with a few key differences. Let’s take a look.
1. Always Be Planting
In Farmville, you need to plant and harvest crops on time. If you don’t plant crops, you don’t get experience points you need to advance in the game. If you don’t harvest on time, your crops wither and you don’t get paid. Harvest enough of a given crop and you develop “mastery” in it, which makes your future harvests worth more.
In blogging, you need to add new posts and, when appropriate, reply to comments. If you don’t add new posts, the search engines (and your visitors) may decide your site is abandoned. If you don’t respond to comments, your visitors may feel you don’t care. If you write a lot of quality posts on a given subject, search engines and visitors will associate that subject with your blog, which can help future posts on that subject.