Hello hundreds of roleplay help blogs and roleplayers who follow WriteWorld.

This anon is for you. 

Submit resources to us for this anon or message us with the url of a useful roleplay help blog (especially if the help blog is you). We’re counting on your guidance, oh wise Tumblr Roleplay Community. Show us the way.

To get you started, here are the roleplay help blogs WriteWorld follows:

Here are other great roleplay advice blogs that we don’t follow for whatever reason:

And here are a few guides from the Tumblr Roleplay Community:

You’ll notice as you check out these resources that there are hundreds of communities to join and just as many styles of roleplaying. The key is to find the right niche for you!

When in doubt, there is always the “How to Roleplay" tag.

Look for updates to this list as helpful people send us resources. Thank you to contributors in advance, and thank you, anon, for your question!

-C


Hello there, fellow writers (and roleplayers)! The-Hardyest-RPC is hoping to make a list of awesome roleplays on Tumblr, and they need your help!

If you know of a roleplay that focuses on writing (a para-based roleplay) and that provides opportunities for writers to think outside of the box, send Hardy a message and tell them about it!

We’ll post a link to the list Hardy compiles for those interested in getting into roleplaying on Tumblr, but be advised: roleplaying is as fun and challenging as it is addictive! While it is a great way to start (and continue) writing and to meet other writers, it can be an extremely time-consuming activity. You have been warned! 

Seriously, though, roleplays are a fantastic venue for writers. You can stretch your writing muscles and try out new styles, genres, and characters. They are interactive, so feedback is constant and focused on keeping you challenged creatively, and they encourage small bursts of writing, which can be perfect for writers looking to hone their craft. 

Thank you all for your assistance! We hope you’re as excited as we are to check out the roleplays on the list!

Cheers!

-C


poshhelpers:

So You Wanna Become an RPCHA

A guide on making a page and getting started in this crazy community.

There are a million out there and more being added every day. With so many opinions, it can all seem a bit overwhelming. You may be wondering, how do I even get started? Inspired by an anon’s request, I’ve compiled this long guide to hopefully, help you not only set up your blog, but give you some advice as you start out on this new and exciting journey that is the RPCHA community. 

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert. I’m just trying to help. There are many ways to go about making a help blog, this is just what has worked well for me. 

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Part 1: Let’s Take a Moment and Think About This
Alright, so here you are. You want to make your own RPCHA. You are so excited, you have the perfect mascot and you are 100% ready to start helping people… or are you?
Before you make your own RPCHA, make sure you know what you’re getting into. All together, I think we can all agree on these three basic things that you should be able to fufill if you are going to make your own RPCHA blog:
Experience: Now there isn’t any set “you should have been a roleplayer for x amount of years and ran x rps.” It’s all up to you to decide how much experience is enough experience. However, I would highly suggest that you have roleplayed at least a fair amount of time and also have been an admin or co-admin before. Having experience will give you credibility as a helper blog as well as help you be able to answer all the questions you receive.
Dedication: There’s no point in you opening a blog for you to use it for a few days and never go on again. Before you start your blog, make sure you really want to do it. Make sure you have a schedule that will allow you to have a fair amount of time to work on the requests and just be on your page to deal with answering questions and daily maintenance. There isn’t any set time, but if you can only be on one day a week, it may not be the best option for you.
Ability to take criticism: I cannot stress this point enough. This community is honestly hard to be in. There are wars every day and you need to be careful with each post you make if you want to stay out of it, which is near impossible. Someone is always going to dislike you and someone is always going to disagree with you.You probably will receive hate, no matter what you do. The key is to know how to handle it and be able to move on. To know when to speak and when to keep quiet, when to apologize and when to fight back.  Try to find confidence in yourself and keep reminding yourself that this is the internet. To keep from repeating myself, if you’d like more on my thoughts on criticism in the community, take a look at this post.
It may not be a bad idea to follow a handful of helper blogs before you get started to make your own. Observe what they do, how they answer questions, communicate with other blogs, and release services. Note things you like and dislike about how they run their blog. It can give you a handle on not only how the community works, but also allow you to see what will be expected of you. Feel free to ask helpers questions about joining the community and what should be done. Go into your blog knowing what to expect and being prepared, will give you a bit of an edge that you need and also a bit of confidence that will be helpful in your first few weeks.
Part 2: Planning
Hopefully be now you are confident and sure that you are ready to make your own blog. You go to make a new account and are already looking for themes and mascots to use. But hold up, what exactly are you going to be doing? Let’s stop a minute and make a plan.
What To Do?

There are more than just one type of helper blog that you may want to be. Here are some of the most popular (and keep in mind there is quite a bit of overlap):
Roleplay Helper (RPH)- A roleplay helpers is usually the catch all for helper blogs. They usually take on the role of helper, critic, adviser, writing help, and anything else. They provide any range of services and are the most popular in the community. My blog would mostly be considered a roleplay helper, as would hathawayhelps and all-american-rph.
Roleplay Adviser/Assistant (RPA)- This name is nearly interchangeable with helper, however the intent may be different. These blogs may focus more on guides and answering questions, giving advice basically. However, in reality, this and an RPH blog is usually the exact same. A few blogs that identify as an RPA would be forumrpingadvice and thisrp-advisor.
Roleplay Critic (RPC)- Critic blogs are usually focused more on reviewing roleplays and can sometimes go by a name ending in “reviews.” RPCs also usually have rants and give private help. Even though reviews may be their main purpose, more times than not they will offer other rph services as well. Some RPC blogs include keir-reviews and loganlerman-rpc.
Writing Blog- Though not officially apart of the RPH community, I wanted to include it. This is a blog where the main focus is writing and they can usually overlap with rp help as well. They give and reblog writing tips and some will even give private help. Many RPCHAs follow writing blogs and get a lot of their information from them. They are honestly one of the most valuable assets of this community. Some of my favorite writing blogs are writinghelpers and writeworld.
Specialty Blog- This probably isn’t the technical name, but this is the title I will be using for a blog that specializes in one area of the RPCHA community. There are many that do strictly FC help, there are some that just do playlists, some that will reblog inspirational posts, and some that just provide graphics. It all depends from blog to blog. Some examples are the-music-mixer, gifhuntdirectory, musespiration, and theme-hunter
So how do you decide which one you want to be? Well, that’s all up to you. Now you need to sit down and think about what you can and can’t do (or want and don’t want).
Here is an incomplete list of services an rp helper blog could offer:
Reviews (full, quick, first-look, and focused)
Guides/How-Tos/Tips
Gif Hunts/Directories
Graphics (Promo, Sidebar, Character, RPHCA, etc.)
Manips
Crackship Gifs
Gifs
Family Templates
Playlists
Promotions & Shout-Outs
Recommendations
Character and Plot Templates (such as an archetype series or plot ideas)
Writing Prompts
Rants
Themes
Color Schemes
PSDs
Textures
Fonts
Private Help
Writing Help & Tips
Faceclaim, Biography, Plot, General Roleplaying & Writing help & Advice
Now you are going to want to go through and decide what you can and can’t do, but also what you want and don’t want to do. Maybe you can do family templates, but you just don’t enjoy the time they take. If you don’t want to do it, then don’t do it. That’s totally fine. 
Also, don’t be afraid if there aren’t a lot of services you can or want to provide. Focus on what you do well because that is what people will go to you for. People would much prefer a blog that does a few wonderful services than one that can do all of them mediocre or poorly. The key is to know what you want to do and what you’re good at beforehand. 
You are also now going to want to think about what kind of things you want to reblog. Odds are you’ll reblog guides and tips, but maybe you are like me and have no clue how to use photoshop. If you don’t know how to use photoshop, you probably won’t be reblogging PSDs. You want to be able to help people and if you don’t know if a resource is worthwhile or not, don’t reblog it. 

Mascots

Alright, now here is the fun part and may be the easiest part of setting up your blog. It’s time to choose who will be your face. Who will be the lucky person (or persons) to represent you?
You can pick whoever you want. I mean, you can pick an animated character if you want to. You don’t even technically need one. You can have none or you can have five. It is all up to you. However, do keep a few things in mind:
The more popular your mascot, the more creative you have to be with your URL and it’s also easier to get lost in the crowd, mixed up for a different one.
It may not be a good idea to have a totally obscure mascot either, otherwise making graphics for your page will be much more difficult.
If you want multiple mascots, make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself. Use all the mascots you picked for something; don’t just let them be there for you to have claim. Set up specific things that each face to be used for. (For example, Dev does guides and tips, Ezra does reviews and resources/masterlists, and Lauren does rants, playlists, and shout-outs.) With this, each face gets a good amount of face time on your blog.
Although you should like your mascot, don’t get too hung up on it. You can always change it if you change your mind, and you probably will. 

URL

This is probably the hardest part, depending on what mascot you use. This is basically the name of your page and you want it to be easy to recognize as a helper blog, but still different enough to help you stand out. So what do you do, especially when you’re the eighty millionth Dianna Agron or Candice Accola rph?
First you are going to want to decide if you want your mascot to be in your URL or not. URLs with mascots in the name are easy to distinguish and usually easier to come up with, however, there are some drawbacks. If you ever change your mascot (and you probably will) you’ll have to change your URL too. Also, if you have a popular FC, it will be even harder to put that mascot’s name in your URL.
If you choose not to use the mascot’s name, then more power to you! You can really name your blog anything you want. You are just going to want to make sure that there is something in your URL that identifies you as a helper. That could be any of these: rph, rpa, rpc, rps, roleplays, critic, helper, helps, helpers, critics, adviser, advisers, reviews, etc. (If you are a specialty blog, try to show that in your URL as well. (if you do gifs, put something about gifs in your URL, if you do playlists, do something with music, etc.))
The main idea: whatever blog you have, you want to make the URL identifiable.
I came up with my new name by thinking of an image I wanted my name to bring across. Dapper was the first word to come to mind. I asked for some opinions and went to a thesaurus to look for similar words. I found a few I liked and asked around for which one people liked better. In the end poshhelpers won. When coming up with a name, try to do the same thing. Think about the image you want your URL to portray and the type of blog you want to have. Be creative and open-minded and you’ll be sure to find something that you like. 

Part 3: Setting Up
Alright, now that you have everything planned, it’s time to start setting up your page. Here are some suggestions on what you should do to make your blog perfect for rp helping. 
Themes and how your page looks

The key to a helper blog’s page is that it’s navigable, easy to read, and looks classy. By all means, take creative freedom in choosing everything but there are some things that will be more helpful.
Try to get a theme that isn’t too extreme. It should be easy to find the next page button, navigation, and anything someone may need. If someone has to look a long time to find the description, it may not be a good idea.
Go for a theme that allows a good amount of sidelinks. Links are your friend because you are probably going to need one for, at least, these pages: ask, submit, services, and navigation. That’s at least four links and you’ll probably want more. Because of this, themes with long sidebars are usually the best decision. You can find a bunch of suggested RPCHA themes here.
When choosing a color scheme, make sure everything is readable. Don’t shy away from bright or dark colors, go with whatever mood you want, but if you can’t read the posts or if your eyes are tired while looking at it, it’s probably not the best decision.
Pay attention to your font and font size. If the words on your page are small or the font is hard to read, people aren’t even going to try. However, don’t make your font size huge either, because that will hurt their eyes. I’d say between 10 and 15 is usually a good size to have and for your actual font, simplicity is key. 

Organization

The key to setting up a successful blog is the organization. You are going to be reblogging and hopefully making tons of resources for people that will be looked at it for months to come. You are going to want everything to be easy to find and that’s why you have to keep everything organized.
I highly recommend using a custom navigation theme to organize everything. Like the one I have on my page now, it gives you headers to easily divide things up and put them in the appropriate section. Also this way the pages are easier on the eyes and easier to find what you’re looking for, versus scrolling down a long list. You can find some great navigation themes here.
If you’ve never edited the HTML for a custom page before, do not be concerned. Navigation themes are extremely easy to edit and most will have instructions directly in the code for you to add links or change colors if you want to. Also, if you ever need help, you can go to another RPCHA blog (such as mine) and they will gladly assist you. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake.
I would suggest having a tag for everything. Yes, everything you post and everything you reblog. Give everything it’s nice little spot on your page to be easily found. Think of each link on your navigation as a drawer. When you make a new post, you have to put it into the right drawer so you’ll be able to find it again. You are going to want to make the tag you use very simple and easy. For example, all my writing tips are simply tagged “write” and my reviews are tagged “reviews.” These tags are easy to remember and are a great way to organize everything.

Pages to Have

Along with the all-important tags, there are also some pages you are probably going to want to set up for your blog.
Services/What I Do- Here you will write everything that we talked about before. What services are you going to provide? What can you do and what can’t you? Make all this information easy to find.
Guidelines/Rules/FAQ- Some blogs have these, some don’t. This is where you’ll basically put some of your expectations. I have very basic ones you can see here, such as being polite and here I also explain my review making process. You can also put an FAQ where you answer any basic questions that may come up, such as if you do shout-outs or how long requests normally take.
To-Do List- Some people put out posts and tag them as to-do while others have a page where they list everything. This is great not only for your followers to see what you have on your plate, but also for you to keep organized. How crappy would you feel if you totally forgot about a review? Here is where you can avoid that.
About- Some people put their services here, but this is basically where you can tell people a bit about yourself. It can be short and sweet, basic or a whole customized page. Reveal what you want and don’t what you can’t. It’s all up to you. Here is my about page if you need some inspiration and here are some about page themes that may interest you.

Graphics

I can pretty much guarantee you that you are going to need graphics for your help blog. You will need a promo graphic, services graphics (such as Ezra’s Reviews, Dev’s Guides, etc.), and you’ll probably want a sidebar graphic as well. Here are some tips for what to do for your much needed graphics:
Stick with simplicity. The graphics, especially the basic RPH graphics should not be extremely exciting or distracting. A simple gif or photo of your mascot(s) with the text “X’s reviews” is all you need.
With your promo graphic, feel free to have a bit more fun. Just make sure everything matches your color scheme and overall feel of your page. Make sure you include the name of your blog and probably your mascot(s) as well.
With a sidebar graphic make sure you pay attention to the dimensions of your sidebar image for your theme and make sure it fits well. Here I wouldn’t choose a graphic that’s so wild it’s distracting, but feel free to have a little fun. If you don’t know how to make graphics, you will also be fine just finding a nice photo of your mascot, or even just an object (such as pen and paper) to use for your image. It doesn’t have to be extremely personalized.
If you can’t make graphics this part of setting up your blog can be a big pain in the ass, however, a necessary one. You are going to want to find a blog that offers RPCHA graphics, and there are many of them. When you request make sure you are very specific about what you want, even have the gifs or photos picked out beforehand. The more you are able to give them, the easier it will be for them to make the graphic and the faster they will be able to give it back to you. Here are some of my favorite graphic makers, but there are many more out there as well: wanderlustfulhelper, willa-rph, theprettyhelpers, madekwehelps, and dailynickrph.

You can also go simple with graphics, if you have to. For my first few weeks before I got someone to make graphics for me, I used photos of Dev Patel and used this website to put titles on it. Were they pretty? No, but they worked well while I waited. That can be a fine alternative if you are left waiting for a while.
Part 4: Getting Started
Now your entire page is set up and you are ready to get started. You are excited and willing to help.  Your askbox is open and now all you have to do is wait.
Well, not exactly.
Do Something

If you want people to ask you for help, you have to show that you can help them. Promotions may give you a few questions, but it won’t give you any real requests. While you wait for people to take notice, do something. Write a guide or rant. Put together a few gif hunts or masterlists. Do research on a topic and post your resources.  Show that you have something to give to this community and I promise, people will come. Your guides, masterlists, etc. are the best advertisements for your page. Someone reads them and reblogs it. Before you know it, tons of people have seen it and want your help with something like it.

Promoting

When promoting your help blog, keep it simple. Your promo graphic and then the list of what you do is the right way to go. It also looks professional and classy. Unlike an RP, don’t post every hour. To be honest, most people don’t respond to a promotion looking for help. That’s more of a way to get your name out there, and to be quite frank, you don’t even really need it if you don’t want it. The work you post will give you many more requests than a promo does. Though, if you do decided to use a promo, I wouldn’t post it more than 2-3 times a day. Any more is simply wasting your breath.  

Tagging

There is a bit of debate over this, but I’m going to share my opinion as well as the opinion of most help blogs I follow. Do not tag all your posts rph, rpa, and/or rpc. Before you know it you will be clogging up the tag getting a lot of hate from people. Yes, you want to advertise what you can do, but tagging all your asks there is not good advertising. All in all, I think these are the only things that should be tagged with the rph/rpa/rpc tag:
Promotions for your blog
Guides & Tips
Resources & Masterlists
Graphics
That is about it. You want to show what you can do, but you don’t need to show off everything you make. If someone is looking for a gif hunt, they will go to  “____ gif/gifs” tag, not the RPCHA tag. Promotions for roleplays should remain in the rp tag, not the RPCHA tag (I don’t think anything irks us more) and personal posts should never, ever be posted there. I don’t think I can emphasize it enough. Telling us about your cat’s dietary issues is not helping and therefore should not be there. Only tag things that show off what you can do.

Joining the Community

Going away from what you do a bit, once you start your blog it is definitely a great idea to go in head first. Start following some blogs! Join and immerse yourself in the community once you’re here. By this, I’m not saying you have to follow every blog you see. No, follow the ones that will help you. The blogs that have great guides and resources that you want to reblog. Following other blogs will keep you informed with what’s happening in the rp community, can give you inspiration for guides and tips, and help you become more knowledgeable about roleplaying in general. Talk to other people. Give feedback when people ask for it, ask for some yourself. Make friends who can help you when you need it, because trust me, you will.

Personal vs. Professional Debate

As long as there have been help blogs, this has been a topic. Should you have personal posts or keep it all professional? In my opinion, it’s all up to you. I post personal posts sometimes, most of us do. However, do keep in mind that you are a help blog. Don’t forget that part of your URL. If it gets to the point that you are not helping anyone and just having personal posts, you may want to change your URL.
Also in this debate is an argument about promoting your own work. For that, I say yet again, it’s your own blog and your own decision, just make sure you still help. Your main purpose for this blog is to help people, correct? Not to get people to join your roleplay. 

How Much is Too Personal

This can be about many things, from giving your name, age, where you live etc., to even just what roleplays you admin and the ones you are in.
When it comes to the very personal bits, I’m not going to be like your parents, I’m going to say that it’s up to you whether you choose to give your name and show a photo of yourself, just be aware what you’re doing.
As much as we’d like to believe that tumblr is a safe place, it’s not. There are pedophiles here. People do lie and you are at risk whenever you are on tumblr as you are anywhere else on the internet. Be knowledgeable and do what feels right. 
When it comes to personal blogs and other blogs you run, it’s also definitely your decision, however keep your image in mind. Once you show off your roleplay, you are putting yourself out there to be judged even more. Also, giving out your personal page will allow people to see you in a different light. I don’t know about you, but I act totally different on my personal than here, and I’m not sure I’d want everyone to see that. I’m writing for a totally different audience on my personal as I am my helper blog. I’d prefer it if they didn’t intermingle.

Part 5: Running the Blog
Although I can’t possibly cover everything, I want to give you some tips for the basic day-to-day duties of running a roleplay help blog.
Juggling Everything

Running a roleplay help blog is a rollercoaster. There will be times when you are swamped with requests and other times where you will be begging for something to do. Just roll with it and remember that it happens to everyone. 
Keep your to-do list updated and be aware of what needs to be done. I always have three sources for my to-do: my to-do page, my to-do tag, and then I usually write it down in my planner as well. I don’t want to forget anything, so I keep reminding myself.
Keep in mind that some things, such as guides and reviews, take longer than other requests. Because of this, going in order of requested may not always be the best option. Spread things out and don’t take on more than you can handle. I usually try to do review, small request, review, smaller request, etc., just to balance things out.
Have a limit of how many things to do at a time. Especially with reviews and graphics, you are going to want to have a cut off point where no one can request anymore so then you don’t feel too overwhelmed. Three to five at a time on your to-do is usually a good number. Also, don’t feel like you always have to have things open. If you simply are not in the mood to do something or want some time without it, close a request. There is nothing wrong with that (I mean, I do it all the time).
Always remember that your real life is much more important than this page. If it become too much to handle, go on a hiatus. A hiatus is where you will leave your page for a certain amount of time, usually to focus on your real life. This is totally fine to do and normal. Never, ever put this blog before your family, work/school, your mental and physical health, or anything else in your life. This is a hobby, so when you need a break from it, do it. 
If you do decide to go on hiatus, you are going to want to make it clear that you are leaving. Close all requests and put a notice on your sidebar. If there is a certian time when you will be back, then say so. But if not, don’t worry. You may also want to add a hiatus theme to your blog.

Reblogging & the Queue
When it comes to your page, you are going to want to reblog other peoples’ work as well. It makes your blog seem much more well-rounded and can help people in more ways than just you. When it comes to reblogging, just keep some things in mind:Make sure you have read everything you’ve reblogged. Make sure it’s not a list of links and none of them work (though don’t be anal about it, if it’s a great list of 20 links and five don’t work, still by all means reblog it. It’s still useful). Make sure the guides are helpful and that the rants are productive. Make sure you know what you’re reblogging.
With that being said, you don’t have to agree with everything you reblog either. Your goal on the blog is to help people, and just because you don’t agree with how someone suggests playing a blind character, for example, if it seems useful and a worthy source, reblog it. Show opinions that aren’t the same as yours. It makes your blog seem much more well-rounded and gives you more credibility.
Go through your dashboard and other people’s pages. Actively go looking for reliable resources and posts that will help people. Heck, even go to your fandom’s tag and reblog things that you find inspiring. Keep your blog relevant and diverse.
Make the queue your friend, especially if you know you can’t be on a certain day. Queue your promotions that are sent into you and any rebloggable resources. It’s a great way to keep your page updated as well as making sure you don’t end up spamming people as you go through your dash.
Tag your queue posts with something to let people know. Whether it be clever or just the simple tag “queue”, it can stop people from thinking you are on when you’re not.

Answering Asks

As a helper, this will be your main source of interaction with people who follow you. Make sure you are always polite, but honest with people.
Make sure you always answer your questions in a more positive light. Even if you had a bad day, don’t be sassy or rude. You want that requester to feel confident that you will be able to help them. That will make them want to come back for more and recommend you to other people. 
Give your full effort when people ask you a question, whether they are looking for FC suggestions or a theme, or maybe asking you your opinion. Always try to give multiple options and multiple opinions. The more well-rounded your answer, the better.
Allow the asks to inspire you. This guide itself was inspired by someone asking me for tips on starting out. My writer’s block guide was inspired by the same thing. Be thankful to those anons, they help you more than you know.
If you don’t know something, don’t just say “I don’t know, man.” Help them in anyway you can and then suggest others who can help them too. Be honest with them and never feel like you aren’t good enough, you are doing what you can and they will be thankful you were brave enough to give them someone else to go to instead of just deleting their ask or giving nothing.
Because it has to be said, always delete hate messages. Especially if they are an anon. Posting them and responding is letting them win and just pushes them forward to know they got to you. Even if you are joking or making fun of them, they still win because you took the time to read it. Avoid the hate at all costs. I talk more about dealing with hate as a helper in this my guide “Dealing With Hate.”

Opinions and How You Come Across

As a helper your blog is focused on opinions. Although you can definitely argue that every post you make, even the ones you reblog, share your opinion, we’re going to focus more on direct posts you make.
When you share your opinion, keep in mind that a lot of people will disagree with you. And what do you do when that happens? You let them. Every one is allowed to have their own opinions and it’s wrong for you to stop them.
Now, whenever you post your opinion on something or even make a joke about something, think before you post. Think about how it will come across and be careful of offending people. I’m not saying you should censor your page, but if you honestly believe something will offend someone, do not post it. 
And if it does happen, you post something and offend someone, unintentionally or not, these are the things you should do: 
Own up to it
Explain yourself
Apologize
Take down the offending post
Move on
Keep in mind I did not say defend yourself. Defending and explaining yourself are two different things. How you word your apology will make the difference. For example saying “I’m sorry but it was just a joke. Lighten up a bit.” is extremely different from “I’m sorry that this offended everyone. I promise it was not my intent and I will be deleting the post. I hope you will accept my apology.” That is much better.  
How do you avoid all of this? Well, in all honestly, it’s nearly impossible. As long as you are giving opinions and making  jokes you will offend someone. It’s happened to every single blog in this community at some point, at many differing degrees. To avoid, you just need to think before you post and when it happens, do what I said before. Own up to your mistake, delete the post, and move on. Trust me, it will be forgiven and forgotten in no time. 

All Other Requests

I’d like to write some guides in the future about tips for each type of request, but for now, here are just some basic things that cover most requests:
When critiquing someone, always explain why and how to improve. Don’t just tell them you liked or didn’t like something, make sure they understand why and give them options for the future if they take your advice. Honestly, if you are actively helping them improve, they will be more likely to do so instead of just allowing your comments to go unnoticed.
Put time and effort into everything. In the end, your followers will appreciate a thorough guide that took a few days to write more than a crappy one you put together in an hour. The same goes with every request you can get, from gif hunts, to graphics, to playlists. The time will be worth it in the end.
When they request on anon it can be hard, but always try to communicate with your requester afterwards. See how they felt about the request and if it helped them. Don’t just let it go through the dash, talk to them about it. See what worked for them and what they still need help with. Take it as a learning experience and become better.

Part 6: Helpful Tips
To help make this guide more complete, I went around and asked some of the blogs I follow for their advice to help blogs just entering the community. Here is what they had to say.
“1.) Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. No one around here really takes their own advice.2.) Be careful before posting jokes/ opinions. They’re taken seriously.3.) Don’t forget about tagging triggers.” -radioactivehelper
“Most importantly, do your thing. Remember that while your opinion is your opinion and you’re entitled to it, people won’t always agree. If you handle it rudely, people will criticize you. Know who you are and the way you want people to see you and handle that with care.” -rpcgron
“Never stop writing. No matter what happens it’s the best stress buster, the best therapy and the best self help. Don’t let the small things get to you because in the long run it’s about roleplaying and not the drama.” -musespiration
“Always be polite and kind. Even if someone keeps ‘annoying’ you with a request or etc. keep calm and don’t get harsh, though you might not intend to offend them, they might feel offended by that. 
Remember that in the end you’re a roleplay HELPER. You’re here to help people with their roleplays, so try to do as much as possible. You might not be the best at graphics, but you might be at writing guides or etc.
Have nice graphics. Sure, aesthetics aren’t everything but they give you a first impression of your RPH account. If you have well-made graphics, people will most likely automatically think that you’re a good RPH, too.
Be organized, tag your stuff and have a navigation page. It helps you and also your followers.
Talk to the RPH/C/A community! Even if it might only be a few people, try to make some friends. We’re all really friendly.
Follow RPH’s back.” -willa-rph
“Don’t freak out. Just take it slow at first, and remember that the people behind the requests aren’t in charge of you. If you need to take more time to do something, then take more time. If you need to take a hiatus because you’ve got too much going on in your life, then take a hiatus. Remember that, just like roleplaying, being an rpc shouldn’t take over your life” -wanderlustfulhelper
“Always be polite. Always. I don’t care if you’re having a bad day or if you’ve answered the question a million times before - be polite and kind and sweet to that anon because if you answer their question nicely you’ll make a really good impression on them and on everyone else! Besides, it’s just overall a better way to go through your day than getting worked up because someone forgot to read your FAQ.
Answer questions to the very best of your ability. Go all the way instead of giving one-sentence answers. Trust me, they’ll appreciate it, and they won’t have to keep coming back to ask you for more details! If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that if you do things completely right the first time, you won’t have to re-do them later.
If you can’t answer a question, never just say things like, “Sorry, I don’t know.” Instead, give them ideas on what they might be able to try or who else they might be able to ask in order to get the answer they need!
Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t getting requests or questions. Instead, use that time to write up whatever guides you can think of, practice making graphics, go read a book, do anything else! The anons will come eventually. If they don’t, try to make sure people know you exist by putting one or two posts about what you do into the tags, or think about whether or not your blog is giving off positive vibes - there’s nothing that’ll scare anons off like negativity.” -all-american-rph
“It’s not about the followers. It’s about helping people, and having fun. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, re-evaluate yourself.” -madekwehelps
“Don’t be afraid of voicing your opinions if they’re different than someone else’s, but don’t be rude about it. Don’t take on what you can’t handle. If you don’t feel comfortable doing something, don’t do it.” -jesseroleplays
“1) You don’t have to use your mascot for everything!2) Follow other RPCHAs and have a look at how they do things, then work out a way that suits you.3) Let yourself expect respect from roleplays and other RPCHAs.4) Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself or for others, even if it means standing alone.” -keir-reviews
“If you’re new you should definitely try talking to people. Ask for suggestions on the dash, follow your favorite rpchas and ones you’ve never heard of — make friends with them. It’s as simple as just talking to them, really. Also, try and come up with something new and interesting to make your rpcha stand out. Why did you become a rpcha? Sure, to help people, but with what? Be specific. It helps to have something you specialize in above all else.” -hathawayhelps
“Don’t take on too much at one time. Being overwhelmed is never a good thing. Don’t let the blog run your life. Promote roleplays that you yourself would join or like. Set up some rules and guidelines. Be respectful of others opinions and they in turn will be more inclined to respect yours as well.” -pervy-rph
“I would have to say organization is key. Have your page set up with all the links you want to use before officially announcing that you are an rphca. That way when people come to look at your page even if you dont have lots on it they will see what you have to come. 
Scroll through the tags and see what you can do that others offer opposed to taking on everything at once. If you’ve never done a review before look at others to get a handle on what people are looking for before you take on reviews. Same for graphics and such. Your to do list should consist of your capabilities that you are certain you have a grasp on. That should grow once you get deeper into being an rphca. If you take on literally everything an rphca can but arent good at most of it people will get frustrated, its kind of like false advertising. Focus on what you are best at then branch out. 
Patience is key. You’re not going to get a ton of request right when you open so take time to post things you have created like color palettes, character graphics, resources, get your name out there first and the requests should come rolling in.” -theprettyhelpers
“Don’t sugar coat things. If someone asks for an opinion, give it to them with respect and as constructively as you can, but don’t give out meaningless compliments. 
Never give a perfect review. That doesn’t help anyone, and even great roleplays still have things they could do differently
Everyone has a valid opinion, never feel like you need to apologize for your opinion just because people don’t agree.
You wont please everyone, so as long as you give your thoughts respectfully, without singling out a person or group of people or roleplay, you haven’t done anything wrong
Constructive is key. If you are going to say you don’t like something, explain why with a well thought out argument.” -fat-amy-rph
“Be professional but don’t be unapproachable. Try to find a balance that works for you. And yes, while it’s your blog and you may do whatever you want with it- remember you’re here to help and that should be your main goal. Take a leap and do guides without an anon asking for one. Just be you and bring your unique perspective into the community.” -accioroleplays
Also check out:
RPCs Do’s and Don’ts
18 Tips for Tumblr Writing Help Blogs

poshhelpers:

So You Wanna Become an RPCHA

A guide on making a page and getting started in this crazy community.

There are a million out there and more being added every day. With so many opinions, it can all seem a bit overwhelming. You may be wondering, how do I even get started? Inspired by an anon’s request, I’ve compiled this long guide to hopefully, help you not only set up your blog, but give you some advice as you start out on this new and exciting journey that is the RPCHA community. 

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert. I’m just trying to help. There are many ways to go about making a help blog, this is just what has worked well for me. 

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Anonymous asked: "Do you have any blogs that do pointers and tips for role players?"

From our Blogs We Follow page:

Thank you for your question.

~K


Anonymous asked: Your blog is bliss. I wish you gave opinions on RPs.

Why thank you, anon! 

To be honest, I don’t even know where I’d begin to give opinions on a RP. I’d probably be like, “Ooo shiny!” and get totally distracted with something silly and minor. Reviews are, in my opinion, best left to the professionals. 

Speaking of professionals, if you want a review from RP help blogs that know what they’re doing, check out:

We follow all of these blogs and can personally vouch for them. They are, all of them, truly the best of the best. 

Good luck, anon!

-C


Anonymous asked: "What is your opinion on roleplaying? Do you think that it is beneficial for aspiring writers?"

I am a fan of role-playing. I think it is a wonderful way to hone skills and continuously write, since other role-players will hold you responsible for keeping up your end of the story. 

I am for it, though the other admins may have different perspectives. 

-C

What’s my opinion of a group of people who like writing forming a community of writers?

Yeah. I’m for it.

- O


gingerhelper:

Alright, I was searching through the web for writing tips for a plot, because I’m currently kinda stuck with writing my own for my Roleplay. Anyway, I stumbled across a lot of tips and tricks and decided to make a list of links in case I need them in the future again.

Underneath the cut you will find:

  • Novel/Fiction related writing tips for plots
  • Roleplay related writing tips for plots (some posts are about Roleplay Games too, but have helpful tips/ideas)
  • How To’s by RPH/A/C’s
  • And other Roleplay related Links

Beware, there are a lot of links under the read more.

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IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1019, THE ISLANDS OF BRITANNIA WERE A COUNTRY WITH AN UNGOVERNED MAGIC.



The Kings of generations past and one particular Queen in the present have not been tolerant of wizarding folk, the strange people who have proved to be like smoke, mysterious and impossible to catch. No one save the wizards themselves know quite how powerful magic is, what it can do, or how it works. Misapprehension runs wild, and where it goes, fear follows.
From those in London plotting the overthrow of those demonic devil worshipers known as Wizardkind to the magical haven of Hogsmeade where a counter-debate is taking place, one aimed at uniting magical being and beast under one banner, there are many caught up in this time of chaos and glory.  
At the center are four magical prodigies who have united their talents for the sole purpose of educating young witches and wizards far from prying eyes. This is the story of Hogwarts. The castle is half built and young friends met on the four would-be educators’ travels have been invited to attend as the school’s first students. Dreams have at last come to fruition.  



So how could it have gone so wrong?How could such friendships fail?



The Founding is an advanced Harry Potter Founder’s Era Roleplay with accurate historical events leading to the invasion of England by William the Conqueror and J.K.R. canon, including the legend of the Deathly Hallows. You can find the plot here, open characters here, and our faq here. We’ve also reopened in the last week, meaning new ships, new plots and hopefully your application!
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IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1019, THE ISLANDS OF BRITANNIA WERE A COUNTRY WITH AN UNGOVERNED MAGIC.

The Kings of generations past and one particular Queen in the present have not been tolerant of wizarding folk, the strange people who have proved to be like smoke, mysterious and impossible to catch. No one save the wizards themselves know quite how powerful magic is, what it can do, or how it works. Misapprehension runs wild, and where it goes, fear follows.

From those in London plotting the overthrow of those demonic devil worshipers known as Wizardkind to the magical haven of Hogsmeade where a counter-debate is taking place, one aimed at uniting magical being and beast under one banner, there are many caught up in this time of chaos and glory.  

At the center are four magical prodigies who have united their talents for the sole purpose of educating young witches and wizards far from prying eyes. This is the story of Hogwarts. The castle is half built and young friends met on the four would-be educators’ travels have been invited to attend as the school’s first students. Dreams have at last come to fruition.  

So how could it have gone so wrong?
How could such friendships fail?

The Founding is an advanced Harry Potter Founder’s Era Roleplay with accurate historical events leading to the invasion of England by William the Conqueror and J.K.R. canon, including the legend of the Deathly Hallows. You can find the plot here, open characters here, and our faq here. We’ve also reopened in the last week, meaning new ships, new plots and hopefully your application!


I have a problem with this post.


all-american-rph:

All-American-RPH’s Administrator Boot Camp - Day 1: Finding Plot Inspiration




This is the first in a series of “boot camp” guides I will be posting over the next couple of weeks. Provided that I have time, I plan to publish one per day. Tomorrow’s guide - Finding a Twist.




I often receive messages from people asking me if I can give them ideas for their roleplays. To be honest, these are probably pretty darn high on the list of questions I don’t enjoy to receive, and here’s why:
No one should be telling you what kind of roleplay to make. Perhaps it sounds a little bit backwards, but for your roleplay to be successful, you have to come up with a plot you love, not a plot someone else said they love. If you don’t love your plot, you’re not going to have the motivation to even get it off the ground, and you certainly won’t have the dedication to keep it running for very long. This is just a fact; you have to love your roleplay, so you have to love your plot; therefore, perhaps a more accurate title for this guide would be: “How to Find a Plot You Love.”
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Oh. My. God.
-C

all-american-rph:

All-American-RPH’s Administrator Boot Camp - Day 1: Finding Plot Inspiration

This is the first in a series of “boot camp” guides I will be posting over the next couple of weeks. Provided that I have time, I plan to publish one per day. Tomorrow’s guide - Finding a Twist.

I often receive messages from people asking me if I can give them ideas for their roleplays. To be honest, these are probably pretty darn high on the list of questions I don’t enjoy to receive, and here’s why:

No one should be telling you what kind of roleplay to make. Perhaps it sounds a little bit backwards, but for your roleplay to be successful, you have to come up with a plot you love, not a plot someone else said they love. If you don’t love your plot, you’re not going to have the motivation to even get it off the ground, and you certainly won’t have the dedication to keep it running for very long. This is just a fact; you have to love your roleplay, so you have to love your plot; therefore, perhaps a more accurate title for this guide would be: “How to Find a Plot You Love.”

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Oh. My. God.

-C