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Bard Week: Making the Bard Feel Important

image source: The Luteist and Flautist by Matthias Stom

It’s rough playing the support character. You dole out buffs and heal up wounds and your allies thanklessly keep on fighting. Sure, the bard used to be a superpowered force of nature back in AD&D (so much so that they separated it from the regular character classes and put it in the back of the book along with psionics), but not so much anymore. The bard has its moments, but it is by and large a support class, which sometimes goes unnoticed by your allies or the DM. So here are some ways to fix that and make the Bard feel as special and important as they really are:

Magical Music

Have the bard be rewarded with songs! You can give them sheet music (you can find printable empty sheets online), or an mp3 file that you can play whenever the player feels like playing that song. You can have each song do something, maybe cast a cantrip or mimic a minor quality of a magic item (like making a dim glow or foul stench). Or alternatively, you can have the bard learn spells more like a Wizard with a “songbook,” being able to transcribe songs into their book that they can learn from other bards. You could have the song actually have a plot relevance by being recognizable or magical. For instance, a halfling village is unwilling to help non-halflings but when the bard plays a traditional halfling melody they picked up, they feel more at ease. 

In fact, I have a bard in the current game that I am running that learned a mysterious pleasant song early on. They believed they could use it to reopen the sealed Feywild portals (the big quest they were on) but they needed to unlock their full potential to do so. Once they did, the song enabled the opening of such portals and effectively gave the PCs a fast-travel option if they didn’t mind faerie-related encounters.

Give them an Audience

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How To: Create Original Content

This is my post on how to create original content, and ideas for what exactly to create. I hope this helps!


Headers: 

  • Heading your content draws attention and gets your url out there. 
  • I use picmonkey to create mine, though some people use photoshop or other resources.
  • Generally, use one colour for a background, and one for text. You want the text to be read easily, so pick a text colour that can be read clearly with the colour of the background.
  • You can also use a pattern in the background to make the header less plain, or add symbols or pictures. 
  • My header is 1225 x 445, but you can play about with the sizing until you find what you like.

Masterposts:

  • Make masterposts for different topics! When I make a masterpost, I like to make a long post from scratch, but lots of other people like posting a bunch of links organised under headers, which works too. 
  • A few ideas for masterposts are: organisation, motivating yourself to study, how to study, how to study for exams vs how to study throughout the course, studying when ill, time management, tips for college or Uni, tips for studying, and bullet journaling.
  • You can also make masterposts for resources - music playlists, stationery, printables, websites and textbooks, and youtube videos.

Printables:

  • You can make printables for others to use - generally, these printables are blank study schedules, to-do lists, calendars, tables and notes.
  • Use one main font for titles and one easy to read font for smaller text. 
  • Decorate your printables! Add little flowers or decorate brackets.
  • Use different colours! Have one main colour (usually black) for text and lines, and another for smaller text and decorations.

Original resources:

  • Make posts explaining various concepts - for langblr, this refers to things like audio clips of you pronouncing certain words (especially if you’re a native speaker), posts explaining the usage of certain tenses, posts and tables for verb conjugations, vocab lists, posts explaining the use of plurals, gender, possession, etc. 

Photos:

  • Photos of your notes or stationery are always popular - try matching colours in your photos, and maybe only have one or two colours of pens. You can use more, but personally I think it starts looking a bit messy with more colours. (That’s totally personal opinion, though!)
  • Generally, making the headers bigger and decorating your notes a bit looks good - just make sure you aren’t decorating your notes when you should be studying!
  • Photos of study schedules, desks, books and hot drinks, or bullet journals are also popular. 

Other Advice:

  • Be nice! If there’s a mistake in your notes or post and someone points it out, be graceful and thank them for helping! Generally they aren’t doing it to be mean - the point of studyblr is to learn, and you can’t learn without making mistakes. 
  • If someone corrects one of your posts, edit the original post to add “corrected by @____”.
  • Tag your posts so that others can find them.
  • Tag other blogs in your posts - mutuals if it’s something you think they might find useful or interesting, and some of the more popular blogs to get your post out there!
  • If someone helped you with your post, give them credit! Just a line saying “thanks to @____ for helping with this post!” is sufficient, and it’s nice to be credited for your work!
  • If someone says they found your post helpful, thank them and wish them luck with their studying. It’s just a nice thing to do. 

Other original content posts: 

this post by @obsidianstudy

My Masterposts:

How to: study effectively

How to: start a studyblr

How to: study multiple languages at once

How to: study with a mental illness

How to: start learning a language

How to: practice with native speakers

Danish grammar basics

If there’s anything you think I should add, or you have another example, please let me know! I hope this helps someone!