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Rants, ruminations, and rambling reports from the front lines* of the Massively Multiplayer Multiverse.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 2 - In Which I Discuss Why I Decided to Start a Blog

I have written various blog posts through the years. Really more like online diaries or journals about my thoughts on a given subject. I wrote a bunch of stuff my freshman year in college, what started out to be letters to my girlfriend at the time. When we broke up, I continued to write. Unfortunately, those early journal entries have been lost to changing technology and storage media. They probably aren't that important anyway.

I had a MySpace account for a few years that I used as a blog of sorts, talking about various personal things; some fun, some more serious. I also have a few notes on Facebook. I started a blog called "Rowanblaze Saves Azeroth" to showcase stories and characterizations I had written about some of my WoW toons. Most of them have personalities that are basically facets of my own, or idealizations of me in some way. Obviously, the avatars themselves normally bear little resemblence to me.

Less than two months after starting the WoW blog, I had started playing STO and stumbled across MMO Gamer Chick's blog, about her experiences in STO, and especially her character profiles. I decided to start a STO blog of my own, calling it "I Have Touched the Sky." I soon found that there were lots of people writing stories and character backgrounds based on their game-play. I became more involved in the Twitter community and joined the Federation News Network, a STO fleet (guild) comprised almost entirely of bloggers and twitterers (no G+ at the time). After less than a month of two-blogging, I decided to merge them and discontinue the WoW-specific blog.

I haven't been doing as much creative writing as I would like to on this blog of late. It seems much of my recent posting is my opinion about various aspects of gameplay, along with some "politics." I enjoy that and it get some interaction. But I need to buckle down and get some more short stories and character profiles written.

I like blogging because of the interaction I have with others who share my interests, in a long-form venue that Twitter doesn't enable. I might spend more time on G+, but as I've said before, much of my time on the interwebs is from an office network that limits what sites I can navigate to. G+ is not one of them for some reason, even though Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are. Which reminds me, I should probably check FB, as I haven't at least a month, who knows what my family is doing.

7 comments:

  1. Oh man, you've made me feel much better about myself! I've had lots and lots of blogs, and I'm glad that that behavior is a little more normative than I thought.

    However -- I love your creative writing, and I'd love to see you to more of it! But, as someone who struggles to find time and motivation to realize his own writing, I understand not doing it, either.

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    1. This merged blog is the first dedicated space I've had published stuff. The MySpace notes were much more random, more of a convenient place because I already had an account. It's long gone now. The FB stuff is still up, but I am much more circumspect with my FB account because my mom is on there.

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    2. GOSH MOMS

      Okay, but what I'm getting from this is, "AH, if you thought your blog spam was in any way equaled by mine, you are wrong. You are terrible."

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    3. Ok, you'll have to existing that last bit. I did not follow at all.

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    4. LOL Damn you Autocorrect (in this case Swype). That "existing" should read "explain."

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  2. I agree; I only just got into reading your blog recently, but as someone who enjoys both writing and reading creative endeavors, I'm going to have to say I hope you post more of it in the future!

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    1. Thanks. :) If you're interested, and have not already, click on "story" in the tag cloud at the bottom of the page.

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