Ouroboros has competition.
Hey, look folks, something you’ve never seen happen before!
A blogger is going to write a blog post about blogging and writing blog posts.
Oh, the humanity!
Sorry, more than a bit stressed out lately. Tons going on in real life, and the WoW game has not been particularly drama free lately. We deal and move on, right?
I really am going to talk a bit about the act of writing and keeping up with a blog, especially a game blog.
You’re reading this (I assume you’re reading… if you’re getting this by pulling the thoughts out of my head, be advised… you now need therapy) for some reason. And I have no idea what that specific reason may be.
I can make a few guesses, though.
A friend of mine keeping up with what we’re doing?
A guildie wanting to see if I say something nice about them?
A former guildie or acquaintance wondering if or when I’m going to say something mean?
A player of a particular class or spec waiting patiently for helpful advice you can use (or refute)?
Someone bored and mildly amused with what gets thrown up here?
Another blogger that wants to comment and include a link to their blog to get some traffic?
But here you come to see what got written, and here I am writing something.
It’s been noticed that bloggers come, and bloggers go, and there is sometimes discussion as to why.
Speaking as a blogger that’s been doing this for a while now, I’d like to point something out.
Writing a blog, day in and day out, takes time and commitment… and a stable lifestyle.
One might even say a settled lifestyle.
Most of the people that get into blogging are fairly young, have reasonable money, some free time, and an interest they’d like to write about.
But one thing about the young… they’re not settled. They are constantly growing, changing desires, changing perspectives, and changing interests.
People graduate school and no longer have the same free time, they get new jobs, they struggle to make ends meet, they move or change shifts, they get bored with the latest fad (like blogging) and move on, they get bored with what they were blogging ABOUT…
It’s life. It’s growth. It’s healthy, and isn’t a cause to cry or wring hands.
I think for those of us that stay with it, you can pretty much assume our home life is fairly stable. We got the crazy, carefree, ‘spend the weekend in Tahoe’ days or ‘hitchhike across the country’ days out of our system years back.
We’ve got a stable home, a bit of free time, and have an interest in something. And we’ve got a hobby that we’ll probably keep tinkering with for years.
Some folks collect stamps, or build models, or hunt or fish or go to sports bars and makes asses out of themselves.
And some folks blog about their favorite video game.
I think that if you give it a sec, you’d agree that it’s healthy for people to move on from one interest and try something new.
It may be inconvenient for you, if you’ve gotten used to going to someone’s blog and reading it day in and day out. But what you are reading doesn’t generally represent someones job. It represents someones hobby, their casual interest.
As such, what a blogger feels is his or her responsibility to their readers really is up to them. There is no oversight commitee, no managing editor, no supervisor to complain to. You’re dealing with one lone individual (okay, or a collective if you’re Matticus) and if you don’t like what they say or how they say it… tough.
Some bloggers, when they intend to stop, may tell you when they are ending their blogging run. Others may drift away, like a butterfly chasing the breeze, leaving you to wonder if they’re ever going to come back at all.
It really is an ‘at will’ arrangement.
You read for as long as you choose, and the blogger writes for as long as they choose.
I’ve been doing this for a while now, as I said. It’s been fun, and it continues to be fun. I like the people I meet, I enjoy the writing, and despite the occasional drama, it’s been a good hobby to have. It’s been very gratifying to have folks more often than not be pleased with the writing rather than outraged.
And there have been just enough folks outraged for me to feel like I’m pissing off all the right people.
If I ever were to decide to stop, you can rest assured that I’ll tell you in advance like Phaelia did, and not leave you hanging. I won’t just vanish one day.
That being said… nobody should ever be surprised when a blog goes dark. At some point, everyone has to reach a point where they decide for themselves that it’s time to move on to something new.
All we can hope for is that they did move on to some new interest that excited them and brought them joy, and that they didn’t go silent because of stress, anger, upset or drama.
That’s why I personally am grateful whenever a blogger let’s the reader know when they are intentionally stopping writing, so that we know that everything is okay with ’em.
I hope, when that time inevitably happens, that you can focus on the happiness the blogger brought you, rather than your sadness at their passing.
Of course I miss the WoW blogs of Phaelia, BRK, Breana, Braids, and many others.
But I hope you’ll join me in hoping that they all find something that excites them and brings them as much joy as blogging about WoW did.