Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.
A blog’s a funny beast; it’s a very public document since it’s on the most public place you can ever imagine where your views and words are out there open to judgement and interpretation by others but at the same time it’s an intensely private journal as it’s your own personal thoughts and feelings but above all it’s a small space of the internet where the author can claim their space.
I don’t tend to look too deeply into my site stats, I know I have a fairly tight knit (such a cute way of describing small) circle readers. A lot of them are friends, guildies and most are other bloggers that whose blogs I also read, but the other day I noticed a huge spike in visits to this site. It was sitting at triple figures which for my modest blog is rather unusual levels of traffic. So being curious about where this influx of visitors was coming from, I traced their clicks back to another blogger who was chatting about bloggers and who had mentioned that they were working their way through the blog roll of another blogger (wow, this is getting complicated). They were, quite frankly, rather unflattering about the majority of blogs they had read through. As part of this little tirade about boring and mundane blogs which were no better than posts of virtual food, the decision was made to link my blog as a stunning example of boringness (yes it’s a word!), along with a disclaimer to not visit my neck of the woods (obviously that bit of advice was ignored or I wouldn’t have seen the rampaging horde coming to visit to my blog).
Interesting enough, my first reaction was one of utmost shame, that kind of hot shame that floods you and makes you feel incredibly insignificant and that your very worth is pointless and I should just walk away from my boring little blog. So I did what all people should do when faced with that feeling and reached out to Cinder (well no- not what all people should do – you go find your own Cinder.. pretty sure she’s got enough on her plate constantly reassuring me). Anyway being Cinder, she immediately set me straight with quite a few expletives and some lovely virtual support and then suggested that I use this week’s topic as a bit of a response if I felt like it. So I decided I would because the 2 comments in particular that I took exception to related pretty much back to why I write my blog.
- Most of the blogs are just “pictures of your in-game food”. They are alike the facebook pages of random nobodies that are full of everyday busywork that no one cares about (not even the poster) and literal photos of food. Why does someone cares to share a meal? Or a minipet? Or a storyline.
Well first off, regardless of whether anyone else cares about my words, I sure as heck do. My blog might not be the most well-written, or witty but it’s mine and I love it. I like to talk about a game that takes up a great deal of my thoughts. As much as I might want, not everyone in my circle of immediate friends want to see yet another screenshot of a game that they don’t play or hear me rabbit on about a new dress that my Druid picked up, but my lovely blog will take all my photos and excitement and not judge. And along the way, I just might just find a reader or two who is as interested as I am.
- There are no unique stories. There are no highs of victories and lows of defeats, just the boring, dime a dozen grinding over on-rails, piss-easy content.
Every single one of us has a unique story to tell, this blog challenge is the most true example of this. A group of us writing about the same topic, yet each answer is unique and from the perspective of the author.
And no highs?? Hello? Winning Invincible’s reins, or my kill of Mythic Gul’dan after working so hard to get there. Those, my friends, are highs that I hope I never forget. And Lows.. there are plenty of lows in this blog, when I fail at something I want to be good at, when a guild I love dies.. These are lows that I want to share because sharing can lessen the hurt at times and sometimes brings advice and another way of looking at things.
Why do I blog? Because I love this game, and I love to talk about it, and along the way if I find like minded people who enjoy what I’m saying then I get new friends 🙂
Oh and if you want to go look at the post, feel free to. I’m not about to advise censorship in any way 🙂 http://greedygoblin.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/pictures-of-your-in-game-food.html