”Squee (noun): A high-pitched, vocal exclamation of surprise or delight. Frequently elongated during periods of extreme excitement.”
So, blogging eh? Who in the right mind would want to put their thoughts and ideas up, only to get shot to bits by trolls and malcontents? Well, nobody. Obviously. Yet when a few friends of mine recently asked what it would be like if they set up their own blogs, I told them to absolutely go for it or I’d be more than happy to host them here.
Because, truthfully, some of the greatest fun you can have is by putting your thoughts down, but also by being part of a cycle of people who are all just as nervous and clueless as you are. My opening definition comes from Navimie, someone who’s writing always makes me smile. In May, Bio-Break’s Sypster set up the Newbie Blogger Initiative so that people could give it a go with the support of longer-term authors. Fair dinkum, there’s a TON of people out there blogging about the games they love. My only regret is that the initial impetus seems to have tailed off for too many.
For my part, I’m not in that particular cycle of chums and cheers – most don’t come here at all due to the content, the way it’s presented, or some of my past commentary. But being a part of the MMO blogosphere is fun and inspiring when you start getting regular visitors who don’t necessarily see the world the way you do, but choose to give up their time sharing their thoughts. Money, items and other materials can be lost and regained; time cannot. Time is the most precious commodity there is. And for every thousand trolls willing to waste their own time in order to waste yours, it’s all forgotten when a single person chooses to share their time with you. Sometimes, it bothers me that my style or attitude (read “idiocy”) stops me from appreciating those who choose to come here. Because it is a choice. And if it happens to be your choice, consider this my /hug and sincerest gratitude for coming here. YOU making blogging worthwhile, every single time you stop by.
So give it a go. Put your toe in the water. Don’t let the fear of a stagnant pond stop you from enjoying the most refreshing oasis.
Blogging is epic, if you let it be.