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1 August, 2015

Oh, why not? It’s #Blaugust
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 12:42 PM

Blaugust, day 1

So, there’s this thing called Blaugust that all the cool kids do. I’ve avoided it in the past because I tend to like to write longer, meatier posts. But, as some of you might have noticed, that isn’t what has been happening lately. But, I’ve been telling myself I should post more.

So, I’m gonna dive int the deep end and post this month. We’ll try to do one post every day this month, and see if that gets things flowing again.

Why I haven’t posted more

I was one of the earlier adopters of blogging in MMOs. My love of writing and my desire to get some of my work out there made for a perfect reason to start posting on this blog. I was never as prolific as some people, but I tried to post regularly. But, along the way, I’ve had less motivation.

There are several reasons why, some I can talk about and some I’d prefer not to talk about right now. I think the big issue is the shift away from blogs to other “social media”. I tried to embrace various social sites, but despite the name I haven’t found them to be very social. I’ve touched upon the issue of social media and introverts previously, and still feel the same way. I’m not the type to open up and talk about all my deepest, darkest secrets with complete strangers. In fact, I’m a rather private person even to people who know me personally. So, an occasional pithy post gets lost in the flood of news about this person sharing their daily political thing that makes them angry and this other person describing each bite of the food they’re eating.

I liked blogs because they’re a more controlled environment. I can go looking for old posts and link to them, like I did in that previous paragraph. I like referring to my prior work to reinforce my current words, or to explain how my perspective has changed. It’s a lot harder to do that, even on social media I like like Google+. Blogging feels more permanent, a better record of what I want to say rather than throwing my voice into the void like it seems with social media.

Not that I begrudge people who prefer Twitter chats to checking a blog for occasional posts, just it doesn’t work for me. I’ll probably post more about that this month.

The plan

Usually I plan out my posts, write them, let them sit for a bit, edit them, then post them. What you generally see is the result of a fair amount of effort on my part. Obviously, this goes out the window if I’m going to post daily. Luckily I’ve always written pretty good rough drafts as I can edit as I type.

I think what I’d like to do is post a general topic on Sunday to give me something to rely on during the week. I’ll post some general thoughts on Sunday, then dive into specific aspects as I can during the week. I might later go through and summarize a week into a properly edited blog post when things settle down. :) Or, maybe I find I like this type of thing and keep going. We’ll see.

This sounds amazing! How can I participate?

Go to the Blaugust page set up by the super-prolific Belghast and follow the directions there. It might be a bit late for you to hit ever day, but you can get awards for posting at least half the days of the month.

Anyway, should be a fun ride. As always, feel free to post comments and I’ll try to participate as I can. But, figure I might not be quite as active as I usually am given how busy just writing will keep me. :)







7 Comments »

  1. My favourite medium to communicate will always be some form of instant messaging. Whether it’s something more one-on-one like Google Hangouts, or a more chatroom-based thing like Slack. I like being able to have conversations in realtime that don’t get lost and are just conversations.

    Still, I do enjoy Twitter as a medium, obviously, but it isn’t the same.

    Comment by Jaedia — 1 August, 2015 @ 3:56 PM

  2. For just chatting, IM is great. It can be asynchronous and private.

    But, for broadcasting to a larger audience, I like the blog. I can organize my thoughts, I can refer back to old posts easily, and I can still interact with people via the comments.

    But, I know a lot of people have left blogs behind as they’ve shifted to social media. The death of Google Reader didn’t help things, either.

    Comment by Psychochild — 1 August, 2015 @ 6:23 PM

  3. I completely hear you on the social media thing. I have gamely given them a try now and then, but I just can’t deal with the flood of information spam. It’s too… over-stimulating, for a strong introvert, I think. It’s like a giant party filled with hundreds of people, all busy trying to push you away from the comfortable people-watching wall and get you to come into the center of the room and show off and dance.

    Comment by Jeromai — 1 August, 2015 @ 7:55 PM

  4. Yeah, I have the same problem with social media. I mostly read them, and reshare the odd bit I find funny or interesting, and in the meantime I actually miss writing blog posts.

    Right now I don’t have too much to write about either, but I suspect that can change soon enough. We’ll see. :)

    I’m not going to participate right now, but I’m looking forward to your posts!

    Comment by unwesen — 2 August, 2015 @ 2:52 AM

  5. In an attempt to remind myself what I’m focused on, I’ve been trying to write a daily post about my purpose, vision, and mission.

    I used to write a Google+ post, but then I realized that I am giving away my work. So over a month ago I started writing daily posts on my blog again, something I also haven’t been writing in much.

    What’s odd is that rather than find that writing a blog post a day takes away from my game development, I’ve actually done more game development since starting the practice.

    Here’s an odd thing about social media I’ve been trying to figure out: what is the work flow for someone to click on a link in a social media post, read the article, then instead of commenting on the article directly, they go back to the social media post and comment there?

    I almost did it with this blog post myself, and I can’t explain why it felt natural to do so. Why wouldn’t centralizing the conversation at the source be more natural?

    Comment by GBGames — 2 August, 2015 @ 6:59 AM

  6. Jeromai wrote:
    I just can’t deal with the flood of information spam. It’s too… over-stimulating, for a strong introvert, I think.

    It’s not the flood of information coming in, I can deal with that. It’s the info going out for me. I don’t feel like sharing much, and especially since I’m under contract I’m concerned about what I can share without pissing off the people who sign my paychecks. If I don’t feel like posting about personal trivia and I don’t want to post about what I worked on this week, what does that really leave? I fear mostly boring platitudes because I speak in generalities.

    GBGames wrote:
    Here’s an odd thing about social media I’ve been trying to figure out: what is the work flow for someone to click on a link in a social media post, read the article, then instead of commenting on the article directly, they go back to the social media post and comment there?

    Yeah, I usually put a disclaimer on my Google+ posts asking people to come here to comment instead of leaving comments there. I like comments here, as it’s easier to recall them. Again, social media doesn’t seem to be very good for long-term recording of information, but for broadcasting ephemeral stuff happening right now.

    Comment by Psychochild — 2 August, 2015 @ 8:14 AM

  7. I’m with the introverts here, but I do make a marginal effort to be at least ON those various social platforms. I have a Twitter account to which I post blog updates (automagically), and every few months I’ll get on and tweet at a few people… and then I go back under my rock.

    I have a G+ account but I can’t seem to manage it, FaceBook *and* RSS feeds, and like Brian I prefer to have people commenting on my blog posts rather than over there. Again, my blog posts updates to it automatically so I can pretend it doesn’t exist.

    Steam… bugs me. I don’t know why, but it does. I’m not on Raptr (or if I am I haven’t logged in in years). I keep Facebook for a 50/50 mix of real-life friends and blogger-friends who might be in the process of becoming real-life friends.

    So yeah… Introverts unite! (From a safe distance.)

    Comment by Ysharros — 2 August, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

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