1 August, 2015
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.
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. :)