My Favourite Articles Of 2010
Just to clarify, this article is about my favourite posts from my blog. As much as I’d like to be able to highlight all of the wonderful ones I’ve read from the other blogs over the course of the year, unfortunately I’m not imbued with a cybernetic brain and therefore can’t actually recall any of them. Plus I’m far too lazy to try and bother tracking them down.
One of the things I find frustrating as a blogger is that our articles have a very short life span. I reckon the window is anywhere from 24 hours to, maybe max, 72 hours. After that they’ve disappeared into the digital ether to never be heard of again until some poor soul types in the obscure combination of keywords which leads them to discover it on Google. Yes, a fair number of my posts do continually generate a healthy amount of search engine traffic per day but I’ve found that most of those visits are hollow and don’t often convert (to use a business term) into true readers (i.e. you lovely peeps). Indeed by far it’s the here and now that matters for blog articles and after a couple of days have past they are as quickly forgotten as if they never exited. Oh such vacuous creatures we are.
Thus in a silly/brave/narcissistic attempt to reflect on my ponderings of yesterday, I’ve decided to necromance a bunch of my blog posts from 2010 and see out the year with a wink and nod to the word monkeys that fled from my brain over the past 365 days (give or take). Hope you enjoyed these ramblings as much as I did writing them.
Ah how this article still makes me chuckle. I wrote it after knocking out PUG after PUG through the Dungeon Finder tool in WoW one night and came away feeling thoroughly disgusted with myself. I also thought the title was a subtle and clever way to make a poignant point.
I really enjoyed writing this post and, reading it back, it still doesn’t sound half bad. Being an old school MMOer, the multicultural aspect of online gaming is something I hold very close to my heart as I remember first playing Everuqest back in 1999 and being stunned and impressed in equal measure by the fact that I could interact with people from all across the globe. Even to this day, playing with people in other countries is a joy for me and I think it’s a shame that games like WoW have unwittingly killed that all off. Oh and I also declared my man love for Psychochild in this article. Sshh, don’t tell my wife…
I think now MMO players are sometimes spoilt by all of the (now commonplace) hugely accessible features that have been introduced and also how streamlined the whole MMO experience can be. We also sometimes (myself definitely) like to reminisce about the “good ol’ days” and forget about some of the crap that we had to deal with. Sense heading? Item weight? Good freaking riddance.
I posted this question back in January and it’s still a question I find fascinating, mainly because my company has taken to asking people we interview if (and what) online games they play. Here’s an interesting fact: almost everyone we asked said they played WoW at some point. Crazy, huh? Of course, I can totally understand them not wanting to put it on their CV. I sure as hell wouldn’t cause, y’know, I don’t want to sound like a complete freak…
I got a lot of attention for this article when I wrote it, partly because it’s such a personal question and partly because it depicts my wife having her sordid way with me whilst I was sleeping, and it still remains one of my most popular (according to WordPress) articles ever. Personally I had a real blast writing it and still laugh away to myself when I read it so, for me, that’s pretty much mission accomplished for any blog article. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the baby option got the most votes. Aww.