I Believe In Blogging

I Think Therefore I Blog

Blogging. The perfect way to have your opinion heard by a small minority of other bloggers.

So I started another blog. A work one, this time, related to the web industry and the Internet, written by myself and my two colleagues, in a – hopefully – appealing and enjoyable fashion, not dissimilar to my style and take on things here. In fact, this blog was a huge motivator for me wanting to start a work related one because I knew, right from day one, that I wanted our company to have a voice in the industry, to comment on activities and trends and to be able to express our own opinion on the matters that affect our livelihood. We always wanted to stray away from the rather dull corporate blogs that every business now seems to feel obliged to launch these days so we branded and styled ours with personality, humour and a little bit of sass calling it (my esoteric choice of blog names continues) the 8 Gram Gorilla. Yeah, we really do like our monkeys.

The Benefits Of Blogging

When I first started blogging about MMOs, what seems like a lifetime ago now, I just wanted to express the thoughts I was having about the games I was playing and didn’t consider it much more than that. Now though, I see blogging as more than just putting virtual words to virtual paper but rather as a way to embrace, engage and even in some cases, alter and effect the industry of the chosen topic in a way that’s just not possible otherwise. Blogging gives you a voice and an opportunity to express yourself, for your thoughts, ideas and abilities to be discovered and reflected upon the world.

Yes, it’s true that often you’re just another voice amongst millions and that the tangible benefits of any blog can either be impossible to notice or are only felt by a tiny, tiny minority. I’m by no means saying that by blogging you will immediately become an online celebrity or change the face of your chosen subject matter - ultimately, to make it worthwhile, you have to love writing and engaging with the people who read and comment on your posts. Still though, as I’ve discovered with We Fly Spitfires, even having the chance to be creative (I believe blogging is certainly a creative process) about my opinions, to challenge my thoughts and views on gaming, to give pleasure to even one reader and to know that there’s a slim, slim chance that my point of view might reach one of the developers or designers in an industry I love is priceless and rewarding in a way I cannot describe. Besides, if you don’t at least try, you’ll never even know what you could have accomplished.

Getting Others To Blog

Suffice to say, I’m a huge advocate for blogging and constantly urging people to give it a go. I’ve even been persuading my mum to give a shot and it looks like she finally will. Personally, I can think of no better pastime for an old dear with oodles of opinion, lots of time on her hands, and a still almost fully-functioning brain. When I retire, screw gardening and give me a blog instead.

I also recently helped set up a blog for a friend of mine who was somewhat hesitant to unleash her rather horrendous, yet marvellous, sarcasm and dry wit on the unsuspecting public. It’s always hard to take that first step into the unknown and I could appreciate her apprehension yet she took a leap and now has a rather wonderful little blog going. I guess the moral of the story is to always do exactly what scares you. And if you like seeing photos of apartments being demolished or reading about tradesmen being mercilessly gutted through words, then you can find her blog here.

So if you even have the slightly inclination to blog, get out there and make it happen. Don’t let fear or hesitation hold you back, just do it. You have nothing to be scared of and yet everything to gain. What are you waiting for?

-Gordon

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18 Comments

  1. Ironyca says:

    “Blogging. The perfect way to have your opinion heard by a small minority of other bloggers.”
    Haha I laughed, so true and something I’ve learned over time with blogging as well.
    I’ve used blogging as a tool to hone my english language skills and to create some sort of order in my mind regarding certain topics and theories I had. I don’t get many visitors, but I have some pieces I’m proud of and I feel like I have added something to the corpus of writing already out there. I find it very rewarding and love reading other blogs too, including this one of course.

  2. Carson says:

    Great post! And as another who works in the web field by day and plays MMOs by night, I’ll certainly have a look at your 8 Gram Gorilla.

    I’ve basically crashed and burned as a blogger (6 posts last September, nothing for the 10 months since), but I certainly agree with you about the creative process. I gotta get back in the saddle.

  3. Akely says:

    Some good observations there!

    What little I blog is for my enjoyment only. That people sometimes say they like it is just a very nice extra. I almost like it as much when people say “you’re wrong… and this is why…”. That teaches me more things and icreases social interaction. Win-win

  4. Polynices says:

    I’ve always been tempted to blog but I find that the topics which interest me enough to actually motivate to want to write a post are SUCH an eclectic mix that nobody but me would care (gaming, parenting, medicine, libertarian-ish politics, science, local neighborhood stuff, etc. in no particular order). I envy folks who have enough to say about things sufficiently coherent in topic that they made a readable blog.

  5. bhagpuss says:

    I came here directly from yet another failed attempt to get my own blog going. I set it up almost two years ago but I have yet to make a single post. I can comment freely on umpteen other blogs, but when it comes to starting a post from scratch I get bogged down and give up.

    I just spent nearly an hour on the opening paragraph of what would have been the inaugural post and finally lost the will to live. Whereas I can come here and dash this off in about 90 seconds and never feel the least need or desire to revise or polish.

    My next plan is to wait until I’ve made some great long reply to some long-suffering blogger, then excerpt the comment before I post it and use it as a blog post.

    • Gordon says:

      “My next plan is to wait until I’ve made some great long reply to some long-suffering blogger, then excerpt the comment before I post it and use it as a blog post.”

      Or feel free to write a guest post here anytime! :)

  6. hordemaster says:

    I completely agree with you Gordon. Blogging is not only an excellent way to get your thoughts out to the masses, its also fun and informative. I recently started a new blog about retro-mmos and I hope that you find it an entertaining place to visit from time to time.

  7. Jessica says:

    Blogging lets people know you on a personal level and gives them a chance to like you. When they do, they get to trust you.

    I chanced upon your article when I was looking for an image on Google re. blogging.

    Nice post, Gordon!

  8. Prometheus says:

    I instantly fell in love with the idea of blogging but the only thing that interested me was MMO games, so that is what I write about. At first I wasn’t sure what to write but I have found that after playing for an hour or so that I have no trouble coming up with things to write about.

  9. Bronte says:

    Good luck with the new blog man!

  10. Dril says:

    I’d love to blog, but my typing style doesn’t really lend itself to the long passages of blogging…i.e. it would hurt my fingers if I kept it up on a regular basis, along with my playing.

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