I happened to look through a folder of old bookmarks I had tucked away, and stumbled upon a plethora of blogs I used to follow back in the day. Clicking through the links, I found a number of old favorites still active, but also noted that many of the writers I avidly followed haven’t posted anything new in some time.
This made me both sad and relieved.
Sad because many of the old-timers I admired have gone silent, or at least moved on to other sorts of media (the blog is a kind of outdated construct, I suppose).
Relieved because I’m not the only one who sucks at posting.
I imagine that many, just like me, might love to post more, but find themselves busy with work, busy with life, or in the throes of all the good TV available these days. Seriously people, when I was a kid, I had four channels to choose from. FOUR. And most of them had nothing I really wanted to see outside of Saturday mornings and late nights on weekends.
Right now I don’t have the bandwidth to watch all the shows I would like to see. It’s an embarrassment of riches, and it shows no sign of slowing down.
Unlike my writing. Which is sloooooowwwwwwww.
I went to the trouble of fiddling with a new blog look, so I might as well do something with it. But what?
Were I to focus this blog on game design, as Mobhunter (sort of) was, I’d never publish anything–the last several years are evidence of this.
Why? In part because I don’t have a lot to say on the subject. I used to enjoy pontificating on MMOs, but the community already does that with far more fervor and volume than I could hope to muster.
Perhaps more to the point, I’d rather be known for the things I create than the things I talk about creating. Theories are cool and discussing them can be useful, but my preference is to focus on the work itself. The craft rather than the theory of the craft.
So where does that leave this site? I don’t know, exactly. I like to write, and I currently use Twitter to share thoughts from time to time. But 140 characters often isn’t enough to get a point across—so maybe that’s where Moorgard.com comes in. I guess we’ll see.
Maybe if I view the site as a place to jam out a quick 10-minute brain dump of what’s in my head at the moment instead of some long, thoughtful piece, I’ll actually be able to post here with some regularity.
At least it worked the one time. It’s a start.
I hope all of you have a safe and happy Christmas, or whatever holiday you may be celebrating!
Working some things out. Hope to post the Mobhunter archives soon.