Sunday, July 14, 2013

Writing Again

A few years ago, I decided to start this blog. It was supposed to be my way of getting myself out there. What I really wanted to do at the time was write reviews; the blog seemed like an ideal way of putting those reviews out in the open where I might get noticed. I decided that I would focus my writing on tabletop role-playing games, like Pathfinder, and wrote a few reviews for different supplements. Then, I just sort of… stopped. I’d like to say that I had a good excuse; that I was busy, that I didn’t buy any new books to review, something like that. That’s not the case, though. I did have reasons, but they weren’t good ones. First of all, I was lazy. I just didn’t want to take the time to review every new book I read. Secondly, I was uncomfortable with my writing. I’ve always been pretty critical of myself, especially when it comes to my writing, and posting things for all the world to see was unnerving (even though I didn‘t have many readers). Mostly, though, I just gave up. I felt like this wasn’t going anywhere. Each entry only got a couple of views, and most (or all) of those were from friends and family. I got discouraged, and I stopped writing.

I’m very disappointed in myself for that.

I’ve been making sure to write a little bit at least once a month for most of this year. As a result, I’ve grown much more comfortable with the way I write. I’ve also started to gain the confidence I need to share my work with others. That is a major reason why I’m starting to blog again. There’s another reason, too: games are important to me. Very important. Games are a huge part of my life, and that isn’t going to change. Games connect me to other people. They tell me incredible stories, and let me invent my own. I love games, and I want to talk about them. That’s what I want this blog to be about.

I don’t want this to be like last time. I don’t want to set out with the intent of getting discovered by some big game journalism site and launching a career. Don’t get me wrong, I would love it if that were to happen, but that isn’t my focus any more. I just want this to be a place where I can talk about games and gaming. Not just tabletop RPGs, either; video games, too. Maybe even some war games and card games.

I’m not sure how things will turn out this time around. It’s entirely possible that I’ll write for a week or two and then stop again. I’d like to think not, though. I feel passionate about this in a way I never did the first time. There are a lot of people out there having some great, thought-provoking conversations about gaming. I feel like it’s finally time for me to join that dialogue, in my own small way. If you’re reading this, I’d like to thank you for your time. Hopefully, I’ll be updating regularly. I’ve certainly got a lot to say.

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