8/16/13

Why I Blog

First off, I am really not sure why I blog. So feel free to stop reading at this point. However, lack of content has never held back before and it shall not do so now.

I mainly blog for the social aspect of it. My initial connection with our Monday Night Gaming Group came to me via blogging; in the person of +Tim Shorts (Gothridge Manor). Yet, despite the social focus, I am content with blogging to a small audience (this usually includes my wife, one or more of our cats, and my Mom...she is so proud to see where my two graduate degrees have led me).

I don't have products to sell, a soapbox from which to preach, nor an axe to grind. For me, it is mostly about  the joy of gaming, the social connections, the laughing with friends while at the gametable, the creativity, and the stress relief. Blogging is merely an extension of those things.

More recently, I have found it useful to use my blog to post campaign information as I GM. Our Monday Night Gaming Group connects via Skype and some sort of virtual gametable (either Fantasy Grounds II or Roll20). It can be difficult to keep track of campaign information, so the blog comes in handy as I can send them links during gaming sessions rather than files.

This is my second go around with RPG blogging. I don't know that this second attempt is a whole lot different than the first, except that I am taking it less seriously. At heart, I am a casual gamer. I don't lose sleep over D&D Next, ascending versus descending armor classes, Kickstarters, a cinematic versus realistic approach to GURPS, or whose posted what on the various RPG boards. I just like to roll dice on occasion, laugh with friends, and blog about it.

8 comments:

  1. Same here, really. For me it's always been about just sharing experience and communing with like-minded, dice-slinging, mini-painting folks.

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    1. I think RPG blogging has lost some steam since the advent of Google Plus. I think the commoditization of the OSR and the Kickstarter fiascos hasn't helped either. Not that I am against the selling of RPG products...however, it does change the community from sharers into producers & consumers.

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  2. I'm in it for the chicks, cash and glory!

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    1. "Your money for nothing and your chicks for free." The RPG Anthem

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  3. You blog because you missed your old blogging chums. :D

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    1. You are exactly correct, sir! How was the move to Edmonton?

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    2. My move has been okay. The family moves in the next two weeks. Just got our Calgary place sold, so time to pack up the furniture. I'm hoping to blog the new street view soon.

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    3. I'm sure that selling the house in Calgary was a relief. I am a big fan of your winter street shots. You should have a bit longer winter up in Edmonton.

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