There was supposed to be another post here. But I’m heading into one of those periods of life where time is at a premium. So plans change. But luckily, like a dreamy superhero, AK swooped in to save the day, nominating us for one of those social viral blog awards, providing a quick shot of easy content just when I needed it the most. He may not be the hero we deserve, but he’s the hero we need.
And in an interesting twist, this is not an award I’d ever received before. Which is strange. I thought I’d gotten all of them already. But no matter. This blog’s path of award domination shall continue unabated. Watch in awe, dear fellows, as I crush this award and all else in my path!
So, let us start by examining the rules that are foolish enough to challenge me.
- Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.
So, thanks to AK, of the gaming and other stuff blog, Everything is Bad for You. You should check his work out. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I love writing long-form looks into the media I consume, and judging by the massive Disgaia post he’s sitting on top of at the time of this writing, he loves the same thing. I find him to have some rather thoughtful takes on his chosen subjects, and he’s opened my eyes to some interesting things I wouldn’t have known otherwise. He’s also been a common influence around these parts, both with his thoughtful comments and his other blog awards. In recognition of his contributions, and in return for this award, I hereby bestow upon him the much coveted “Friend of Aether” award. You may all commence your bowing now.
- Give the story or history of your blog.
So, here’s the thing; I don’t have a real big reason or anything why I started this blog. There were a bunch of influencing factors. I was following and a regular commenter on a bunch of other blogs, and kind of wanted to do that myself. I had done a bunch of dumb posts on Facebook basically hyping up my cooking in a really over-the-top way, and a lot of people who read those kept getting after me about starting a blog. And, historically, I’d been involved in a lot of forums, but had kind of stopped getting much out of those. And really, I was at a point where I really wanted to reach out of myself, and do something that connected with other people. So it had been on my mind for quite a while.
I do remember deciding to take the plunge and actually start with it after one of the many, many games industry controversies happened, and there was nothing coming out about it that really reflected my thoughts on the issue. I don’t even remember what it was, but I do remember that feeling. Beforehand, I had been carrying the assumption that anything I had to say would have been said already by any of the millions of other journalists, bloggers, commenters, or video makers covering the industry, that there was no original thought under the sun. And yet, there I was, with some particularly strong point of view that nobody else seemed to have. So I thought there was room for me on the internet yet. So I created this.
And this is a bit of an odd blog, isn’t it? I mean yeah, there’s a lot of games content here, but really I just talk about whatever I want to. And it’s kind of always been like that. I used to think my niche was business analysis of the game industry, and sure, there’s still some of that. But sometimes it’s amused me to muse about writing. Sometimes I posted a small bit of that graphic novel I was practicing my art skills with. Sometimes I write about wrestling. Sometimes I do lets plays. Sometimes I start up huge projects that I don’t see through. Sometimes I get in deep with Godzilla. This blog has no focus. And that’s the way I like it.
- Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
Write for yourself. Write what you enjoy, write what gives you meaning, write what makes your life better. If you’re writing to pursue views, you’re likely to end up unfulfilled. If you’re writing to try and make a buck off of it, you’re likely going to end up hating what you’re creating and getting less income off of more work than if you took that effort and put it elsewhere. This is a hobby that takes an extensive amount of time, and a lot of thought, and a lot of your personality, and if you’re putting all that into it and you’re writing for something other than yourself, it’s not going to be worth it to you.
And be social with it. I didn’t expect it at first, I was one of those ‘If I build it they will come’ people, but honestly one of the best parts, and one of the things that really keep me going, is engaging with my fellow bloggers. Again, time is at a premium for me, so I can’t spend as much time reading and commenting and discussing as I would really like, and I’m not necessarily the market for every other blogger that comes across here, but what I can do does honestly make this whole experiment more worthwhile. Connecting with my fellow bloggers is meaningful, and I wouldn’t still be doing this if it didn’t happen.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.
Guess what? I don’t play by your rules. No, I think I’m so great, and I deserve this award so much, that I’m just going to nominate myself 10 times. So take that, blogosphere.
But seriously, thanks to AK for opening up this content, thanks to all of you for being here, and I look forward to seeing y’all when our paths cross again.
Thanks, Aether! I’m greatly honored by the award you’ve granted to me, and also by your very kind words. You really said it here too — it’s all about writing for yourself. Otherwise, you can never hope to make much out of this hobby (or it just becomes another job.)
Excellent advice about being social as well. For years, I didn’t bother much at all with the community. I was getting all my views from people doing Google searches, so I guess I had readers, which was fine. But being involved with other writers here, having that community and engagement and all that, makes it a lot more interesting.
Looking forward to more of your long-form articles. I know how much that can take out of you, though, especially when life just won’t stop happening.
And thank you for making this happen! And same, I’m looking forward to more of your content as well. You truly are an enjoyable blogger, and I’m looking forward to what you have next.
Congratulations on another notch in your belt of blogging awards! (Yes that’s totally a thing.) And very wise words about blogging, as always. I’m glad you’ve found a system that works for you, and have made some Friends of Aether because of the blog! Congrats again; it’s very well deserved.
I can’t wait until WordPress finally sends me all these awards I’ve won. I’ve got a big place set aside on my mantle for all of them.