So this is what that feels like

Wendi was there first, and Rey showed me how the damn things worked, but I really feel like, within the group of people (not just talking about my friends here, but simply people I know) that I know and interact with on a fairly regular basis (in reality or virtual space), I was ahead of the curve on blogging, and even got some really good people using the tool. Especially with gamers and folks of that sort, it’s really a natural fit for the sort of constant stream-of-thought documentation that goes with creating something entertaining that’s also basically free, for public consumption.
The reason I’m mentioning it: last year I was out at ACNW in early November. This would have been about six months into my blogging activity; I’d just come off of a really big hit-count month for the main page, had posted about 17.5 thousand words in October (until I did NaNoWriMo, it seemed like a lot), and I was using the blogging tools available to revamp most of my gaming pages to a greater or lesser degree, so of course I was talking about it.
No one knew what the hell I was on about. Blank looks were the best thing I could hope for, even when I tried to explain it (“man, it’s pretty cool”).
These days, things are different. I went surfing around today and noticed that almost every one of the people that I know ‘create’ stuff in Amber have a blog-ish thing going on now. At a local convention, I was recently informed that my blog is actually something of an in-joke for people who read it — a reference that they can all share between themselves. I don’t know if that’s a group of the truly hip or the truly lame, but at least it’s a group.
So this is what that feels like: being one of the first, at least in my little group, and seeing everyone else catching up and saying “man, this is pretty cool.”


  1. To be honest, your weblog was the main reason why I set mine up. Your Amber site has been the main site that I use for reference for my games. I also found the character’s continuing adventures thoroughly amusing. (Lysander is my hero.)
    I eventually decided to check out the rest of the site and came across your weblog. It was just as entertaining to get to know, in a limited fashion, the GM and creator of one of my favorite sites.
    So, in a fit of egotism and also out of a desire to learn more about web design, Random Ravings was born.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. lessee
    that makes three ‘random’ webblogs that I know of– encounters, ruminations, and ravings…a set within a set…
    Wendi set me thinking about it, but I didn’t have the nerve until I saw that Meera could do six blogs at once.

  3. Yes, well, Brian’s and mine are alliterative, and Doyce’s isn’t.
    Cast him out! Death to the unbeliever!
    ‘Sides, mine isn’t actually a blog. It’s me being stupid. If I went to all the trouble of installing actual blogging software, I’d feel like I’d actually have to take it seriously now and then.

  4. I don’t know whether to applaud Doyce for his individuality or chastise him for being a friggin’ rebel.
    I appreciate your individuality, but GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!
    I love playing devil’s advocate in the same sentence.

  5. I wish I had more time to blog.
    I wish I had more to say.
    But I don’t.
    So, there you have it. My pages grow dusty and fuzzy.

  6. I blog, therefore I am.
    Wendi, yes… and Meera, and Doyce and Dave…
    you are all very very bad influences.
    I am hooked, and I never shut up.

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