Okay, I admit it - I’ve been a terrible blogger. It is not that I don’t care about the blogosphere, it is just that I find it extremely dull compared to actually working on my game. When I have the choice - blog or work on my game - working on the game always wins.
But I’ve decided to change that! I’ve thought of how I can make blogging more fun. It is the same way I made journalling more fun (many years ago).
Back in the days, I always wanted to keep a journal - or rather, I liked the idea of being the type of guy that would keep a journal. So I bought a journal, and made pact with myself - everyday before bed, I would write at least a sentence or two about my day.
I would go strong for about a week or two, and then abandon it completely. Truth is, I’m no James Bond - most of my days simply are not worth writing about. Ever tried writing a journal entry that begins with ‘Today the only exciting thing I did was put more jam than usual on my toast’? Well, it is demeaning. Creating an obligation to write, and writing only about one topic - my day - quickly took all the joy out of journalling, and I would drop the habit quite quickly as a result.
I think I have been thinking about this blog the same way - something I am compelled to do, writing only about my game’s progess. Ugh. Sometimes the things I am working on - although important - are so dull that writing about them would age me. I fear I would visibly age with every word I wrote, just like that dude from Indiana Jones who drank from the wrong cup.
I only became good at keeping journals when I said to myself ‘Fuck it’ and took all the pressure off. I stopped treating my journal as a typical journal, instead it became the book I would turn to whenever I wanted to write something or anything down. I would use it to plan stuff, think through ideas, take notes, doodle, and of course, write about my day/thoughts/feelings if the need ever arose. I would write in it when I felt like it, and not otherwise. Sometimes I would end up writing in it a couple of times a day, sometimes not for a week or two. Having a book that I can write things down in whenever I feel like it has been great, and - as a result - I have been writing in journals quite consistently for about 5 years now.
So I think what I am going to do is to open my blog up. I am going to blog about what I want, when I want. I am guessing it will mostly be game related, but not necessarily so. Who knows? There are no rules! I can write anything!!! Agh! WAGAA! WAAGAAAA!!! CHICKEN HAT!!!
Haha, yeah, the pressure that my blog also has to be super professional has been a downer as well. I think rather than aiming for professionalism, I will just aim to create a blog that is fun and sincere. Let’s hope me giving myself permission to be a bit more crazy will actually mean that I can also start to create a blog worth following/reading. Check up on this site in the future, judge for yourself if this is going well.