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Friday 30 October 2009

Blog about Blogging

Tomoyo Facepalm The idea of having to write a blog about blogging makes even sweet little Tomoyo facepalm.

If you've been following me on Twitter, or paying attention to what I'm doing whatsoever, then you've probably noticed that the blogging situation has got a bit...complicated. I said in an earlier blog that I planned to blog every day, and while it may seem like I'm failing at that goal, I'm really not-- true, I don't blog EVERY day, but it's not uncommon for me to do 4-5 blogs per week; they're just all on different websites. I update my GamingGoddess blog at Destructoid.com regularly, and recently I've started doing some anime-related blogging at Japanator.com. With this blog, that makes three distinct blogs that are being regularly updated; I think it begs the question why I don't combine them all into one huge, multi-disciplinary active blog, and call it a day. While I want to, I don't think I can in good conscience.

I've gotten a lot of exposure from Destructoid and lately Japanator, and moving my articles about game and anime related content, respectively, off of those sites would seem like an attempt to parasitically steal some of their audience. That's the last thing I ever want to do. While I'm not 100% in favor of everything these sites do, the fact is they've allowed me to connect with readers in a way I never could before, and I'm very grateful for that opportunity. I could just mirror the content, but that just seems like a less obvious way to do the same thing.

And yet, this is the blog with my name in the URL; I'd love to have everything in one convenient archive. At first I rationalized it by saying that all of my "personal" stuff would go here, but really, my feelings about games like Final Fantasy or anime like Evangelion are no less personal to me than my thoughts on Nine Inch Nails. And my narrated playthrough of Parasite Eve on Destructoid is part extended-review, part how-to, part literary analysis, and part personal narrative. I may not feel the same way about it as I do about the comics I make, but I still think of it as a creative project-- something far more personal than just reviewing a video game here and there. Ultimately, that's something I want my name on.

So I've decided that the best compromise is this: my gaming and anime blogs will always go up on their respective sites first, but after a week or two I can add those entries to this archive if I want to. That way, I'm still contributing to those communities by always giving them any relevant content first, but further down the line, when someone looks through the archives here they'll be able to find everything without having to navigate multiple websites. Of course, in the event that I ever start doing any professional writing on the web, that content would not be mirrored here because my employer would be paying for that exclusivity-- but I put that in the "I'll worry about that when/if it happens" category. I just wanted to state that for the record.

Anyway, I hope you don't mind my taking the time to explain what's going on in the land of Karen Bloggery. Meanwhile, I have a backlog of stuff now that could definitely go here, so updates of older (but hopefully, still entertaining) material will be intermixed with the new updates for a little while. Some of them may even be REFORMATTED for your reading pleasure (whoo!)

Thursday 6 August 2009

Smells like a blog

It's funny how I've been blogging for years, but I've always kind of been on the periphery of bloggery. I used to have blogs on previous incarnations of the Sterling site, which were limited by the fact that I felt strange writing about sundry random things when the topic was ostensibly the comic. Sometimes I would lose it and write about something completely unrelated, then would chastise myself severely and go back to writing about panel transitions, or whatever else I was stupidly obsessed with at the time. Lately I've been keeping up a gaming blog at Destructoid.com, which has been a lot more rewarding so far than my sort-of-comic-blog. And I'm surprised by just how much I have to say about gaming; assuming I had the time, I could update Destructoid every day and not be at a loss for material.

However, since I do get the urge, occasionally, to write about something other than video games or my comics (I know: It happens to the best of us), it's high time I started writing an actual BLOG blog. You know, a blog that looks like a blog and smells like a blog, a blog that is a stand-alone entity and not a part of another site or project. A blog that may actually be linked on other people's blogs, and may even link back. I'm excited about something that was old news to everyone else about eight years ago I suppose, but whatever-- excitement is excitement.