To Blog or Not to Blog?
I’ve been ill recently. What started off as just an innocuous winter cold subsequently became a chest and eye infection. Despite being in relatively good health for a man of my age, this bout of illness really knocked me for six. The Doctor ordered bed rest and that’s exactly what I did. Frankly I didn’t feel at all disposed towards doing anything else, so as a result all blogging ceased and the podcast, which was already on hiatus, has been kicked further into the long grass. For a few fleeting minutes I felt some misplaced angst, regarding this lull in content creation but it was short lived. Frankly it felt good to not have to worry about daily posts or interesting topics to discuss.
I have been feeling somewhat jaded with regard to blogging of late; especially when it comes to gaming. People are still writing about the games they play and reacting to the latest news but no one seems to be doing any in-depth think pieces anymore. They’ve either all be done or perhaps some bloggers just feel that there isn’t any point anymore. I look back through material I wrote five years ago and I no longer recognise the love and affection I use to lavish on the games I played back then. I also often find myself at odds with the community I’m allegedly part of. I see gamers behaving in an unedifying fashion or simply demonstrating a distinct lack of perspective and proportion.
Plus it shouldn’t be forgotten that writing a blog to some sort of standard or creating a weekly podcast is time consuming and “work” for want of another phrase. It can be very rewarding when the heavens align and you produce something that connects with your audience. On other occasions it is a proverbial millstone round your neck that you’d happily be rid of. Then there is the perennial issue of time and the fact that it’s a finite commodity. I think there’s something about hitting middle age that really provides you with an epiphany with regard to this precious resource.
However despite all the apathy and negativity, I still find blogging very useful for marshalling my thoughts and refining my views and opinions. Irrespective of whether people read my writing, I find the process of committing my ideas to text an incredibly beneficial tool. I also enjoy recording the Burton and Scrooge podcast. When it goes well Brian and I have a lot of fun. I am very fortunate to have such an amiable co-host. So it would seem that the good points about content creation currently trump the bad ones and therefore motivate me to push through this malaise of indifference.
So over the next few weeks I shall not only continue to inflict my views upon an unsuspecting internet but I’ll actually back fill posts from the previous two weeks. I don’t know why exactly but it seems to satisfy my notions of order and balance. Don’t be surprised if I stray in to non-game related subjects more often. I’ve become increasingly disposed towards just writing what comes in to my head these days and some of the stuff in their even surprises me. So it’s back to the grindstone I guess.