This Is Better Than Cable!

As bloggers and blog-readers we enjoy a curiously vouyeristic existence. We get to read other blogs, write our own, and connect with people. Sometimes we develop friendships, sometimes we feel insignifigant, that we’re toiling in obscurity while other blogs we hold in high esteem, almost awe.

Sometimes someone will make a joke, and said joke (owing to the irregularities of the written word and lack of any visual or audio communication cues) will be misunderstood. Of course, once the offence is noted, an apology will usually follow accompanied by the usual make-up kisses.

Now, I wasn’t at all involved, well, maybe a little. My involvement amounted to a plug by BBB. He called me (and others) “Great bloggers, very smart, very on top of things, great writers. I love each and every one, and learn from them quite often.”

D’aaaaaaw, now doesn’t that just give me all kinds of warm fuzzies? BBB was one of the inspirations that got me blogging in the first place, I’d say he was the largest inspiration for my doing so. As such, blogs like his, BRK’s, Resto4Life, Bananna Shoulders, you know, the big blogs, they’ve always felt kind of out of reach.

I was the unpopular nerdy type in a school with not a lot of kids, all of whom had something to prove. Social class and stratification is something I’m very aware of. I’d started to apply such stratification to various bloggers. I’d think, ok, he’s got more readers, she does more theorycrafting, they’re better than me.

But the beauty of blogging and the magic, if it were, come with the fact that, at the end of the day, we’re all just words on a page. Blogging has become something so amazing to me. It’s a forum where we sit down and pour out ourselves. We write posts about bacon, or asthma, or other heart-wrenching real-life turns.

I started blogging shyly, attempting to confine myself to in-game aspects only. I’m young, and prone to ramble on about personal things if I give myself half a chance. But including real life snippets in our blogs is something we have a right to as bloggers, no matter our usual subject matter.

Doing so gives us a sense of release, reading that others do gives us a sense of validation. We know we’re not alone in this big wide world and we connect with others via this small window into their world that they give us (the blog). This aspect, moreso than all the theorycrafting, glyph and talent guides, or in-game movie guides in the world is what draws me back to blogging.

I want to help people, to share my knowledge, but the sense of connection I get from the blogging community, to me, is priceless.

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