Warning: Not a WoW Post, I repeat, not a WoW Post
Today, I decided to do some random blog chores. I have been in a bit of a snit, and one of the best ways for me to deal with that is to just do menial tasks until I have my head sorted again. Well, one of those things that I decided to fix was my Twisted Nether Wiki Page. I hadn’t even looked at my page in a long while, and I was sure that most of it would turn out to be inaccurate (as it happens, the only things I really had to change were my server and age). Well, while I was there, I got to pondering.
I honestly never thought this blogging caper would last. If I had a dollar for every idea that I had, for every half-started project, well, I’d certainly not be working for a living! When I started out on my lil ol’ wordpress.com blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I made so many mistakes! When I go back to my old haunt, I generally end up leaving after 5 minutes, cringing over every post that I wrote at the time. Somehow, though, I managed to find my first ever subscribers while I was there, and had a couple of dedicated commenters (who had blogs of their own, but have long since stopped blogging).
When I moved over to self-hosted, I was terrified. My theme was an absolute mess, I had no knowledge of CSS, and had never used Photoshop before in my life. Eventually, the place straightened itself out, and we ended up here, at its current incarnation. The writing improved, the image editing improved (and then rapidly declined again when I became far too lazy to work images into every post), and my little community of readers and commenters started to come.
Somehow, in that time, I managed to get asked to go on two podcasts (small change for some, but I remember when I got an email from Leala of Epic Dolls, asking me if I wanted to talk about Warlocks on their show). I was totally baffled – why me? Surely there would be someone more qualified to talk about it than myself (something that is still very true!). I was so nervous that I remember making several mistakes throughout the show – to this day I have not listened to it – but it was an awesome, awe-inspiring experience. Then I was also fortunate enough to be invited on to the Twisted Nether Blogcast (which was equally, well, scary!). Guess what? I haven’t listened to that one either!
I guess I can count myself fortunate enough to be considered a small success. I am still here, still writing, and more people pop in to the big purple blog each day (although, seriously guys, I don’t get it!). I am more involved in the Blog Azeroth community now than I ever was before (although I have been slacking off lately, and really need to remedy that). Sure, I’m never going to make money off this little page. I don’t think anyone is ever going to learn anything useful. But, it paved the way for me to write another blog, and this little space here has kept me interested in the game and the community when all else has failed.
And, of course, I have met all of you – so many wonderful readers and commenters, all with such a wide ranging depth of knowledge and experience.
/end sop. Yeah, I was just in one of those moods.