Why Write About Games?

Why Write About Games?

It’s been a while since I busted out an Anthem screenshot for anything, but I suppose it’s only fair given it is what brought me back to the blogging fold earlier this year. If you go alllll the way back to my initial ‘Hello!‘ post you can see the barely constrained (and ultimately undeserved) optimism I held for the game.

Initially, this blog had been envisioned as being Anthem only. I had a different domain registered and had started down the path of setting things up there.

I already knew in the back my mind that such a narrow path was a mistake. But with just how broken down my normally quite dense armour of jaded cynicism was, I was in no mood to listen. Fortunately, before I publicly unveiled anything I came to my senses and went with the compromise position you see before you today — Time to Loot.

One of these days I’m going to get around to doing the long overdue version 2.0 of my About page. But if you look there at the moment you can still see traces of the original vision there. I was going to be a useful site. Packed with guides and in-depth coverage of game systems and optimised builds.

While I have no aversion to that style of content and have done a few pieces of that nature, it turned out not to be what most excited me about coming back to game blogging again. What did most excite me came as an epiphany a month or so after my initial return.

It was far less about writing technical, practical material — and far more about keeping a personal history. A place to reflect on who I had been vs. where I will end up in the years to come, perhaps. Memory alone is a fickle beast, so having this sort of journal could be very enlightening.

I credit making this discovery of what motivates me to blog to Wilhelm. I read his about page and simply gasped when I realised that what he talked about was precisely what I wanted. Needed, possibly. That it should take someone else to spell it out though, in hindsight, is a little baffling. How many times had I lamented to myself at the loss of history, of connections?

Many. I’ve even run several blogs before, but all (clearly) lacked any sense of permanence. And so the connection between the blogging platform and this personal history wasn’t one I’d ever consciously made.

This isn’t my only reason. But it lies at the heart of it. For the others, you can actually jump over and read Kluwes’ post. He essentially wrote the rest of this post already. I agree with everything he included. :)


As a side note — I wrote this post a little differently than usual. Differently even than what I’d outlined in the changing approach to writing post. I was struggling to get words to the page for this one starting out, I’d write a paragraph and then delete, dissatisfied.

So! To bust through that wall I went full stream of consciousness, NaNo-mode ‘Sprint’ on it. Just started writing, banning myself from editing other than typos or grievous grammatical errors (that I saw, I make no promises that none remain)!

It turned out to be a very different post from how I first imagined it, but this might be a style I play around with a bit more in future. I think there might be something to it, especially for helping specifically with uncovering my own writer’s voice.

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5 thoughts on “Why Write About Games?”

  1. Aha! Comments work again!

    I was just going to say that, somewhat to my own astonishment, until you linked it I had never read Wilhelm’s “About” page (which is an excellent read). In fact, I have never read anyone’s “About” page, except on the rare occasion where I was researching something that involved a specific blog and there was no obvious sign of the blogger’s name on the main page.

    I don’t believe I even have an “About” page on Inventory Full. Oh, wait, yes I do – it’s linked at the very end of the huge blogroll, where no-one will ever find it and if they do they’ll be rewarded with a picture of a gnome, the name of my blog and the useless information that I follow just one other blog, Domino’s “The Domino Effect”. 8347 people have apparently looked at this page since October 2009. That’s a thousand a year!

    Maybe I should put something there for people to read.

    • Yes! Comments work again, thank-you so much for taking the time to let me know.

      Not sure if my reply got back to you OK through that channel since the address struck me as potentially a bit odd.

      As for About pages, they’re definitely something I gravitate to when first checking out a blog new to me. Between your and Wil’s responses though, I’m no longer thinking this is standard behaviour! Hah.

      Although with >1k views a year on average… Maybe I’m not that alone after all. :)

    • It might not receive so many hits *now* but surely historically, it has? :)

      As noted to Bhag above, I will always gravitate toward an About page for a blog that is new to me. Is this not part of the normal ‘getting to know a blog’ process people go through?

      • Heh, yes, the About page does get some traffic. It is there at the top of the blog and has been there for more than a decade, so the weight of time has helped. Overall it sits in 23rd place relative to all posts on the site.

        I am probably more surprised that somebody admitted to having read it. In its current form it hasn’t change much in the last eight years or so. It pre-dates my move to using italics for game names, which came in around 2012.
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