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Day 9 – My first blog post

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The first blog post is always the hardest, isn’t it? You start setting out, all excited, and mostly write into this big vacuum. At most, your closest friends know about your blog, if at all, and so it’s all about writing into the void, trying to find your own voice. At least, that’s what it was for me.

I started blogging in June 2008, over at Tank Like A Girl. My very first blog post was a short introductory paragraph stating my plans for the blog, and mostly a justification about why I moved over from Livejournal to my own blogging platform. My first real post was The proud and the few: warriors where I waxed poetic about my love for the WoW warrior class, and how overall they were very unpopular in my guild. Not just that. If you look at it today, you will find a WoW blogosphere dominated by druid, hunter and other healers blogs. Warriors have very little representation, and it’s getting less and less all the time. All the big names from my day, be it Veneretio, Linedan, Ciderhelm, Durnic, they all moved away from warrior blogging or even WoW, as did I.

My first blog in this blog over yonder was A New Road or a Secret Gate, a quote from The Road Goes Ever On by J.R.R. Tolkien. Just like in my WoW blog I tried to make the first post an introduction about what the blog would be about. My love for books, gaming, nerdy things, all combined. I think I have failed in this mission statement, and still do, because it’s mostly turned into a book blog these days. But I am trying, still trying. There are some exciting things in the works, at least something that excites me, and I am working on some drafts that veer away from the book focus. After all, I still game almost every day, and I have a blog challenge to finish.

If you compare both first posts, I feel the second one shows that I was a bit more used to actually writing by the time. Can’t quite believe it’s almost four years of (not very consistent) blogging. My journey from the medium traffic warrior blog to the low traffic nerd blog has taught me the most valuable lesson: blog for yourself, don’t blog for your audience. Write because you want to write. Rejoice when you have readers but don’t be discouraged when you feel no one is reading your stuff. Trust me, someone out there is.

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  1. I still miss Tank Like a Girl. 🙁

    • Aw, don’t miss it. It wasn’t that great. I wasn’t that great a player. It had a good run.

      Speaking of missing, what happened to your blog? I am catching up to my RSS reader today, and wanted to read your post about your return to WoW and bam, no blog?

  2. You can find it via my name-link. A personal friend of mine wanted a stab at blogging and seeing as she did some of my editing, I could think of no better place to let her get started. She’s not posted anything yet, but she’s been a bit ill for the last wee while. 🙁

    Any snags, you’ll find it here:

    http://unwaveringsentinel.blogspot.co.uk

    As for Tank Like A Girl, I think you grossly understimate how much fun it was to read. I’ve said in many other places that if people like theory-crafting and number crunching, there are better places to go than personal blogs. What people love about blogs is that the authors are enjoying themselves, enjoying the game AND giving people something to think about. I recommended a lot of blogs to my younger sister when she tried out warrior tanking a couple of years back and she told me flat that she preferred Tank Like A Girl to… Well, pretty much everything.

    Forgive me for this (I hope Spinks doesn’t catch this comment >.<), but I think the fact you’re female plays a large part. My main influences when I was young were all female, which means I appreciate people who are comfortable with themselves and don’t have a need to lock horns or compete. Some of my best friends in high school were girls for that reason, something that’s translated directly to my adult life – the need to rub a mistake in someone’s face just isn’t so prevalent amongst girls, and they’re generally more self assured.

    Tank Like A Girl was engaging, thoughtful and challenging, but also warm and welcoming. Everyone I know who read it viewed it the same way. It wasn’t the best resource in the world for Protection warriors, but it had the largest welcome mat.

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