Let’s talk about blogging today. As most of you must be aware by now, AOL has decided to close down most of their blogs which affects big names like Joystiq, Massively and WoW Insider. This blog has been featured a few times on WoW Insider and Massively and I know a few of the people who worked there through blogging and just playing with them. Even though I also had a few disagreements with some of them, it still sucks and the way AOL has handled the whole thing is just awful. I wish them all the best, I truly do.
Continuing in the same vein of thought, it seems my time as a semi-pro blogger over at Journal De Montreal is also coming to an end. While they’re not dropping blogging altogether like AOL did, they’re moving away from blogs and we can already tell that it’s a matter of time before they let go of us. In my case it was more of a hobby and a way to get to meet devs and get a few demos so I’m not losing much but it still sucks. I remember reading not so long ago about how the trend these days is to move away from blogs and if anything these events seem to go in that direction.
Since we’re on the topic of blogging, I had someone ask me during the weekend what server I was playing on in FF14 and to my surprise; I hesitated a lot before answering. Recently I was reminded that as you blog you will eventually offend someone and that some people hold grudges for very long time. Hell, I’ve had some people in the past assume things about me just because of what they read on this blog or what people had told them about me. It’s a very weird feeling to find out someone doesn’t like you even though you never even met them but it happens.
On the other hand, I met the awesome gang from Eff the Ineffable through blogging so it’s not always negative and in the end I had more positive come out of meeting people through this blog than negative. Still, I’m debating whether I should make a conscious effort to dissociate this blog from whatever game I’m playing so that I can avoid whatever preconception people might have.
Food for thoughts I suppose.