Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Beginnings Blogfest

I am participating in the Beginnings Blogfest hosted by L.G. Keltner over at Writing Off the Edge.

The theme of this blogfest is to talk about why you started blogging in the first place.

I actually have two reasons, but the first was to start out as a design blog/journal for my work on Eldritch Witchery and The Witch.  I was going to talk about what I was doing, the playtests and the writing process.
I did do all of that, though not to the level I thought I was going to do.  Instead reason number 2 took over.

I used to be very active in online message boards. I spent a lot of time on Planet AD&DEden's Boards and various boards for other systems. I was also involved a lot in RPG.net and the Kitten Board forever.  Boards are fun, but rules over what you can post vary.  D&D boards don't want to hear about my Unisystem stuff, and visa versa.  Some boards have very strict mods while others don't.

With blogging I got to post what I wanted, the way I wanted to post it.
If I wanted to spend a week on vampire movies or anime or stats for various witches in various game systems, I can.

Getting to know other bloggers was just a really nice and totally unexpected benefit.

I hope that doing this has improved my own writing and opened up a new avenue of social networking for me.

Note:  White Dwarf Wednesday will appear later today.

20 comments:

Jolie du Pre said...

That's one of the things I love about blogging - the freedom of it!

Al Diaz said...

It's always nice to write about what you want. I used to play White Wolf games and I spent a lot of time there. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I started blogging after attending a book festival and hearing a talk on it. That was almost seven years ago.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Getting to know other bloggers is one of the awesome parts of blogging!

M.J. Fifield said...

I agree. Getting to know other bloggers has been a wonderful unexpected benefit.

Julie Flanders said...

I agree about the freedom of blogging, it's fantastic. And I also agree that meeting so many great people has been a benefit I never expected! Nice to meet you through this fest. :)

L.G. Keltner said...

Blogging does have great freedom. That's one reason why I love it so much!

Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

Carrie-Anne said...

I used to post on a lot of message boards too, then just got tired of how so many boards had cliques and dogpiling. I started my current blog after my old Angelfire site was deleted by some crazy woman and her sycophantic friends.

Timothy Brannan said...

@all and thanks for providing a GREAT object lesson in why blogging is great. Se everyone here, posting and talking. Thanks everyone!

@Carrie-Ann, OMG I forgot how cliquey boards can get. I never seemed to be in the "cool" cliques and often was in the "trouble maker" ones.
In fact there may be some Buffy the Vampire Slayer boards I am still banned from. Though there are not many of those left.

jessika fleck said...

one of my novels is about witches...gotta love witches. i also used to post on boards, but stopped because of the drama that inevitably ensues (what is that?!)! enjoyed your post!

Amy Jarecki said...

I'm glad I haven't gotten to the "boards" yet. Blogging seems to take up enough time,and you're right, you can say anything you want. Thanks for visiting my blog...I'm very pleased to meet you.

Timothy Brannan said...

@Jessica, what is your URL? I can't load your profile.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And now with your blog it's the best of both worlds.
I was never online until I began blogging and didn't know there were D&D boards. That was probably a good thing.

Tamara said...

I resisted having a blog for the longest time because I felt like I didnt' have enough to say. But it turns out that I love blogging.

The blogging/writing community is awesome and I've met so many wonderful people.

Just stopping by from the blogfest to say hello! :)

Tara Tyler said...

blogging is freedom and you get to meet others who are like you!
glad you started!

Trisha said...

I love the variety in the blogging world too - each of us gets to pick and choose what we talk about. Even within set types of activities like blogfests, we get to choose what to write about. :)

Laura said...

That's a great reason to start a blog, it certainly is nice to be able to write about what you want to!

Mina Lobo said...

Hiya, popping in from LG's blogfest (thanks for your kind words on my post, by the way). The freedom of blogging vs message boarding is how I'm beginning to view indie publishing, which has become a goal for me for 2013. A scary goal, sure, but knowing I can do whatever I want when publishing independently of a publishing "company" feels more and more exciting. :-)

Melissa said...

I prefer blogs to message boards, too, for most things. Nice meeting you. :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

The only boards I've been on had to do with parenting, and we sort of talked about everything on there, BUT it's limited what anyone else can share with you, what anyone else may have in common. I also enjoy the freedom of blogging. I'm hoping to make Fridays a day to talk about whatever the heck I want to.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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