I'm feeling a little disappointed in myself at the moment because I just looked back at all my blog posts dating back to the end of 2004 and noticed that I used to write quite a bit compared to now. I would like to write more but then I remember the same issues of why I stopped writing so much to begin with. It mostly had to do with people just not reading them and the amount of effort I put writing them vs the payoff. I'll put some examples of old blogs with my current reaction underneath them.
September 15th, 2006: "Sometimes I feel as if all of my efforts go totally unnoticed. I just don't want to spam friend requests or advertise my works to get people to notice them like other people sometimes do. People should know of my efforts naturally because they're interested. Even I can only take so much though without a simple "thank you" or "your welcome" from anyone."
-Updated Response- I've just learned to deal with it and accept the fact that some people get tons of comments on their blogs because they like to be the center of attention and because they have tons of friends and not necessarily because they write the best content. Be happy with what you get even if you would like to have more hits on your profile page.
December 11th, 2006: "I've been noticing a lot of people lately blogging about "personal issues" at home or work or with relationships and what not. I agree that sometimes it's best to talk about these things with people you know but you can only get so much feedback from people on a game centric website. Stuff like that is better suited to AIM or MSN conversations or with people you know in real life in person or over the phone. People shouldn't try to make Gamespot their own personal myspace or something. I think we should be writing about stuff more suited to a game centric website because, after all, the reason we are all here is because we share a common interest in games and enjoy games as a hobby. I'll admit that in some of my past blogs a few months ago, I've posted my own fair share of personal issues but I have since come to realize that these problems are mine to deal with and I shouldn't bother or depress the readers with my own issues. We shouldn't make others feel guilty about our own problems.I will continue to try and make blogs that pertain to games in a healthy, discussable manner."
-Updated Response- I've eased up on my view of this since then but I still agree that blogs (on Gamespot especially) should be more positive in general. It's not a bad thing to do by any stretch of the imagination and I acknowledge that for some people this is probably a healthy way to vent. I just feel that negative thinking seems to lead to more of it down the road.
August 31st, 2006: "It seems to me that every time I read people's blogs, most of the time they just write down stuff for the sake or writing down stuff. I think blogs in general should be more organized and well thought out to express your ideas.
There are some good exceptions to this. Don't get me wrong though. I'm not saying that we shouldn't have fun in our blogs or anything like that.Sometimes it's nice to just write down simple things like how our day went or what you plan to do tomorrow etc. Telling a story about yourself can be very entertaining to readers. I just don't think it serves any purpose to write down extremely short blogs like "Today I got bit by a dog" or "Today I've reached lvl 2, yay"."
-Updated Response- Again I've eased up on my view since then but most of my points still feel very valid to me. For example, I could put up an extremely short blog saying about how I feel sick and might be getting a fever (which is true as I write this) but what's the point and most of you probably won't care anyways. If you feel like posting blogs that way that's fine, you can write however you please though it just feels like a waste of time to me mostly.
Well I couldn't sleep anyways so this at least killed some time for me. So what do you guys think?