Today marks my blog’s one year anniversary (woohoo!), and what a year it has been! 🙂
I had no grand ideas in mind when I started this blog (besides becoming famous and rich and…lots more…famous). Personally, I have a really short history with blogging. RoP is my first personal blog, but in 2009, my department at work started a blog, and I became one of its designated writers — this was my first foray into blogging. I found that writing online about specific topics was not so bad. We received a lot of positive feedback, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, I’d start my own blog. Not about me, but about something. Well, I sat on the “my blog” idea for a long time — how it would look, what I’d write about — but never followed through. Then a year ago, that Skyward Sword commercial made a synapse fire the wrong way or something, and that was that. I went to the computer and started typing. And then I went to WordPress because I was familiar with it from work, and…voila! Recollections of Play was born. Looking back on that first post…it’s kinda goofy, but it’s very in the moment. After I posted it, I of course waited for the accolades to flow in. And I waited. And waited. Okay, so I wasn’t an overnight sensation, but I wasn’t discouraged enough to say screw you guys I’m going home. I kept at it and I’m really happy that I did, because this past year has been a whole helluva lot of fun!
Fun yes, but at times difficult. It’s been a difficult journey finding my “voice.” I’m not a trained writer — my background is in history not journalism, media, English, etc. (Which explains the whole slant of my blog.) But I’ve written plenty for school and work and have always enjoyed it, whether the writing was casual or scholarly. I’m happy that I get to take a more creative turn with writing here. I’ve tried different styles and tones in combining my strange sense of humor with aging memories — some things have worked and other things haven’t. But I’m going to keep trying, keep evolving, as is the way of the world.
During this past year, I’ve met (virtually-speaking) some wonderful people, from those who have become followers to occasional commenters. To all of you I say a whole-hearted and very sincere thank you. But I’d also like to send out a few special thank you’s. Thank you to my first follower, HatmOnster from My Two Caps, a fantastic site in its own right. Thanks also to my top commenter, The Duck of Indeed from the blog by the same name. I don’t often get the chance to converse with water fowl, so it’s always great hearing from the Duck. I’d also like give a shout to JoshEvo and the crew DISK READ ERROR for giving me the opportunity to do my first ever guest post. And finally, several weeks ago At The Buzzer was kind enough to feature my blog on their site, which gave RoP a little more exposure and lovely bump in views – for that I can’t say thank you enough. If you follow these sites, you know how wonderful they are. If you don’t, then it’s totally worth your while to check them out sometime. I know there are so many great blogs to read and follow, but it’s easy to keep up with the ones that make themselves stand out from the crowd, as these sites do.
So what does the future hold here at RoP? Well, the posts will continue at one to two a week, given the occasional holiday or vacation. Believe it or not, I’m not out of game stories yet. But, I’ve made a sizable dent in my list, so I’ve been thinking about maybe adding new content. For the most part, I’ll stick with the nostalgia theme. I’ve been reading a great book on the history of video games, which might serve as some inspiration. Maybe I’ll throw in a few more opinion pieces, or focus some on the state of the video game industry, or offer up some sexy pieces on which game characters would be the best in bed. And not really to that last bit, I was just seeing if you were paying attention.
I’ve also been considering departing from games occasionally to do posts on music. That might not make sense on paper…um, screen, but it does in my world. I “play” my iPod much more than video games and I used to “play” the piano (and hope to again soon)…the theme kinda fits. And my history with music pre-dates my history with video games. There might some stories in there. I don’t really know yet. So don’t be surprised if, in the new year, your stop by here and see a post on piano lessons, Tchaikovsky, David Bowie, or Huey Lewis and the News. (Maybe some game music, but site like Classical Gaming already do that really well.)
In closing and at the risk of gushing, thanks to my followers, readers, or anyone who accidentally found themselves here and wondered what the hell this is all about. Thank you for making Recollections of Play something special, something fun, and something I look forward to updating and maintaining. If you have any suggestions for or questions about this blog (or would just like to sing its praises — ha-freakin’-ha), I’d love to hear from you.
Let’s all survive 2012 and make way for a wonderful 2013.