While catching up on other blogs this morning I happened to notice Micheal Curtis's bittersweet anniversary post over at The Society. After replying there and urging Mike to keep the blog up even if the fire has gone to ash, I came back here and checked on my own first blog date. Wednesday, September 1st 2010. So yesterday was my blogging anniversary. Blogger celebrated by eating my Sept 1st. post three times and then apparently refused to update any of the feeds with it when I finally got it working.
That was a bummer as the essay represented some long-promised actual gaming content. If you missed it, here it is, my take on creating and naming arcane orders. In truth, a lot more effort went into developing the method for naming. It was fun. I plan to circle back on this and introduce some more rules involving unique abilities, secret knowledge and item construction. I suspect these will be less broadly fun, but a few out there will hopefully find some use for them. Those aspects of the system aren't ready to share just yet and I'm OK with the idea of iterative builds. Hell, I work with software developers. They're never finished.
But I'm wandering off topic. Realizing that yesterday was an anniversary for me and reading Micheal's reflections got me considering my own blogging and then blogging in general. Chris K at Hill Cantons laments the transitory nature of the blog. I've heard it said that somewhere between 2 and 3 years the bloggers that make it that far start to lose the desire to continue writing... at least about whatever topic they've focused the blog upon. In Michael's case I think the blog was a starting point for something else that he now wants to focus his creative energies and editorial discipline on. I respect and understand that.
I'm not the first guy or gal to say this and I won't be the last. Please folks, if you're at the end of your interest in the material, leave it up and online anyway. I know Blogger, at least, isn't costing me anything. If you go for adverts or donation buttons then you might even be making some bubble gum money. Maybe it seems like the material you put the most amount of thought or effort into went largely unnoticed, meanwhile a good portion of your hits are coming from people surfing for pictures of playing cards or caves. Forget it. If you've been doing this for more than a year or so and you've accumulated some followers, then you've written something at some point worthy of attention and worthy of being kept around for the next random person to find. There's value in that. You might not be able to see it, but I'm telling you its there.
Matt Finch writes about how the OSR is an internet thing more than a publishing thing or even, until recently, a playing thing. I agree. But it will be a forgotten thing as well if we start taking content down. Consider the long haul. Consider the gamer five years from now wandering through, sick of D&D 12th edition, yearning for something closer to their tastes and stumbling upon this community. I'd hate to imagine Michael Curtis's work and musings not being available to this person.
While its frustrating at times to consider that your best material in this arena might be behind you and now buried in page hits beneath a hot elf chick meme and a controversial post on ascending/ descending AC that you plant face in palm over now, never mind it. The creme always rises and if you leave your stuff up for 5 years and only impact or influence 5 more people every year, that's 25 folks you've touched. Multiply that by your blog roll. If and when the steam runs out on this whole thing somebody, somewhere will stumble upon it all and get it going again. As long as WoTC and D&D remain on the trajectory they're on there will be a need for it. The game is not dead, our work is not done folks. Fight On. Or, at least leave your sword and armor out for the next guy.
Anyway, thanks for indulging me in this. I mean the whole thing. The whole year I've spent blogging. If you're a regular reader I appreciate that you're here. If you're just dropping in, welcome aboard. Take a look at the other articles and my blog roll before you head out.