When I started it, I really just wanted to use it as a means to keep track of my attempts at getting back into roleplaying. It was also meant to be a way for me to find an outlet for my nostalgia, in order to clear away the cobwebs of the past and return to participation rather than longing for recapturing some earlier time in my life. With regard to nostalgia, I found the following on the excellent Black Gate Magazine blog in a recent post:
"As Tolkien scholar Michael Drout states in Rings, Swords, and Monsters, nostalgia is a longing for something you cannot return to (if you can reach the object of your longing, it’s not nostalgia, Drout says)."
The sentiment that being able to obtain that which you long for means you can banish nostalgia is powerful to me. Because I don't just want to sit around and yearn anymore for a return to roleplaying. I am finally, after a long absense, striving to obtain that which I desire.
And I also wanted to start participating more directly in the RPG blogosphere, because I had been reading a lot of entertaining blogs and I wanted to start connecting with some like-minded people, as another means of moving my relationship with the hobby away from some dusty memories of a "gilded age" and into an active part of my present life.
So do I need to have some sort of blog "manifesto"? I don't know about that. But here's a brainstormed list of what I want from my blog:
- Catharsis for nostalgia
- Keep track of my "return to gaming" progress
- Connect with other gamers (for conversation, camraderie, advice, information, a pool of potential players, etc)
- Provide a place where people can go as a resource for finding RPG-related materials (using the sidebars of my blog)
- Share my experiences and thoughts with like-minded people
I think those are my main motivations.The inevitable questions to you all out there: why did you start your blogs? How have the purposes of your blogs changed over time, if at all?
Enough navel gazing. Thanks for reading, as usual.