Mikey: Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket. – The Goonies (1985)
My Blaugust adventure continues on to day two. Today i thought i’d do a little look back at where my blog originally came from. It actually started out as a livejournal, if anyone still remembers those. At the time, back in 2007, i was still heavily involved in the FFXI community. My inspiration for starting a blog actually came from a well known player in that game named Rukenshin. He had a pretty successful blog just sharing his conquests and often times his failures at what was cutting edge content. His theory crafting and kill strategies helped a lot of us newbies at the time.
That blog motivated me to start my own. Once i realized that the platform needed to be changed, i moved over to blogger and haven’t changed since. Sure the draw or wordpress tugs at me all the time but i enjoy what i have visually and aesthetically, so i think i’m set for a while now. At least until google decides to do something stupid, which they’ve never been known to do, /rollseyes. It’s pretty much due for an overhaul any time now so i’m holding my breath.
My first blog post came in June of 2008. It consisted of two whole sentences and an image. That was the extent of what i was willing to share at the time. Perhaps it was laziness or perhaps i was testing out what an actual post should be comprised of. I didn’t care either way at the time. I was happy to have a platform where i could share what i was doing with other people. I never once considered anyone would actual read what i was putting out there. To some degree i still don’t really care if anyone does but i hope it’s entertaining enough for some.
It’s crazy thinking back but we really didn’t have a lot of the resources we do today as far as sharing experiences is concerned. We didn’t have YouTube guides, as that platform was still in its infancy. We certainly didn’t have all the social media we have today. What we had were forums and gamer blogs and that was pretty much it. To get any sort of insight into content i was not privileged enough to participate in, i had to rely on certain players willingness to share. Thankfully enough of those players existed to get the ball rolling and transform it into the ridiculous fountain of knowledge we have today. Some might say, including myself, that we’re a bit oversaturated with that info now. Either way, it’s a great time to be a blogger. Carry on and do what you enjoy. Whatever you do, don’t take Troy’s bucket.