Its payback time. And I mean that in a good way. Years ago, when I had been blogging for a mere nine months, I was basically still an invisible presence. I wasn’t sure if that was normal or not. And I had taken some time off when my youngest was born, so that didn’t help. But I basically just posted asking for help – is this normal, should I keep trucking, anybody out there, etc. Three people commented and encouraged me, and it blew my mind that it was the people from my three favorite blogs at the time. And they are still right up there.
Ysh writes long winded posts. And yet, in a bite-sized age, I always devour the wall of text without really realizing how long it is. That is her talent and one of the reasons I enjoy her writing. The downside is that her posts probably take a bit longer to prep, so when life is busy, as it is now, we get to see less of her. If you haven’t encountered her before, its worth taking a peek through the archives and checking out some of her stuff.
Wilhelm has always possessed a very conversational and everyman tone to his posts, which makes them easy to read and absorb and is also very inviting to conversation. I think that is the key to his success over the years. That’s not to say he can’t get feisty in the comments section. But even then his style is such that you can have a knock down drag out and not feel any real leftover angst the next day. Now that is a rare talent.
Kirith knows EVE. In fact, the two are basically synonymous in my mind. I have to force myself not to read him, because when I do, invariably I throw $15 more at EVE, spend one frustrating month in game, and unsub again. EVE should pay him kickbacks or something. All kidding aside, he is the grandaddy of EVE blogging and well worth a read, even if that’s not a game you play.
Now…about a year after those three, another guy appeared on the scene. He also has a great conversational style, and is not only an active writer, but as a social presence in the blogging community itself. Rowan holds the (dubious?) honor of being the person who has commented most on this blog, which is evidence of that social presence. Good bloggers don’t just create, they also consume, and Rowan always reminds me of that.
What to call him…the Combat Archeologist? The Adventurer Historian? The Self-Aware Colony? The Man of Many Names and None? AH is the one guy, that, if I had the power, I would tie him to a chair and force him to blog on a regular basis. He started long ago on the blog known as Warp Core Breach, then branched out after STO struggled, and has recently resumed his blogging adventures.
Not as well known, Flosch is another one that I wish I could strap to a chair and force to blog. He has had some ridiculously good posts in his time, including the one that finally pushed me to this series.
Now, apart from that, look to your right. Every one of those posts is there because they are in my Reader. I love reading them all. So go take a look.