Friday, September 21, 2012

You never know where you'll end up on the Internet.  Sometimes, I google things at random, with the intent of just relieving a few minutes of boredom rather than for the purpose of finding information.  Such was the case this morning.  I was browsing Steam and looking at all the games that have come out in the past week or so, and also being surprised at just how many people are playing Torchlight 2 right this moment.  (Over 30,000 if you're curious.)  This led me to start thinking about what I would want to say about these new games when I get around to writing about them, which then led me into thinking that I should have some kind of catchphrase for those kinds of posts.  I tried it once before in the past, and made up some ridiculous acronym.  I used it once or twice, and that was about it.  So this morning, I googled the phrase "What I Think".  (It was an attempt to find something similar to RPS' "Wot I Think" posts.)

I didn't really find anything clever, but one of the first results that I got back was a link to a blog entitled "What I Think".  It was just some random guy's blog, and he hasn't made a new post in almost a full year now.  I read a couple of the posts, and it surprised me how easily I could read them.  When it comes to reading, I often think that I'm rather bad at it.  I don't mean that I have trouble reading or anything like that, but rather that I have difficulties getting myself interested in what I'm reading.  I have a hard time sticking with a book if it doesn't grab my interest very quickly, and often times I feel that's a really big shame.  I'm sure there are books that I've tried to read that would have probably ended up being fantastic, but I was just unable to read through them enough to find out.

But back on topic, I was surprised that I was able to read the entire first long post on this blog, especially considering it became apparent that the author was religious.  Usually when someone starts talking about how they're praying or whatever, I'm moving on to read something else faster than light. In this case, however, I kept going.  The blog post about about the author's uncle, who had been diagnosed with cancer.  So on top of the fact that the post was lined with religion, it was also a depressing story.  As I read it, the style and tone of it reminded me very much of myself, and that's why I think I was able to continue reading it so easily.

And this fact got me thinking.  It was apparent that this author didn't have many people who read his blog.  In one post, he mentioned he had 2-3 readers.  It got me wondering how interesting or easy-to-read other people find my blog posts.  For me, I never really think about it on those terms.  I have a desire to write, and so I write words here.  I enjoy looking at a blank page and then filling it up with words.  I really never consider if what I'm writing would be enjoyed by other people.  It seems to me that this other blogger didn't really care about that either.  Interestingly enough, I think that's one of the reasons why I found his posts so approachable and readable.  News articles, professional reviews, and other such writings on the Internet tend to be stuffy to read.  Sometimes even boring.  And that, I think, is a result of trying to appeal to too many people at once.  I'm sure a lot of that kind of thing is taught in professional writing courses, which I've never had.  I'm sure my posts are littered with grammatical inaccuracies.

On a related note, I sometimes feel that I try too hard to have a solid topic to discuss when I come here.  That sometimes is counter-productive to the whole purpose of the blog, which is to simply provide myself with a medium for which to mindlessly ramble.  This post, thankfully, is a lovely example of rambling.  

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