Well, if I was WoW, you could be expecting another expansion pack by now. That’s right, Sheep the Diamond turned two years old yesterday!
Last year for my birthday we looked at the concept of the blog, how I generated the title, and how I decided on the “correspondence” form I decided to take. This year, I’ll talk a little about idea generation.
Often my “best” pieces come to me when I’m reading. Since I read a lot and about a variety of subjects, I make a conscious effort to ask myself, “How can this be tied to gaming?” It’s easy and somewhat fun to go back through my old posts and figure out what I was reading at the time. You can pretty clearly see a lot of different texts, which I’ve collected here as a “reading list” for the blog.
Romeo & Juliet – Shakespeare
A Theory of Fun – Raph Koster
The Art of Immersion – Frank Rose
Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal
A General Theory of Love (probably my favorite from this list) – Lewis, Amini, and Lannon
Telling Lies – Ekman
Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
Made to Stick – Chip & Dan Heath
Those are just off the top of my head, and I’ve read a lot more than that, of course, but the other titles either didn’t impress me (Game of Thrones – sorry – I thought was bad writing; it was clearly written to be a television show, not a book) or didn’t resonate within my thoughts about gaming (this list is too gigantic, but here’s a few: South of Broad (Conroy), Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (Larsson), The Postman (Brin – actually, that may have generated a post) .
Additionally, since my wife is a political psychology professor, I often look for ways in which her interests or studies overlap with gaming. I’ve had a “politics of WoW” post in the draft folder for probably 1.5 of my 2 years, but never had the gusto to actually write it, as I’m sure it’ll take a ton of work and lead to a lot of belligerence. Maybe this year, though. We’ll see.
Lastly, my idea generation comes from all of you. Many of my readers are other bloggers, and I peruse your blogs as you peruse mine. I also find places in the comments where people bring up a brilliant point. More recently, I’ve taken to encouraging others to blog about those brilliant points, but sometimes I take from them, too.
On that note, I wanted to clarify my last post. All three of the commentators who responded to it missed my point, which leads me to believe my point was obscured by my writing. I believe I learned from Larisa of Pink Pigtail Inn that one should never accuse their readers of not reading well, as it more often was that you, the blogger, had not written it clearly. My buddy suggested it was because I’d bolded a line of text halfway through that was not my main point but failed to bold my main point. Here it is:
I think a lot of arguments about “old” versus “new” WoW miss the point. I think everyone likes the new features in WoW and does not want to get rid of them. However, I also think that everyone doesn’t like the culture those features have engendered. Now that we have the conveniences we want, let’s spend some time working to get the culture back to where it belongs.
Ah, bold, you tricky old text emphasis. I don’t know that I’d ever used bold before my previous post outside of section headers, vastly preferring the elegance and potential sarcastic twist that italics provide. Seems it may have messed me up.
At any rate, there’d be little point to all of these two years if it weren’t for all of you, dear readers, and I hope to continue our correspondences for several years to come. As always, I look forward to and appreciate your comments that agree, disagree, or simply add to our many fine discussions.
Thank you all,
Stubborn (and 2 years old!)