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1 Year Of Blogging

January 12, 2011

Okay, so I knew my blogoversary was sometime in January, but er, little did I know I’ve already missed it by five days. I just can’t believe it’s already been a whole year. To understand my shock, you have to realize that some of my hobbies in the past have been extremely short-lived, and that I’ve never seriously kept a blog before (well, unless you want to count that site I started a few years back, which was mostly just a collection of incoherent ramblings from a college girl and her drunk Life Sci major friends…) MMOGC is really the first blog I’ve ever written with a focus on a specific topic, that I’ve also managed to maintain for more than a few months.

In many ways, I still consider myself a fledgling blogger, which is why I can’t tell you how surprised I was (but also flattered and deeply, deeply honored) to find my little blog listed on Massively a few weeks ago beside other blogging greats, many of whom are writers I respect immensely. I remember my motivations for starting this blog — a desire to write for fun about a hobby that I enjoy, as well as be part of a community to talk about the MMOs and other games that I love. Even so, I never expected at the time that a year later I’ll still be banging away at posts on this thing, and that people will actually read my stuff.

I had no idea either that I was going to make so many friends in my first year. That, to me, has been the most rewarding part about this experience. Most of my friends in real life are not gamers, and because of that, I have very little opportunity to talk about games outside the internet. This blog has served as a jumping-off point for me, opening a window to the greater online gaming community and connecting me to the a social network in which I can talk with others about games and all the other geeky things I like.

I also started this blog to track my gaming habits and dialogue my thoughts, so I can look back at any time to see what I’ve been playing. Based on number of posts, Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, Age of Conan, and Lord of the Rings Online seem to be the MMOs that I spent the most time playing in my first year of blogging. For a game that’s not even released yet, Star Wars: The Old Republic racked up a lot of posts too, but if I’ve established any kind of tradition over here at MMOGC, it would be writing about the weekly SWTOR Friday updates. And that will probably continue until the game comes out.

Do I have any regrets? Well, yes, actually, one. Believe it or not, it would have to be naming this site MMO Gamer Chick. Honestly, I wish to hell that I had come up with something more catchy, perhaps something more original. The day I made the blog though, I remembered a text I got from a friend while we were both in grad school. It was “ya crazy MMO gamer chick!” in response to the way I juggled 4 nights of WoW raiding on top of all the readings, mountains of assignments and responsibilities of practicum we were burdened with. I worked hard to manage that schedule, and was proud of that, leading me to embraced that identity at the time…but I’m not sure if I want the name for the blog forever.

Finally, to you, awesome reader, I just want to say thank you, I couldn’t have done it without you. MMOGC may be just a blog, but it has been a big part of my life for the last year. Whether you’re a long time reader or are just dropping by, thanks for checking out my little corner of the internet; you know I love sharing it with you! May Year 2 be even better than the first!

51 comments

  1. A huge congratulations to the first year! :)


  2. You go Girl! :D


  3. Congratz..keep it up. I really enjoy reading your blog. Maybe catch u ingame sometime……


    • Thanks! Were you going to play Rift on release? If so, then we’ll for be seeing each other for sure :D


  4. Grats & Kudos! :)

    “MMO Gamer Chick” is catchy. I also think you should blog about Rift.


    • I don’t think it’s that catchy…TBH, I think it’s a name I’ll look back at in like 50 years and cringe! :P

      And I will absolutely blog about Rift.


  5. Congratulations, old friend! I’m glad to see one of us has stayed on top of things this past year!


    • Thanks! I was just going to comment on how you’ve not done so bad yourself, with started an EVE blog as well, and then saw you were packing it in? I’ve always thought of us as blog buddies since our blogs were “born” around the same time, so that made me sad…but I also understand :)


      • Well, we are blog buddies! Nothing can change that!

        Unless one of us writes that the other is a stinky poo, that might affect things.


  6. Big congratulations!I like the name of your blog. It seems both catchy and descriptive to me.

    I also wouldn’t mind having a slice of that anniversary cake. It looks yummy. :)


    • Thank you! And yeah, it looks yummy. All the “1st birthday” cakes are always so cutesy :P


  7. [...] and your awesome creativity. Congratulations are particularly in order for GeeCee, who also just wrapped up a year of (much higher quality) MMO [...]


  8. Happy blogging b-day, and congrats on the making it to a year!


  9. Happy blog b-day! I love your style. :)


  10. Congratulations for your first year. I actually like the name MMO Gamer Chick, I think you should keep it. Its kinda branded on you now for the last year :)

    The MMO blogging community is a bit better served because you are among it.

    Ok, now need more Rift post as was mentioned by someone else.


    • Thank you for your kind words! And I guess you’re right about the name, it’s a little too late to go back on it now :P


  11. Congratulations on wrapping up your first year. Your voice has been very welcome in the blogging community and I enjoy everything you write. Keep up the great work.

    And MMO Gamer Chick is a great name. It absolutely stands out in the crowded blogging field.


    • Thank you, it means a lot coming from you, since I feel the same about your blog.

      Gosh, I guess more people like the name than I thought. :P


  12. Grats. Did you get any good drops?


    • No, no good loot…just a lousy achievement ;)


  13. I’ll add my voice to the chorus: MMO Gamer Chick is an awesome appellation for you and your blog. Easy to remember, and definitely catchy.

    And it certainly has been a great year. You were *the* first person to reach out to me on my own fledging blog, and I appreciate your insight, inspiration, and encouragement. Thank you.


    • And you were one of the first people to reach out to me on this blog too :) I remember, because you liked my silly backstories for T’Andy and her boytoy Sleer :P

      Thank you :)


  14. Congratulations on your first year! Of course now you have to top yourself for year two. ;)


  15. Congrats on the first year…keep on bloggin’!


  16. Congratulations! It’s such a great feeling to make it to that mark. Wishing you another fantastic year… and many more!


  17. Thank you everyone for the kind words :) Knowing how quickly I jump from hobby to hobby, I know I couldn’t have made it to one year without you all. Cheers! :)


  18. Congratulations on a year of blogging. Even though I wasn’t here from the beginning, I will say that knowing you’ve done this for an entire year is definitely something. Sticking with anything for that long, continuously, is no easy task. Especially not these days with all the distractions about.

    I think “mmogamerchick” is a good name. It’s certainly nowhere near bad, and it has a familiar ring to it. Even if you do one day look back on the name and cringe, you’ll just fit in with the rest of the crowd.

    We all have something in our past we’ll regret, like Rico Suave, the Macarena, mullets, crushes on popstars-of-the-minute, polyester bell bottoms, double-knit pants, being a fan of American Idol, etc. In the grand scheme of things, choosing a name won’t feel at all cringe-worthy, in comparison.lol

    Once again, grats on a year.

    I’ve gotten used to coming here frequently to read thoughts on new developments in the MMO world. I look forward to continuing that routine. Cheers.


    • Thanks Jaramukhti! Did you know one thing I’ve started really looking forward to every week is discussing SWTOR with you :D


      • Oh yeah? Well then I’m flattered, and likewise. No joke.

        For a game pre-release, SWTOR does seem to spark some interesting conversation. I’m sure I’ll be here talking about it all the way to launch, and most likely even afterward if you plan to keep it going.

        I decided to go back to see when I first commented on this blog, and apparently it was back in June, or thereabouts. How time flies…

        In that time, the only thing I regret is, there wasn’t a discussion on my favorite planet in SWTOR: Alderaan. I would have loved to chat on the Switzerland of Star Wars.

        Who knows, maybe Geonosis or Manaan will make for some good conversation if/when they are revealed.


      • Oh you can be sure the SWTOR posts will continue to release and beyond. Gotta have a place to share all my bounty hunter adventures after all :)

        Hey, maybe one day, when all the planets have been revealed, I may do a round up planetarium post!


  19. Awesomeness! congrat on the 1 year jubilee.

    you are fixed in my daily routine of checking info on swtor. (and other MMO’s)

    keep it up love.


  20. Woot! I can’t believe you’re only a year old (the blog that is ;) )! Big grats and here’s to another great year of blogging!


  21. Congratulations !!

    And for what it’s worth, MMO GamerChick is just fine :-)


  22. Big congratz on a year of blogging. Great to see that, I just started myself and hope to be celebrating next year. Keep up the great blogs I enjoy reading them!


    • Thank you! And best of luck to you too! Blogging is a lot of fun!


  23. :banana:


  24. Happy Belated Blogging Birthday! I was excited to see your name on the Massively post as well, it was certainly deserved. Congratulations on getting through the first year, and here’s to many more!


  25. Congratulations on your first year! I’m looking forward to reading more from you, especially about Rift. I hope to get to know you better in the future.

    Signed,
    KayJay


    • Thank you, and there will be Rift posts :) Looking forward to chatting with you about that game in the future!


  26. Congrats and a happy second year!


  27. heartiest congratulations madam, that is a helluva milestone. My own was a little sour, as I “wasn’t allowed to blog” on my blog’s anniversary. But I guess I’ll cerebrate twice as hard on the second anniversary! :)


    • That’s okay, I didn’t get to blog about my blogoversary on the day of either, but it was due to my own cluelessness ;)

      And thanks :)


  28. Congrats on the 1 year blogiversary! Really enjoyed reading your blog since I stumbled over it a few months ago – keep up the great posts :)


  29. I like your blog. Keep writing it for another year please :)


  30. I respect and admire you for this blog. I’ll never forget how i stumbled across it. I was in the doldrums of my MMO life. I was unwilling to participate in the WoW Colosseum grind fest, and endless waiting for the Lich King dungeon and was looking for a new mmo. Star Trek Online had struck me, having been out for a month or so i think, and i was looking around for opinions and turned to IGN and Youtube, etc etc.

    There were tons of negative press, even the forums turned out to be the unhappiest little hell hole i’ve ever seen in my life. I was conflicted because something inside of me… *my inner trekkie nerd fantasy* ….really wanted to play that game. I was skimming some blogs and i came across this one.

    The time you put into it and the backstories and art of your crew and characters made me really want to play the hell out of STO.

    While that didn’t last very long, this blog stuck with me because it goes above and beyond a normal mmo’er in my book. You really take time to delve into the deepest parts of games and show appreciation to them and put a positive spin on things. I really enjoy it alot and i gotta say thank you and i look forward to everything you write, most notably about the Old Republic.

    Most people go to the forums or website on Fan Fridays, but i just click my favorites and come right here for it. I hope i get a chance to play with you when the game comes out :)


    • Thank you for your kind words :) I do often try to look on the bright side of things, and games are no exception. I try not to forget that I play MMOs for fun, and what good would it be to let myself get upset over something that should first and foremost be bringing me joy and amusement?

      Thank you again for checking out my blog, I appreciate it :)


  31. Wow, congratulations! I can’t remember how I stumbled onto this blog, but I think I added it to my blogroll almost immediately. Oddly enough, I too started on a now abandoned blog filled with random…often tipsy…ramblings.


    • Thank you! And glad to know I’m not the only one who has their blogging roots in drunk-blogging :P



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