I’m posing a question to my fellow bloggers: Is your blog a secret?
Whether it’s in your day-to-day life outside WoW, or in your guild, do your friends and family know you keep a small corner of the internet for your ideas and thoughts about a video game we play?
My parents found out about my blog.
Well, at least not voluntarily from me. Let me tell you, I have the most persuasive (and often scary) step-dad in the entire world. I inherited my video game dork-ness from him, and my book nerd-ness from my dad. I was destined to be nerdy. Anyway, a few days after I started writing this blog I accidentally mentioned something about a piece I’d written about WoW. Now, why I would do that I’m not sure. I think it’s because I can’t keep my mouth shut, but that’s another story. Well, after coercing me for several hours I gave in and told him my website name. Lo-and-behold the subsequent conversation my Mother and (actual) Father had about me over dinner with my boyfriend, sister, and two half-brother:
Dad: So, now that you have your own computer can I delete all that World of what-craft whosywhatsit from mine? It keeps trying to update every time I start it up.
Me: Yeah, sure I–
Mom: Did you know Kate writes a gaming blog about her world of warcraft stuff?
Dad: A blog?
Mom: Yeah, a blog. But I forgot the website name. What is it Kate?
Me: Uh..well you wouldn’t understand anything because—
Mom: Your right, I didn’t! It’s like another language! I want the five minutes I spent reading it back.
Me: Well thanks Mom, that makes me feel great.
Dad: What is it Kaity?
Me: What is what?
Dad: The name of your blog, I want to read it, maybe I’ll understand more than your mother.
Me: Well…look Dad, you really don’t want…
I eventually told him the name, which he subsequently forgot 5 minutes after our BBQ arrived. Crisis averted.
However, family members dissecting my writing isn’t what I’m really worried about when people start to read my blog. Guildies are mainly an issue. I’m lucky in that most of my guildies either A) Really cool, and generally amused by my writing (Here’s looking at you Om, Mond, and McGinnis), B) Don’t want anything to do with reading blogs because they don’t care about anything but their ret paladins or C) Have become incredibly interested in the fact that I run a blog, and have made it their life goal to make me “famous” (Here’s lookin’ at you Aiex…). Generally if there is drama it’s not related to a particular person when I write about it, and I don’t think I’d ever be one of those people who make lists of terrible players they know to broad cast around the interwebz. You’ve got to be a real menace to society to get your name smeared on my blog. I’m talking about kitten punting, baby snatching, pally flaming sociopath menace.
However, I’ve been seeing lots of accounts of people causing the drama monster to erupt in the form of gquitings, gkickings, and lots of rumors swirling sometimes from simple miscommunications.
My guild knows about my blog. That causes me to censor myself more that I would if I was writing anonymously. I think that’s a good thing: it lets me see a more balanced view of a subject and it pushes me to understand several points of view in an attempt to be more unbiased. Now and again I get angry and need to write something to cool off, but those are the posts I most often find myself unsure about releasing into the internet. It’s like releasing an animal back into the wild. You can’t be sure if his fellow creatures will accept him, or that he won’t turn on you and bite your face off after you let him out of his cage.
So, my fellow blogging friends, do you broadcast your blog about your guild and life outside WoW, or do you remain anonymous in your adventuring?