It is The Year of Our Lord 2016, and I hear OSR blogs are a really big thing nowadays, so here is mine. This one will be dedicated to reviews of things that catch my fancy (see my review standards), reflections on game-related issues, plans that go nowhere, and whatever else comes up. Who knows, perhaps I will even write a zine or something – I have been wanting to write one ever since I got introduced to Judges Guild products, and haven’t been able to get the idea out of my head ever since that post on Planet Algol.
Just so you know, I am entirely qualified to write a blog, because I have long held strong opinions on them.
- First, they are harmful to online RPG communities because they fragment the discussion that had previously taken place on (mostly) unified forums into a myriad sub-communities.
- Second, while forum threads can be updated as long as there is a common interest in the discussion, blog entries have a half-life of a day or two at best, after which they just sink like a stone, never to come up again.
- Third, blogs are invisible, lacking a common index and all. There is discussion happening, but who is responding to whom, and where?
Why would someone who was never a big fan of blogs open one? If you like forums so much, why don’t you marry them?
Blogs are what’s left, that’s why. Most general purpose forums have been taken over by ideologues, pedants and crazy people, while niche communities only focus on the few narrow issues that interest them. My two loves in fanzine-land, Fight On! and Knockspell, have deserted me and aren't coming back. Google+ is still a bit scary, because while it is already vintage technology waiting to be discarded in our brand new image-based surveillance culture, I am still not sure it isn’t going to steal my soul (but just so you know, I also opened an account there). I used to have a website that was technically a blog, but it feels a bit like a mortuary of things I have laid to rest.
Blogs are still an honest option.