Why I Suck At Comments

I am the world’s worst blogger when it comes to dealing with comments. Partly it’s because I’m not nearly as good at "real-time" communication as writing things in advance, but mostly it’s because it’s technologically much more difficult for me to post comments at the present time.

Most of my posts are written in a plain text editor and posted via. WordPress’s post-by-email feature, because I don’t have access to my site during the times when it’s most convenient for me to write. That’s why my posts rarely have pictures in them. And why the links are usually screwed up. Once I’ve emailed them in I touch up the post dates and scheduling with the WordPress Android app.

Of course, there is no handy comment-by-email feature in WordPress.* You might think that the WordPress app would have an easy way to respond to comments, but you would be wrong. The best way I have to write comments during my writing time is to squint at my phone, navigate to my site, log in, and write a comment in the little box at the bottom of the posts. I can do it, but it’s a pain and I don’t particularly enjoy writing a lot on my phone, even when I can hook up a bluetooth keyboard. So my comments tend to be really short and woefully inadequate to the topic.

If I were a more disciplined person I would spend more time managing the blog when I’m at home, but I typically waste most of my spare home time playing these silly games I write about.

* Naturally I discovered how WordPress can do comment-by-email right after I wrote this. I just need to re-jigger my settings so it sends the comments to an address I can respond to. Late breaking news: I can’t get it to work. :/

Welcome to Endgame Viable

I stumbled onto this thing called the Newbie Blogger Initiative (NBI). I found it by reading a post on a blog called Inventory Full, which is an awesome blog name, by the way. That post, which referenced a bunch of other blogs, got me thinking that I didn’t have enough MMORPG gaming blogs in my feed reader, so I went and added a bunch. Then, when I looked over the recent posts on all of those different blogs, they all had one thing in common (besides MMORPGs): The Newbie Blogger Initiative.

So there’s this initiative. And it’s for newbie bloggers. But not just any newbie bloggers, you see–newbie bloggers on gaming. Wow, I thought to myself, that’s what I am! This initiative is for me! It’s a sign that I’m destined for greatness!

Technically I’m not a newbie blogger, but nevertheless, with this very post, I am starting a new “brand” for my blog about gaming, and I am calling it Endgame Viable.

You may recognize me from my previous gaming blog Melanthius. (Probably not, though.) Before that, you may have seen me … well, probably not anywhere. The Internet is huge.

If you haven’t ever visited an MMORPG forum then you are probably thinking to yourself, “Endgame Viable? That’s not even a phrase. That’s just two random words.” Ah! But that’s the genius of it. Genius I tell you! It says, “Hey, this guy has been around MMORPGs for a while.” It also says, “This guy might make fun of a certain class of MMORPG players.” It also simultaneously says, “Holy crap if this blog gets popular it’s going to come up in a lot of search results.” Or possibly, “You know, this blog is always going to be pushed to page sixteen of Google search results because every MMO forum has one hundred posts with that in the title.” Well that’s just a chance I’ll have to take. Because I love the name, and I already got the domain name and Twitter handle.

So hi! I’m one of them there gaming bloggers. I am most prolific at writing about MMORPGs, because for some reason, MMOs inspire a lot of writing. I don’t why that is, but I’m not the only one who does it. I guess it’s because you always see something interesting in MMOs that you want to tell someone about, even though you know in your heart that nobody you know really gives a crap about what you saw in a stupid video game because everyone knows video games are stupid, but you know there must be people out there who might like to know what you saw even if you’ve never met anyone like that, because you have read other people writing about MMOs, and you thought it was highly entertaining.

So that’s why I write this blog. It’s a desperate bid for attention, to be honest. I’m sure it’s the same for anyone else who has ever written anything about anything, ever, or really, participated in any form of artistic expression, ever.

Bored with Everything

After I moved into a new house, I instantly became bored with all computer games. I still load up Assassin’s Creed III now and then, but I can only get through a mission or two before getting bored. I also tried to play Europa Universalis IV for a while, but I just can’t get into all the details of a Colonial Europe Simulator. Which is a shame because I think the game map looks very pretty.

Grand Theft Auto V is out … for consoles only. I hear great things about it and I could unpack my PS3 and play it, but I do not have a single HDMI monitor or television in the house right now.