MMO Blogesphere Feed – Version 3 September 19, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment.
Tags: A lot of words, Community, Feedly, Google Plus, Google Reader, IFTTT, Pinboard, Rambling Friday, RSS Mix, VirginWorlds
This was going to be something for the top section of the month in review, but it ended up being a bit longer than I would like, so I’ll just complain about WordPress.com or something on the 30th.
So over there in the side bar on the right hand side of the blog, there is my latest attempt to create a unified feed for a small corner of the MMO blogesphere. This is, of course, driven entirely from jealousy at the wonderful blog roll widget that people using Google’s Blogger platform have access to. WordPress.com will never give us anything like this because, as I have been told by a designated representative of the organization, blog rolls are a thing of the past.
Such is life.
Now, there are any number of ways with a sufficient application of effort, technology, and/or money, I could enable a comparable feature on my own side bar.
Hell, I could just move to the Blogger platform. Simple and done. I just happen to like just about everything else about WordPress.com better than Blogger, up to and including the whole not being an insignificant part of Google and thus always in danger of being discarded for some new vision of the future or if Sergey is having a bad day. WordPress.com and I disagree on any number of things, but being a blogging platform is their thing. Plus my blog is too big to export at this point, so I am stuck with them unless I want to start again fresh.
Anyway, while I could throw money and ~effort~ at the problem, I am both cheap and lazy. So I have sought out solutions that were both low effort and low cost through various iterations of the project. The story so far…
My original plan was just to stick the VirginWorlds feed in the side bar. That was a fine solution back in the day. Viva Brent!
But since about 2009 or so, when Brent wandered off with other priorities in his life, it has been less and less of an ideal. The site is still up and running, and its accompanying feed is still in my side bar. However, the site no longer gets updated with new blogs any more, so the feed itself tends to be dominated by Massively. Not that I dislike Massively in general, but I want to promote my fellow bloggers and not a commercial site. So I started looking for a way to add a new, more blogger focused feed.
Back before the advent of Google+, Google Reader was a wonderful thing. It was fast and simple, tied in with your Google account, and generally the standard across the board for online RSS readers. The only reason not to use it was fear of the monster Google might become.
And among its many features was the ability to flag items from your reading list to be posted to an RSS feed. And so I used the WordPress RSS feed widget to put that feed in my side bar, flagging new stories for inclusion every day. This was probably a bit more “hands on” than I wanted… somewhat akin to the early days of VirginWorlds, when each link on the site represented a manual submission… but it worked.
The came Google+.
Google proceeded to wreck Google Reader in both form and function in a transparent effort to get people to stop using it in favor of Google+. Amongst the feature casualties was the RSS output. So while Google was busy kicking me off of Google+ for using a pseudonym (then quietly asking me to return) and generally annoying people by forcing integration with other services (Remember when your YouTube account HAD to be linked to Google+ for about a week? People were pissed.) they managed to alienate just enough Google Reader users to be able to claim the service was in decline and to shut it down.
Google Reader had fallen so low that when they finally turned it off, the resulting diaspora of users literally swamped all of the competing services to the point of making them unusable due to excess load. I had to swap to Feedly at a too late date when The Old Reader staff threw their hands in the air at the onslaught and walked away. (They later returned, realizing that they could, you know, make money at this, but I had already moved to Feedly.)
Which is to say, it was still pretty damn popular. Just not popular enough. That was also the fate of Google+ which, when it did not eclipse Facebook (and dear Lord, Facebook only looks good when compared to Google+, which is simply awful when it comes to usability) was “De-emphasized” in favor of other initiatives. Like finally closing down Orkut and figuring out exactly where the line is between “evil” and “not evil.”
So, even before the end of Google Reader I was out looking for an alternative. I tinkered with a few things, including Yahoo Pipes. Pipes actually looked promising, but I could never get it to create output that would work correctly with the WordPress RSS widget.
Eventually I found a site called RSS Mix.
The service was free… so it met that requirement… and was relatively low maintenance. Basically, you gave it a list of RSS feed URLs and it would mash all those together and give you an output URL for the combined RSS feed. And it mostly worked.
It was a bit of a pain to maintain. Every time I wanted to update the list of blog feeds to draw from I had to submit the whole list again for a new RSS feed, which meant keeping revisions on hand locally.
It also wasn’t terribly reliable. About half the time I would hit the blog, the feed to fail to load. That was irksome, but when it did load it did the job. The service just wasn’t meant to be polled every time somebody showed up at the site, and the WordPress.com widget doesn’t keep a cached version or anything. So a lot of the time people just saw this:
Then a few people began to note that something about the whole thing was causing ping-backs on Blogger based blogs, including one serious “stop doing that!” complaint, at which point I pulled the widget and started looking for a new solution.
I played around with some different options. Mail Chimp offers a free RSS consolidation feature. However, it appears to be completely static. It takes the URLs you hand it, makes a feed, and then never updates it. Not terribly useful, but it was free so what do you expect.
Feedly sent out an update about a site called Zapier. If you were a Feedly Pro subscribe, and I am, you could take advantage of the data integration tools that Zapier offered. This included some RSS feed tools. I got that to work, but to have more than a couple blogs in the feed I would have to subscribe to Zapier as well, which wanted monthly fee in the subscription MMO range. That failed the cheapskate test.
Eventually I stumbled onto a site called IFTTT, which is short for “If This Then That.” This was mentioned at one point as a service that could access Feedly Pro features. It could take output from Feedly and turn it into something else, I just wasn’t sure what.
I signed up for an account, which was free and thus right in my price range, and started tinkering with it. I couldn’t get it to output directly to anything in WordPress that seemed useful, at least not for a side bar widget, but I found that, among the things it could output to, was a site called Pinboard.
Pinboard is described as a “social bookmarking” site, akin to what Delicious was at one time. I had never used Delicious, but reading through the descriptions at Pinboard, it could take bookmark input and would turn it into an RSS feed output. That sounded like the ticket. However, in order to keep spam and such down, Pinboard charges an up front, one time fee to join the service. It is based on how many people use the service already, basically you have to pay a penny for everybody who got there ahead of you. My total to join was $10.46, which was well within the cheapskate budget if it worked out. (I suspect that they would change that pricing policy if a lot of people started showing up. I think a $10 barrier to entry is fine, but if it had been $35 or $50, I might have walked on by.)
Between the three services, I was able to create a rule that takes updates from my MMO Blogs category in Feedly (making me glad I set up categories when I started using the service) and posts them to my Pinboard account.
And it basically worked. Items showed up in Pinboard and they were tagged correctly so I could pull them from an RSS feed associated with that tag. All I had to do was get the data being passed to work with the WordPress RSS widget. That turned out to be the tricky bit. It took a bit of trial and error to see what worked and what did not, something that went a bit slowly because I had to wait until somebody posted something new before the feed would update and pass along my changes. Ideally I wanted something similar to what the Blogger side bar widget offered, with Blog Name, Post Name, and how long ago it was published. Eventually, paring down the data being passed to the bare minimum, I got the WordPress widget to display what I wanted.
And I ended up with something that is mostly what I want.
It doesn’t put a nice little icon next to each blog title, the format or title and blog name differs depending on which service is being used, and the the published time is displayed as an absolute in Pacific Time rather than a friendly “2 hours ago” sort of way. But it mostly works and, now that the one time expense is out of the way, it is both cheap and easy to maintain.
Furthermore, it is flexible. I can sort our who goes into the feed easily, by just moving things around in Feedly categories. I moved some of the blogs that are in the VirginWorlds feed to a special “no feed” category, since I still have that feed in my side bar as well. Trying to limit double exposure there, which mostly affects Syp and Tobold at this point. I can create additional RSS feeds from my Feedly account. I am looking into making one for EVE Online blogs for my other site and another for official game company feeds to put somewhere on the sidebar here. (There is currently an experimental version down at the very bottom of the side bar, if you scroll way down.)
So, mission accomplished!
Yeah, But Why Bother?
So all of that work… and all of those words… later, you might well ask why I deemed this important enough to pursue at all.
Yes, there was a certain amount of envy that Blogger based blogs had a feature that WordPress.com hosted bloggers lacked. But that envy was based on the empirical observations that such a dynamic side bar widget actually attracts clicks. Both the stats related to who sends traffic here and where people here click out to, a dynamic side bar widget attracts attention. People will click on something that is both identified and visibly new or updated.
I can see from my own outbound traffic that almost nobody clicks on the static blogroll on a daily basis. But with the new feed up in the side bar, I can see multiple clicks going to specific posts that have popped up and been displayed.
I did it because it is an effective way to send people to other blogs in our little community.
What is the “Go To” Site for Your Game? August 24, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment.
I often mention, and link to, Feldon and his site EQ2 Wire when writing about EverQuest II.
For me, that is the “go to” site for information and analysis of what is going on with the game. And that is all the site focuses on, so there is nothing else there to get in the way.
As a site, because of its focus, it helps me keep in touch with a game that I might otherwise have drifted well away from. Not that drifting away would be a bad thing, and sometimes I think I ought to just let it go as the songs says. But I remain an interested observer for a game that was once my main focus.
I like having such a site available, all the more so when it focuses on a game I play. Back in the day Allakhazam used to be the “go to” site for EverQuest, though once it became a commercial site (owned by gold sellers at one point) it lost some of its edge and relevance, so today it is barely good for press releases.
And with World of Warcraft there is always WoW Insider. Its main problem is that, as another commercial site, it has to publish daily, even if there is nothing to say. They can’t just say, “no news today.” And they also live in the shadow of Blizzard itself, which does a good job of putting information out on its own site, such that if you follow the official feed something like WoW Insider can feel redundant.
But for most MMOs I don’t really have a “go to” site that I know and trust. I can always get the press release over at Massively. If I want to know about NCsoft’s financials or the latest updates for Runescape, MMO Fallout has me covered. And I suppose I have double coverage for EVE Online with TMC and EN24, though I don’t feel that either site covers the game as well as they could for various political/editorial reasons. TMC covers a lot of other stuff these days, while EN24 spends a lot of time regurgitating blog posts. (Including my own for a while, because ISK.)
But for dedicated coverage for Rift or GuildWars 2 or EverQuest, or any number of other MMOs, I don’t really have a place to go aside from the official sites, which can be very hit an miss, or sites that cover a lot of games, in which case things often get lost in the blur.
So today I am wondering what site you go to for coverage of your chosen MMO. What sites will that niche for the various games?
They see me bloggin’, they syndic-hatin’ August 2, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment.
Tags: Blogger, FeedBurner, Google, RSS, WordPress.com
Google is out there giving me the Luigi Death Stare on yet another front.
It is interesting to see how much Google affects traffic at my site, and how much changes they make at their end can cause that traffic to ebb and flow. They change their rankings of results, they decide to cache images for Google image search rather than going to your site, they shut down things like Google Reader, all of that has had a noticeable impact on the number of page views here at The Ancient Gaming Noob.
Currently, the big variable in daily traffic is search engine related. Unless somebody links in me a post on their own blog, the rest of my daily visitors are pretty regular, a lot of them coming from the much coveted (by those of us using WordPress) blogroll side bar widget that Blogger offers.
I love that feature. It works.
While the static blogroll in my own side bar barely generates any traffic for other sites, that Blogger widget that shows you who has a fresh post up, that actually gets clicks.
So I was a little bemused when that wonderful widget stopped working last week.
It didn’t go away or completely break, it just seemed to stop picking up new post for me.
If you went to one of the sites that uses that sidebar widget… Blessing of Kings, Player Versus Developer, Greedy Goblin, Herding Cats… right now, as I am writing this on Saturday, August 2nd, it would tell you that my current post is the one from Wednesday, July 30th.
Basically, nothing new to see at TAGN, don’t bother clicking! And that actually has an impact on page views. The sites I mentioned actually send me some regular daily traffic.
Not that page views are the most important thing in the world. But I like people to know I’m active at least!
Normally I would just blame this sort of thing on WordPress. They like to break things, giving me a supply of site related fodder for my month in review posts. Most people use the default RSS feed that WordPress provides.
Only I was not having a similar problem with Feedly and other, non-Blogger sites, like EVE Bloggers seemed to be having no problem at all picking up my latest posts. And the feed itself looked okay. So it was time to experiment.
I was able to enlist Bhagpuss and the blogroll at Inventory Full for this.
I have two RSS feeds for this site. One is the default WordPress feed and another goes through FeedBurner, yet another Google company. I was wondering if Google might be more inclined to find my updates if they were coming from FeedBurner.
And it looks like they are. Go to Bhagpuss’ site and it shows my current post. Probably this one at the moment. All of which is double strange, since the FeedBurner feed is actually generated from the default WordPress feed. But Google seems to like it when FeedBurner sends them updates.
So here is my plea to my fellow bloggers using that blogroll side bar widget:
Can you swap over and use my FeedBurner feed? It is linked there and at the top of my side bar.
PS Occasionally somebody mentions that something is wrong with my feed, the it suddenly spew out a bunch of recent posts flagged as new again. While WordPress controls that feed (so I cannot do much) you might try the FeedBurner feed as well to see if the problem goes away.
PPS I don’t have to explain the whole syndicating/syndic-hatin’, Rollin’ Dirty, Luigi death stare thing, do I?
Hot Blaugust Nights July 31, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment.
Tags: Blaugust, Community
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August is in the wings, waiting to bring with it the usual end of summer ennui on the gaming front.
Nothing new ships. Very little gets announced. The releases we are looking forward to are generally somewhere off in autumn. At times it feels like you should join half of France and just take August off.
Over at Tales of the Aggronaut, Belgahst has proposed something to help bloggers get through August.
He calls it Blaugust.
The basic idea is simple: Put up a post a day on your blog during the month of August.
There are of course rules as to what counts, but to sweeten the deal there is also a community cross-linking thing going on, some potential prizes, and some topic suggestions that you can use or ignore at your pleasure.
Now, I suspect the immediate reaction from some will be that more posts are not necessarily better.
But over the long term… just about eight years at this point… I have often found that longer “thinking” posts sometimes get overtaken by events and look horribly naive or just uninformed even a year later. (Granted, that might just be me or just the things I write.)
On the other hand, some things that I have hesitated even to post, things like a game launched, an expansion shipped, some numbers were announced, or the ever amusing quote of the day, turn out to be nuggets of information I fall back on later. Nothing like having a library of past Smed quotes when he is off on his latest bout of enthusiasm.
Basically, never stop posting.
Anyway, we shall see. I come pretty close to posting once a day as it is, and Belghast looks like he’ll give us a pass if we get in 31 posts during the month, so I might actually be able to play video games on the weekends still rather than writing about them!
TAGN Theme Test July 31, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment, polls.
I was playing around with WordPress themes last night and came up with this one… which happens to be the same one I use for my other blog, Piano Black, with some different colors.
What do you think?
I’ve kept the old theme for nearly eight years. Is it time for a change?
Addendum: For reference, you can see the old theme layout here.
Newbie Blogger Initiative Class of 2014 June 1, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment.
Tags: NBI, New Blogger Initiative, Newbie Blogger Initiative
The Newbie Blogger Initiative has run its month of new blogger recruiting this year.
While I haven’t contributed anything to this year’s event, aside from pointing at it briefly a month back, I thought I would take a moment to list out all of the new blogs that have joined the ranks of the
insane over worked those who came before. It looks like a total of 35 45 new blogs participated in the event. (Did I miss anybody?) Please take a little time to check out our new neighbors in the blogesphere.
- Ash’s Adventures
- Braxwolf Stormchaser
- The Cranky Tank
- Dgenxali’s Multiverse
- For the Win Online
- A Freckle for Your Thoughts
- From the Desk of Doctor Hannah
- Game Introspection
- The Game Snark
- Girl Grey
- Grimoires of Supremacy
- A Hobbit’s Journey
- The House of Witches
- Late to the Party
- Leafie and Embers Adventure
- Lock and Bolt
- Looking for Playtime
- Low Key Gaming
- Mectrid’s Toolbox
- Missy’s Mojo
- Moonshine Mansion
- My Inner Geek
- Nexus Nightly
- On The Level
- The Outlandish Buggins
- Pebble in the Moonlight
- Pod Born
- Princess in a Castle
- Rambling Thoughts About WoW
- Ranzington Scouts
- Redhawks Win
- 7 Days a Week
- Shiver Peak Skiiing
- Simcha’s Many Lives
- The Sleeping Tauren
- Stalking Nexus
Past history says that only 25-30% of this group will still be blogging a year from now. Who looks like they will make it for the long haul?
Addendum: I missed a few blogs, only finding the definitive list long after I wrote this post.
Newbie Blogger Initiative 2014 Starts Today May 1, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment.
Tags: Community, NBI, New Blogger Initiative, Newbie Blogger Initiative
Over at the official, permanent NBI HQ site, the kick off for the 2014 campaign has begun. There are community building activities planned for people who want to start new blogs as well as current bloggers who want to help a new crop join their ranks.
I am not planning to do much myself as part of the 2014 NBI campaign. I’ll join in a group blogging topic if one comes up, but I haven’t signed on for anything in particular.
Mostly that is because I am not sure I have much to add… certainly nothing new since last year. Or the year before. And for all my talk about community, I am bad at community.
I wrote a post almost two years back that had nine items I thought were useful to consider if you going to start a blog. And of those, I only felt one was important. I’ll repeat that one, so you don’t even have to go back and look at my old post.
Be The Blog You Want to Read
Even that seems to be sort of a “duh” statement.
But seriously, I presume that you have decided to jump into MMO blogging after having read some other MMO blogs. And those blogs have probably made an impression on you. And I bet some of those sites had aspects you did not like. Don’t do those things. Your blog should be the example you want others to follow.
Anyway, if you want to start a blog, the NBI is a fine way to get some support and advice on blogging. The only thing I would flag is that most everything is opinion based on what has worked for that individual. Certainly my own list linked above is pretty much what has worked for me. It may not work for you. Hell, you might not even want to write a blog you want to read for all I know!
As an example, over at Contains Moderate Peril, there is a post up about starting a gaming blog that has a very heavy emphasis on writing as a craft. Excellent stuff in that post. If you are starting a blog and you want to be taken seriously as a writer… say you want to become a paid games journalist or find a way into the game industry… you should live those rules. They are excellent.
But I wouldn’t say they were strictly necessary to be a blogger.
Liore of Herding Cats once asked me on Twitter how I find the time to write so many posts. My response was:
…Low standards. I cannot emphasize how much just wanting to write something, versus wanting to write something good, helps out.
It made an impression on her, and has worked for me because if I spent the time to work at my blog like it was my profession, I would drop to about 10% of my current output. Instead of a few quality posts, I push out a lot of crap. (Unfortunate comparison intentional.)
Most of what you read here is banged out and posted in pretty much a first draft state after something like an hour or less of work. You can pretty much assume I have pushed the “publish” button too soon for any post.
Sometimes I have a post that sits for a while and I add to it over time, but that often ends up looking just as bad. My thoughts change over time, and you can see, sometimes in the same paragraph, or even the same sentence, where I went away and came back with a different impression of what I was about. And the typo density remains the same.
So my stuff tends to be short bits… short being a relative term here, I seem to be able to bang out a thousand words pretty quickly… that often reflect not only something that happened recently, but how I feel about it at that moment in time. And that latter can change over time. Part of what is interesting about the blog for me is charting my own opinion on things, my focus, my enthusiasms, and how they shift and change.
So it is important for me to say what I want to say when I am as close to the moment as I can possibly be.
That said, I do go back and fix my typos. I am embarrassed by them. I find them distracting. I do not want them to be there. I am just incapable of seeing them until a post has been published.
As an alternative to the CMP post linked above, there is a more philosophical post on starting a blog over at ALT:ernative Chat.
My point is really that you shouldn’t take anybody very seriously who says you must do “X” to be a blogger. The blog will be your own and, if you stick with it and enjoy it, you will work out what is important to you.
Finally, I will say that my only real regret as a blogger is that I did not start sooner. I really wish I had a chronicle that went back to the launch of EverQuest II, or to the early days of EverQuest, or my time back in TorilMUD, or my days back in the 80s playing games like Stellar Emperor or Air Warrior back on GEnie. (Of course, there were no blogs back then, but you get the idea.)
I can write about those times as bits of history, but I can never really explain how I viewed those games and the people in them at the moment I was there. Lots of little bits of detail and color have been washed out of my brain over the years, to the point that I can now remember a sense of a feeling of excitement over something that might very well have happened to somebody else. See what getting old does?
So, if you’re going to get to it… well… then get to it! You may regret the time you waste.
Oh, and link whoring. Must not forget that.
See? I totally had nothing to say about the NBI. (Word count: ~1,000)
Blog Side Bar Experimentation December 5, 2013Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment, Feeds.
Tags: RSS, side bar
Not a gaming post
In what was a bit of a conjunction of two things, I started tinkering with the side bar of the blog last night.
The first thing was my ongoing insane jealousy over the side bar blogroll feature that bloggers who use Google’s Blogger have access to. The bit that shows the latest post, sorts by date, and so on. This turns the blogroll into a living thing that people actually look at and use. My referral stats bear out the idea that blogs that have this feature correctly implemented deliver more traffic than comparable blogs that do not.
I am dying for WordPress.com to implement something similar. Instead, they seem content to break things and every so often rework the user interface if somebody mentions it is working well. Seriously, I spend most of my time doing three things with the interface; writing posts, viewing comments, and glaring at stats. WP has taken it upon themselves to make sure that moving between these three things is as awkward as possible, forcing me to just keep three tabs open.
So, to make up for the fact that I have a very static and boring blogroll… if you get more than 10 referrals a month off of my blogroll, you are doing well… or are at the top of the list… I have used the blogs RSS feed from VirginWorlds as an addition to me side bar. VirginWorlds remains a great resource! Pillar of the blogging community! A few cobwebs are starting to appear around the place, but there is still nothing like else like it.
It is a site of extraordinary magnitude. Brent has our gratitude.
Unfortunately, Scott Jennings… who I am going to cast in the role of the villain here, because every story must have a villain, so if he show up and twirls his mustache be sure to hiss at him… looks to have been tinkering with his RSS feed. Once it delivered only posts from his very-quiet-of-late blog to the feed at VirginWorlds. In the last week, however, his feed began dumping updates from his forum… the Broken Forum… like so much toxic waste flooding the blog feed at VirginWorlds.
Okay, maybe “toxic waste” is a bit strong. But Scott Jennings does have an active forum… good on him… and every topic update appears to generate an entry in the RSS feed. The end result was that I found of the 15 entries from the VirginWorlds feed I had displayed in the side bar at any given time, 12-13 of them would be updates from the forum. Again, good for Scott and his active forum, but not exactly what I want in my side bar.
So after thinking about doing something about it for a couple of days… and ~20 seconds of actual Google work… I set about implementing something different.
The Google search returned a site called RSS Mix as the top unpaid result.
The site is simple. You paste in a list of RSS feeds. The site validates them, adds them to its database, and spits out a URL for a feed that combines them together. Easy times.
I then took this feed and put it in the side bar of the blog using WordPress.com’s rather limited RSS feed display widget. It works… it was what I was using for the VirginWorlds feed… but it doesn’t have a lot of options. (And, frankly, though I love this theme for some unfathomable reason, it does have pretty narrow side bars which do not help. My search for a viable replacement continues.)
I would, for example, like the blog name to appear with the entry. But all it will give me is author’s name and post date. I would also like it to display only one entry per sub-feed at a time, but then we’re getting into “what I really want is the Blogger blogroll widget” territory, and that just isn’t going to happen.
Anyway, most bloggers would have just made the change and moved on. But me, I have to tell stories. You might have noticed this. Plus, I do wonder if the half dozen of you who actually show up at the site regularly think of it.
I am also interested to see how well the aggregated feed from RSS Mix performs. It appears to do batch processing to get feed updates, and rightfully so. But that does mean that updates do not show up the moment right away. We shall see how long the lag is on that.
After I set that up, I did go back and look at the next few results returned by my Google search. They all seemed to be down or no longer in service, so I guess I didn’t have many choices. So here we are. (And I am sure, in my hurry, I missed some blogs that should be in the feed. I’ll make a 2.0 feed at some point.)
The Seven Year Kvetch September 12, 2013Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in blog thing, entertainment.
Tags: Anniversary, Meaningless Milestones
kvetch [kvetsh] – /k(ə)veCH,kfeCH/
noun: kvetch; plural noun: kvetches
-a person who complains a great deal.
verb: kvetch; 3rd person present: kvetches; past tense: kvetched; past participle: kvetched; gerund or present participle: kvetching
Yes, one of the joys of being an American is pissing all over the English language by letting in any damn word we please. I love our language, how it changes and evolves over time. I think it is the hallmark of us, as an immigrant nation, that we embrace people and cultures into our so-called melting pot, but that we also swipe some of the best words people bring with them as well. In contrast, I remain appalled by countries that have official government departments that dictate and enforce proper spelling and usage. Color me the anarchist in that regard I guess.
Sure, the chaos makes the language difficult to learn fully, being so full of idiom and context, but it is great fun. Straight from the fridge daddy-o.
So here we are at my 7th blogiversary (ha ha, suck that purists!), where I celebrate my continued deliberate and premeditated abuse of the language.
And since I love linking back to past posts (recycling!) you can find, if you are so inclined, posts marking this date from past years.
- A Year of Living Noobishly
- Two Years Below the Masthead
- Three Years We Grew in Virtual Sun and Shower
- Four Years In, No Further From Noobdom
- Heroic Results of the First Five Year Plan
- But Now I am Six, I’m as Clever as Clever
Now that I have gotten past that irrelevant introductory exuberance, it is time for the usual dreck. Beyond this point lies list after list of pointless data followed by my usual summary of events, complete with dubious and/or obvious conclusion. There is the story of my life; always able to summarize the data, but lost when actually trying for some sort of ending or closure. I am never quite sure what it all means, and I try not to pretend otherwise.
If you are like me and like numbers and lists for the sake of them or want some sort of quantitative look at what happens at this blog, you may find some of this interesting. It includes my usual reveal of actual traffic numbers.
On the other hand, if you are expecting to find an amusing anecdote about how I screwed up or got lost again, a nostalgic look at some past game, or an incoherent rant about some bit of gamery that is annoying me at the moment, you will likely be disappointed at what you find after the cut. You have been warned.