Accidentally Called Out on TNB (Twisted Nether Blogcast)

Posted: May 5, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Hello my Fellow Readers and Friends,

Yes, I’m starting with a formal opening today and putting all of my warlock-y kidding aside. In this post, there will be no warlock Beta change updates. There will be no discussion on warlock fashion or rantings about ditzy mages being 2-button OP players. For today, I’m humbled and would like to share something that happened to me. I’m not quite sure where to begin, so I’ll just jump right in. I’m a new blogger and probably not very good due to my ignorance, my butchering of the English language, and my weak comprehension of grammar. To a very large degree, I have no idea what I’m doing other than knowing that I wanted to write about the wonderous warlocks that we enjoy playing in WoW.

Over the years, I’ve been an avid follower of the more popular websites, weblogs, and podcasts concerning WoW and everything that included our class. I love to read and so, I would often web surf from all of the various blogs and websites without any interaction. I never became engaged in the discussions or the conversations, even when I had something to say. I was a fly on the wall only to fly away to another wall. The only thing that would have given away any clue or hint that I might have stopped by a site would have been the blog site’s visitors counter increasing by one, or if someone traced the website traffic then possibly my IP address would have appeared. That was it. I never left a comment. I never clicked a “Like” button. I never emailed any of the authors or contributors, and so I remained silent and I kept to myself. I never even answered a poll! As I think back while typing this post that fact stands out, and saddens me.

Many of the writers I had followed over the years have stopped blogging. My chance to let them know that I had enjoyed reading their thoughts and feelings is either gone or would require more research to find them than my job, and time with my family could allow. Some might say, “So what? It’s just some dumb weblogs or strange people you will never meet.” Those types of people would simply look down at blogs as the rantings and ravings of many unknown “wanna-be” writers, covering subject matter that is as trivial as a video game they discuss. Those types of complainers, are the same people who often become the Trade Channel trolls or the Comment Box flamers, and I’m sure you have seen them too.

That trade-troll mentality and thinking is just plain wrong. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog about WoW, or gardening, or whatever subject you like. Take your pick. Whatever the subject matter, whatever the discussion: The writers of those blogs are other real people who are opening themselves up. Through their words and thoughts, they are giving a piece of themselves for you to enjoy. It’s a small peek into that person’s character as they share their view of the world with you.

Not to become too cliché, but you have probably read or heard the old proverb, “The eyes, are the window to the soul.” A famous line for a very good reason. With everyday face-to-face human interaction, this old saying hits some basic truths to communication. People share an experiences, whether it be good or bad when they are face-to-face. They share that experience together, eye to eye, in the same space, and at the same time. Consider what we have now…texting and Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn and dozens other electronic mass media social networks. Even though our communication with one another is now at an all time high, and even with all of our abilities to connect to one another; I think a part of us as humans, are lost in the shuffle. Here is a version of that same proverb I enjoy:

“The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man’s intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye.” Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805-1873)

I’m going to have to do some more research on, Hiram Powers. I’m not sure what kind of sculptor he had become, but wow, that guy should have been a writer! From his view and take and simple twist on a classic proverb, it says a lot.

However, in this age of cyber anonymity, I see blogs fitting into that proverb perfectly. In my version that saying would read: “The blog is the window to the author’s soul.” Let’s face it, even to people that we love in our life, opening up and offering oneself is a hard thing to do. Now, try imaging opening yourself that same way for complete strangers. Well, that is how I view what the authors of blogs do. These writers open the doors for us to see them and respond. To see their all of their personality, vulnerability and showing that they too, aren’t perfect, but human.

When I started this blog, I made it a personal goal to start writing and telling the many people I “followed” and had shared themselves with me just to let them know I appreciate them. Some have received emails with a simple thank you. In some of my letters, I have not only thanked these fine folks, but I have also reached out for guidance and advice.

So imagine my surprise, when I was driving home from work listening to The Twisted Nether Blogcast, as I heard one of my letters being read by Fimlys. I wasn’t expecting them to actually read it aloud on the broadcast, quite frankly, and I was absolutely shocked. Having Fimlys read my letter on their podcast was not my original intention, but it was an unexpected surprise. Even more unexpected, they even gave my blog a mention and read the title and tagline. Fimlys, accidentally and unintentionally, mispronounced my name wrong, but that didn’t matter to me. I was just glad knowing one of my “thank you’s” reached the person for whom it was intended. I was just glad in knowing they read it, whether it was live on the broadcast or not. So to Fimlys and Hydra and all the people at the Twisted Nether Blogcast, and to all those at Blog Azeroth, thanks again for your work and thanks for the tip about, Livewriter. I’ll check it out and give you a review :)

So, for all of those years of having missed many opportunities to give thanks to the fine folks who I should have contacted after putting them on “follow”, and for all the years I should have penned out a quick “thank you” to some blogger or podcaster…it felt good for me to finally call out and give credit to where credit was due.

Now my fellow friends an followers, I’m going to call you out too. Are you following any blogs? Do you visit or read any good websites or forums? If you do then please, take a moment when you can and give those people your thanks. Trust me, you won’t regret.

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