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Friday, February 01, 2013

Happy Birthday


Slightly iffy video, top song!


Today, for me, marks four years worth of Blogging on Warcraft.

There's going to be a new logo at some point, but as my Graphics Department's spent the best part of this week in a muddy field in Sussex, it's not going to be for a while. Needless to say, I don't need a snazzy new thing for this bit, I'll make do with grainy 1980's video and some words, because that's pretty much what this whole thing is about anyway.

I have a great deal to be thankful for over the last four years, not simply the fact that people keep turning up and wanting to join in on the discussion. Although I may have met perilously few of you in the flesh (hope that might change in the future) I do feel as if I know a lot of you well, and that gives this place a really rather comforting and homely feel, which was pretty much one of the main reasons I persisted with my ramblings in the early days, when it was just me and the three other people I told about my writing. I know over the last year that my abilities as a writer have increased considerably (practice does make perfect, those old sayings aren't patronising) and the benefits of sitting down and pushing myself to write daily about a game I still haven't fallen out of love with despite everything are being felt in places far away from the screen where I now sit.

There are people I'd like to thank this time around: there are my regulars, without whom some days this would be quite a lonely place. There's Mr Alt, Sarol, T&E, Dobs, Mr G. Elf, Nav, Ancient, Mr Amateur, Bob, Cym, Ratty and Cyn, Iometa, Yoco, Nev... and everyone else who has taken the time to come here and leave a comment. You know who you are and I am grateful for every thing you've said over the years. I'd also like to thank who has probably been the single biggest contributor to my success via Twitter, whose daily retweets means I'm getting over 500 page views per day. Your work is not forgotten, my friend, and I remain eternally grateful. I realise I am a very small fish swimming in an extremely large bowl and actually, I know that's the way I like it, and I hope that if I do continue to grow I can still try and remember everybody (though you may have to start wearing name tags for easy identification.)

I am hoping this month to bring you some, or indeed all of the following, and my Birthday gift to you:

  • A Pet Battling Guide that lives up to my own hype.
  • Original Warcraft Fiction. BE AFRAID.
  • More observations on Monk Levellage.
  • My thoughts on every current incarnation of the game, starting with Vanilla and why, most of the time, it really did suck.
  • More of the same high-quality, badly spelt and copychecked gubbins.

For now, I thank you all for continuing to read, to participate, and making me feel a part of what is undoubtedly the best online community I have ever been lucky enough to be involved with.

You're ace, every single one of you.

14 comments:

Nerisella said...

Happy blogger birthday! I haven't been as much of an active participant in discussions as I would like, but I definitely enjoy reading your works. Believe it or not, you're a very big inspiration of mine :)

Keep up the amazing work! Here's to another year of awesomeness <3

The Godmother said...

Thank you. I don't think you need to be active to be a part of all this, just being here is more than enough :D

MuttleyXIII said...

I've only been reading your blog for the last couple of months but would like to commend you for a well written, insightful and fun blog. Its great to see some down to earth writing and I look forward to reading your blog everyday! :)

Keep up the great work!

The Godmother said...

Welcome to the sofa Mutt! Plenty of room here for everyone :D

Bob Flintston said...

Gratz and thanks for writing. You are the first site I visit every morning. I don't even do Pet Battles and I still come back.

Keep it up you are an inspiration.

Cymre said...

Hurray on 4 years! I agree, it's an amazing community that can pick you up when you need it and be generally supportive.

Keep doing what you're doing.

Jonathan said...

Happy 4th Blogging Birthday! Although I'm pretty sure I've been reading your WoW writings for much longer than that. :-)

Save the special logo for next year, 5th anniversary and all that. :-)

Ellie said...

Woop woop! Happy birthday!

And I must say there are some quality tunes appearing these days. Tempted to play this one out loud at the office, just to see who remembers it...

Kamalia said...

Happy happy blogiversary! That's a great milestone to reach :D I've only been reading your blog in the last year or so, and I look forward to the next one!

Kaitz said...

Wow! 4 years! Happy Blogging Birthday :)

Navimie said...

Happy 4 years old! Hey, you know what else you need for your blog birthday? You need to update that pic on the side that says 3 years of wow blogging :) Well, I know you're not going anywhere, so I look forward to another fun filled year of Godmother goodness!

Tome of the Ancient said...

Yay! Happy 4th anniversary! May there be many more! And yes, I am anxiously awaiting the pet battling guide!

Anonymous said...

/cheer! :)

Heal(inda)

Yoco said...

Happy Blorthday! (Blogday? Bloggiversary? - someone should find an official term for this :) )