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Don't judge me for quoting Nicholas Sparks or knowing that
he is an author the ladies love for his "chick lit" novels, but a line of
dialogue from one of his books reads, "People come, people go - they'll drift
in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you
finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up
again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you
find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past."
I'm secure enough in my manhood to admit the profoundness of
such a statement ripped straight from the pages of one of his novels, but
thought it might be worth editing it to make it more specific to video games
and our community. Perhaps something like...
"Bloggers come, Bloggers go - they'll drift in and out of
your life, almost like characters in a favorite video game. When you finally
beat the level, the characters have told their story and you start up again
with another game, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find
yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past."
Bloggers come, bloggers go.
You find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones
from the past.
From time to time I like to take a break from the thoughts
and ideas I want to blog about and instead focus on other issues more specific
to the GIO blogging community. It might not be as popular of a topic with the
overall Game Informer audience, but I think it can still be beneficial. So,
The blogging statistics for January were impressive both in
quantity and quality. The output of exceptional user created content this
community is able to generate with regularity is a mighty fine accomplishment
if you ask me. Many blogs are routinely pulling down hundreds of views. Take a
moment to consider how big the blogging community really is - I'd say not that
big. There are only a handful of bloggers who consistently post blogs; there
are many more who only post 1 or 2 or a few blogs each month. Any blog pulling
down hundreds of views has to mean that we are attracting views from the Game
Informer general population, not just the blogging community. That my friends...is
a notable achievement.
I wanted to spotlight five bloggers who, regardless of how
long they have been a member of the website (some are fairly new and some have
been here awhile), have recently been blazing trails, kicking butt and taking
names with their blogging exploits. Make no mistake about it - these aren't
"buddies" I'm choosing to brag about - they are bloggers who have proven their
commitment to the community by providing consistently high caliber, thought
provoking and entertaining posts for the community to enjoy and have routinely
been featured in Blog Herding, with some having been featured in the newsletter
- a feat that can only be accomplished by catching the eye of the Game Informer
They are the bloggers who have come, when others have left.
And they are but a few of the ones we should be focusing on now instead of the
ones from the past. If you're not following the activity of these bloggers, I
would encourage you to check out their works, because I am certain you will be
just as entertained with their material as I have been.
Five GIO Bloggers Who
Are On Fire
A blogger who is able to capture the passion and emotion of
his life as a gamer, from childhood to present day, and translate those
experiences into heartwarming tales you feel happy after reading and that make
you proud to be a gamer. His casual tone and straightforward approach often resonates
with the broader audience and appeals to gamers of all types.
There are a handful of members at Game Informer that I
relate to more than others, mainly because we are about the same age and share
a lot of the same experiences being the old school gamers that we are. AshaMan3000
is one of those members (although he's not quite as old as I am). Some might be
surprised to learn that of all the members on the website, I talk to him as
much if not more than any other, and it's often behind the scenes in private. But
our friendship isn't what earned him a spot on this list. The fact that he
blogs almost as much as I do and that his blogs are always unique and
interesting is what earned him a spot on this list.
A skilled blogger far more adept at the craft of writing
than I'll ever be; he uses larger than life words in simple ways to stitch
together some of the most thought provoking and intellectually stimulating
posts that I find myself reading over and over. He is a literary artist,
mastering the skill of typing gold, and although he doesn't spend much time
around the community other than to deliver more treasure, I am pleased each
time I see his name, confident what I'm about to read will be a treat.
There is often speculation about a secret society of elite
bloggers, which always makes me chuckle, but if ever there was a blogger to
debunk that myth it would be Marco Polo. He is the ninja of bloggers, operating
alone and off the grid from the rest (or at least from me) - we seldom ever
chat and if we do it always seems to be limited to Game Informer Online and/or
blogging. He isn't one of those loud and obnoxious personalities that you
remember to watch out for; he is one of those personalities that you are
oblivious to his presence until you look around and take note, and then you are
like, "Wow...look at all of these amazing blogs he's posted." He is a consistent
and solid contributor who might fly under the RADAR but is always there, ready
and waiting to strike.
In terms of style, technique and personality, if I were to
pick a blogger I felt was most like me, or I like him, I'd have to say
markus1142 is at or near the top of that list. Perhaps we are long lost
blogging brothers or more likely, we see inspiration in common themes and share
a similar outlook on life. He doesn't know this, or maybe he does because he
feels the same way, but sometimes I read his blogs and find myself thinking
someone read my mind and typed out those thoughts into a blog. His performance
in the month of January was phenomenal and he currently holds the record for
six of his blogs being considered for blog herding in one week. No easy feat.
I applaud these bloggers for providing exceptional content
and for their support of the community. I implore each of you to share in that praise
by reading their blogs and commenting when you're so inclined to do so.
If you're new to blogging or interested in blogging at Game
Informer, don't hesitate to poke around this group for some information on how
to get started.
I have seen Marco Polo around, but I will check out his stuff now.
ADAMMWOOLLEY is one I'm not all that familiar with, but I've read some of his stuff. He's good. But the others I've read from for a long time, and I like them all. Markus in particular has really spread out over the past few months. I'm impressed with how big he's gotten. but they all, not just the one's here, but all, of them do a good job in their own way. So here's to all the bloggers out there.
I'm working on something... special, so I haven't been posting lately. But, I'm still around. Nice to see some more people picking up the torch, it's hard to keep up with a blog that doesn't pay any money when I've got school and work.
Fire!? Ah, put 'em out, put 'em out, put 'em out.
I'm just joshing, great job guys! I've had the pleasure of talking to a couple of these guys, and they really are some swell people, and excellent bloggers too. Congrats guys!
Saint, don't know how you continue to amaze sir. You do it time & time again! Thanks for this blog; you sir have given me an idea for another blog creation. Thanks!
Like you stated with Ashaman3000, they have a way of coming across as knowledgeable and down-to-earth. Whereas, others just post to post. He posts to inform, provoke your way of thinking, or a combination of the previously mentioned.
David Chandler, how could I forget this guy. He is always writing something that is memorable and leaves you wanting for the blogs he writes to be a series; at least a spin-off for other blog ideas.
Couldn't agree more, great group of bloggers.
Thanks Saint :) and great picks, the others on the list are really putting out some great blogs lately. January was a pretty amazing start to 2013, I'm hoping it's a sign of what the rest of the year holds for GIO.
Hmmm.....haven't come across Mr. Chandlers' blog yet, but I will give it a try. Seems to be the sort of discussion, though, that could either push forward the industry and gaming community.......or turn out to be mere sound and fury, signifying nothing. And dull, besides.
But first to read it!
Regarding the Nicholas Sparks quote, though: dude ripped it from Fleetwood Mac.
Though since he's a book fella, probably more likely he took it from "Great Expectations."
I forgot to mention, as someone who's married to an avid Sparks fan, you're not exactly alone on here :) (although I'm more familiar with the movie adaptations than the books.) Through a little effort and some yard sale luck, my wife now has all his books in hardcover.