Every week, Blog Azeroth proposes a Shared Topic for World of Warcraft bloggers to discuss. This week’s topic was proposed by dragonray of Azerothian Life.
Are you starstruck by anyone? Does someone in the community respond to a post or a tweet and get you all speechless because they actually responded? Is there anyone you are waiting to have respond directly to you? Is there someone that you would like to chat to, but are too chicken? Am I the only one who puts other bloggers on a pedestal?
“Starstruck” seems like a strong term, as does the description. I suppose you could say my answer is then “no,” but to a lesser extent, sure.
Having someone I admire talk to me is nice, but it’d be nicer for them to respect me like I respect them. For example, I love the writer John Scalzi. He’s replied to me a couple times, but that’s only exciting for a moment. It would truly be exciting if he respected me for something I did or followed my work. If it turns out he’s a big fan of this blog, that’d be different.
Outside of WoW, there are the former Joystiq Podcast bunch – Chris Grant, Ludwig Kietzmann, Justin McElroy, and Griffin McElroy. Within the WoW community, there’s Dawn Moore, healing priest columnist at WoW Insider and bloggers like Matticus. I was excited when I noted that Olivia Grace addressed my comment in her post on PVP keybinds by making another post. (Other people had the same comment as me, and that’s not to say she wasn’t planning on doing a similar post anyways.)
It’s exciting when someone I read is reading my work. Now there are a few blogs that I read that are following me after I was introduced to them through Blog Azeroth, but I wasn’t reading them previously. There’s also some that I was reading for a while that started following my blog. For example, seeing repgrind in my follower list in WordPress is fun.
When Cynwise first commented on my blog, I was pretty excited, and he follows too. Whether or not he pays my blog much attention, it means that at one point he read something I wrote and considered it worth following. That’s pretty cool.
It really comes down to wanting to be values, I think. If my mom reads something I wrote and tells me I like it, well, that’s nice, but it doesn’t mean what I wrote was actually any good. Having someone whose writing I admire like my work means a whole lot more.
Last week’s topic was proposed by frinka.
What is the nicest thing another player has ever done for you in-game?
I enjoyed the story on Harpy’s Nest about how she got Benediction. I wish I had it! A lot of people had great things to say about their guildies, including Crash!