I’m taking inspiration for this post from Tipa, who is another long time blogger – she started talking about what she posted on August 1st through the years, and I thought that was a fascinating topic, so here I am shamelessly copying. My blog started out at MmoQuests.com and gradually transitioned to NomadicGamerEh since I have always bounced around from game to game, and I happen to be Canadian. Let’s face it, I’m not very creative when it comes to names.
Back in 2006 I was writing about EverQuest2, I was playing Silverstep who was a warden (druid), and I was very excited to get an ultra rare recipe book from my guild at the time, Valorous Union. I don’t actually remember that guild, but I like that there’s a record of it on my blog. I complained about being East coast when everyone else was West, and time zones just not matching up (I still complain about this).
In 2007 I was still talking about EQ2 (go figure, this would be a theme for many years) and player housing. game update 37 was all the news, and included a lot of crafting changes. I sure did love player housing. I still think EQ2 was one of the best systems out there, and I loved the creativity of the player base.
In 2008 I’m still talking about EQ2 but this time I featured a member of the community – Coniaric. I interviewed this player just for the fun of it, and I actually asked them what kitchen appliance they would be. Alright then!
In August of 2009 I’m still going strong, with 31 posts that month. I think August has probably always been one of my busiest blogging months – not only because of Blaugust which I’ve done for the past 7(?) years now, but also because August is just a hop skip and jump away from fall, which is my favourite time of year. I have so much energy and happiness during that season, I can’t help but write and share.
Player books were a thing and my 2009 August 1st post was highlighting a book that I have in my Norrathian Library (EQ2, of course) – which still exists to this day. I have hundreds of books written by players through the years. I no longer collect new books, but I’ve always been VERY proud of my collection.
In 2010 we start to see what would soon become my nomadic nature. I’m playing Vanguard, running a guild, and talking about a holiday coming up where I’m headed to the newly revamped museum of nature in Ottawa. I still remember that place, I loved it.
I don’t want this post to be too long, so let’s sum it up. 2011 has me playing EQ2 again but I also see some posts on Rift further into the month. In 2012 I have no posts around the 1st, but I’m playing Guild Wars 2. In 2013 I release my very first book – it’s a book of poetry, angst ridden teenage poetry. I think I just wanted to prove to myself that I could. In 2014 I start my very first Blaugust, but the August 1st post is actually my goodbye post to Vanguard after the announcement that it would be shutting down. I volunteered as a guide and I had a lot of fun with it. I was incredibly sad when they announced the shut down. You can read the rest of my posts over on the right with the drop down menu. I can see my post counts and know immediately when my children were born, when I moved across the country, when I had a lot of time to write, and when I had zero time to write. It’s a detailed online history of my life as a gamer (with nods to other hobbies), and I treasure that. I think one of the most important things about this blog is that it has always just been written for myself, due to my love of writing. I appreciate and thank anyone who has stumbled into it, but at the end of the day I just write what I want to say and if I have nothing to say, I don’t write.
Happy gaming – no matter where you find yourself.