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?
When I first kind of immersed myself in the blogging community, there were a few people who I was quite fond of (Markco at Just My Two Copper probably most of all). I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been in other blogging circles or message boards or what, but I never really saw it as something “more” than that. Now obviously I hold the folks at WoWInsider a bit loftier but that’s because of their position rather than anything else. Not that they aren’t excellent writers, I just happen to think a number of bloggers are equally as talented. However, getting paid to do this is a pretty lofty position at the end of the day (so I happen to think anyway).
Getting back to the community, though, there were only a couple that really stood out. I think that’s because in commenting back and forth it felt more like a kinship than anything else. Plus, there are so many bloggers on my Real ID now that many feel like friends and I just…I don’t know, there’s an admiration in certain things that people do or what they write about. However, this will sound a bit self-trumpeting, but there’s a certain type of person I surround myself with and I think each of these individuals fits that ideal due to their strengths as a person. I admire that, and it’s important to me.
That’s not to say that I’m some ego inflated individual with high standards. Sure, I like to pretend I am on occasion (usually in guild chat, when it suits the moment), but that’s hardly the case. When I first read the topic there was an immediate answer and even after consideration I stand by it.
What I’m starstruck most by is you.
That’s right. You, the reader.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a blogger, a WoW player, a Mogger, a Raider, or just someone looking for something to read for a few moments, you are what I am amazed by. I’ve said it before and I’ll always say it, I don’t think I’m anything too darn special. I mean, sure, we all do to some extent. But to have hundreds of people coming here on a daily basis to see what I have to say or have said, is just mind blasting. I write primarily for myself, because I enjoy it. There’s a tight group of people I’ve connected with and some days, sure, I feel like what I have to say is directed at them (and as an extension of that, yourself), but a lot is for myself.
To get e-mails, comments, blogs linking back to the “great things” that I’ve said or crazy ideas I’ve had (that Mogolympics thing has damn near gone Vesuveus on me…) never ceases to leave me speechless when I stop and look at it or think about it. More and more new faces joining in and directing kind words or praise my way…that’s…it’s just…