Yes, it’s that time of year again. For our American friends it’s Thanksgiving Day. I’ve never understood the choice of date, but that might be just me. Whatever the case may be, it’s a day of parades, football, and the eve of shopping season. For us Bloggers, it’s a time to give some thanks as well.
This year was a bit tricky for me. I thought about doing something similar to the inaugural event in 2011 when I parodied Billy Joel’s Piano Man. But the more I thought of it, the more the “sequel” would just seem lazy or at the very least unoriginal. I also thought about giving thanks to the anonymous bloggers responsible for me being able to pass through Pandaria as I get ready for Draenor. While I have a suspects list, none of the sneaky buggers have ever come forward. Part of me also wanted to thank the people who continued to read AA even while I was barely writing Posthumous. It’s appreciated that every time I post a new chapter I seem to gain a couple of followers. Then there’s the incredible reception I got when I came back to the game this month. In-game, comments here, and e-mails. It was a really amazing feeling.
I really couldn’t decide on any of those things as the focus for this, and actually came to the conclusion rather quickly that there was something else I wanted to do entirely. There’s a fellow blogger I wanted to thank instead. Praise, really. Forget some of the little things she’s done for me outside of the game (which I am grateful for, of course), from a strictly blogging perspective thanks needs to be given to Tome of the Ancient.
First off, if you’re under a rock and have never read her blog I will happily wait while you go check it out. Right now. Go.
Okay, so you no doubt enjoyed that, right? Of course you did. It’s because Tome has an incredible way of entertaining the reader in such a way that it really feels like she’s telling you these things over a cup of coffee. Yes, she can be a little self-deprecating with it, but it’s still done with such a flavour that you are chuckling along with her, never at her.
Each of her characters has flavour, has personality, and she captures it so well. Sometimes it’s with pride, occasionally frustration…often times with a big old *facepalm.* But when you read it, you understand it completely. But that right there is the key, and often times you don’t even realize it.
Look at many of Tome’s posts and you’ll see the things I’m talking about. But look at them closer, and you’ll find something even more important: information. Genuine details to the game itself. Sure, it isn’t raid numbers, or crit rating, but it is straightforward nuggets of info. Often times you absorb that information and don’t even realize it. Words cannot begin to describe that kind of writing.
In all of the blogosphere, I don’t know of any writer like Tome. She’s a one of a kind. As a person, I’m incredibly glad to have her as a friend. As a reader, though, I’m thankful that I (and many others) have her as a source of unique wisdom.
Whether she wants to admit it or not. ;)