Hey looky looky! I’ve got another one of these blogging awards. This one is un-creatively titled the Blogger Recognition Award, and joins my dueling Liebsters and WakuWafu award on my imaginary trophy shelf.
This award, as its name implies, gives recognition to bloggers from other bloggers who recognize their blogging. I would like to thank The Well-Red Mage for giving me said recognition with this award. So let’s all give him a round of applause!
Like all of these blogging award things, the Blogger Recognition Award comes with a few guidelines…or rules or whatever. [insert Pirates of the Caribbean “Pirate Code” reference here]
The rules are as follows.
- thank the person who nominated you (already done!).
- Attach the award in the post (well look at that, that’s already done, too!).
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give a piece of advice for new bloggers.
- Select five other bloggers you want to give the award to.
So let’s get started with numbers three through five now!
Honestly, I could just say “I like video games and movies and wanted to write about them” and it wouldn’t be an inaccurate account of the origins of the Dojo. But I guess I should go into a little more detail…
In truth, I’ve actually been blogging since I was eighteen years of age. I had a different website in the past, which I actually updated pretty frequently until I opened the Dojo. I also had a profile on Gamespot which I used to blog (which is also how I became acquainted with the excellent blogger NintendoBound, and we’ve been blogging buddies ever since). But in truth, I was never really satisfied with my old blogs, and I often just came across like another angry fan on the internet (again, I was just a kid). So in 2014 I felt it was time to start things fresh and new, with a newfound sense of relative professionalism and more earnest and thoughtful writing.
On Christmas day, 2014, Wizard Dojo was launched as a means to give me this fresh start. And though I’m far from a great writer, I do have to say I’ve been a lot happier with my writings here than I ever was before. I’ve been able to write more thorough reviews (and yet, I’ve also been able to write a lot more of them), and have had a lot of fun writing opinion pieces and best lists and whatnot.
Though if you want to know why I started blogging at all, well, that goes back some time. I’ve always been a bit of a – shall we say – opinionated individual. I always wanted a greater means to get my thoughts out there. One day, after reading Roger Ebert’s review of Spirited Away, I realized I wanted to write reviews, and the world of the interwebs gave me the means to do so.
I am also a lifelong fan of Nintendo Power (please bring it back!), and while that may not exactly be the go-to source of thoughtful video game critiquing, it did establish something of a love of reviewing and other such things within me at a pretty early age. I also credit the magazine with (unknowingly at the time) teaching me that reviews and discussions can be as fun as the games the magazine featured themselves.
So in short, I was a weird kid who liked critiquing stuff. I like movies and video games. Blogging gave me a means to critique movies and video games. So here I am.
Oh… Were you expecting me to write something more fanciful that fits better with this site’s name? Like a story about me being a wizard who embarked on some epic quest, and something happened or another and now I’ve opened a dojo for wizards, and these writings on movies and games are like some kind of magic tome or something? Eh, I’ll save that nugget for another day.
My Advice for the Childrens
My advice is to let the hate flow through you. I can feel your anger. It gives you focus. It makes you stronger!
Oh, wait. That’s my advice for my Sith apprentice. You folks just ignore that.
My real advice is simply to write what you want to write, and write out of love of writing and of your subject matter. If you simply want to write just to get attention or likes or whatever, it will get really old really fast. But if you write out of a personal desire to write, are passionate with what you’re writing about, and dedicate some time and work to your writing, you’ll find yourself getting better and better at it. If you keep at it, your writings will get the attention and likes they deserve. Your dedication will be rewarded.
And the nominees are…
I nominate the following blogs to receive this award, which I think should be presented as a trophy in my image.
NintendoBound: My longest-standing affiliate and all-around great guy.
After Story Gaming: Another great writer who has been good chums with yours truly for well over a year now.
Mr. Panda: One of the fastest-rising blogs I’ve ever seen, and a great video game reviewer.
Very Very Gaming: Two great video game talky people who write and talk about video games.
Miketendo64: They’re making their own empire with this video game website thing. They may prove to be a threat in my eventual worldwide takeover…
That’s all folks! See you next time! And hopefully I can finally get to writing all that Pixar stuff that I’ve been meaning to for way too long now… Bye!