Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Three

It's funny how time flies, isn't it? I almost forgot to take notice of the fact that today is the third anniversary of my first entry. When I began Grognardia way back in 2008, I had no idea I'd still be going at it more than 2000 posts later. In fact, if someone had told me that I'd be averaging close to two posts a day every day for three years, I doubt I would have believed it and yet here we are.

I started this blog as a place to "think out loud" about the games of my youth, especially Dungeons & Dragons, and I was happy that anyone took an interest in what I had to say. Somehow, without any planning on my part, it seems to have grown into something bigger than that -- dare I say an institution of the old school renaissance (or is it that I belong in an institution ...)? I continue to be humbled and amazed by the fact that so many people continue to drop by every day.

Writing is a very lonely vocation and, while I'd continue to write even if no one read what I had to say, I won't deny that it does my heart good to know that what I'm writing is being read. I especially appreciate those of you who've personally taken the time to tell me how much you've enjoyed what I've written, often relating to me stories of how it has either improved your own games or even led you back to the hobby after a period of absence. I admit I find the stories of the latter sort particularly gratifying and I consider it a job well done to have played even a small part in preserving and expanding the mad love we all share.

Ultimately, that's what this blog is all about: sharing my obsession with other obsessives. I'm not doing this for money -- oh, how I wish I could say I was -- and I'm not doing it for fame -- or what passes for it on the Internet. I'm doing because something inside me drives me to do so, likely the same thing that's driven me to continue getting together with friends as often as I can and entering with them a world of collective imagination. But then I don't have to explain this to anyone who visits here regularly, because it's an experience we all share, regardless of when we entered the hobby or what games we prefer.

Thanks for sharing the last three years with me. Here's to the future, whatever it holds.

28 comments:

  1. Happy blog-birthday. I've greatly enjoyed what I've read here. :)

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  2. Well done James and thanks for a thought provoking ride.

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  3. Happy blogo-versary. Looking forward to celebrating your sixth.

    :D

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  4. Congratulations! You know we expect many more from you! :)

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  5. Congratulations and many, many happy returns.

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  6. Congratulations, I look forward to reading Grognardia for another three years. :-)

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  7. Happy Birthday- I started reading here a year ago, enjoyed it so much I have now read all your previous posts. Long may you continue!

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  8. Congratulations and happy birthday! Your blog has been the seed to many ideas for my campaign, and actually, I would likely not be playing in a regular campaign (or two) these days if I had not stumbled across your blog in the last couple of years. Thank you for all your shared thoughts, and please keep them coming for as long as you like!

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  9. ¡Feliz cumpleaños del Blogo!

    I've been reading Grognardia for only a couple months now. My wife & I just recently got back into AD&D and I'm building a world for her to play in. I thought using some of the modules might at least give me some inspiration, but I didn't know which ones were especially worthwhile. So I did a Google search for module reviews and found Grognardia.

    Since then, I've read every review and retrospective -- and bought a few dozen modules (both classic and OSR), nearly a dozen books (both classic and OSR), and a boxed set.

    And I've followed the links within the reviews and retrospectives to other posts and read them. And followed the links within those posts to other posts and read them too. And so on. So, while I'm not completely caught up, I have read quite a bit of what's been posted. And I've learned *ALOT*!

    So thanks, James, for helping me get back into AD&D and teaching me about the OSR!

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  10. Happy blog-day! It wouldn't be the same OSR, without you! :)

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  11. Happy Anniversary Grognardian! Stumbling across this blog more than a year ago has been a real delight. I’ve enjoyed listening to and participating in the conversations with fellow gamers.

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  12. If it wasn't for this blog, I would still be having a shitty time with 3e, or worst, I could have left the hobby. Thanks James.

    Word Verification: WORSE. D: Bad omen?

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  13. Congratulations! (Mmm ... cake!)

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  14. Congrats -- you've made quite a lovely community for us.

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  15. Congratulations on three years. Thanks for the great posts and thanks for "Shadow, Sword, and Spell."

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  16. Long live Grognardia, may you make many more wonderful posts.

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  17. Happy blog birthday! That is so exciting and incredible!!! Wow you've been dedicated for years! I just completed my first year and I was over the moon but you put me to shame!!!!!

    I stopped in to welcome you to the A to Z blogging challenge! I'm a co-host, should you need any assistance or advice just stop on in! I'd love to have you visit my blog! We're also having some fun on twitter during April (Im' @jenunedited)! Look forward to your posts!

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  18. Happy blogiversary, James, and thanks for the interesting insights. Been reading you for a few weeks, partly out of nostalgia, and partly to see what's out there before trying to get back into RPGs.

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  19. "May the candles on your cake,
    burn like the cities in your wake!

    "Happy Birthday! <uggh> Happy Birthday <uggh>"

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  20. I rarely ever post comments, but Grognardia is somewhere near the top of my relatively short list of daily internet stops. As long as you keep posting, I'll keep checking in! Congratulations!!

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  21. Congratulations! It's great that a blog can become a reliable and constantly interesting feature on the internet.

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