Andy Warhol is credited with saying that in the future, everyone would be famous for fifteen minutes. I've been writing this blog for ... a while, now. And before this week, I could point at two spikes in my Google Analytics numbers and say, "That was when X happened." Those were my fifteen minutes of fame.
The first was when Wil Wheaton posted a link on Reddit to one of my posts. It was scary at the time, because - let's be honest, here - I'm not a big-time blogger. I'm just a guy who likes writing about games.
The second was when there was that kerfuffle over FFG's in-store iPad program a few years back. It also scared the crap out of me because - again - I'm just a guy who had an opinion. No-one of any major importance.
This is the part where my wife usually chimes in to remind me that I am important to her and to the kitties and to ... well, she's got a list of folks she can rattle off. Because she's good like that.
But it happened again.
Last week, I got a couple of comments at what (for me) was stupidly early in the morning. That's odd, I thought, I never get comments. But it was enough for me to check my Google Analytics.
Hmm, I thought. My referral numbers are ... high. As in "More referrals before 8am Pacific than I usually get hits in a full week." Apparently I caught someone's attention.
It's funny - I write this blog every week assuming that people aren't reading what I have to say. It makes it a lot easier for me to pretend that I'm essentially sending letters to myself. Because of this, a reminder that I have an audience - even a small or temporary one - is always a bit scary. Especially because I know I'm not the best blogger on the internet. I know that not all of my posts are worth slogging through.
Confidence: A recurring issue, here in Eric-land.
But if you're tuning in because of the File 770 link to me (or due to some possible links back from folks quoting them): Welcome. I'm Eric. I like games and gamers, and I talk about that, here. I dabble in fandom culture a bit, but if you're tuning in to watch Hugo Drama, you're not going to catch much here.
I post weekly - every Wednesday - unless I'm attending a special event. Like GenCon or WorldCon or Norwescon. And - lack of confidence aside - I'm mostly proud of what I've posted here. Like any other personal blog on the internet, there are good posts and bad posts.
I've been playing games since I could walk, and I've been playing RPGs since I was ten. I'm a voracious reader and I also enjoy film photography.
If you stick around, you'll see bits of all of these from time to time.
And, if you don't stick around, well ... I've had my fifteen minutes. Three times over.