More Bloggers Unmask Themselves

More MMORPG bloggers are taking advantage of this summer’s lull before the storm to tell us a little bit about the person behind the keyboard.

Yes, Ambermist aka Battlechicken’s challenge to the blogosphere to talk about things a little bit more personal than their opinion of the Pandaren dance animations is really bearing fruit! Six new bloggers have taken up the challenge over the weekend, telling us things about themselves from the interesting to the very personal:

  • Dragonray at Azerothian Life talks about a very personal and upsetting experience, and how it informs her views and the things she fights for and against – triggering warning, this post discusses rape and sexual assault – “It is not something people walk away from in the next scene – and it is certainly not something that has no effect on you. “
  • Matty at Sugar And Blood talks about her real-life as opposed to her online identity“With the advent of social media, blogging, and all that it offers, I had what is both a liberating and highly combustible combination: immediate gratification for writing.”
  • Rakuno at Shards of Imagination reveals a number of interesting details about his life“I am a brazilian. Or if you want to get technical about it, half-brazilian, half-japanese. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about japanese culture. Or even eat japanese food. “
  • Eva at Image Heavy shares a number of quick things about her“I met The Boyfriend on WoW. Conveniently the huge, huge family loves him! Playing with him is when I have the most fun on the game by far.”
  • Kamalia from Kamalia Et Alia tells us about her hobbies, including her remarkably mathematical knitting“I learned to crochet from my maternal grandmother when I was in my late teens, and I only really know the one stitch that she taught me. “
  • And just in case you missed it, the Melting Pot actually jumped on this meme ourselves earlier today

Are you planning to join in the unveiling?

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WoW bloggers expose their real selves

“World of Warcraft Isn’t Real, And My Name Isn’t Ambermist.”

It’s an odd call to arms, but that is the phrase that has started a really fascinating movement in the MMO blogosphere. Started by Ambermist, who blogs at Battle Chicken, bloggers are “uncloaking” themselves, telling us a bit about the person behind the keyboard.

So far, we’ve had:

  • Ambermist herself, who tells us about her personal journey through Warcraft“In WoW, I was becoming a decent moonkin, my dps improving little by little as I grew determined to become a better player. My raid awareness improved leaps and bounds. I was writing boss strats for this blog, so I knew the fights inside and out. I was succeeding in Warcraft at the same time I felt like I was failing in the real world.”
  • Ivy at Ivy For Life tells us about the part WoW plays in keeping her connected to the world“All my friends are else where in the country, hell the world, so the only way to talk to them without phone bills is WoW. “
  • And Erinys at Harpy’s Nest tells us the story of her two coins“I’m not sure what I believe these days, the rational side, the side I inherited from my father along with his eyes fights regularly with the other side, the part of me which sees things in shadows, which still trusts a little in her Great Grandmother’s Gods but I suppose that’s just a part of being human.”

Sadly I don’t have much time to write about myself today (although Googling my name will get you a fair bit of information!), but I might well write a post along these lines as part of the Pot’s birthday celebration next week. In the meantime, I’ll be really interested to hear from other uncloaking bloggers as we all become more than just the pixels on the screen!

Are you planning to write an “…is not my real name” post? Did you write one already? Let us know!

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