This whole thing with this blog where I’ve been not posting and basically not doing anything except giving snappy responses to radscum who have nothing better to do than harass me, is hopefully ending soon. I’ve been tempted to start posting again for a while, but this whole Cathy Brennan situation got so fucking out of hand that I have basically completely avoided the internet for the last few months, except to play a LOT of League of Legends and World of Warcraft.
Now that people are done harassing me and seem to have mostly forgotten that I exist, I feel like maybe it might be time for me to come back. And I swear to god, I mean it this time. One of the side effects of tanking Cathy Brennan on Heroic Hardmode is that people seem to have actually started to give half a fuck about what I have to say. I know that some of you still pay attention to me from back when I was just a batshit crazy college senior on a Blogspot, and between these people and the massive amount of attention I’ve gotten in short spurts, I feel like getting back on the horse here is not only something I want to do, but it’s something I almost have to do.
That being said, the reason I’ve had trouble going back to regular posting before is that I simply can’t generate enough material just from doing serious sociopolitical commentary. I do legitimately think that I have things to say that are either unique, or that I can say in a unique way from other people, but I don’t think it’s reasonable of me to expect myself to do that on a weekly basis with basically no other blogging in between.
With that in mind, I’ve been thinking of trying to expand the topics I write about, and the kind of goals I set for my articles. As previously mentioned, I’ve been doing a lot of internet gaming, and I think that’s a topic which is only rarely covered from a female, queer, and trans centered viewpoint. It’s also a fountain of material, since almost every game of League that I play these days has somebody shouting something sexist at me. There are also some trends in the way the creators of League and WoW have been relating to female characters and female gamers that I’m very interested in documenting. If this particular topic were to start gaining sufficient interest, I would actually consider creating a livestream where I will intentionally go into League of Legends games and World of Warcraft dungeons where my teams are aware that I’m female, queer, trans, or some combination of the three, where I will observe and comment on these situations while examining differences in how my teammates play and behave when they are aware a teammate is female, and when they are not. I’m not exactly a skilled LoL player (I’m currently hovering around an elo of 750, which blows), but I have a sneaking suspicion I’d be the first person to do what I’m doing here in real-time.
Finally, I’d like to announce that I will be trying to focus mainly on current events for my more political blogging. Starting tonight, I will be selecting and commenting on recent events from the transgendernews yahoo group digest no less than once a week (always on Thursdays at midnight, but if I do more than one, they will be released midnight EST the day I finish them). I feel like having a planned day where I always, always release something will encourage regular readership while also rewarding those who stop in regularly or subscribe to the blog, as they will know exactly when I post a bonus article.
On that note, I just want to add that I will most likely be posting only the first paragraph or two of each article on Tumblr, because I want all of my readership in one place for tracking purposes, and because I am concerned that completely switching to Tumblr or even doing crossposting will change the way people read the work. One of the reasons I like WordPress is that it makes it very easy for me to hold people accountable for what they say in regards to my work, as opposed to the way Tumblr handles comments by spreading them all out. The second major reason I prefer WordPress is that the instances of major attention my blog received have mostly been because of the seriousness of the presentation rather than the newness of the information (it is very, very hard to present truly new information on the internet). Finally, I’ve got a fair amount of experience working with the WordPress engine already, both professional as a web developer, and personal through this blog.
I feel like the reason I initially wanted to move to tumblr was to attract people who tend to read more casually. I am reasonably confident that I can fulfill the same purpose by actually using the twitter account that my blog cross-posts to. With that in mind, I’d like to suggest that you all go follow @tinkereena. In addition to posting article titles and links there, I’m also going to make an effort to, y’know, actually use twitter. See y’all there!