Yes, I actually feel the need to say a couple of words as a preface to my “blog”. I use blog in quotes for a reason – this thing dates back to December, 2000, and at the time I’m writing this preface it weighs in at half a million words, not including the novels also posted on here.
Half a million words in 12 years. Yes, I have an addiction to writing, and have had for quite some time. It wasn’t until 2009 that I started writing my first book (which, incidentally, started as a blogging project. And was horribly written.)
Not all of this was originally on MidnightRyder.org. It’s came from a variety of blogging sources over the years. Originally it was stuff related to video game development – with a small bit about my personal life – on my company site, MidnightRyder.com. Then LiveJournal came about, then MySpace, then back to MidnightRyder.com, then Xanga, then MidnightRyder.org, then Multiply, and finally little bit of Facebook. I had a hard time finding (and sticking with) a place I was comfortable dealing with. It’s not that I had a problem with people seeing what I was writing (though I was often fascinated with the idea that anyone read my drivel), even if it caused me some social discomfort a time to two.
It boiled down the the places themselves. Often I didn’t like the tools available, or I felt they weren’t dependable enough – nothing more aggravating than loosing a post after you write for 15 minutes, for instance. They weren’t in my control, either, which meant at any time they made a change to, well, anything, I had to put up with it. And, of course, there’s the final thing: I was creating content for them to make money on, rather than furthering my own goals.
It took a while, but I went back and recovered everything I could from the past. Some of it was sort of lost – MidnightRyder.com has gone through so many revisions, and I wasn’t concerned with retaining the data back then. Fortunately, I managed to pick up a little bit of it using the Internet Wayback Machine. Then some of it was really, really lost – MidnightRyder.com it’s self dates back to before December 14th, 2000, which is the first post that appears on here. MidnightRyder.com was registered in November, 1999, and I posted a few entries around the end of the year, so around a year’s worth of entries were lost.
Then, I brought it all here, under one roof, and sometimes I even managed to get it to preserve part of the comments from the original posts. It was a bit of work, but now I’ve got nearly everything I’ve written of a blog-ish nature here. Â Some of it is personal, some of it is business, and some of it is video game development related. Â And, in my opinion, 90% of it is somewhatÂ uninterestingÂ drivel 🙂
And, just for the heck of it, there’s a neat “timeline” feature that allows you to kinda see the highlights. Â Kinda cool.
Now, you might think with the amount I’ve written online in the last 12 years or so, you’d know everything there is to know about me. Â Not really. Â There’s a lot I don’t talk about in all the various blogs I wrote, and there’s a good number of years of fun stuff that happened way before I started blogging. Â Wow – yes, there really is a life before blogs 😉 Â So, before you think you know it all about me, take a step back and realize this is the “highlights” of my life. Â The good, the bad, the overoptimistic, and the downright foolish. Â My life is weird, and always has been. Â My gauge for normal has long since been broken – for me, things have to be pretty out the before I think it’s abnormal.
Some parts of my life that didn’t make it into my blogs ended up becoming books. Â The Story of Gamer Zone is a very autobiographical work about business (in fact, somehow, somewhere, someone added that book as an autobiography on my IMDB entry. Â Yep, I have an IMDB entry for one short movie, but I can’t get my TV credit on there!) Â Muse contains bits and pieces of my life wrapped up as a fantasy. Â The Incredible Dave has a weird “alternate history” version of my life as it’s backdrop. Â And there’s more stuff in other books that involves the stuff that never got wrote down, though good luck sorting out what is real and what’s completely made up 😉
So, you’re welcome to read it all. Â Half a million words. Â You could start at the beginning if you wanted, and read through it all. Â To put it in perspective – a typical manuscript page for a book is 250 words. That means my blog stuff is roughly 2,000 manuscript pages long (printed pages are much more variable, depending on large print or normal, book format, etc.) Â If figure if you really want to read it, you’re going to be a while! 🙂
You might notice one thing: Â it’s been a while since I’ve written anything new for the blog. Â Most of my writing energy ends up directed towards the books, and when I do try and write on the blog it ends up being a partially completely entry that gets stuffed into my drafts folder, never to be seen again. Â But, one of these days, I’ll get back to it… 😉
Davis Ray Sickmon, Jr