I think August was aptly nicknamed ‘Women in WoW’ month by a few bloggers. There was a HUGE flurry of posts on the topic, and most of them exploring the topic in ways I had not seen previously (and I’ve been reading WoW blogs for a good 3 years now.) Many bloggers and readers are understandably feeling a bit saturated on the topic. Some women have avoided joining in the conversation and honestly there is no problem with that – a blog is a very personal thing, and ‘on going discussions’ do not require every woman to stand up and state her stance, as it were.
That said this is an intersectional blog. As I continue to write, I find that Elemental topics become slightly less interesting to me. This is partly because I’m on a raiding break right now – I login to the beta to make creepy gifs and keep tabs on the latest shaman and lore developments, but I’m not actively playing or trying to organise guides about Elemental Shaman anymore. When I started blogging back in april, I started blogging because I wanted to combine the topics of ‘Elemental’ and ‘Intersectionality’. I was an active raider, and I was learning to examine the game mechanics more critically. The active elemental blogging community was a LOT smaller at the time – now there are more of us than any other Shaman spec, so I don’t feel the need to cover PVE quite so much.
Secondly I discussions of ‘social justice’ and how it relates to gaming and virtual spaces more and more fascinating, and not just in the classic feminist sense. I tend to be better at writing with a certain amount of passion. Just because everyone else is saturated, it doesn’t necessarily mean I will be any time soon. I will try not to repeat myself too often, but this stuff is what my blog and twitter is about. I like to keep my writing balanced, and that is partly for my own self-care.
Which brings me to a topic I haven’t touched on properly: Mental Illness.
It’s a big deal. It’s possibly more personal to me than any other topic, due to the way it impacts on my personal life. It’s wide ranging, deeply stigmatised and dismissed. It’s hard to write about at all, let alone openly. I want to write in a well informed, calm manner about this topic, but at a certain level it will always be personal and have the potential to hurt deeply in a way that other topics might not. This is why I haven’t gotten up the brass ovaries ((Thank you to Hatch for that one )) to write about it yet.
So yes, while the topic may die down in the Blogosphere, I am likely to keep discussing every and any -ism for as long as I blog. If that’s a problem for you, then I’m not the blogger for you. Alternatively you can subscribe to my Shaman Only Feed for shaman related stuff without the intersectional bit.
Hmm. This is somewhat of a ramble, one of those where I’m not trying to make a particular point, I just want to express.
Now excuse me, I’m going back to poke my EU Beta Client with a sharp stick. I wish Blizz were better with getting the EU client working properly after they update the build.
(Also I updated my sidebar a little, and my blogroll. It will now automatically update from my greader and reflect what I actually try to read now. You can blame Larisa for getting me off my arse to actually pay attention to my blogroll, and as it’s already a pain maintaining my greader, I figured there was no point in doing double the work.)