There are some blogs I love to read because their authors are seriously fun people, or are sharing my brain from several states away (I'm talking about YOU, Christian). I have a whole list of blogs that are on my roll simply because they are funny or their writers are just my kind of wacky.
I do have a serious side. I enjoy a thoughtful, well written discussion of whatever topic is at hand. A welcoming, inclusive and straightforward writeup of whatever might be the topic of the day is an ideal article for me to find. I recently came across a post that was all of these things- but was regarding a topic on which I had absolutely no knowledge. It didn't matter; I still loved the post.
Nikephoros over at Bringer of Victory, sons of Taurus at SonsofTaurus, Archnomad at Skavenblight, Zheilt at Custodes 40K and Hero at HERO's Gaming Blog are good examples of these kinds of writers. They are (in my opinion) experts on at least one topic, and usually more than a couple. They write about what they know, and they bring their material in way that makes it easy to read, rather than a technical manual (well, except for Zheilt- he's a math geek and I'm not).
I look forward to reading these blogs because I know I will learn something. I rarely come away wondering, "was that advice any good", because they've proven themselves to know their subjects well. As an added bonus, they're willing to share- well beyond their own blogs and offer comments or articles for more than just their loyal readers.
I recently mentioned that I wished I had something on which I could write definitively. It then occurred to me that for all practical purposes, I don't really have a lot of experience BEING an expert.
I'm married to TheDude; who isn't just AN expert- in our group, he's THE expert. (On pretty much everything. I love him, but he makes me sick the way he can just KNOW a system after one read.) People ask him for advice and cater to his authority almost without fail or question. My dad was (for many years) a well regarded authority on strategic gaming. My son is quickly becoming a Magic expert- learning from the two major masters in our area.
Many of the people in our gaming group have their niches as well. My WOD ST is the last word on WOD, 40K and above all others, Confrontation. Another player in the WOD group runs circles around me in regards to Changeling. My friend Tom is "the map guy".
The more I thought about it, I realized that I'm a generalist, with a little bit of knowledge across a LOT of topics. There are some topics that I really do know a lot about -but for the most part; they're non-gaming related. (Baking, serial killers, certain authors) Additionally, I didn't want to WRITE about those things, except as a one off.
Every time I worry about being a generalist, with nothing "special" to say, I remember that my blog is called
World of WONDER. This is an opportunity for me to indulge my childlike amazement, simple joy and unbound curiousity. My hope is that my tone and heart convey my absolute befuddlement and beweildermentat the world around me.
(And that you'll allow me to show off now and then when I DO find a topic to which I can address unequivocally.)