As these events were unfolding, I was also coming in digital contact with fellow gamers. Most of them were also bloggers. They seemed and seem like great guys (no girls yet), but I've only met a few personally (I'm looking at you, Sniderman). Their comments, suggestions, and editing services have reminded me of the lighter side of human nature. This is especially contrasting with the snarkier aspects of online society.
Some digital friends have come and gone, while others amaze me in their ability to keep at it day after month after year. I, myself, have seriously considered pulling the plug on a hobby that sometimes threatens to be more than that. Something more than habit brings me back. And looking over my short life of nearly forty years on planet earth I see that tabletop gaming is something I've done regularly since 1984 when a friend first introduced me to Mentzer's Red Box.
I take encouragement from that fact now, especially as the OSR accomodates Google+ and many OSR bloggers fall silent. In fact, looking at the four blogs listed in my introduction, you can clearly see a reduction in posts. This is not to say a reduction in activity, just that this activity is shifting elsewhere. Still, it saddens me. Will I go with it anytime soon? I'm not sure. My toes are in Google+, but I have yet to jump in. I see too many advantages to staying in blog format from a Game Master's perspective.