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Did I Paint Myself Into a Corner?

In 2011 I wrote about the educational path I had chosen and whether that choice actually meant I had painted myself into a corner.

Performance artist Keith Haring painting himself into a corner - almost like me!

Performance artist Keith Haring painting himself into a corner – almost like me!

Now I’m fully graduated, I hold an IT degree which usually makes people vastly overestimate how skilled I actually am at programming and fixing all kinds of computer problems, because well… I did study computer games, but not exactly how to make them. Because it comes across as an extremely narrow thing which doesn’t scream usefulness the same way studying fx. medicine does, people translate my education into “some IT”.

The Keith Haring performance piece was basically the feeling I had as I was progressing through my education. I had previously experienced unemployment with “only” a bachelor degree in communications and psychology, and finding a job at that time was very difficult. I perceived myself as a jack of all trades, master of none. I was never the perfect candidate for any job, and it bothered me.

The consequence of this experience became that I wanted to be more specialized, I wanted to read a job advert and think “I’m perfect for this! How could they NOT want to hire me?”. So I chose games studies.

The fear of not being able to find the right shelf was still bothering me, and the closer I was to graduation the more I started looking at my time at the university as a few really brilliant years, which probably wouldn’t amount to anything special later on. Because of the recent economic crisis, newspapers were (and still are) flooding with stories of lay offs and at times it robbed me of my motivation to work on my thesis. It felt like it was meaningless anyways, I would have no chance at building a career in a society that was in economic turmoil, so what was the point?

Keith Haring painting into corner2

Look! He made it!

Thankfully, I feel a lot more qualified than last time I was in this situation and I’m not as low as I expected I would be. Now I nag at myself for not enjoying the thesis-writing process more, instead of worrying about the future. If only I knew then, what I know now.

With that in mind, I’ve had to remind myself of what Søren Kierkegaard once said:

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”

(For the Danish speakers, the original quote is a lot more elegant: “Livet forstås baglæns, men må leves forlæns“)

Not long ago I attended a job search meeting, with a lot of other recent graduates and a few who had been in the work market for years, but had just lost their jobs. At some point we were instructed to introduce ourselves to the others around the table. Besides me, there was an art historian, a sociologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, a biologist and one who did something with health care.

The subsequent conversation revolved almost entirely around me and what my education was about. They were all so positive and I got so many references and tips. It was such a strange experience, I had longed to be like them, studying something tangible like psychology or sociology, with a simple title that people understand and yet here I was being treated like the special butterfly.

Nobody inquired the sociologist nor the anthropologist. I guess people assume they know what that is about. My strategy of going for something more narrow in terms of education, but perhaps also unusual, worked in the sense that people got curious. I’m hoping this will help me in my future endeavours.

Afterwards the two older women at the table (the biologist and psychologist) pep talked me for half an hour and showed so much interest in my current situation (I’m telling you, I have a strange appeal to women in their 50′s, they always like me a lot).

So I ended up leaving that meeting feeling like the most successful unemployed person in the world – A walking oxymoron!

2011 in review

Last year I didn’t post the WordPress generated “2010 in review”. It had some errors that didn’t match up to the stats, but this year, it looks like “the stats monkeys” got it right, so here we go!

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 71,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 84 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 121 posts. There were 608 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was August 19th with 688 views. The most popular post that day was Introducing – “The Visual Roleplay Gear List”.

The only reason that old post introducing what is now “WoWRoleplayGear.com had that short surge of hits, was due to the news about Transmogrification being revealed around that day.

How did they find you?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for minecraft, wow rp gear, minecraft pig, minecraft wallpaper, and secret cellar gallywix pleasure palace.

A silly big proportion of search terms are indeed about Minecraft. I’ve not written that many posts about it, although I’m considering writing a few more. The secret cellar in the pleasure palace search term had me up and running when it first appeared, it looked like the perfect Cataclysm secret.

I’ve visited the Palace several times but there really is no secret cellar. Apparently this rumour stems from the short story Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince where the palace was said to have a grenade golf course, a secret booze cellar, a luxury pool and a sauna. The secret booze cellar, however, did not make it into the game.

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2011 was The Overlooked Heroes of WoW – Unconventional Ways to Level

These were your 5 most active commenters:

Tomeoftheancient is one of my most vocal readers, Döra not far behind. Thanks to both of you and of course everyone else who commented for being so supportive and bringing good observations to the conversation! I fear that I have not been active enough with my own commenting to be granted top 5 commenter on anyone’s blog… perhaps that should be a new years resolution of mine for 2012.

Attractions in 2011

These are the posts that got the most views in 2011.

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2011. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.

This is one of the stats I am very proud of and I do intend to write more about these topics that appear to intrigue others as much as me. One of my plans is to split the Cataclysm secrets post into two, detailing the pre and post patch 4.1 secrets separately. I’ve also been collecting more creepy details, I’ve not quite hit 10 yet, but I’ve got some good ones waiting that I’ve not seen mentioned elsewhere, so I should get to it soon.

The fact that some of my more popular posts are also old posts has the peculiar side effect that my hits don’t really go up when I post something new. I had an inactive period over November/December 2011, my schoolwork took more and more time and WoWRoleplayGear.com needed crucial updates to keep up with the new readers who wanted more mog-friendly outfits. During this time, this blog seemed to keep itself running without my input, of course not as actively as before.

Looking back I spent new years eve 2010 in WoW. This year I took the opportunity to host a new year’s party at my place. When you live in the suburbs people will rarely be enthusiastic about partying at your place when better locations are also on offer, yet my apartment was blessed with sparkly glittery paper and festive people, so I was happy.

I wish everyone a great 2012!