Hey everybody! It’s time for another installment of Spotting the Light! Today, we’re interviewing my friend Red! We’ve been friends for quite a few years now, and I’m always amazed by how she uses her words. It’s a little different from the rest of the interviews I’ll be doing–her interests are rather different from what’s usually on my blog–but I’ll let her speak for herself. 😉
Who am I?
I go by the alias Red Sun, and you can find me on the internet as either knittingfrenzy18 or bTackt. I have a countless number of passions, but my two biggest are probably writing and video games. My Twitter is @bTackt_. If you want more social links, just google either knittingfrenzy18 or bTackt.
I currently blog in three places:
- knittingfrenzy18.wordpress.com – This is my passion blog, where I write about things I love. That includes knitting, baking, reading, gadgets, and more. I write book reviews, knitting how-tos, and documentations of my mediocre baking escapades. Although I did not write much last year, there is still a wealth of old posts that I still consider good. I hope to make a return to writing more on this blog this year!
- btackt.wordpress.com – This is the blog where I write 3000 words at a time about video-game related topics that are on my mind. It’s not particularly audience friendly, although if you enjoy those deeper looks into my mind, there it is. Think of it as sort of an out-loud journal, video games based.
- tackttabloid.wordpress.com – This is my most professional, esports journalism-based blog. I plan to write polished, professional (as possible) news articles about esports and put them here.
My guess is that the audience of Hanne’s blog would most enjoy my first blog, but in case you’re wondering why I love video games so much, read on.
What is esports?
Esports is basically video games played at a professional level, in professional leagues, for championships and prize money. It’s much like traditional sports, such as football, baseball, and soccer, but with video games as the competition instead. There is always something thrilling about watching someone else play a game at a high level, regardless of whether you can just play it yourself. (Just because you play Little League baseball doesn’t mean that you have your baseball fill and have no need or desire to watch MLB!) To be honest, I can’t give a good reason for why I love watching so much, but I can say I love watching people compete in video games just the same as my Uncle Ed loves watching people compete in football.
Why do you write about esports?
Firstly, because I love writing, and I love video games. I can’t help but put my two passions together, it’s natural, see? Secondly, because esports journalism is a young industry, and in the words of Tateh from Ragtime, “an industry is dawning and I’m standing on the brink,” and it’s just exciting to think that I could be one of the first ones in something completely new in history. The thought drives me every day to write better pieces, ideas with quality, and something captivating that people will want to read.
Should I watch esports?
If you already enjoy video games, of course. Give it a try. And if you don’t, you could too. Personally, I had never played the video games I watch in esports when I started watching. I have now started playing some of them because of esports, but when I started watching, I had no idea what was going on. The screen was confusing, and I couldn’t even tell who was playing which character or who was winning. But my fundamental passion for video games made me keep watching, and watching, until finally I understood. I didn’t make any concerted effort to study up on what was happening, or carefully pick apart the screen until I got it, but just the act of watching something confusing more and more eventually made the confusion go away. Don’t be discouraged. However, esports isn’t for everybody. It’s okay if you just don’t like video games; it doesn’t have to connect with everybody.
And now, back to some other stuff.
Why do you love to write?
I love writing because there’s a element of permanence. I just imagine someone 100 years in the future digging up my blue journals and reading about how life was in the early 2000s and who I had a crush on, and so on. Maybe someone will find my online blog someday and pick up what I can pass on about knitting. Maybe I can bring someone joy or knowledge through esports journalism. Writing is cathartic for me—it helps me never to forget something. It reminds me of how I used to be, and it’s like I’m continually creating a history of me. I can remember a feeling I don’t want to let go of, years after the moment has passed.
What writing advice do you have?
- Keep writing. I am sure we have all seen beautiful art and stunning drawings made by people who are skilled at drawing, and sometimes you wish you were that good too. But when you ask them where they got the talent, they tell you they have practiced forever. I think we all know that school classroom archetype who is continually doodling on the margins of their paper, listening to the teacher talk, but doodling. And I am almost certain that those people, bored out their minds for 12 years in school, will become some of the best artists, simply because they were drawing all the time.
I am not a good judge of myself, but I just realized recently: I have been writing things for years and years. Little journals, little letters, random poems, notes to self; when I am distressed and want to relax, I write something. When I finish reading an excellent book, I am inspired to try to create a magnificent story of my own (it hasn’t happened yet). And this isn’t as visible as someone doodling all the time, but I am nearly convinced that this same effect has happened to me, that my writing has improved by virtue of my just writing. And I still have a long way to go, but this is the beginning. Like I said with watching esports, if you just keep doing something, even if you don’t know what’s going on, you’ll eventually figure it out.
- On a technical note, my two pieces of advice are this: Have a very clear sense of the audience while you write. Knowing who you’re talking to can really focus your message and your piece. And secondly, make your points clear. Hit everything you want to say in an organized fashion, so that the reader knows when you’ve switched to your next argument.
A big thank you to Red for the spotlight! Find her on Twitter (@bTackt_) or on her blogs.