I haven’t posted lately because I haven’t had any great insights or great pains concerning IF in general. I’ve just been making slow, steady progress on Seasons. I’ve managed to get in less than an hour/day during the week, but I usually hit 4-5 hours/day on the weekends. That hasn’t been enough to prevent schedule slip, and so now I’m looking at the end of the year, with a strong possibility of spring ’09.
Still, it’s been easier for me to focus on the game when I don’t have other things draining or inflaming me, and the IF scene was always that way. Maybe it’s just me, but the rare frissions of belonging never balanced out or atoned for all the negatives. I’m not a pessimist, but I have come to understand some things about communication, which is why I don’t see myself participating much in R*IF again. These are the four communicative truths:
- Few people care about what you say
- Those who do care and correctly understand (not misinterpret) what you say are fewer still
- Those who care, understand, and agree are fewest of all
- You have no real ability to convince anyone of anything. People only come to understand or agree with something through their own reasoning or through divine conviction
All that remains for us to do, then, is to build it and tell others about it. The like-minded will be drawn to it.