Just When I Was Worried that I’m Not Blogging Enough

Friday 27 January 2012, 10:30 pm   //  

Dear Mr. Montfort,

I do not want to cause offense, merely offer a suggestion: would you consider removing the parts of your blog that clearly do not deal with interactive fiction from “Planet IF” (http://www.planet-if.com)?

While I am not saying that your posts are not intersting or that the term “interactive fiction” should only apply to text adventure games in the narrow sense (and while I appreciate the articles on Game Design and other forms of interactive fiction that appear on Planet IF), the sheer volume of your blog posts, along with “Grand Text Auto”, sometimes tends to drown out anything else.


  1. Well, some of the posts have nothing to do with IF, so they shouldn’t end up on Planet IF. If people are interested, they can subscribe to this blog here. I subscribed to Planet IF because I wanted IF-related posts.

    Comment by Nikos — 2012-01-28 @ 1:29 am
  2. Funny, I rather enjoy seeing these posts on Planet IF. They may not always be related to IF, so there is a point to those complaints, but it’s almost always related to storytelling, writing, or interesting events.

    Comment by Peter Pears — 2012-01-28 @ 6:37 am
  3. I personally don’t mind, but that person has a point.

    Comment by Tale — 2012-01-28 @ 7:47 am
  4. I think there’s a point there, too. I tag my posts on Post Position to indicate if they’re about IF, and it’s fine with me if Planet IF drops Grand Text Auto and everything on Post Position but those.

    I mainly wanted to mention how nice it is to wake up to an email from someone who doesn’t want to read what you’re writing.

    Comment by Nick — 2012-01-28 @ 8:46 am
  5. “‘Shut up,’ he explained.” — Ring Lardner Jr.

    Comment by Jesse F — 2012-01-28 @ 12:04 pm
  6. Don’t slam your mind on the way out.

    Comment by Nick — 2012-01-28 @ 5:09 pm
  7. Please keep things as they are, Nick. While I’m not always interested in the Grand Text Auto stuff, Planet IF isn’t nearly drowning in content.

    Comment by Rune — 2012-01-28 @ 6:50 pm
  8. Count me among those who enjoy seeing all your posts (and Grand Text Auto) on Planet-IF. I would be disappointed if they were removed.

    Comment by Aric Maddux — 2012-01-31 @ 10:21 am
  9. Nick — You might know this.

    What’s a big website with a lot of games, some of them interactive fiction, that you play online? Allows rating, has forums, you can become a member but you don’t have to to play?

    I was just there a few days ago and I can’t find it.

    [randomly posted to your most recent blog post — think of it as changing the topic to something more positive!]

    Comment by Conrad — 2012-01-31 @ 12:55 pm
  10. Conrad, that sounds like Jay is Games.

    Comment by Nick Montfort — 2012-02-02 @ 9:34 am
  11. I prefer to see IF related posts only. However I enjoy your posts. They aren’t annoying, unlike those messages on Planet IF that link to twitter messages that have you going around in circles to discover nothing.

    Comment by Simon — 2012-02-07 @ 5:21 am
  12. Or as annoying as the ones from tiltfactor talking about art.

    Comment by Simon — 2012-02-07 @ 5:24 am

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