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The kindness of bloggers

In September’s editorial post, I mentioned how the state of the world was getting me down. Politicians were behaving in a disgusting manner; dire warnings of climate change were being issued; and countries were at war with themselves and each other. Sometimes the idea of pulling the duvet over your head and hiding away from the world can be all too tempting.

But at other times, special people come into your life and make you realise that it’s not all bad. Whether they check in and say hello or offer a hand when you need it the most, their acts of kindness have a way of inspiring you to pass that feeling on. I’ve met some amazing people during my years of blogging and am proud to call some of them friends in real life; and in celebration of World Kindness Day today, I’d like to pay tribute to the WordPress community. Here are several moments when you guys have been utterly awesome.

Rezzed, SpecialEffect, Ben, Kim, Pete

When real-life stuff gets in the way

I met Ben through my first blog in 2013 and when big real-life stuff happened the following year, he was there for me all the way. Not only did he offer practical advice when it came to buying my first house and other adult stuff, he regularly checked on me to make sure I was doing ok. He’s not able to write anywhere near as frequently as did back then but that hasn’t diminished our friendship in any way. I still think he’s as awesome as I did back then, and what’s even better is that my other-half now loves him as much as I do.

home, sofa, cats, Link, Zelda

When a fluffy companion passes away

When Pete and I adopted our cats in 2016, it was clear they’d been mistreated and it took a lot of time to get them to trust us. Eventually though they were frequently popping up on stream and became a firm part of Later Levels’ life. It therefore hit us pretty hard when Link passed away unexpectedly early this year. I really appreciated all the messages of condolence from bloggers, and I need to say thank you once again to thank Jonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog for checking on me. You’ll be pleased to hear that Zelda is doing well and continues to star on Instagram.

UK Blog Awards, 2019, gaming, highly commended, #UKBA19

When you’re nominated for an award

While at a friends’ wedding in April, I received a message confirming that Later Levels had received a ‘Highly Commended’ title in the UK Blog Awards – and immediately downed the glass of champagne I was holding. An anonymous person has originally nominated the site back in November and somehow it had managed to make it all the way through to the finals and secure second place in the Gaming category. I still have no idea who that person was, but I’ll always be grateful to them for seeing something special in my little blog.

Locked In A Room, Parallax, team, Bristol, Kim, Pete, Phil, Ethan, Tim, Jake

When it’s time for a new job

Earlier this year, I decided I needed a career change. I knew I wanted to stay in IT but wanted to pursue a more technical role; the only problem was that I had no idea where to start. Fortunately, some very kind people within the blogging community – including Dan from nowisgames.com, Tim from GeekOut UK and Kevin from The Mental Attic – were willing to give me their time and advice. It was thanks to their guidance that I managed to secure a place on a new team and finally take on a job where I could indulge my love for data and code.

Zelda, cat, nap, monitor, table, GameBlast

When a good cause is looking for support

My other-half and I were apprehensive about going into our 24-hour GameBlast19 marathon back in February. It was the first time we’d taken part as a team of two; normally we have at least double that number so we were worried about staying awake and meeting our fundraising target. Much love must therefore goes to Ellen from Livid Lightning, Athena from AmbiGaming, Ian from Adventure Rules and Luke from Hundstrasse for keeping us going; and to everyone out there who donated, helping us raise more for SpecialEffect than ever before. We can’t wait to do it all again in 2020.

For these moments and many others: thank you from the bottom of my heart. I never imagined I’d meet such good friends when I first started blogging all those years ago, but now the majority of my real-life companions are people I’ve met through the hobby. It goes to show that blogging doesn’t have to be just about writing and video games don’t have to be just about entertainment; they lead you to a group of lovely, likeminded individuals who can surprise you by just how kind they are.

I’d love to hear your own stories for World Kindness Day. Has a blogger touched your life in a way you didn’t expect, through a kind word or helping hand? Share your tale in the comments below – or even write your own post if you’d like – and let’s keep the positivity going. The world may be a tough place right now, but we can all make it a little lighter.

Kim View All

Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

12 thoughts on “The kindness of bloggers Leave a comment

  1. Aw! Loved this post. The little acts of kindness really do make a difference. It might not seem like much, but even a little drop of light can put a dent in the sea of darkness in this world.

    I am grateful for so many bloggers in the community. These past two years have been quite difficult for me in terms of mental health and personal drama. Many bloggers were there for me when I needed help and I can’t even begin to describe how much that meant to me. You, Athena of AmbiGaming, Chris of Overthinker Y, The Shameful Narcissist, The Gaming Diaries, Pix of Shoot the Rookie, Ian of Adventure Rules, Triform Trinity… the list is endless, haha. Internet friends are just as important as IRL ones to me. ⚑

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    • It’s so nice to see the line between ‘real-life friends’ and ‘internet friends’ become ever more blurred. At some point in the near future, we won’t even be making the distinction. ❀

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  2. Personally I feel like the blogosphere (or blogger-bubble/community) is the kindest of all.
    I’ve only encountered one person who was kinda rude but exceptions confirm the rule, right? So that one doesn’t count, I think.
    There are so many great bloggers in the Blaugust community (as an example) who are always there when I need blogging-advice or help in general. There’s also tons of love going on there and people are there for you if you need it. I don’t really feel the drama or menace that YouTubers are known for. Everyone helps each other out and people don’t compete against each other or create drama for no reason. There are also far less (or rather no) moments of “Ad Hominem”-stuff going on (like blog posts about one person and people putting each other down)

    A while ago I struggled with reviewing a game that I love but whose devs are transphobic, so I didn’t want to support them but at the same time I like the game quite a lot. At the end that lead to a ton of people making their own posts about my dilemma and giving advice and helping me out. I got some migraine from that issue and it got resolved when I decided to not play said game anymore and to not review it at all.
    Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue blogging in the future, so that I can share even more great moments like that! πŸ™‚

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    • You can always guarantee there’s someone with a kind word or advice when you need it in the blogging community! I’ve learnt a lot from the bloggers here over the past few years; not just about writing, but about all sorts of subjects and different ways of life. There are so many awesome people to look up to and be inspired by. πŸ˜€

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  3. It’s so great to hear these stories! It’s always cool when β€œInternet friends” become real ones and can be there for us.

    When my dad died last year right before Christmas, it was nice to get the support of people who I only knew through pixels.

    Everybody was so kind and it really made me feel good about the community we have here.

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    • It’s lovely to hear that so many people were there for you through such a difficult time. I’ve had the chance to meet so many awesome bloggers over the past few years, and really appreciate the fact I can now call them friends!

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