One of the things that we don't really talk about in the community is why the only thing we ever discuss is the question, "What have you built lately?" The driving impetus with the majority of the people that interact on the Hangar, the FB page, or the G+ group is showing off the frames we've created for the game. We only talk about the rules when someone new to the game asks a question, and there's not really much talk about the setting even though that's new to everyone.
Is this because it's easier to share a photo online than it is to type a handful of sentences? Is this a holdover from the general Lego community that seems to prize creation above all else? Or does it relate to our need for attention and praise?
I realize I'm just as guilty of this as the next person. It's very easy to throw together a quick blog post with a handful of pictures and some, "Ooh, lookit that" text and be done with it. Also, like a fair amount of other builders, I tend to build a lot of one-off designs. Now this is a great way to express creativity but it doesn't really make for a deep and abiding interest in the game itself. I also realize it's the easiest way for people new to the game to express themselves in a meaningful manner. "Look what I built!" is usually the second post on one of the message boards/social media sites after, "My name is..." I don't begrudge people this. It is a time-honored way of introducing yourself.
How do we change this? Is it up to the bloggers to point the community in another direction? Do we take the hard tack and start writing things that are more than puff pieces? (And be "we" I mean "I".) Or is this just the way it is with the MFZ community and it's really not going to change?
You tell me.
Note: I've been thinking about this for several weeks now. The discussion over what MittenNinja's return to blogdom should look like provided the final push for me to finish this piece.