Updated on: January 15, 2019
This is not a news website. This is not a content regurgitator. This is not a blog meant simply to keep its proprietor relevant in the social media space.
Avoiderdragon is about deep appreciation for video games and other media, exploring dimensions of experience through digital adventure from here to parts unknown.
Reviews, features, editorials, guides, lists, and even videos are posted here. Whether it’s serious or nonsensical, practical or pretentious, long or short, all content here is meant to dissect the tried-and-true while trying really hard to tread new ground simply because it’s worth doing.
This blog is not about clickbaiting and manipulating the audience’s emotional response to gain page views. If the author can help it, content here won’t intentionally be about controversy or gossip. Negative attention may not necessarily be a bad thing on a PR standpoint, especially for a small blog like this, but it’s not the staple here.
Reviews here are less about critique and more on curation. There are more than enough critics walking this earth, and most fall for the trap of cynicism without substance. Critique is important, but sharing experiences is even more so. Being a meticulous curator of all things interesting should take precedent over half-baked criticism done simply to poke at something.
Avoiderdragon all about connecting the dots between various media to everything else in the world around us. If anything here piques your interest and you ponder in any way, then this blog has succeeded in its mission.
The blog dates back to 2009, when there was still no clue whether it was going to be a review site or just a personal blog. It didn’t seem right to remain in a LiveJournal capacity, but it wasn’t picking enough steam to hit hard like a Giant Bomb. As far as progress is concerned, it’s good to see that it has been growing so far.
It somehow persisted procrastination and wavering interest to become an entity of its own, slowly setting itself apart from its proprietor like a mad scientist experiment gone horribly wrong. Its development has been slow though, but familiarity in the process has become less elusive as of late, which has been incredibly helpful.
Ever since it had been transferred to a separate hosting provider, its look had been changing constantly. The website is still one of the proprietor’s main vehicles for learning new skills, including graphic design and web development as shown throughout its development over the years.
Origin of the Name
IMPORTANT NOTE: It’s not Avoider Dragon or AvoiderDragon. It’s Avoiderdragon. People seem to like “correcting” the name like it’s their job. This isn’t pineapple on pizza, alright?
Avoiderdragon seems like a weird name for a website, much less a brand. Then again, perhaps it’s that unusual quality which gives it character similar to that of its proprietor. This name, which was conjured from sudden inspiration after waking up from a nap in an Internet cafe one afternoon on 2004, has stuck around and will continue to represent the proprietor’s creative endeavors.
The shortened form AVDR is also used from time to time in various applications. Deciding on whether to let the designation AVDR take over as the brand name or remains as code for “Avoider” in Avoiderdragon is still up in the air, but the Avoiderdragon name remains a constant in the proprietor’s ongoing quest for mastery of the written word and creative expression.
For now, it’s a gaming and entertainment blog that also features content on other topics, but its true identity is still being developed. Its inspirations include websites like Kotaku, Boing Boing, Tested, Cracked, and so on that also feature a variety of topics. The only thing it really needs now to reach the next level is consistent output, which isn’t easy for just one writer.
Other than just blog posts and articles, there are also plans for videos and other forms of content. There is always a need to diversify for any sort of online publication, but there is also a need to focus on a specific thing to have direction. As it continues to grow and change with the times, perhaps more light can be shed on what Avoiderdragon should really be about.
About the Author
Sonny Go is a freelance writer and multimedia artist based in Manila, Philippines and the proprietor of Avoiderdragon. It takes stubbornness and questionable thinking to stick with such a brand, but he’s adamant with it (for now). At least he was able to make a neat logo (which has gone through changes over the years), so it’s not a lost cause. If he can only post more often, then maybe he can actually make it work.
He also does other things on the side, like being the lead analyst of Manila Wrestling Federation and popping up in other people’s content every now and then. He has been trying to get around more recently to fight his anxiety—the main reason why he has had trouble with creating more content and making things happen.
Sonny likes to describe himself as an “amusement engineer”. His three main passions in life are writing, gaming, and martial arts. Everything else in his life is somehow related to one or more of these three, and the website serves as a way to record and converse about his experiences and observations on those subjects.
His aspirations for Avoiderdragon are not lofty. He just wants to have something that lets him express himself in his own terms. There are countless number of successful blogs on the Internet, and he even used to write for some of them. If this blog can somehow reach that level, then the only thing he wishes to do is to keep making good stuff.
Meanwhile, this blog continues to serve as a repository for his many interests and an outlet for creative expression. Everything else is secondary to that.