No, being published in DJIM hasn’t resulted in world wide accolades, or strangers stopping me on the street to discuss my views on gamification. Unless you have a keen eye, you probably couldn’t even tell, just by looking at me, that I made it into the pages of DJIM.
And that’s okay.
DJIM didn’t change the way the world views me. DJIM changed the way I view myself. Through DJIM’s peer-review process I was able to experience first hand the way others view my writing. So often there is a disconnect between what you, as a writer, are thinking, and what ends up on the page. The peer-review process allowed me to see where I was best communicating my ideas, and where my thoughts were getting muddled by my prose. As a result, I have an easier time taking a step back from my own writing and viewing it with a critical eye. Oh, and being able to polish my work to a publication standard is a bonus as well.
Alan Chorney’s article Taking The Game Out Of Gamification appears in DJIM Vol 8, No 1 (2012)