On Cliques

Mike Bithell's blog post on his anger at once being outside of the "indie illuminati" caught my attention over the weekend. I appreciate the perspective he's gained over the years, and that he's transparent now about how wrong he was then:

What I’d seen as cliqueyness, as being exclusive, was a group of old friends catching up. They weren’t interested in the slightly timid nerd on the other side of the room, because OH MY GOD THERE’S THAT AWESOME GUY I HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE THAT THING LAST YEAR.

I was angry at people for being friends, I’d made myself the star of a story I wasn’t even in.

Sometimes your hard work and best intentions can turn on you, adding a sharp edge to every emotion. The desire to be "included" is innate within us.