Make a Dragon Wanna Retire, Man.

YOU KNOW WHO TO BLAME FOR THIS.

*chair dancing intensifies*

Anyways, back to the words.

You don't have to throw FISH AT ME
You don’t have to throw FISH AT ME

Warcraft

Meet Kyx.

She’s a rogue. She’s fun to play.

After two months away from the game, I figured I would take it slow re-entering the world, not jump right back into it feverishly. I logged on Byx and checked out her garrison, but was quickly overwhelmed by the state in which I left things. Her bags are overflowing with salvage crates, random greens everywhere. Instead of stressing myself out unnecessarily (after all, I came back to this game now because I thought it wouldn’t stress me out, so why drive myself crazy…), I did the inevitable and logged on a newly created alt, albeit one I created a few months ago.

Dramatic back lighting
Dramatic back lighting

I may (will probably) throw up a post at some point delving into the feels behind me returning to Warcraft, but this morning is not that morning!

Time Management is Fun

Now that summer is here, I’m finding I have Too Much To Do And Not Enough Time. Which is kind of fun. I have my blog (duh), various games, my fictional story thing I’m working on, my cross stitches, not to mention hanging out with real people in the real world and stuff, which I guess is a thing? I like to be organized, but I’m trying not to schedule my free time too much, as that’s slightly insane, and I’m not that crazy. I do have my “gaming notebooks” where I keep track of what I’m doing, and what I want to accomplish, but I’m not in any rush to do anything, and really, why force myself to do stuff. One of the main reasons I stepped back from Warcraft was feeling total apathy towards the game and my goals therein, so forcing myself to do things is only going to drive me away again.

FFXIV

I’ve been having a TON of fun in FFXIV, but one aspect of the game I haven’t messed with too much as of yet is crafting. I still feel like a newbie in that game, so I’m trying to get a grasp of just leveling my character in general before I split off into other areas of the game, but I’m learning that in that game alone there is A Lot To Do. I want to experience all of it, so I’m trying to keep myself on track and not branch off into every little thing, because then I won’t get anywhere! So far I’ve leveled damage dealing classes, I want to try tanking and healing but I’m kind of afraid of that too. I am lucky enough to have a really amazing grand company, so when the time comes I could probably find some friends to go with me and help me out. The low level dungeons don’t seem too tough insofar as mechanics go, and I’ve been in a bold and sassy mood lately, so I may be trying it out sooner than expected.

Real Life Update

I’m happy to report that life in general is much improved from a few months ago, for those of you that are keeping up with that. Some days are still a struggle, but in general I’m on the up and up, which is amazingly wonderful news. My parents are back from Florida where they were ensconced all winter, lucky bastards, and are now home and nagging me as usual ^.^

I’m working out more, trying to eat better, generally trying to improve myself as a human and listen to my body more. I let things slide a lot this winter, so trying to get back on track.

I’m wanting to stream more, I’ve been messing about with uploading my streams to YouTube but not sure if I’ll keep doing that or not, they seem to be too one-sided for that. Maybe I’ll try some let’s play videos? I need to get some graphics for my stream. (stream starting soon, follower tracker thinger, etc) HALP.

 

Oopsie gotta run, ENJOY YOUR DAY <3

Yes, I’m Back.

I left for a variety of confusing, convoluted reasons that I thought only made sense to “me” (to later discover what I was feeling was actually quite normal); but returned yesterday because it felt like it was the right time to do so.

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Sure, roll your eyes at me (or the length of this post) if you like, but this game (and the community I’ve become a part of) are important to me.

Have a lovely day =)

 

 

 

What, you’re still here? Oh right, cat .gif, sorry, yes.

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I have to run WHERE?!

Good morning.

All copyrights to the appropriate people for the above.

In my real life adventures, I’ve (re)started the Couch to 5K program. I’ve found I really enjoy being outside, just me and my music. It’s nice challenging myself, and the only reason I’m restarting is because the first go around I mussed up a knee and was limping around for a week or two. I’m starting over again and taking it a bit slower, there is really no time limit to when I have to ‘complete’ this, it’s more of a personal challenge thing. So, uh. /pom poms and confetti

While I was out huffing and puffing along last night, I began thinking about how our video game characters stay in shape. We make them run all over the countryside, sometimes for hours at a time, and sure in a game where there are dragons and giant spiders and you can throw fire around, you can suspend the disbelief of certain things. However, due to the way my brain works, I got to thinking about this topic.

Are there running groups in Eorzea? Gyms in Warcraft? Treadmills in the inns of Skyrim? In most MMO’s, you’re bringing your character up from nothing to making them super powerful. Sure, in the leveling process you get stats, increased abilities, stronger and better armor, but what if you character has shin splints? Hyper extended their knee? Wore the same pair of boots too long that the soles wore out, and now their feet hurt but OMG I have to run across the continent I guess. Another side to the coin, say your character does get their stamina up, what happens when they get a mount? Do they become less in-shape? Do they then have to spend time working out?

This might be more on the role-playing side of things, but it’s a humorous idea to me, the thought of a mighty hero grumbling as they hop on the treadmill for a bit, or practicing swordplay with a friend, or even a stranger at a random town in the middle of nowhere. What makes me giggle like a child is the thought of my Lalafell in FFXIV tottering along on a treadmill. Or do Lalafells have wheels, like hamsters? Now I’m laughing, oops.

Can I run if I have no legs?
Can I run if I have no legs?

IN OTHER (real life) NEWS

I am so happy to not have classes for the first summer session at the college I attend. It is giving me a chance to breathe and to be able to have that nice thing we call free time. My parents are home from Florida (yay) and I’m excited to Do Stuff for a bit this summer, until the second summer session kicks off in early July.

I’m steadily plugging away at the massive cross-stitch I’m sewing for my parentals for Christmas, I’ve gotten 3/29 panels done, averaging about a panel a week, haha. Cross-stitching is incredibly soothing for me, and the bonus is that I can watch Netflix or listen to podcasts while I’m doing it, yay multi tasking!

I’m also trying to get my cat used to walking with me while wearing his harness and leash, although currently the leash is still in the OMG STRING category, and it’s more of a playtime event than anything else, which is fine ^.^

treadmill cat
Too much energy, mister (or missus), take it down a notch.

 

I’m realizing my posts are fairly short, but once I’ve gotten my point across… what else is there to talk about? Have any of you ever thought about this, or am I the only crazy one?

I hope you all enjoy your day!

Watch me Mine!

My latest craze has been Minecraft.

This game is pretty much a constant one for me, but one that I have yet to ‘beat’ insofar as going into the nether and fighting the dragon, or whatever the kids do nowadays.

It's raaaaaaaaaaining
It’s raaaaaaaaaaining

Me? I like to build. I don’t build anything crazy fancy, usually I just try to find a village and build a wall around it, ensuring I have a steady food supply and creepy friends to hang out with and protect from zombies and such.

VILLAGERS ARE LIKE CATS. GET OUT OF THERE. NO.
VILLAGERS ARE LIKE CATS. GET OUT OF THERE. NO.

This game is one of those that I am obsessed with for a couple months, then I get bored with it or just move on to something else, and don’t touch it for months at a time. The inevitable always occurs, and I open up one of my old worlds in vain and try to remember what I was doing, but usually wander around in a state of dismay as I wonder why the hell I put that thing there, what I was thinking building THAT, etc.

Home Sweet Home.. Until I build my TOWER
Home Sweet Home.. Until I build my TOWER

This game is a fun one because you can play it just like a sandbox in creative mode, and build whatever the frick frack you want, or you can run around in survival mode and play it almost like an RPG. What’s neat about this game is it’s been around forever, and there have been so many mods and servers created to adapt to different play styles. I enjoy the RPG-esque atmosphere, traversing the countryside in search of food, supplies to build shelter, luring farm animals back to my enclosures. I like finding temples or dungeons, poking around in there and hopefully not dying to traps while I search out the loot.

I like upgrading my character, crafting her armor, building the enchanting table, enchanting my weapons, armor, and tools. I really like building my base, making it look pleasant, having a different building specific to different things (forge, enchanting hut, storage sheds, etc). I especially find mining and leveling or moving dirt around very soothing. It’s almost like a control thing, in a way. I can define and re-shape the landscape to how I want it to be, and no-one except maybe Endermen will mess with it.

Also, having rainbow-colored sheep roaming about is fun.
Also, having rainbow-colored sheep roaming about is fun.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, I hope you’re enjoying watching my descent into madness, but I’m sure you’ve seen me talking a lot (too much? Oh well) about streaming and my fears and anxiety tied in with that. I know there is no easy fix for me to get over that, it will just take time and persistence, and luckily enough I have awesome people that support me and cheer me on, which helps so very much.

Streaming a game like Minecraft is relatively easy because most of the stuff I do (level the land to make it look a certain way, mine, build random things) I can do without really thinking about it, so if there is someone in chat I can carry on a conversation relatively easy.

Anyways.

Today’s been a short post, yeah, but that’s all I have, so that’s all you get.

Go forth and conquer the day, my dears <3

You...Can... Do.. It... YES.
You…Can… Do.. It… YES.

Community

G’morning! This will begin a fun experiment in which I type up my post the night before, skim it over in the morning, and post it! And hopefully not hate it and want to start all over. My mid-first-cup-of-coffee posts are fun and all, but aren’t- uh, how do you say- coherent.

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Everyone talks about community in every game, whether it’s good or bad. It seems as though it’s an easy thing to define, to pin down, but is it? Let’s pick on one game, as an example:

World of Warcraft has millions of players, all across the world, that log in every day and enjoy the heck out of the game. That person probably belongs to a guild, they probably have friends that play the game as well, they are on a server where tons of other people play, and they’re playing a game which people devote a lot of time and energy to. Each of these circles is it’s own community inside a larger community inside a larger… you get the idea. I don’t want this example of Warcraft to stand as my solo example of community in games, it’s just the game I’m most familiar with, so I reference it a lot!

Not every single person agrees about every single thing. That’s part of human nature. Problems arise, however, when people that disagree with other people take it to the extreme. Yes, to me it is just a game, and I am able to separate out the game from real life, and understand there are real people sitting behind the pixels. To some people this game is very much a part of their livelihood, so it makes sense that they would be able to (hopefully) do the same, but take it a bit more seriously, or be a lot more in tune to the game, or the community in general. There are some people who just take it far too seriously, and can’t seem to separate real life from the pixels. I went through a period of time (a few years ago) myself where I was more like this, it didn’t last long, but I wasn’t able to ever really ‘log out’ of the game and enjoy life.

When I’m at home, I am pretty much on Twitter all the time (maybe too much =P). There is constantly A Discussion happening, whether good or bad, productive or silly, about any manner of games, really. Usually these are happening when I’m busy elsewhere, and I just see snippets of them, but when I do see them happening, a lot of times I’m afraid to chime in, even if I have something to say, or even if the conversation is happening between people that I interact with a lot, or that I’m good friends with. I’ve talked about my anxiety before, how I hold myself back and I’m my own worst critic. I know I have valid points, and can partake in conversations, but I’m almost more apt to have them in private, or not for all of my/our followers or guild chat to see. I am a lot better than I used to be, however, and I have my little community to thank for that.

A good community can make me stay in a game, a nonexistent or toxic one can make me quit and uninstall very quickly. I’ve been lucky enough to only run across the latter a couple times, and they’ve been smaller games, and more nonexistent than toxic. Just the same, a good community can make me stay in that community, whether it be my circle of blogger friends, gaming friends, crafting friends, or real life people that I guess I should interact with like my family.

I surround myself with good, supportive, fun people, and cut all negativity out of my life where I can. Life’s too short to get mad at someone on the internet, and sometimes a simple unfollow or block can save you a world of headaches or hurt.

This week marks a special occasion in my books, it has been one year since I’ve met some very awesome people who have quickly become a huge part of my life. It honestly means so much more, as a girl who never really had a ton of friends growing up, to have all these amazing people that I can call that. Unfortunately, all of you are all over the damn world, and I may not meet a lot of you in real life! Fortunately, I have met the above mentioned people who live a short drive away, and it’s so fun to hang out and geek out with them at our houses, versus sitting in front of the computer and typing away, or talking in voice chat.

It’s really interesting to me how the world and society changes, how a lot of us take for granted that we can log into a game and instantly talk with our friends and guild mates who are scattered across the globe, have jobs in all different fields, believe in so many different religions (or not), and are just so different, but yet we are all united by this common thing, whether it be Warcraft, FFXIV, or even games that aren’t normally considered MMO’s, such as Minecraft, Dragon Age series, or other ‘single player’ games.

Thanks for reading, go forth and conquer the day!

Get out of bed ya lazy-aww
Get out of bed ya lazy-aww

Feeling Detached

This week has been a rough one for me. I’ve talked about it in other blog posts, and those close to me know why, but this week has been a super emotional roller coaster. Not for any particular reason, in fact most of it is my mind stressing me out, but it is what it is, and this week I couldn’t be arsed to fight it or care. Which brings me to my point.

I’m finding I no longer care as much as I once did about Warcraft.

I’ve been un-subbed for a couple months now, and just a couple days ago, actually uninstalled the game. I’ve gone through cycles like this before, and I know it’s probably not a forever thing, but for right now, I’m done.

When I see people conversing on social media about some new thing, or even get in a debate about something that’s been around forever, part of me wants to chime in, but I always feel like the first reaction to me saying something is “Well, Byx, you aren’t even subbed.” I know this is my anxiety talking, 100%, but that’s the first thing I think of. Since I’m not actively playing the game, I feel as though I can’t actively discuss it. Which is baloney, but again we come back to the point of me kind of not caring anyways. I know my opinions are valid, I was actually recently on a podcast a good friend hosted where we talked about Garrisons, which was actually kind of fun and different, but it’s almost like there are conversations happening on the other side of a room, and I have to move past obstacles to get there to participate, and I can’t bring up the energy to do so.

Warcraft will always hold a special place in my heart, I have met so many amazing people through this game and had so many fun experiences, made so many great memories. For right now though, I’m feeling extremely detached and not a part of the World.

I could go on and on about this, but I would be talking (typing?) in circles, and I’ve kind of said what I wanted to say.

Take care =)

Wanna FIGHT?!

DO YA?!?!?!
DO YA?!?!?!

“Though she is but little, she is fierce.” -Shakespeare

You got that right, mister!

 

Real life update: classes are winding down for me, just one more final to go and I am done with this semester! I’ve decided to opt out of classes for the first summer session, but will be taking some for the second session, before rolling right into the fall semester. I want to get this degree done, but I also want to have some of the summer off ^.^ Now then, back to what everyone really (maybe) cares about- GAMING!!!

I have been having the best time leveling my Lalafell-formerly-known-as-Hot-Elf-Babe in FFXIV. On a whim I used a Potion of Fantasia, which is a one-time use item that lets you alter your character completely (race, gender, appearance) for free. I received the potion as part of the recruit a friend system.

Just a wee lass
Just a wee lass

I am a huge MMO fan, but most of the MMOs I’ve played have been western titles, such as Warcraft and the Guild Wars games. This is my first serious foray into eastern style games, and I have to say, I’m thoroughly enchanted. The altoholic in me is not a huge fan, but I do really like the aspect of gameplay that allows your one character to be any class in game. All you have to do is swap out your weapon, and your attributes, skills, and the class are switched over automatically. Where this ties into gameplay is there are cross-class abilities available.

I’ve been leveling my character as an archer, if you couldn’t tell by the bow in the above picture. With that class she is currently 28 I believe, but I am beginning to struggle a bit in the scenario-based quests, where it pits you up against more challenging mobs with the aid of NPC’s. After talking with my Grand Company (as I do often, sorry not sorry for all the questions, but I have no idea what I’m doing ever, so…) a couple suggested that I take up another class and level it up to take advantage of the cross-class abilities, such as heals or defensive spells.

Ergo, I am leveling a Pugilist. Basically, I run around and punch things. Adorably. Because I’m a teeny Lalafell. More pictures? KAY.

FFXIV Wanna FIGHT

The feather in her hair is another part of the recruit a friend program, if I recall correctly it boosts experience across all classes up to a certain level, but doesn’t have much going for it stat-wise. However, since my goal at the moment is only to get the Pugilist to level 15, I’m not overly concerned about it. The game also has a very cool armory built into it, with the ability to save armor sets and swap between them at a click of a button, much like Warcraft.

I just find it highly amusing that I can go from this (somewhat) powerful and BA archer to a wee widdle newbie at a class, running around in stat-less gear, doing the “go here and kill x amount of these then come back, okay thanks” quests. I’m also still not used to my character looking and feeling so different, and it makes me smile that my adorable, chibi-like Lalafell is so scrappy.

Don’t MESS WITH HER. Really, don’t. This picture is terrifying.

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NIGHTMARE FUEL LOL

 

Okie doke I think that’s enough out of me for today. Have a good one =)

 

On Sim-ulations

I tried to be clever with the title- DID IT WORK?! No? Okay.

Let’s get psychological this morning, shall we?

 

Like most people, I’ve been dealing with Life Stuff in a rough way these last few months, and I’m starting to reach the top of that mountain I’ve been climbing for a while. I’ve become a far more introspective person over this period of time, and probably for the last couple years. Growing up does have some benefits apparently ^.^

 

My flavor of the month lately game-wise has been The Sims 4. I got the game when it first came out, then got distracted with other games, as it happens, and now my interest has moved back to this game. I almost imagine my games as a compass, or a dial, and there is a needle that spins around for no apparent reason.

 

Requisite cat picture
Requisite cat picture

 

Okay that’s a dryer, and I’m not a cat, but-

NEVERMIND.

 

So, this happened.
So, this happened.

 

These games are funny little creatures. Like most players, I create my Simself, then have them live a life either similar to mine, or vastly different. Usually, it’s the latter. I have them become super successful in their careers, friendships, relationships. They become fabulously wealthy, live in wonderful houses and have the best that Simoleons can buy. Why is this? If I’m creating ‘myself’, wouldn’t I have ‘myself’ be as similar to ‘me’ as possible? With all of my traits (sure there are limitations to how many traits you can pick at the start of the game, but there are enough to make your Simself similar to ‘you’), good and bad, make them look as similar to me as possible, etc? Instead, I glorify my Simself. I give her my best traits, and skip over the worst. I have her pick neatness, when in reality I’m less neat than most. Outgoing, when in real life I’m more of a loner. Maybe Outdoorsy, when in actuality I freak out when I see a spider.

 

Why do I do this? Is it a way for me to simulate what I want my life to be? I don’t think it’s a conscious thing, it’s honestly more fun to move your Simself up the corporate ladder, get all the fancy household goods, have them go on a dating streak through all available men in town until you pick one that you like, build the house of your dreams without any real life rules or laws stopping you.

 

In a way, this game is very freeing, and uninhibited. I can make ‘myself’ anyone I want her to be. I can create random sims, random names, and make them as successful, or not, as I want them to be. I always want the best for myself in real life, as all of us do, and maybe this game helps me with that? Maybe through playing this, having the little group of pixels that I’ve styled after my own image, named after myself, it gives me hope that I can do the same. I can have a fancy house, share it with someone (although no kids quite yet =P), have a ton of friends, have a successful career, etc.

 

I’m kind of getting deep and off-track, whoops.

I’ve talked about it in the past at length, I’ll touch on it again here, I use gaming as an escape from real life. Less now than I did in the past, but I definitely still use it as a tool to work through things, and avoid things until I’m mentally ready for them. I think it all boils down to in this game, for the most part, I’m in control of my life. There aren’t that many outside influences to impact my Simself’s life, and if I get stuck, I can pause the game, Google a guide, find the answer, and get un-stuck.
Maybe the Sims, for me, is more of a simulation of the life I want to have for myself, rather than the one I have now. Sure it’s loosely based off of the real world, and I’m not saying I want to be exactly like my Simself, I’m not that crazy.  *shrug* Or maybe I am, haha.
On a lighter note, this game is also fun because I can do the things there which I would probably never do in real life, such as serial date, have a ton of kids, have a wonderful garden (Hi I have a black thumb and everything green dies), and light myself on fire while trying to make grilled cheese. I shouldn’t count that last one out though.. you never know….
This game continues to be amusing, and is also one of my favorites to play because I can kind of let my Sims do their thing while I putter around the house, pay bills, browse the internet, and then come back and check on them when they start yelling or catching fire.
That’s all I’ve got for today, have a lovely weekend, all <3

Motivation

This morning, as it happens almost every morning, I feel the want to write a blog post. In contrast to most mornings, I vocalized my thoughts on Twitter and the inevitable happened.

With friends like these… <3

Motivation is a funny thing. Everyone reacts differently to it, and it drives us to change things, or not, in varying degrees. There’s a lot that ties into motivation, that can stop one from doing something. Fear of change, the thought of failure, of rejection, or even of accomplishment. If I do the thing, and I do well at the thing, will people expect more? Will I expect more of myself? Yes, this ties into blogging as well.

My recent thoughts as to why I shouldn’t blog is that I’ve been in a kind of negative frame of mind lately. I don’t want every blog post to be me whining about something, or speaking dejectedly about what I wish something to be. It’s still my voice though, my thoughts, and what I’ve come to realize is by putting those thoughts down on the screen, or on paper if I draft out my post long-hand before I type it up, is that sometimes I can change my own way of thinking by the end of the post. Sometimes this makes me feel like I’m writing the post for no reason, but there was a reason, even if that was to simply change the way viewed something.

I’m not here to write guides, to tell you how to play your game. I’m here to share my experiences and thoughts with the interwebs, to take conversations I participate in or see online and continue them, or comment on them, in a longer form than is merited on social media or in chat boxes in MMO’s.

I always try to tie in what I’m doing IRL also, as I think it’s important to know there is a real human sitting here typing these out. I know this is a ‘gaming blog’, but I am a gamer, so I write about myself a bit too. My interests are varied (I’m in college, I currently work two jobs, I cross-stitch, I have a psychopathic adorable floofy cat, I try to be social with friends, I’m in many fandoms) and I try to keep this blog varied as well with the games and topics I speak about. I occasionally will try to write the motivational blog post, but most of my posts are the seat of the pants, stream of consciousness writing. I feel like this is more conversational, and it’s more fun for me to write.

Over the year I’ve been blogging, I’ve learned a lot about myself, and about what motivates me. I’ve tried to do many Things, whether it be following a character as I level it, or consistently write about a game and my progress through it, but I seem to never be able to keep up with it. This is something that I want to try to do better at, as continuity is a wonderful thing, and helps my readers as well as the author =P.

Lately I’ve been playing a lot of The Sims 4- it’s a game that I can kind of let do its own thing, and putter around the house, and come back to it when my Sims start yelling about something. I’ve created a Sim that I’ll be playing exclusively when I stream, as well as creating my friends because it’s fun and somewhat creepy and awkward to control their lives. I’ve been playing FFXIV also, putter around in D3 some, and I want to get back into Skyrim. Oh, I’m also forever trying to remember what rhythm is and progress in Crypt of the Necrodancer ^.^

I’ve gone off track, where was I? Oh yes.

So what motivates me to write? A helluva lot, apparently.

Advice no one asked for

I HAVE RETURNED. LOUDLY.

 

Hi there! Today marks the beginning of the event that got me blogging, really blogging, in the first place. Also today is my one-year anniversary with WordPress!

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This program is amazing, please go to the site and check it out yourself. Even if you’ve been blogging for years, or like me, have been collecting dust on your blog and want to start it up again, the site and the bloggers who support and coach the newbies is an amazing and invaluable resource.

Without further ado, here’s my advice!

Just write.

You will develop your voice, you will develop your writing style and habits. It doesn’t have to be every day, it doesn’t even have to be once a week, but I found that at least starting out, aiming for a specific day on which to publish a post helped me out a lot. I could have time to scribble ideas down, or even just plop down in front of my computer and start typing. That’s another thing. Sometimes the best posts (the ones with the most page views, re-tweets, comments, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT AMIRITE*) for me have been the ones where I didn’t even know where I was going with it until I sat down and started phlailing away with my phalanges.

Life happens. It affects all of us differently, and sometimes you may have to set aside blogging in lieu of more important things, like work, sleep, feeding your cat, or seeing your family once and a while.

Like most things in life, you may be nervous, may be scared, and that’s okay! There is a great support system, I’ve really gotten to know and be good friends with a lot of people that were in my NBI class in 2014, and other bloggers in general! It’s a really fun way to explore the games (or game related activities!) you enjoy, and see how other people play or create things they love.  There is such a sense of community among bloggers that is almost indescribable until you experience it. In a way it’s similar to me to gaming with friends that I only know from the game, but in this instance you only ‘see’ them through their writing. Sure, social media lets you glimpse their real life, but when all you have are words and pictures to work with, I feel that you really get to know someone and what makes them tick. Some of you may pick this up and run with it, and become very prolific bloggers with a huge following, some may do it on occasion but have a small group of loyal readers, and some may drift away after NBI. All of those options are fine. After all, you have to do something, have to make that first step, have to make that leap, to know if you’ll fly. Is that cheesy enough? Yeah, probably.

HERE ARE SOME DO’S AND DON’T’S!

  • Don’t be afraid to add your voice to the chorus.
  • Don’t be afraid your ideas or posts are silly, or inconsequential.
  • Don’t feel like it has to be The Perfect Blog Post.
  • Be fearless.
  • Pick different games.
  • Pick different themes for your blog.
  • HAVE FUN. IF YOU AREN’T HAVING FUN THEN YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG.

*these stats are cool and all, but there are more important things in life from what I hear.

Short and sweet today, but that’s all I got. Wait, no one last thing. Poke Belghast or Alternative Chat – both are amazing writers and humans.