There Just Wasn’t Enough Time #NBI2015


I’ve known this day was coming for months. I thought back to last year’s NBI, the first one I was involved with, and recalled many fond memories. I looked forward to this year’s NBI with much excitement. The gameplan was discussed. Leaders came forward. Things needed to get done.

Then I just up and went out of town for a week, and next thing I knew the day was here and there was so much to do!

So here we are. It’s May 1st, and the #NBI2015 has officially kicked off. I’m not the first person to post about it, no I’m probably one of the last. However, I did manage to collate a list of those who have already posted about the event, and there’s plenty of pertinent information to be read. If you are a person who has wanted to get started with blogging but don’t know how, we have the information and guidance for you. If you’re an established blogger and want to help provide tips and advice to newbies, we have the tools to do so. If you’re a blogger who hasn’t picked up the “pen” in quite some time, we’re here to welcome you back, and get you back on track. No matter who you are, if you are/want to be involved with blogging, the NBI is for you.

The most important steps to follow to get involved are as follows:

  • Follow @newbieblogger2 on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, get it. Everyone uses it, and it will keep you the best informed.
  • Bookmark and/or add to your reader. It will have major announcements posted on the front page.
  • Sign up for a forum account, and add your blog to the list of sponsors or newbies depending on your status. Don’t know which would be more appropriate for you? Feel free to ask.

Here’s a list of bloggers who have already commented on the topic of the NBI:

Alternative Chat: Words
Bio Break: Join the Newbie Blogger Initiative Revolution!
Clean Casuals: New or Aspiring Gaming Blogger?
Contains Moderate Peril: The Newbie Blogger Initiative 2015
Grimoires of Supremacy: Start Blogging
I Have Touched The Sky: NBI ’15
Harbinger Zero: Blog You Fools!
Murf Versus: Announcing the Screenshot Safari
Party Business: It’s May, The NBI has started
Tales From the Aggronaut: Newbie Blogger Initiative 2015

Keep an eye on this blog and the main page of the NBI for more information. I have a couple of writing challenges in mind along with an announcement coming for a gaming event I’ll be running.

#nbi2015 #nbi #newbiebloggerinitiative

Couch Podtatoes Episode 43: CSM and the Hidden Politics of MMOs


So as I mentioned, this week’s show should have technically been last week’s show but I went on a trip to visit family I hadn’t seen in a very long time, so I didn’t feel too bad on missing out on a show. However, Eri rounded up Doone to talk about EvE’s CSM which wrapped up in recent months. They recorded over the weekend, but as the resident editor/poster, I didn’t get my hands on their recordings until I got back from my vacation. At that point it was late enough that I decided to just release this episode today. We’ll be getting back on schedule this week.

I’m not big on EvE; don’t know much about it, but I do respect all of the craziness that it has spawned. Eri and Doone go into details of the CSM and many political aspects of other MMOs as well.


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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 43: CSM and the Hidden Politics of MMOs (runtime: 47:19)

What are we playing? (starts at 1:45)
Discussion: EvE’s CSM (starts at 9:54)

Host Contact information:

Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Blog: Healing the Masses
Twitter: @ausj3w3l

Guest Contact information:

Blog: XP Chronicles
Twitter: @doone_buggy

Music Credits:
“Level Up” by Cookie Monsta (from the Riot! EP)
“Genesee Avenue” by GosT (from the album Behemoth)
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

Couch Podtatoes is a podcast about gaming, though we might stray into other forms of media. Sometimes we use strong language, but we try to keep that to a minimum. All opinions expressed by us or our guests are our own and are in no way to be interpreted as official commentary from any companies we discuss. You can visit our official podcast page at Be sure to follow us on iTunes, and/or Stitcher Radio.

Questions, comments and feedback are welcomed and encouraged!

#couchpodtatoes #podcast #gamesdiscussion #gaming