15 Years of Blogging

Holy shit, I totally forgot to make this post when it the anniversary actually happened, but as of January 9th, 2020 this blog turned 15 years old. That’s the majority of my adult life. Clearly, this habit is for life, despite some breaks from time to time.

I’d like to thank those of you who have been along for the ride, no matter how many of those years you were actually reading. I know I’ve had ups and downs, shifts in priorities and shifts in writing style/content. But having anyone read what I have to say gives me a sense of empowerment that my thoughts actually mean something.

I have no intentions on going anywhere. I love doing this thing, and even when I lose motivation, I’m always thinking about the next piece to write. Your support keeps me going.

Here’s to 15 more!

 

2020

The year has been insanely busy despite the fact that we’re only thirteen days into it.

I moved my family into our own house. Finding the right one took almost the whole month of December. I had it secured just before the new year and we moved in on January 2nd. With some help from my best friend, we had everything moved into the new house with two trips in a Uhaul. It took a few days to get mostly unpacked (I believe there are only a handful of boxes left at this point), but we also started to realize many of the things you should have in a house that we didn’t currently own. I was fortunate to acquire a dining room table and washer/dryer from my friend as he wasn’t using them in his current living situation. We were also fortunate enough to have some money put aside, so things like a microwave and other various odds n ends were able to be purchased. I also picked up a new 55″ Samsung 4k UHD TV on a killer sale so we were able to put my old TV into the bedroom.

This past weekend we found a couch we really liked from a rent-to-own place that is being delivered today. I was also able to request a new desk as a Christmas gift, so my office was completed. It’s been fantastic having my own house again. It feels good to be able to provide for the family but also having the space to spread my shit around (which again looks like a lot less given the amount of space we now have). Being able to come home from work and plop down in front of a big TV to unwind is great — or being more comfortable in my nerdy office and not worrying about background noise or bothering others around me is a huge plus as well.

I’ve been missing blogging, as I knew I would. This wasn’t too much of a hiatus, but I think it’s time to get back out there and share some thoughts. Over my break from writing, I did manage to play through the latest Star Wars game, Jedi: Fallen Order and I have some thoughts to share about that. The complete spoilers for the next Magic: The Gathering set, Theros: Beyond Death are out, so I have more to talk about there. Also, my Packers just beat the Seahawks in the Divisional round, so next weekend there’s more football to watch, an the Packers face the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. I’m sure I can spare some thoughts there again, but I’m going to let my By the Numbers column die for this year. Hoping to pick that back up come September.

So welcome back to semi-regular content. 2020 is a fresh start in more ways than one.

On Hiatus

Hey everyone who’s still checking up on me, I think it’s time I finally get around to making a post as short as this one will be.

You’ll probably notice I missed my football post this past week and am about to miss another. It’s probably going to lie unfinished this season unfortunately.

Real life has kicked things up a notch and something has to give. I decided it was the blog that had to sit on the back burner. I’m still playing games and playing Magic and I still have thoughts, just lacking the time and motivation to write. This isn’t my first rodeo, and I know I’ll bounce back I’m just not sure when.

I’m moving again come January, so it’s likely I won’t have internet for a little while after moving so I wouldn’t be able to post anyway.

My little family is getting their own house though, and it will Mark the first time in years that I’ll have a place without family or roommates. Just me, my girl and my son. I’m looking forward to it more than I can express here.

I’d say it’s a good bet that blogging will resume a regular schedule come this time next month. I should have plenty to share by then as well.

I’ll see you around. Also, Happy holidays!

A Post About Not Posting

I’d like to say that I’m still burnt out from the post fest that is Blaugust, but that would be a lie wouldn’t it? If nothing else, I could have used it as an excuse for September’s low post count, but then I went and had another low post month in October.

Honestly there’s still plenty for me to say. I still play games daily. There are new and recurring titles that see play but yet I’m not really pulling additional posts out of them. You’ll probably notice my pattern where I will introduce my thoughts on a new game and only get a couple additional posts out of it before it’s on to the next.

I was regular about my round-up posts, but they took a bit of a backseat when I stopped playing a ton of games and started to really focus on the backlog. Problem being is that once a game gets its hooks into me, particularly those kinds that don’t have an end (looking at you, MOBAs, FPS PvP, and Battlegrounds titles), I tend to play them for hours but there isn’t a ton to write about save for update news and the like.

I have been playing a ton of mobile games and Apex Legends primarily.

Other things not so much.

It’s not that I don’t want to play. I generally always keep up on daily tasks on mobile titles. I also try to do my daily challenges on Apex Legends. I recently discovered a coworker plays League of Legends and I spent a chunk of this afternoon playing Ultra Rapid Fire (the “URF” game mode). So things are happening. I’m just in a funk when it comes to writing. This isn’t my time struggling with it either.

Most of the time, when things get tense/stressful in real life I will hunker down and out off blogging. I have been keeping up with Football posts but that’s sort of an aside here on the page so I don’t want that to be all I’m producing. Whatever the case, some things have gone down at work and there’s a possibility I change departments. I also have an impending move on the horizon, which will happen in January. So things have been more focused on those fronts and something has to give.

On the positive side I have posts about commander brews and news. I really only found one legendary creatures out of Throne of Eldraine that I was interested in building and I finished that so there will be a post. I also want to talk about super early Theros spoilers and the coming year’s commander releases. It’s going to be a great year for the game, but I basically don’t play. Hoping to rectify this soon with an LGS visit. Also looking into playing paper magic via webcam with distant friends and randoms.

I am still working through Borderlands 3 with my best friend, but we wanted our first playthrough to be strictly together so it’s slow going due to our differing schedules. I’m really tempted to buy The Outer Worlds, but having been burned on Fallout 76 I was hesitant. I’ve heard good things though so I’m likely to pick it up eventually.

Whatever the case I have about 5 drafts that are semi done. I wouldn’t expect a sudden increase in output bit I hope to get some of my mojo back in coming months. I think post move I’ll be able to settle in again. Then perhaps a podcast and other projects can resume too.

Thanks for bearing with me.

Blaugust 2019 Wraps Up

August just flew by, didn’t it folks? For those of you who made it through the slog, congratulations. This is I believe the third or fourth time I’ve managed to do the full gamut of posts during the event, so I’ll pat myself on the back for that. Some items learned during this year’s Blaugust:

  • I didn’t follow the schedule at all. I made one post that was on theme with Bel’s schedule with the developer appreciation bit.
  • I didn’t really mentor anyone, don’t know if that means I should lose the status.
  • I was in my own little world, not mentioning WoW Classic once. Well, now I just did.
  • This year was the most difficult to get out all 31 posts. Having a vacation in the middle of the month made for a mini-marathon just to have posts scheduled.
  • I enjoy blogging, but I cannot keep up this pace. Some days I was reaching for something to write about.
  • Despite many passions, sometimes I don’t feel like writing.

It was a long month that passed quickly and I am glad that the marathon is over. I’ll be returning to my 15 or so post a month schedule that has served me well in the past. I’ll probably go silent for a couple of days unless the bug strikes me sooner. I know there were some drafts I didn’t end up publishing that I may work on, but for the most part I am spent at this point.

That’s really all I have. It was nice to see the community come together again around this event, but once again the attrition will likely set in. Not to sound like a downer, but these are facts. Hopefully some of you stick around for the long haul. I need stuff to read.