12 Years of Blogging About Nothing

12yearsToday marks the 12th anniversary of this humble blogging establishment. I’m celebrating 4,380 days of writing about nothing. And by nothing of course, I mean whatever-the-hell-I-want-to. It’s been a long journey, and I’m surely not the same person who started this blog 12 years ago. Thinking about that in itself is a trip down memory lane. Reading some of the things that my 22 year old self wrote is practically embarrassing, but I see glimmers of the writer I would become. Despite the fact that I have had inconsistencies with my frequency of posts, jumping around between writing about the personal to writing about gaming and even sports, I’ve managed to maintain a regular reader base, and for that, I am proud. So thank you for helping to keep me motivated to share my journey through life — in the real and virtual worlds I travel.

I’ve always said that I write for myself, first and foremost. But without an audience, I don’t know that I would have kept on for as long as I have. See, when I started I was literally sharing my personal life and wasn’t being read by anyone, save for some close friends and family. Even then, engagement was low and it stayed that way for a long time. It wasn’t until I started talking more about MMOs that I became a part of something bigger, and the real catalyst was the NBI, thrusting myself deep into a community of *mostly* like-minded individuals. I made friends. I played games with people I’d never met. I formed a podcast and helped form a podcasting network. I started streaming and making the occasional YouTube video. It’s been an amazing adventure, and I wouldn’t trade some of these experiences for the world.

But writing, podcasting, recording and editing are all large time sinks, and sometimes real life will throw you curve balls. I’ve had periods where I gave up the blog and called it done, just to come back six months later. I’ve had periods of time where I could only muster 5 posts in a month. Sometimes, there really isn’t much that’s worth writing about. Sometimes you spend so much time unplugged enjoying real life that you forget about this alternate ego; this hobby that you nourished into a monster that eats away all of your free time and then some. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed with it all, and need to take a step back. But once you do, you realize that you really enjoy these things, and you soldier on. At least, that’s been the experience for me. Your mileage may vary.

Needless to say, hitting this milestone makes me want to see year 15, where I’m still blogging and creating content on the Internet. Having no podcast to produce has been a nice way to gain extra free time, but now that I’ve not produced an episode in a few months, I really miss it. I’m struggling to find the motivation to rebuild a brand and an audience, though I know some of that will come just from the recognition of my original show. Still, I do miss it, and I do want to put together a new show. I think I’m done with trying to do anything with YouTube, as videos take too much time. I’ll still share the occasional video, but it’s likely just going to be to feed the blog. But podcasting, providing I can figure out a decent format, that’s something that I can bust out fairly quickly and would like to do again. I know I’ve said this a few times already, but I’m starting to feel like the motivation is there again. Keep an eye on this space for more on that as it develops.

So long rambling story short, I appreciate you for your support throughout the years. Here’s to many more to come.

Announcing The New NBI Website

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In one of those “better late than never” sort of instances, the NBI finally has a new website that is up and functional. Head over to www.nbicommunity.com to check out the past archives, and keep your eye on the site for round-ups, writing prompts and event information!

I’d like everyone to take a moment out of their day to give a big thanks to Doone of XP Chronicles for getting the event going in the first place, but also for his efforts in getting the community site back up and running! You can find him on Twitter or reach him in the comments on the NBI site or his own blog.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back with my first writing prompt and screenshot challenge post soon.

Fantasy LCS Review: Season 6, Week 6

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week6standingsAnother week is in the books, and my team is slumping hard. Putting my bets on individual players has been a curse and a blessing. I’ve had some outstanding individual performances from my squad, but an equal amount of underwhelming point totals. Last week was actually a week where I was expecting to win, and not just hoping. Tacktix has had a rough go in this league, and I figured the adjustments that I made would guarantee a win. Of course, Cloud 9 had to go and have a stellar weekend, so he managed to outscale me with just two of their members. I’m happy with the performance of my current lineup though, so I’m going to let it ride, only swapping out Kasing for Aphromoo. Nothing against the NA support, but he just hasn’t been giving me the numbers I need to contend with the other supports in this league. I’m up against Judentus again this week, and my projections look strong, but we all know how that can be ultra deceiving. Regardless, this is a case of being a week I should have won but luck would have it otherwise. Congrats to Tacktix for getting his first win of the split. At this point I think the only possible way I can move back into second place is if Judentus was to drop the remainder of his games and I was to win out. 1st place is already secured for Tyvokka, and it looks like Immortals have a good chance at running the table this split, so I can’t win all of my remaining matches. Hence, I’ve dropped from second place to third as compared to last season, and our former last place moves to first, while first drops to second. Ah well, I have a new strategy brewing for the Summer Split.

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Fantastic performances from my two European substitutes. The team didn’t do as well as expected, but I think next week will be a different story. Piglet underwhelmed, and though I’d normally be happy with Aphromoo’s 32 points, comparing that to Hai’s 60 sucks, hence my change. Overally, he just had really strong showings from one extra player than me, and that was enough to net the extra 20 points. I also think that’s the highest point total Tacktix has had the entire split. Looking ahead:

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As I mentioned I dropped Aphro for Kasing. Vitality has been killing it lately so hopefully he brings in some decent points. My projections put me ahead by a sizable amount. We shall see what happens I suppose. It’s likely I just stay in third place and the rest of the split doesn’t matter all that much, but I’ll still find something to comment on. Let’s take a look at the top players:

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As you can see, C9 killed it, taking the 4 of the top slots. Rush barely missed rounding out the top 5, and would have kept me from missing the top 5 for the 2nd week in a row. I do however still own two players in the top 5 overall, though Steeelback was a recent pickup. Otherwise Pobelter remains in 2nd place overall, but Piglet has finally dropped out of the top end with a couple of dismal performances. Honestly though, it’s not his fault. He rarely dies, he just doesn’t always get kills, particularly when the game is falling apart around him. I think they are in need of a better top laner reminiscent of Quas, and perhaps Fenix really needs to quit? He seems to have flashes of brilliance but isn’t carrying games. Matt and Dardoch just need more time in the league I think. Anyway, that’s all for this week. See you soon.

11 Years

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Eleven years ago today, I started this blog. It’s since seen a name change, several focus changes, and over eleven hundred posts; this is a poor average but nonetheless I soldier on. It isn’t clear how many times blogging has “died,” but it is clear that I’m unable to stop compulsively writing about whatever I have an opinion on. It’s been a fun journey needless to say.

I live in a completely different city, talk to maybe a handful of the same people and live a very different life from what I would have imagined eleven years ago.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I am more educated at this point, believe that the city I live in is a better fit for me, and am more content with my own personal well-being than I have been in a long time. There are still improvements to be made, but I’m not the New Year’s Resolution type. Things will continue to change and if I’m writing this same post eleven more years from now, I would expect to be a different me. I hope the next eleven years are just as eventful, and I hope that I can report more successes at that time.

The past couple of days were spent helping a friend move out of town. It’s unfortunate because he’s the only friend I really had out here but thankfully he’s not so far away I can’t still visit, it will just be less often. Anyway, as a result I’m rather beat, and I realize that I haven’t put out the newest podcast yet either. We’re going to record tomorrow but it’s a possibility that it won’t get posted until Sunday. The school break is over so I’m back to that grindstone, so there might be a little bit of a lull in content while I get back into the swing of things.

Since this is a shorty post, I’ll leave you with my latest Quick Look video, just in case you missed it:

2015 in review

I posted the WordPress year in review last year, so I figured I’d do it again this year. I’ve noticed bigger spikes in traffic this year, and a better year overall from the stats. Social media brought in a bunch of views, and the usual suspects popped up in comments. I just said year a bunch, but here I am not caring. How did you guys do this year?

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 55,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.