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31 and Trying New Things

31 and Trying New Things
Trying New Things

I turned 31 last Thursday and as always, I did some reflection on what I have done. Last year, I felt like I did nothing. But, in actuality, I’ve come a very long way. I moved out of my childhood home, I had a kid, and through all the sleep deprivation and the ungodly amounts of caffeine I’ve consumed, I survived. Am I cured? No, but I’m in a better place now than I was exactly 10 years ago1. I am in a constant state of finding my happy and discovering my abilities. I became not afraid to try new things2.

All in all, I’m a lot stronger than I perceive myself.

With that being said, I’ve decided that I needed to go back to my roots as a writer. I was always reminded to keep writing, and for several years, barring my blog, I just couldn’t. It’s hard to write on paper these days because my hands tend to get pained more often than not (even typing can be painful), but talking about passions and finding what I love to do, this is it. Creating is my happy.

I’ve gone through some ideas in my head and dug one out and I want to share it with everyone today. I’ve always wanted to try new things when it came to writing. I’ve done short stories, I’ve tried novels, I’ve even dabbled in writing plays (I enjoy writing plays by the way). But I have never tried writing an e-book, which seems to be all the rage.

But…what would it be on? I mean, I’m not a one-niche person. I write about games, life, and blogging. Then a light bulb went over my head. Oh, hi, BLOGGING! It’s something I have a passion for, and it’s something that a lot of people are curious about. In the interest of “Operation Try New Things”, I am happy to announce…

Don't Chase the Money

What was my inspiration?

I was part of a Facebook group that initially started out as a great place for bloggers to connect, but I quickly realized that some of the bloggers there have only been blogging for a few months and was already asking how to monetize their blog. It was almost as if they were doing this not because they love to blog, but because they’re looking for a quick buck. Let’s face it; we’re all looking for a quick (legal) buck. However, as someone who has been a blogger for 12 years, and who has gotten paid to blog, it was not easy. This is from an honest…okay, almost fucking brutal point of view. Let’s just get a few things out of the way.

  1. If you feel the need to clutch your pearls and feel light-headed while reading swear words, then you might not like this e-book.
  2. If you’re looking for me to say that monetizing your blog is as easy as right-swiping a cutie on Tinder, that ain’t happening here either.
  3. However, if you are new to the game, and/or want to read something in my voice and point #1 does not steer you away, then you might like this. I’d say “love”, but that’d be pushing it as it’s my first e-book.

Oh, by the way…it’s not done yet. As I’m horrible at deadlines, and because I’ll be moving house soon, it’ll be at least May before it’s released. However, I know people like seeing progress, and there is some progress.

If you want to join me on my journey for trying new things, subscribe to me! Not only will it make me feel good, but it would also serve as motivation to keep my eye on the prize so to speak.

PS: My birthday was lax and I had cake. That is all.

  1. Chronic pain notwithstanding
  2. Unless it’s new foods, just gimme chicken, thanks

I am a web project masochist.

So I’ve decided that in the very near future, I want to start a new web project.

I have a couple under my belt at the moment. Most of which are low-maintenance, so I don’t have to update as often on those as opposed to here, where I am failing to blog at least a couple of times a week. It’s depressing, since I am here all day, I should be able to generate more entries in a week, but what the hell am I gonna talk about? I don’t exactly live a very interesting life (to most).

However, as you probably already know, I am a gamer. I have been one since I was itty bitty and playing Super Mario Bros. on my cousin’s NES. You know, the Super Mario Bros. that if you died 3 times, it was game over, regardless of what world you were in? That Super Mario Bros. that if you were even ONE CENTIMETER OFF screen on that mushroom block, you were assed out? Yeah. Anyways, my love for gaming was further fueled by someone with a never-dying passion of gaming–my fiance. So what kind of project would this be?

A site that is purely for gaming purposes. Game reviews, ramblings about games I currently play, rants about gaming in general. That kind of stuff. I may even bring Ronnie into it, because well…why not have an-almost husband-and-wife team collaborate?

The problem is…the project is a big one. And I’m going to design it and do most of the back job stuff solo. Do I want to really throw myself into the fire? Do I really? You know what they say…

Challenge Accepted.

Site: 1, Nat: 0.

Out of complete sheer boredom1, I decided to make a new design for this site as I haven’t had one in…I lost count. I went through my normal ritual of going to ColourLovers, picking out a color scheme, opening up Photoshop, then scrapping the idea.

Except…this time, I loved the color enough to stick with it.

Then hyperfocus kicked in. Mind you, it was at 12am at night, so what that means is that I would have to be falling over to stop2. Anyways. I experimented with this newfangled thing called Child Themes. It’s actually a lot easier than I expected. This theme is a child theme of the theme I had up last. Then I heavily chopped it up and threw it in a pan3 and this is what I got. I was prodded to go to bed when I was almost finished, so I did just that, then the first thing I did was open up4 was Crimson Editor.

Front was looking good, but then I remembered the monster that was Twitter Tools and Social.

So a few months ago, Twitter Tools updated, and it required another plugin, Social. Miffed, I decided to test it out anyways. Twitter Tools looked the same (for the most part), but what I wasn’t prepared for was how adding Social completely fucked with my comments. Since I was way out of practice5, I left it be. I couldn’t do so with this design, due to its already bright nature. That, and it did truly piss me the fuck off. So I went to Whitters’ site since she had a rant about Twitter Tools/Social giving her massive issues since that update. She suggested two plugins (ew, two plugins to do what Twitter Tools alone did). So I installed one, the other one turned out to need massive amounts of editing just to pull up my latest tweet, so I went looking around for another. This new plugin pulls everything off my Twitter, but I made it so the miscellaneous shit didn’t show, and that is what you see there.

So bye-bye Twitter Tools. You served me well for a few years. And fuck you Social. Fuck you hard.

So while I have a nice layout up6, the whole ordeal has sapped me of all of my energy. So I will probably stay away from it for a while.

Oh, and per inspiration by Angie, I made a Simblr. Turns out that I like multiple Sims in my legacy, but I’d like to keep that space for the heir and spare stories. Oh…and thanks to Geek Inside Us, I won a copy of University Life, and I spent a good chunk of my week playing around with it7.

So that’s it.

  1. And the fact that I needed a new layout
  2. Which I did, at nearly 5am, which would’ve been 4am, but fuck you daylight savings time. Fuck you.
  3. Not really, I’m banned from cooking, remember?
  4. Besides my simblr, that is
  5. And couldn’t be assed to fix it
  6. At least to me, and it’s far from perfect; can’t get the margins right in some areas
  7. Provided that Ronnie let me on between his uses.