TSS #61 – Blapril 2020 Wrap-Up

Blapril2020 is over and this is a wrap-up post! 

Just the other day, Belghast posted his Blapril-Rundown with all the stats, awards and participants and therefore concluded the event for now. 

“During the entire series run of March 29th through May 9th we had 48 total participants and they crafted 1124 blog posts. This works out to be an average of roughly 23 posts per participant.”

Belghast from aggronaut.com

Overall, what I learned from the Blapril-experience is the fact that two daily posts are technically possible… for shorter periods… but only when I don’t have Uni going on as well. I dropped the daily posts when I reached my 42 posts in April and only got three more posts done in the first ten days of May, resulting in a total of 45 posts! That’s the second-most posts among all participants (Bhagpuss has “beaten” me with three more for a total of 48 posts)!

Due to our post-count of 45 we not only get the Participation Award but also the Rainbow Award! Wohoo!

Two posts per day are rather hard to do, however. It’s quite exhausting to write up two posts, edit and publish them in time when you’ve got a set schedule that you want to commit to without having to rely on backdating and that kind of “cheatery”. So, I guess I won’t do any schedules for now and instead post when I’ve got the time. And while I could do at least daily posts, I don’t think that I’ll do that any time soon with all the uni-stuff that is going on right now. Currently, I’m falling behind on my studies right now, so I’ve got to sacrifice more sleep currently and cancel a stream or two here and there, so overall that’s a bummer.

As far as posts go, I managed to post seven reviews:

Three posts on First Impressions:

Four posts on Monster Hunter World:

and therefore managed to get to Iceborne (still need to post on that) in only seven posts, I guess.

I also did a couple of rant-posts, just because I had the idea during last year’s Blaugust but didn’t do it for a long time:

and we revisited Risk of Rain 2, and we took a look at May’s Humble Choice, to which we’ve actually beaten Naithin, which I personally found rather amusing!

Overall, I got to fill in all the gaps with a bunch of Stray Sheep and a few posts about Streaming and the like, which was also quite nice for the mix. April actually managed to rake in 813 views from about 405 visitors, which I found quite surprising! 

Now, I don’t necessarily care about my SEO (nor do I know how to do that kind of stuff) and I don’t necessarily care about growing my blog but at the same time, it’s not like I don’t get happy to see that people like actually read my posts and possibly get to see some of those games that I’m reviewing. Especially when it comes to new and unknown games like Gutwhale, I’m rather happy when I see that the review is getting a lot of traffic. Our blog also showed up on Google a couple of times as well as Bing, DuckDuckGo, Baidu and Yahoo Search.

In the future, I’d like to post more reviews again and also cover a larger variety of games and genres! The review of the manga, Girl by the Sea, that I did was interesting and I enjoyed writing that post up, but I don’t know yet if I’ll do that again any time soon, especially as I don’t get to read as much right now. 

I guess I could try out other review formats and genres and branch out a bit more into shows, movies and albums that I really did enjoy or that I wanted to write about… but I feel like I’m missing the expertise and knowledge to put my thoughts into words which can potentially really harm the quality of the review in the end, so, for now, I’ll just stick to video game reviews and eventually branch out into other genres once I’ve actually finished up a draft that I’m happy with. 

Either way, that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed this wrap-up. I’m looking forward to this year’s Blaugust and can’t wait for it to start again since I’ll be on break then as well. 

Have a nice one!

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS #60 – Toxic People

This is a post about toxic people and toxicity in general, I guess. And to make this post less sad or personal or heavy, I’m also adding cat pictures into the mix – and I’m not adding any pictures of cats that I know and love but generic cat pictures from the wordpress library to make it less personal and more generic. I hope you enjoy these.

I’ve recently had to deal with someone whose friend I was for six years (or probably more at this point) and whose just company wasn’t doing any good for me at all. I didn’t know what to do about it. I always was hoping that it would get better eventually or I was making excuses as I don’t know what he’s going through, but that’s the point: After six+ years, I still don’t know a thing about this “friend” and I’ve never really had an actual conversation outside of video games and other interests with this person. And that’s weird. It’s scary to an extent. You think you “know” someone but you don’t at all. Everything you think you know about that person may be a lie. My girlfriend actually suggested that I cut ties with him and that that would probably do me more good and while I acted as if that’s something new, I actually knew that it’s something I’d have to do eventually.

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This guy would have no problems at all with judging others and cutting them off for the stupidest reasons, like getting into a girl’s pants, period. At the same time, everything that you’d do that wasn’t on his side got treated as “treason” and you’d essentially get guilt-tripped into thinking that you’re in the wrong, to the point where it fucks with your personality. He’s (probably) six years older than me. I say probably as I don’t know if he’s really 27 or if that’s a lie as well. After all, I don’t know if he actually has a job if he’s broke all the time or if he actually is studying right now if he seems to play games all day and know nothing about psychology or empathy or whatever. I was fourteen when I got to know him and he always thought of himself as someone who’s teaching me about all kinds of things when he really was just pushing his ego. And in hindsight, it really screwed with me to have a person like that around for that long at that age.

These 351 words here are probably wasted on him but since I kicked him off my discord, removed him from social media and just didn’t talk to him at all anymore and cut him off without a word to him or any other friends, I felt that I should maybe write about it. I should maybe talk about it. Just to get it off my mind. Alas, there’s this post here. This post where I talk about toxic people in my life and how I’m trying to deal with it.

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I’ve had this teacher for nine years and he’d always blame me for all kinds of things even when I didn’t have anything to do with them. He would manipulate me and laugh about me and overall he was the biggest douche I know, to this day. The only reason for me to go to school was the fact that I was in that Drama club… but he would lead it and since everybody loved him and his fresh way of teaching, I couldn’t really speak up about it as I’d be the outsider who’s trying to be edgy and be against the mainstream (or something like that). I also didn’t want to get kicked out of the Drama club. So, I stayed in the club for nine years.

When I graduated, that teacher was basically patting himself on the back for those nine years where I have been an active member. That teacher was basically bragging in front of a whole gym hall full of people that he was the person that raised me to the person who I am now. And he’s not going to hear it from me now. After all, the only thing that is going to change if I talk to him about it or if I go public about it, is the way he’ll treat my younger siblings in class, giving them an even harder time and bad grades for no reasons. And when they graduate, it will already be too late for me to speak up about the disgusting human being that that teacher is – in my opinion. It won’t make a difference at all if I were to talk about the stuff he put me through. If he lost his job, he wouldn’t be able to feed his family at all. After all, he got married and has a child with one of his former students, and nobody wouldn’t want to destroy that, right?

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So, what I’m trying to get at is: Fuck people. They suck. Most of them. I’ve met plenty of great people out there. The Blaugustans, my girlfriend, a ton of people who I met through twitch, and some other great friends: They are all great. I’m glad that I’m part of some of these communities and I know there’s plenty of other great people that I haven’t met in a while… but at the same, there are even more douchebags and jerks and hosers over there…

Recently I’ve talked to Roger from containsmoderateperil again and we had this discussion about how life is too short for a lot of things. He also found out that he’s older than my father, which apparently was not apparent… but either way…

Life’s just too short for all of those jerks and scumbags. Life’s too short to give a fuck about any of them. And life’s too short to keep any of them around or to be angry about them. I guess this post is pointless in a way. The person I recently cut ties with in my life didn’t even bother to reach out to me so that basically reaffirms to me that it was the right choice to make. Let’s just hope that he won’t cause trouble sooner or later. Same thing for that teacher or for a certain blogger who used to cause trouble but who just doesn’t care anymore.

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Life’s too short, so just don’t get overagitated about that kind of thing, I guess. :c Uh, but that’s also bad advice and probably is not always the thing to do. Sometimes it’s just easier to ignore it… or you set the bar super low to never get disappointed! Or you just surround yourself with pleasant things in order to prevent yourself getting damaged or whatever.

So that’s it for today’s post. Have a nice one!

Cheers!

TSS#59 – Indiecator – Now on Instagram!

Social media is weird… or rather: I haven’t really figured it out. I’m constantly shitposting on that Instagram-account that my first ever girlfriend forced me to create and after 502 posts of uh… mountains… vineyards… vacation… museums… “Do Not Touch” signs that I’ve touched… and me, I guess,… well… apparently 166 people are following me over there. 166 people decided that my shitposts are not as shitty as I think they are and because of that I thought: “Why not do the same for my blog?”

Well… and there’s a problem. I had to figure out how to post pictures on Instagram using my PC. I didn’t necessarily feel like downloading the pictures onto my phone and posting them on my phone, too, as I really suck at typing on my phone… and I didn’t feel like switching to Safari or – even worse – Chrome… so in the end, I tried out downloading the Desktop-Instagram-App from the Windows Store, only to find out that it does the same as the browser-view: Everything but upload pictures.

And in the end, I installed an add-on that switches your browser window to mobile view… and that does the trick. I’m able to upload pictures quite easily and have now started to ship out some of my reviews onto Instagram, too… but in short… and with hashtags. My only problem right now is that I hardly know anything about networking and stuff on Instagram… on my private account, people probably are following me because they “know” me in the real world… but nobody knows me online, so how can I make a following?

Well, first up, I’ve started following a few (indie) game studios that I found on Instagram, including The Molasses Flood (who are right now working on “Drake Hollow” and who did a splendid job on “The Flame In The Flood”), Cadabra Games (who did a good job with “Adore” and the latest few updates!), PaintBucket Games (who made “Through the Darkest of Times”) and Simon Boxer (from Twice Different – the studio behind “Satan’s Workshop” and “Ring of Pain”) as well as the official Gamescom account and the MHW-account and 11-bit studios.

By following others, you essentially show up in other people’s feeds, too. You’ll get to see their posts, can comment or like them and other people automatically see you, which is great. It’s just like when you check out that blog that someone is running who commented on your blog posts… or when you check out a streamer that has hosted or raided you… or when you tweet “Oh, that’s an interesting game! Can’t wait to review it” and the devs message you about review keys, which I personally find quite neat as it shows how confident they are in their game!

Ignore the name, I changed it and can’t be arsed to take another screenshot

Naturally, I also followed #indiegamedeveloper #indiedev and #indiegames to be up-to-date with interesting releases. Following hashtags is a great way to discover new stuff – it’s just like when you’re going into the “discovery”-tab on Steam and find some weird shit.

And next up, I’ll be promoting the fact that this page already exists in this post here (54 people who might be interested in an Instagram page), on twitter (92 people that might be interested in an Instagram page), Facebook (13 people that might like the Instagram page (just kidding, nobody uses Facebook anyways)), and on Twitch where we’re at 148 followers who might be interested in an Instagram page.
So, essentially, I’ll just post or tweet about it once or twice and then I’ll forget about it over there – as usual. I mean, I even forgot that I had a Facebook page for the blog.

A problem that I’ve encountered is that I have no clue about hashtags and what to do with those. I’ve put stuff into the first few posts like #blaugust #blaugust2019 (these were posts from back then!) and #review #indiegame #roguelite #roguelike #zerotohero and whatever to mention a few… and so far four people are actually following me on there which is interesting as these four people will probably see my posts about Indie Games like Pool Panic or Omensight that nobody has ever heard of and they may consider checking those devs out. 🙂 Who knows?

But overall, Instagram is a weird place. I don’t really use it unless I’ve got a picture of my fan or my plant that I want to show on my personal/shitposting account… and with this new Instagram page, I’ve got a whole bunch of work to do as I’d like to put all the review posts on there… generally, I could consider putting other posts on there, too, but I’m not too sure if I really want to go through the effort of putting out more than a hundred posts from ten months within the next few weeks or so.

I could see myself putting out highlights and stuff from Twitch on there but primarily I’d like to keep it about the blog and about reviews. I feel like that’d be interesting.

I don’t really know if I want to grow too much on these platforms and stuff but I feel like a lot of the indie gems I’m reviewing might profit from actually being read by more people… and in the end it will probably help out some of those more promising devs that nobody has ever heard of.

So, if you use Instagram and want to be up to date with my reviews (I’m half-joking by the way) or if you want to see my old posts resurface again, hit me up over there, I guess…

And uh, twitter is here and twitch is here and Facebook is here (but I never check the Facebook page and it just automatically posts anyways) and here’s my discord server and Tumblr is here (completely forgot about that as well! :O) and uh, stay safe and healthy and at home and have a nice warm cup of tea or something! 🙂

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS#58 – Getting Old

I’m starting to get old. 

My tutors are starting to use programs I’ve never heard about like Zoom and Rocketchat and while I’m able to use Zoom right now… I’m completely failing at Rocketchat and have no clue what I’m supposed to do. Signing in doesn’t seem to work and using the link and the password for my classes leads me to a paywall that isn’t supposed to be required. Or rather I don’t want to pay for something that is done by Discord and Zoom already but better! 

So I messaged my tutor about the fact that discord is a lot better and more popular amongst us math students compared to Rocketchat – an app nobody has heard about, despite it being “the leading open source team chat software solution”. It doesn’t even have a wikipedia.page, which is stupid since any of its employees could have created one. 

Meanwhile, Discord has this here come up as their first google-result:

Discord is the easiest way to communicate over voice, video, and text. Chat, hang out, and stay close with your friends and communities.”

Isn’t that nice? And they even have their own Wikipedia-page. That makes them relevant, doesn’t it? (That’s more of a joke but you get my point, right?)

So, naturally, I asked my tutor if he could consider using Discord, Zoom or even Moodle as they all work better than Rocketchat and as they are as “secure” and I promised the tutor that I’d create a server with working roles for every tutorial and every class as well as a help-desk of sorts and voice channels, etc. so that we could try that out instead of having to use yet another program that doesn’t seem to work for me (or any of my friends). 

But let’s get back on track: I’m getting older. Or rather – I’m starting to get old. My eyesight is getting worse, my memory is fading, my body is aching every now and then without any reason to do so, my technological understanding doesn’t seem to be enough right now and – if all of that is not enough – I’m starting to get grey hairs in my beard… at 21. I’m getting old. I can see the light shining in the distance. My time is up. I’ll die soon, probably. 

And uhm,… jokes aside, I’m getting worried about the grey hair situation and hope that it’s at least symmetric and that it looks as cool as Triggerfinger’s beard… cause if not, I’ll have to shave again and I don’t want to shave daily as I’ll look at least three to five years younger without my beard. 

So, that’s essentially what this post was about: Me getting grey hairs in my beard (probably stress or something) and me joking about dying. Hope you enjoyed this post. Have you ever heard of Rocketchat?

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

TSS#57 – Taking a day off bloggin’

Yesterday I took a day off bloggin’. And that’s weird. It’s weird as I’m taking the blog as a burden of sorts again, which is bad. 

I mean, I don’t have to post daily and I don’t have to post too much anymore. I know that I won’t be able to post the previously planned 62 to 69 posts and instead I’ll try to post as much as possible this month while having university-lectures and other classes in the meantime via Zoom and other software. It’s getting a bit stressful in a way and I’m getting quite tired of having to stare at a screen all day long. I’ve already turned on a blue-light filter for the entire day. I’ve already reached the minimum goal of posting 31 days in the last 24 days and hence I’m just trying to post a bit more with the little preparation that I’ve got, so that’s good I guess. I can take it easy now. 

Hence, every now and then I don’t post at all and instead, I’d post two posts on another day when I’m more productive or when I have more time to do so. 

University @ Home is taking a big part in that.

I don’t necessarily have the time anymore to post daily and if I tried to get close to posting daily, it would become a burden of sorts again, unless of course I really have something that I want to ship out asap, in which case it would be rather fun to put on such a burden of writing up and shipping out a post in one day or less. 

I used to have a blog for like a few weeks where I’d post reviews on Indie titles in German but due to a few problems and the fact that my A-levels were around the corner, I happened to stop blogging over there, after only a few weeks and then deleted my old blog. On that old blog, I wrote up a review on Omensight when it just came out. I had pre-ordered the game and played through its story in about two days, trying to write up the post and edit it as fast as possible while also getting the screenshots in and shipping it out very close to the release date, resulting in… 

Place 3 in the Google Search results! After all, there hasn’t really been anything about Omensight, yet, apart from PCGamer’s and some other side’s review… but after another day I already dropped to page 4 while later dropping to some other place that I couldn’t find anymore. Was it worth it? Nope. Not at all. If my blog had grown on that day or in the next few days, I would have considered doing a rush like that more often but since I didn’t, the only feeling of “happiness” or “relief” was when I first ended up as the third search result – and it was gone after just a day. 

(Oh, btw, I rewrote my Omensight review completely for this blog as I wanted to not only have it in English but also have a shorter post.)

And that’s one of the cases where a post is relevant! If there’s a discussion, people can hop in and post about it. When I struggled with whether or not to review a certain game, a lot of people hopped on and posted about it, the topic, my struggle, my thoughts, and it was just wild to see everyone in the community to hop onto that topic and post about it was great. I really enjoyed that. 

me when I tried to sleep after the post was finally out back then

So, if there’s a topic that needs to be shipped out asap on the one hand, then I’d do that for sure or I’ll get rid of the draft as soon as it’s outdated.

Reviews and my impressions with a game on the other hand always will be relevant as I haven’t talked about it yet on here or as I’ve got something new to add. I recently have talked about the fact that I don’t know if I’ll be able to review Stardew Valley, RimWorld or even Minecraft as everything has already been said about it… but as many of you have pointed out in the comments, I don’t need to add something necessarily new to it or rather I’m able to add something new to it just by taking a different look or rather my look at it. 

In RimWorld’s case, I, too, have noticed that there’s this period where you need to play more aggressive as resources are getting low… but the game punishes you for that and encourages you to play it safe which then also gets punished. Hence, a strategy guide of sorts might be interesting there, as Wilhelm Arcturus mentioned. And Naithin also mentioned that SDV and RW both are quite nice for potential story-writing-based, which I could see me doing.

So, what I’m trying to get at is the following:

  • Reviews always work and they’ll be relevant in the future, too, and I won’t need to rush them. 
  • Posts usually don’t need to be rushed and they don’t need to be posted on a daily basis.
  • I’m being stupid when I think of blogging as a “burden”.

A lot of the times posts can be rushed but mostly they don’t need to. And with my current university-schedule, I definitely do not need to rush any posts like that.

So, in theory, I could post about a plethora (I like that word) of posts regarding my philosophy classes, my impressions with Monster Hunter World (gotta play more of that game once I have more time), “life in pandemia”, Indie titles, and other topics… but nothing has to be done, nothing needs to be rushed and I’m just being stupid when I stress about a hobby like that. 

And as for the aforementioned “day off” yesterday: I didn’t get to “relax” as I wanted to post a blog post but was forced to take the day off due to my uni-schedule and the fact that I still had a lot to prepare for and after classes, so I didn’t even get to stream as planned. With university and everything, I might have to re-schedule every hobby and activity in life, including social contacts, meals, the phone calls to my parents and whatever else I’ve got to do.

But I guess that’s doable and worst case, I’ll post about it. 

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

The Stray Sheep #56 – Uni@Home

On April 1st, University should have started… but due to the state the world was in, it got delayed to today.

And since the world is still in this state, “Uni@Home” is the solution that our University went for.

Essentially, all of my classes are being held via “Zoom”, an app just like Skype or Teamspeak but with video and invite links and “more privacy”… so essentially Discord… but less cool and less practical. I guess people are concerned about their data and privacy but Zoom seems like the same old thing all over again and it’s a lot less user-friendly compared to Discord.

I’ve had my problems with Zoom so far while with Discord I was able to explain it to elderly people for our literature club and, well,… they understand it perfectly fine. But maybe that’s a preference thing.

So for uni-stuff, we use Zoom and online recordings of the lectures, while we use Discord for our literature club meetings… a weird mix.

And yeah, studying at home. Has its benefits and bad sides to it… While you don’t have to leave the house, you also are not able to interact with other students all that well and that kind of sucks… but it’s also kind of nice as you don’t have to interact with other people (the introvert in me is pleased).

For now, I’ll get used to it and we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

And that’s the COVID-update for today. Stay tuned for more updates while I’m trying to decipher my prof’s handwriting… Cheers!

The Stray Sheep #55 – Blaugust is hard and Blapril is harder

Blaugust is hard. Blapril is arguably harder. After all, you’ll need one extra post in thirty days!

For the past couple of days, I’ve been struggling with blog posts. At first, I thought it was the topics that I’ve chosen – I mean, I’ve got twenty drafts sitting there and none are particularly finished. But then I realised that some of my rather finished drafts are just too short. And hence, I found the reason why I’m not good at creating posts right now:

I set myself a goal of writing two posts per day in April… On every day… BUT I also always write up posts with about 1000 to 1300 words, so naturally, I wouldn’t be satisfied if a post would turn out shorter than that… I guess 700 words still work… but having a post with only 200 words is really short compared to everything else and thus I’d feel bad about it as I’d feel like I’m shit posting and hence cheating in Blaugust.

But then I sat down and saw that I got tagged in a post by Naithinm, a post in which he has written a review on Regions of Ruin (a game I would not have recommended a while ago but it got updated heavily, so it probably is recommendable nowadays… we’ll see). His post was inspired by Krikket’s idea of showing some love to Indie Devs and reviewing games from itch.io (which is something that I planned on doing anyways especially as I’ve been playing a lot of Catlateral Damage lately) but I kind of ended up not doing it as I’d often edit the posts and then I’d end up with plenty of short posts, which I wasn’t really satisfied with and uh… well, here I am.

After I read through Krikket’s post, I realised that other bloggers are actually posting normal shorter posts like that with only 200 to 300 words, too.

Now, I’m not other bloggers… but at the same time, I’m stressing way too much over a “challenge” of sorts with no word limitation or word count requirement. And that’s not needed. Especially as I don’t have a ritual right now to deal with stress, I shouldn’t stress over unnecessary small things like that. Therefore, the next few posts should be a lot better and carefree – after all, we’ve nearly hit the Rainbow Goal and we don’t need to stress about the 31 posts.

But I guess that’s it for today’s post. I still need to create a second for yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) but I’ve got something in mind for that and I’ll have to work on it tomorrow on top of two extra posts for tomorrow (Wednesday). Ah, yikes.

Anyways, have a nice time!

Cheers!

The Stray Sheep #54 – Ugh where do I even start

Lately, I’ve been feeling sluggish and restless. I’m getting enough sleep and waking up at “normal times” but I still end up not getting much done. Therefore, I thought I’d take this opportunity and write a post about it. 

As already mentioned in previous posts, I’m not able to write up the two posts per day, which is quite bothersome. Currently, I’m on cold turkey and the need for a smoke isn’t as strong anymore but I still am missing some sort of ritual or routine that I’ve had before. During the day I quite often get a bit bored with what I do, as I’m missing a pastime, and when I’m done with certain chores, I usually end up hopping into bed again and spending time reading something or watching videos. Today I ended up napping a bunch, which isn’t necessarily good when you’ve still got two more posts to create for tonight after you’ve only created one post for the Sunday where you didn’t get the post done in time as you’ve had to create two extra posts, etc, etc. 

It’s a bit annoying. I’m procrastinating and then end up needing more time to get done with the posts that I needed for the previous days… when this post is out, I’ll need a second post for today which will probably have to wait until tomorrow as I’m done for today. 

I guess it’s a bit of a motivation issue and while I thought that blogging would be great during these times, it really is not.. after all it’s something pleasant that I now am doing all day long. And I don’t know yet how I’ll handle all this stuff when University starts next week (presumably online but still…. quite weird). Luckily, I should have enough posts for the rainbow award by the 16th, but I really want to keep going with two daily posts, even though it’s a bit stressful when you can’t really think of what to write about.

Roger from containsmoderateperil recently told me that he doesn’t believe in writer’s block when it comes to blogging – and I guess I’d agree as there’s always something to talk about, be it politics or shows that you’ve watched or other mundane activities. It can be your daily lives or what you’ve eaten recently or what you’ve been wearing, reading, watching, listening, drawing, sewing, playing, seeing, noticing and hearing lately. It can be about all kinds of things and usually, I’d come up with some stupid idea on the spot but right now it’s mostly bland stuff after 200 words. 

I was struggling with my “I hate contact damage” post as I didn’t really know how to fill the blog post with more than two hundred words… and I had about eight more posts like that, yelling at clouds for not stopping game devs from doing stupid game mechanics like that… but since clouds don’t really do much apart from floating and getting counted, I couldn’t really type too much in that post but I also didn’t want to just rant at everything in one post and as my internet connection isn’t working today, I can’t really get any screenshots for/from another MonHunLog post as I’m currently typing this out on my phone using my flatmate’s wifi connection… and therefore, a lot of post-drafts can’t be finished today either.

Lastly, I guess I’d mention that it’s the “Getting To Know You” week in Blaugust/Blapril right now, which is why I’ll probably do some of the tags that I’ve been tagged in over the past couple of days/months and I’ll also do some more personal Stray Sheep, I guess? I’ve got so many good ideas for posts but when it comes to writing them up, they take so much time and editing, so I didn’t get to post any of those yet…. but there’s still time until the end of Blapril2020, so maybe I’ll be able to finish those by then. We’ll see.

For now, though, I’ll have to end this post here. Thanks for reading. Hopefully, my internet connection works by tomorrow… we’ll see. If so, then I’ll finally be able to talk about MHW Iceborne and I’ll also be able to stream again or finish up my RimWorld post that has been in the works for a bit now…

Btw, The title’s referring to a great blog btw! Check them out over there! The blog author of that one makes music, writes songs and poems and she’s a lovely human being from my old school that I kind of had a crush on ages ago… although I’ve been stupid and a teen back then, so nobody cares about that anymore, I guess?

Either way. I hope that y’all stay safe and healthy!

Until the next time,

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

The Stray Sheep #53 – Shopping carts are weird

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! IT’S ANOTHER COVID-POST!

Well, over here in Germany they wanted to implement a law that would force everyone to wear face masks…. but the German military somehow lost a ton of them in Kenia and therefore we don’t have enough to supply all citizens and all the hospitals. So instead…. there’s no law like that, yet.

Another bigger change over here that actually got implemented is the fact that people need to take a shopping cart with them when they are buying groceries… and that’s what this post is about.

Shopping carts are weird. They are clunky and you need to have small change with you in times like these where you don’t really use change… so usually, I’ve got a bag with me that I use to carry the ingredients home. After all, I’ve got no car. But since I’ve got to use a shopping cart now, I always am tempted to buy more as more stuff can fit into the cart but not necessarily in the bag…

And therefore, I ended up having to buy a paper bag last time around to fit in the extra ingredients… which is quite annoying.

I guess, it makes it easier to count people if they are forced to use shopping carts. It’s also easier to disinfect them as they need to stop and wait in line and whatnot. For me personally, it’s just a tad annoying but I guess I can live with doing that once per week when I’m buying eggs and toast, I guess.

Apart from that, life in shutdown works quite well. Due to me being on cold turkey I’m a bit less productive than usual… but I get to produce blog posts and they are a goal that I work towards every day, which is overall quite nice.

As I’ve noticed, the worst part of cold turkey is the fact that you’re missing a certain ritual that you do after everything. After waking up, I went for a smoke on the balcony. After finishing up a chore or blog post, I’d go for a smoke. The usual stuff like post-dinner or after-sex-smokes, etc. are popular rituals, too, but now I need to find something to fill in the gaps. When I play a game of League, I now am going for a drink instead of a smoke after the game (not necessarily alcoholic, but every now and then in the evenings).

But I feel like I’m confident that I’ll slowly be able to quit without eventually turning into some sort of grumpy young lad or an alcoholic.

Oh well.

Either way, I hope that you all are doing fine and I wish y’all a nice day!

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

The Stray Sheep #51 – Kinda Cute Words

Welcome in to today’s Stray Sheep (technically #52 but it’s called #51 for now)! Today we are continuing something that we started last year… Enjoy!

Note: For whatever reason #52 came out before #51. I apologize for that but I’m not planning on changing it any time soon! I need to challenge the headache that this is causing in hope that it fixes my OCD! I hope you enjoy it, too!

During last year’s Blaugust event, I wrote up a post talking about cute words that really aren’t cute. Ever since that post, I was able to find a few other cute not-so-cute words.. Alas, it’s time for that kind of post again.

Last year we were talking about how Puke and Kinky. While we don’t kink-shame stuff kinky on its own is not something cute. “Cute” is a way of expressiving something “nice” or “pretty” in an innocent way, I guess, while something that is “kinky” really isn’t innocent, right? I mean, kinks are mostly mature raunchy kind of things or concepts that you wouldn’t really be able to explain to your kids.

And as for Puke… well… vomitting isn’t really too cute. But Puke sounds like that. And speaking of puking and vomitting our new addition to the cute not-so-cute words is:

BARF

It means the same thing as puking or vomitting does but it sounds a bit more informal and has a nice ring to it.

Next up is a really uninnocent word called….

NUKE

and as everyone knows…. nukes aren’t cute. But it sounds cute. It has a nice touch to it and is a word I could make use of more often to describe something cute. “It’s so cute, I could use it as a kawaii-nuke”… I guess that wouldn’t work.

Next up is a word called

Weeping

and while it is rather negative… it overall sounds rather classy and innocent. It’s not as informal or bland as “sobbing” or “crying” or even “wetting one’s eyes”. Instead it’s “weeping” which has more of a posh sound to it that really works with a lot of cute words.

Alas, that’s it for today’s second post. I’m in a bit of a hurry to get this one shipped out and still need to find a size that is big but not too big for these words. Therefore this one is a bit shorter than usual…. but it had to be done.

Do you like certain words that aren’t really “appealing” or “likeable” at all? If so, let me know! 🙂

Until next time, stay healthy and safe! Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!