Transitions

I had honestly planned to write up a game post this week, but my brain has been much too cluttered of late. Pardon my dust here as I do a little mental cleaning in the form of bullet points.


  • This has been a strange year, especially for this blog. And I have a feeling it will only get stranger. That could be good. That could be…weird. I don’t think it will be bad, but I guess you’ll be the judge of that. I have no damn idea what the point of this bullet is, but it sums up well the current disarray of my thoughts.
  • I think I’m going to change the look of this blog sometime soon. I like the cleanness of this current theme, but I’ve developed a heightened affection for a couple WP’s “reader-focused” themes — those that emphasize the writing and hide the sidebars. I’ve been messing around with some tests and demos to see what might work best. What’s staying in some fashion is my logo and the general color scheme. Sorry, I like green, gray, and purple. Otherwise, you’d get all black, and that’d be quite the difficult site to navigate.
  • Here, I’d also like to do a few more page updates and also work on what to do about my non-social media. I need to remember that Twitter can be good for stuff other than spammy blog things. And I don’t know what the hell to do about my ignored Facebook page — delete it? I’m on the verge. Of course, both sites are dying in some manner, so…what’s the next big thing? Pagers and carrier pigeons? Sometimes it seems like that’s exactly the direction things are going…backwards.

  • Speaking of things moving, over the past year this blog has slowly moved to the suburbs of my personal city, which is hustling and bustling non-stop. Maintaining my posting schedule has meant preparing posts well in advance (maybe I’m writing this in June? I’m not. Or…am I?), scheduling them, and then usually forgetting about them until a like or comment arrives. (Even answering comments in a timely matter has been tough, so apologies if you think I’m not paying attention. I promise that I am…mostly.) As such, my own liking and commenting throughout the community has taken a dive. I’d be perfectly ashamed to show someone my list of “to read” bookmarks, some of which date to the beginning of the year. This is testament to how amazing people are with their own blogs – there’s just so much great stuff to read! But at a certain point, attempts to catch up become as vain as trying to stop a flood with a single sandbag. That said, I am still reading your posts almost every morning as I have for awhile. After all, good writers also need to be good readers, or so they say. So even if I’m not hitting that like button or saying something in the comment section, your words still inspire me to further my own blogging adventures.
  • These adventures have lead to some unexpected places – the iTunes Diaries, Totally 80s, game projects — these are things that I absolutely never would have thought of if I hadn’t been inspired by the blogosphere, the people I follow and those who follow me. Thanks to the video work I’m now doing with United We Game, it’s quite likely that I’ll work on beefing up some sort of video presence here next year. I don’t know the whats or hows for certain, but it sounds good in my head right now. What games are people interested in watching? I know what I like to watch, but I don’t know how well my personal weirdness would translate over the games I like. Any games you’d like to see me bumble around in for a finite amount of time? No promises, but I’m open to suggestions, and there’s a great big comment section below just waiting for ’em.
  • If you’ve followed me for awhile, you might have caught mention of my “game list,” a list of games that I’ve played over the years that has served as the basis for all the stories and memories I’ve been sharing here. That list is nearly empty now. Even with some recent games, there’s not much else from the distant past to write about. I’ve been slowly filling it back up with games I’ve recently played, but “slowly” is the key word there. You know how many games I’ve completed this year? Two. Dragon Age: Inquisition and Xenoblade Chronicles. (And I might be able to squeeze in Tomb Raider before too long.) Oh, I’ve started The Last of Us, Rayman Legends, and a few other titles, but they are only just that: started. I’d like to think that a foray into video making will also make me play more games, both old and new, but that could drive the wedge further, potentially. I really don’t know.

I titled this post “transitions” not necessarily because of how this blog may transform, but rather, of how my personal perceptions of “blogging” have transitioned into something…something new. Something different. And, I’d like to think, something exciting. I’ll probably have more to say about this in the next couple months, but I needed to get these thoughts out of my head before continuing.

I say it every now and then, and I’m saying it again. Thank YOU. Thank you for being a beacon, an example, and a friend. I’m very proud to be a fellow blogger.

…or, perhaps I should say: content creator. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Transitions”

  1. I can definitely relate to the reading issue with blogs! It has gotten really hard for me to read everything I follow, especially when there are other things occupying my time now. I sort of reduced my reading to the blogs I’ve followed since the beginning when I started (yours obviously in that category!). I really want to have time to read everybody’s post, but the truth is, you can only do so much. I already have quite the issue with catching up on TV shows or getting into shows people say are phenomenal to watch. Either way, do your best, Cary! There’s always an audience waiting for you. 🙂

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    1. Aw, thanks so much for the kind words! :*) Each year, I always get to a point where I question how I’ve been going about this whole blogging thing. I guess it’s natural to not only want to see something you’ve created grow, but also evolve. But with that process comes sacrifices, and those are tough to make.

      Of course, we’re all waiting for that job that pays us handsomely to read blogs and write all day, right? 😉

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  2. I think most people understand the reading dilema, I know I certainly do. Most people are content with the do what you can ethos. Sometimes doing anything other than this drags you down.
    I’m intrigued by Dragon Age. I had them for the 360 but never got around to playing them, so I could be tempted by Inquisition 🙂

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    1. Hmm…Dragon Age you say…? I still have Inquisition, so there could be a future in that. 🙂

      I feel like I’ve done everything I can to keep my blog reading skills both in check and up-to-date, from being super casual (eh, I’ll read when I have time) to being super formal (I WILL read EVERY blog EVERY Thursday from 8:47am-9:23am!) I suppose that as soon as I can find the middle ground, things will get better.

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