Today is my blog’s sixth birthday. Happy birthday…to…it? To me? I’m never exactly sure with these things because sometime it rally has felt like this blog has had a mind of its own.
But…yeah…the big ol’ numero six. Pretty special, right? Think of all the cool things you get to do when you turn six! Like, go to school…
…dude, kids these day’s start school at, like 3.
Oh, well, how about learn to ride a bike?
I mean like a grown-up bike, with training wheels. Not like a tricycle or Big Wheels.
Maybe you have a point. But only maybe.
Arguing with myself aside, the fact remains that I’ve running this here blog for six years, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. But I also don’t quite feel the urge to whoop and holler and get all cray cray up in here. Not that I’m not excited, it just that…well, profundity escapes me. Usually when a blogging birthday rolls around, I feel the need to reflect on the past year.
This year, I don’t feel quite as reflective.
If anything, I honestly feel a tad sullen. Part of that has to do with the fact that I’ve been so supremely busy the past couple weeks that my blogosphere interactivity has plummeted. 😦 But it’s more because things this year have felt…oppressive. And I mean that externally. Over the past year, I’ve slowly been giving up on paying attention to the news. Since about a month ago I’ve been TV-news free, favoring instead to pass over snippets of “news” and “really not fucking news” on my Flipboard daily. And you know what. It feels pretty damn okay. But that doesn’t mean that horrible things have stopped happening. Horrible things will always happen, everywhere. We deal, I guess.
Within my own physical and mental sphere, this past year was a tough one. Our big, overarching project of renovating our second bathroom had to be put on hold at the end of the summer. And it looks like we probably won’t get back to it until next year, especially since we just discovered a leak in roof and have started thinking that it’s probably about time for a new roof anyway. [le sigh] Both my husband and I took on new work schedules recently, and it’s been a challenge having to re-time our lives again. Social doings took a hit this year, either because we were too busy with something or other, or we simply wanted to take root on the couch for a weekend or three. As such, my gaming time rose significantly, which was good, both for this blog and for Virtual Bastion. If I could sound any more like an introverted dork, I had an excellent time with video games this year. I really did.
… … … Um…
Perhaps I should be talking about this blog’s sixth birthday? I guess, maybe. But as I already said, I don’t feel as contemplative this year as I have in the past. Part of that has to do with the fact that I’m not yet sure where I want to take this blog in its next year. Have I suddenly run out of blogging ideas? Nope. Just the opposite. I have dozens of ideas that I’d love to see come to fruition here. But. with the way things were this year, I worry about not having the time to invest in them properly. As such, I think that maybe it’s better to scale back in some manner. But that’s not what I want. I’m just too stupidly loyal to the things that I create.
So, here’s the thing. While I have big hopes for this blog, I don’t currently have any actual plans for it. Not yet anyway. (Next month, maybe. Stay tuned.) For the moment, I’d like to say thank you. Thanks to you, the followers, the community at-large, the video game players with hearts of gold, the ones who dream big, the ones who look inside, the ones who inspire. Thank you, all, for six great years, and here’s to whatever number seven may bring.
This might now be the time when the cake is brought out and choruses of “happy birthday” are wildly sung. But I’m in the mood for something different. Something quieter, more peaceful. Instead, I made this cozy blanket fort that’s full of all the pillows we own. And I’ve got some hot chocolate here – there’s plenty to go round. If you’d like to join me, you’re more than welcome. We can talk about whatever you want. Games, TV, movies, food, fandom, life.
It’s all good inside the fort.