Seeing as how we’re already here, you’d think that I’d have a plan in place for this blog…and I do!
Of course, I do, silly, you think I’m new here?! If I’ve learned anything about my own blogging habits in the past several years, it’s that if I don’t come up with some sort of yearly writing scheme, then I won’t write at all. (Okay so that’s not exactly true and if I had time for haphazard blogging I probably would go that route but a schedule works so much better for me and oh my god I can’t stop typing this terrible sentence if fact it’s so awful I’m not even going to justify it with a period)
So let me just kick off this planning post with that which I already kinda spoiled. 90s nostalgia. Yep, this year, the 20th anniversary of 1999, I’m diving deep into my personal well of word vomit to spew forth all the 90s memories I can muster. For me, the 1990s were high school, college, and learning (and failing at) how to adult. I’ll say off the bat that I don’t harbor as much nostalgia for the decade as I do for the 1980, but that’s mostly because, for me, the 90s can be summed up in one word: awkward.
That said, once I push past the outward comfortableness of my teenage years and early adulthood, I see lots of different bright spots; good times, bad times, and better times. Although my negative nature will surely creep on it, because that’s just what it does, I’d like to think that revisiting the time (albeit in rose-colored classes) with produce more positive results than not. Guess the jury’s out on that for now.
In approaching this look back on the 1990s, the first question in my mind was: where to start? For my Totally 80s series, I found inspiration in a couple of Buzzfeed lists, so naturally, that’s where I started. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), the 1990s-based lists that I found just didn’t…do it for me. The lists I found were weirdly specific and yet still unfocused. So I threw my Internat hat into the ring and just started Googling. That’s when I came upon this HuffPost “article.”
I scrolled through the list, both paying attention to it and not paying attention to it at all.
And it was perfect.
If you don’t care to click, it is simply a list of people, places, things, and phrases, all of which invoke the 1990s. A similar list for the 1980s might start out something like…
1. Punky Brewster
2. Cabbage Patch dolls
Anyway, the HuffPost lists does, in fact, go up to the number 1990, which is rather impressive, though I suspect that at least some of the list items might repeat themselves, in a manner of speaking, i.e. listing individual characters in Clueless, including the movie Clueless. (But I could be wrong.)
After settling on the list, the next thing to figure out was how to choose specific list items. If I end up in hell, my chore will be to write posts for all one thousand nine hundred and ninety items, and until then, my goal was to pick twenty-six (two posts a month). Welp, it was random.org to the rescue, what with its handy-dandy random number generator! I tested it out a few times using the 1-1990 selection, and the integers that popped forth seemed to be random enough. And that’s good enough for me.
And so, after the longest ramble in human history, it’s settled. Over the course of the next year, I will offer up two (or three? depending on the calendar) posts a month (starting next week) in my new series that I’m titling in the most original fashion possible, Totally 90s. Also, sarcasm, because it’s totally 90s. I will choose my HuffPost list item of choice for each post at random, and surely nothing will go awry. (Also, more sarcasm.) I do hope that you’ll join me for yet another strange trip down memory lane. (No sarcasm, promise.)
As for the non-Totally 90s weeks, while I will continue with my monthly Five on Shuffle posts for the time being (I’m within my last 1000 songs!), I’m also going to try something different: “monthly maunders.”
(And yes, I only just discovered the word maunder, and it’s totally my new favorite thing.)
My idea for the year to to keep something of a monthly journal about life, games, more life, things I’ve been doing and want to do. I’ve no idea yet what the posts will look like, and to be honest, every time I think of the idea, I think of some new structure to use, from headings to bullets to narrative. I suppose that each post might look a little different, depending on what I have in mind to write about. I’ll try my first one in two weeks, and we’ll see how it goes. As I’ve done in the past, I’d like to relegate my pure games and gaming thoughts to Virtual Bastion. (Though I suppose that a game-related Totally 90s posts is always possible.) I’d also like to get a new gaming project up and running, but my schedule is just too iffy to make any promises. In any event, all else will remain, my theme and my schedule and my total lack of online participation in all things.
Okay, so that last was a little sarcastic. I would, in fact, like to become more active here, with all of you, but I don’t see life giving me the open opportunities for such that I once had. I’ll continue to aim to do my best, and I know y’all will keep doing the things you do, regardless. And that’s how it should be, you awesome people, you. 🙂