This is perhaps a bad idea for me to attempt right now as I’m already struggling with everything else I’m trying to do (fatigue/brain fog do not make for an eloquent blogger), however, I have signed up for Blaugust 2023!
For those of you who are unaware, Blaugust is a blogging event started by Belghast that occurs during August (usually), and its original idea was to publish a blog post every day during that month. This, of course, is a little unwieldly. Led to many dealing with burn out and frustration, while other enjoyed the challenge, but at the end of the day most just really enjoyed having an event like this to lift up the little community of bloggers we have and interact more with each other, while also bringing in new folks. And so over the years, the rules have loosened, allowing you to go the whole hog, just one or two posts, or somewhere in-between. Bel has even added in “Blaugchievments”, little Xbox-style achievements you can claim if you do certain things during the event. The community itself is mostly video gaming focused, but there are folks that talk about all sorts of things from life to books, movies, tech… anybody is welcome so long as you blog! It is also the 10th year in 2023. Woo and yay!
As the aforementioned fatigue and brain fog keep me from pushing myself very far at all (if you notice me talking about “spoons”, this is what I am referring to), I only aim to publish one post during Blaugust 2023. That will already be more than I usually post as the energy levels make it really tough to come up with a topic, what I want to say, write it, format it, edit, include images and a header, get it all ready to post and then share it. It takes a lot. So one post would be a win for me. Heck, even this post is a win for me! I would love to make it to five posts, though, and at least claim the Bronze Award.
I have a few things I want to write about at the moment. I’ve been watching a lot more movies this year than I ever have in my life. Just this year I have watched almost 1/5th of my lifetime watched at 109 (at time of writing, of course) and most have been in the horror genre. So there’s a lot I could talk about in this area. I have also continued reading, though I have been enjoying reading solely for myself and not worried about what to say in a review and get that written in a timely matter so I don’t forget what I want to say. I would love to share what I’ve been reading in 2023, however, and what I have most enjoyed. I have continued raiding and doing mythic+ dungeons in World of Warcraft (retail) with my guild, though experiencing burnout. And have so many games I’d love to dive into and chat about, if I find the time and energy. Then there’s my TTRPG games, I play Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition on Monday evenings and on Saturdays I run games for my own group, we’ve been exploring different systems to see what fits us or if we’ll continue with 5th Edition also. And of course, my cross stitch and general life stuff. I have plenty to be chatting about. We’ll just have to see how I manage.
As Belghast says in his post:
In this year of corporate internet staples seeming a little less sturdy, it is all the more important that each of us carve our own homes that we can call our own… that gives us a sense of permanence. No matter what happens on whatever platforms I am on… my blog remains.
If you’re interested in joining us, we’re a very welcome community of people from all over the place and we welcome all activity levels! The more the merrier.