#Blaugust21 – Staying Motivated Week

I wish that I had some great advice to bestow at this point. Alas, the details of how to keep yourself going are just as individual as why we started to begin with. I’m also perhaps the last person you should be taking advice from when it comes to staying motivated. It’s certainly not my strong point.

The number one thing that’s typically working against me is having something I’m willing to write about. The day to day details of life are extremely repetitive and typically not worth writing about unless something unusual has happened. It also leaves me with little free time to try new games or work on personal projects. I’ve had a 3D printing post on the list for weeks, but have yet to secure the spare time needed to set down and do the required legwork.

The only real answer I’ve found so far is to simply make myself write. On the worst days I might got through three or four two-three paragraph drafts before I find something I want to write about. In some cases, like this one, there is an easily and readily apparent topic to fill the void. However, Blaugust lasts for only five weeks or so, and this leaves 47 other weeks in the year where there isn’t a theme to use as a crutch.

Looking back my usual efforts were focused on finding something new to do. Either a new activity, a new games, or simply exploring a new angle or side of a game. I’ve been experimenting with a few things on the blog lately as well. Stepping a little outside of my normal range of topics to include some of the more critical thinking and science ideas that I avoid as being overly antagonistic.

The other key factor is reminding myself of the various reasons why I started, or restarted, as the case may be. There are many of these, and they can be quite personal. To prove to myself that I could and to hone the skill of writing through use were the original two. Both of these have, to some extent, been replaced by writing as a means to explore and express thoughts and simply to share thoughts and opinions about certain topics. Most of my posts are an exploration first and a sharing second.

Of course, much like this post, that exploration tends to become somewhat rambling, as I cannot always tell where I’m going.

Something tangible to consider when staying motivated is what level of effort is sustainable in the long term. Is it realistic to task yourself with writing daily? I believe scheduling and consistency are important, but that doesn’t have to be daily. Could be MWF. Could be T/Th. I can’t really tell you what your ideal schedule should be.

Ultimately I believe that routine and rhythm is important. I stopped writing when my normal routine became non-viable and I didn’t put in the effort to find a new one. My new and erratic posting didn’t feel right and slowly faded into nothing. The problem with not doing it daily, however, is that I have a tendency to forget. Built into my every day routine there’s always a point where I realize I need to do the writing for the day. Doing it less frequently, I’m much more likely to not realize it hasn’t been done.

I should think on this further, but I must turn my attention to other tasks, like getting caught up with the posting.

Y’all take care.

Hey, it’s Blaugust time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

#Blaugust21 – Time Travel – Writing Ahead

I’ve been putting this off due to the initial time investment, but the secret to my “success” with Blaugust is really just staying a little ahead of the rolling boulder of tomorrow. The iterations in which I’ve done best were ones in which I stayed one post ahead. If things go pear-shaped or a post idea doesn’t work out, it means I’m not immediately under the gun. I have a 24-hour grace period to sort myself out.

Something that has always struck me as a bit funny and a bit weird though is when I talk about other posts or dates while doing this. Within the context of this post, for example, what I think of as tomorrow’s post at the time of writing is actually yesterday’s post when this goes live. I like to think of it as a “poor man’s time travel.” At the very least, it amuses me.

When I stayed somewhat more in touch with the ebb and flow of news in the gaming industry I did occasionally find it necessary to break routine and move a post back an extra day to make way for something more timely. I find that now I don’t really do that as much. I’m largely disconnected from the gaming community, seeing only what happens to end up in my news feed and what gets discussed on the Massively OP Podcast.

Outside of gaming I find there isn’t much news that I want to talk about. It’s been the same stuff on repeat for a year and a half and I don’t feel that I have anything new to add to that conversation. I feel much the same way about any of the current news regarding Blizzard. If anything, that’s removed more things from my post list than it’s added. I don’t need a whole post just to say that as a company they played stupid games and won stupid prizes.

I’m sure as I re-embed myself in the gaming community a bit something will come up sooner or later. Right now I’m in an experimentation phase. New World has come and gone. I’m currently poking around in a 10-day trial of Crowfall, trying something different in Sims 4, playing Trove on the Switch of all things, and quietly waiting on Book of Travels.

Ah, it appears I’ve wandered off topic a bit here. The other advantage of writing ahead is that it gives me a little bit more editing time. Not that I do a lot of editing, mind you, but I do occasionally wish I had worded something differently, included one thing, or left out another. It gives me just enough time to refine things a little without allowing me to walk back an entire post. Though that has happened as well. Write it today then when tomorrow arrives, well, maybe I don’t really want to post that.

With this I’ve somewhat spent my reservoir of topics about blogging. Unless something else should occur to me hopefully I’ll have something gaming related lined up by Wed morning. Not sure what yet, we’ll just have to keep moving forward and see where we end up. Whatever it is I should be writing it tomorrow. Well, yesterday, really. Hopefully it will already be written by the time you read this.

Y’all take care. Especially when past you is writing future content. Wouldn’t want to create a paradox or something.

Hey, it’s Blaugust time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

#Blaugust21 – Revisiting Topics – Fresh Meat or Dead Horse?

This is one of those things I know everybody thinks about and has to deal with. Especially since I’ve seen much more experienced bloggers mention it. I have been no exception. My method is somewhat simple and only works in the very short term.

That go-to is to alternate topics. That is, I actively avoid writing today (or in this post) what I wrote about in the previous post. I’m willing to make a few exceptions here and there, such as these posts about the nature of blogging and how I personally deal with individual problems. While “repeat topics” and “post planning” are both about blogging, they don’t feel like I’m writing the same thing ad nauseum.

Maybe that’s actually the key to how I feel about it. If I feel like I’m writing the same thing over and over, I don’t feel that there’s anything to be gained by posting it. If it weighs so heavily on my mind that I need to constantly write about it, then it is hardly resolved enough for me to construct a well thought out post. Sometimes it’s also just a matter of excitement. I have few outlets for expression and communication and that energy must go somewhere.

One notable difference in my approach now is a reframing of the problem. There are many topics that I know I’ve at least attempted to write about in the past, but can’t remember if I succeeded. I typically avoided these figuring I should at least check first to see if I posted about it. That’s a lot of ground to cover, though, and would be far much more for the more experienced and established writers.

To get around this I’ve taken to telling myself that if I don’t remember what and when I wrote about, chances are nobody else does either. If none of us remember what was said, then it may as well be a new topic. A fresh one, at least.

This doesn’t solve the whole problem, though. For long terms games I used to a a weekly update post covering everything I did over the last week rather than writing about it every other day. This provides an outlet for those games and leaves plenty of time to write other things.

Where I really struggle is with the more philosophical topics such as economics. While the “don’t remember” rule applies to some extent, I can find myself writing about something like this nearly every other day as I work through a given idea. I don’t really have a good way to handle a repetitive new topic. Perhaps I should simply stop worrying about it and just do my thing.

The reality is that some topics are going to repeat and/or update. Some topics are going to come and go as my personal interests and preferences change. If the blog is a reflection of me, at least in part, then it must reflect those changes to some extent.

Okay, now I’m running in circles with no clean point to make. Y’all take care. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Hey, it’s Blaugust time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

Blaugust Kickoff – What a Loose Plan Looks Like

Right, game time! I almost snuck up on me, but even a little preparation goes a long way. Today I’m going to go over what the more robust versions of my plan looks like now and how it’s changed over time.

These are pictures of my planning for my first Blaugust in 2018. It’s obviously a bit aged at this point and has survived quite a lot. Ironically it’s just a cheap graph composition notebook. It’s remarkably handy for planning things like this though. I basically used it as a manual spreadsheet. I didn’t quite manage to get through the entire event this way. Once I had done it for a few weeks it became natural enough that I felt like I was spending an unnecessary amount of time on planning instead of writing. Part of that is in the early days there was a lot things I needed to say. Once I opened the floodgate there were so many things I wanted to talk about that I had more than enough material to draw from.

I did something remarkably similar the next time around. In the very same notebook too. It made it even less time. That partial week on the left is as far as I got, despite having every date listed top to bottom. In reality, I find the topic list far more useful than the day by day planning. If you write down all the various post ideas as they occur to you, then anytime you sit down and have no idea what you’re going to write about, you have a list of potential post topics handy to draw from. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s still quite handy.

For this Blaugust that’s all I’m using. A general list of potential topics. Some of these will never get used, but I find it useful to write down any and every idea that occurs to me. I have occasionally been surprised at which ideas end up getting used and which ones don’t. I already know a lot of the gaming topics aren’t going to make the cut because I simply don’t have time.

It also provides a really useful example of why I prefer typed text communication over hand written. If I’m not careful my chicken scratch and venture so far from reality than even I can barely read it.

Still, if you keep a notebook handy it’s a really efficient way to do some light and loose planning. It doesn’t take all that long to write down ideas here and there as they occur to you. I, at least, have always been grateful for the list at some point or another. It was less of an issue when I started but can be somewhat required now. I’ve picked a lot of the low hanging fruit and just as frequently find myself getting halfway through a draft and deciding I just don’t like how it’s going or don’t like the tone I’ve taken.

Funnily enough, this post isn’t even on the list. It occured to me a couple of day ago when I was poking through some old notebooks looking for a specific page. (I knew it had to be around here somewhere.) When I came across the plans from the other events I figured why not showcase what I’ve done for these events before and compare it to the general lack of detailed planning I now operate with?

Y’all take care. Remember, the actual act of writing is the important thing. Don’t get so caught up in the planning that you don’t do the writing.

Hey, it’s Blaugust time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

The Loop – Beginning to Burnout

I have often wondered what level of introspection and self-analysis is healthy. I certainly spend a fair amount of time on it. Overdoing it can certainly lead to either analysis paralysis and burnout, with a tendency toward the latter in my case.

When I look far enough back, the way I normally see this working is that I would find something new or interesting to do. Two things generally needed to happen up front. I had to learn enough to make some educated choices about what equipment/material/tools/software/etc and then actually acquire them.

The first step created a tendency toward hyperfocusing on a subject. Watching and reading all the things. Since it tended to be an all consuming task, it usually only took two or three days for me determine where I thought I should start. There have certainly been times where I never got past this step. I could easily get lost in details like finding the perfect name. If I get stuck, then after spending a few days thinking about it non-stop I find my motivation and energy spent. This is the origin of my “it’s better to just pick something and get started now” method.

Many projects tended to fail in the second step. Having identified the requisite “stuff,” I would realize I couldn’t afford all that and begin seeking alternatives. This typically leads back to the previous step, but sometimes makes it as far as deciding I have the ability to use a DIY or makeshift tool. At times it has created a self-sufficiency loop where I find and attempt to pick up a different new interest in order to make the thing I need for the previous one. While this does occasionally lead somewhere interesting and productive, it also tends to leave me feel like I’m not really going anywhere.

Fortunately blogging cleared both of these hurdles fairly easily. A few days checking out platforms and picking a name, little to no financial barrier, and we were off.

The list of things I’ve dabbled in is immense. It’s also worth mentioning that while gaming as a whole is a longer-lived activity, specific games tended to fall into this same loop. It’s been consistent enough that I eventually game to refer to it as the “two week loop.” For any given interest the entire loop from beginning to burnout typically took about two weeks. I actually use it as something of a benchmark for newish things in my life. Does it make it past the two week mark? I’ve tried forcing myself to wait a couple of week before in order to find out, but that typically just leaves me frustrated. I often try to find small ways to get some progress without unloading a ton of money.

With blogging I specifically took the other route. Try to get started and see if I could make it past the two week mark. Part of the reason why I started in the first place was to try and prove to myself that I could. If I could prove to myself that it was at least possible, then that meant I could break out of that cycle at least some of time. Some of the time was enough.

The interesting side effect of proving that I could is that it’s become less of an issue overall. I’ve acquired far fewer “new interests” over the last several years. Yeah, it’s still visible in my gaming habits, but I’m generally okay with that, and it isn’t always the case. The alternative would be forcing myself to play a game I’m not interested in. While that can be useful in other contexts, it seems somewhat silly with regard to entertainment.

Among the fewer interests I have taken, they also tend to be longer lived. I can only assume this is partially due to the recognition and acknowledgement of it. Once I realize what I was doing and knew it was possible to work around it I began to actively watch myself and try not to fall into the same old traps. Slowly moving the bar forward in little baby steps. Will it ever go away? No, that’s not really how life works. Things come and go, people change, interests fade.

Okay, that’s enough of all that. Sixth post in a row. Eight more until the two week mark.

Y’all take care.

Blogging – My Current Challenges

Something that I’m attempting to just power through, though still of concern, is the amount of material I have to draw from for my posts. When I started this blog I was focused primarily on games and gaming. A long-standing part of my life that I’ve had little time for in the last year. I used to write about Warframe weekly. I used to play FFXIV daily. I also used to at least try the free game(s) from Epic Games and talk about those every week.

At this point, I hardly have time to think about doing any one of those, much less all of them. I suspect I could carve out maybe an hour a day, at the most, but haven’t found anything I wanted to play enough to make the effort. This isn’t to say that I’ve stopped gaming entirely. I’ve spent about fifteen hours on the Legend of Mana Remaster over the last couple of weeks because it’s easy enough to play on the Switch whenever it’s convenient to do so.

Perhaps exploring the MMO options on Switch, few though they may be, is worth considering. Alternatively I could see what may or may not run on my laptop. I feel the MMO itch a bit, but really don’t see where there’s a lot of time to pursue one.

I’ve been in a bit of a reading no man’s land since I finished the Discworld series. I picked up a couple of non-fiction title, but like MMO games, reading is the sort of activity I can and will tend to focus on to the exclusion of all else. I have to be a bit careful or I’ll end up reading instead of writing, which is a bit counterproductive.

Unfortunately I don’t do much else. I don’t watch much tele. I’ve been ignoring YouTube. There just isn’t a lot to talk about outside of whatever is bouncing around inside my head. That can get repetitive quickly and isn’t always fit for public consumption.

On the bright side I’ve added a couple of things to my list just by writing this and still managed to find something to write about in the process. Smells like victory to me.

Y’all take care.

Writing – Five Least Viewed Posts

What better time to do this than right behind the five most viewed? I’m going to start with the “least viewed” and go up from there.

  1. Monetization and Episodic Design (1) – Hey, look at that. I wrote this one in the distant past of this past Monday. Funnily enough, it has two likes but only one view. A good job of highlighting just how deceptive the view counter can be.
  2. Monetization Pt 2/3 – F2P Musings (2) –  This one is ancient, for me. September of 2018. I vaguely remember writing it, but as the second out of three it seems a bit of a rant now. I guess I kinda agree overall with it overall? I don’t really hold any particular business model as better or worse than another these days. I just judge each game on its own and admit that every model has pros and cons.
  3. #1485 (Untitled) (2) – Ah, an oops I forgot to post and now I don’t feel like it post. Can’t say I blame anyone for skipping that one. Interesting side-note this is mostly a side effect of WordPress’s “You’re on an X day in a row writing streak!” notification. It does a good job of guilting me into writing throw-away posts just so the counter doesn’t reset. Not as practical these days, and outside the blapril event window I’m not sure I would bother. Even when I do throw-away posts, I try to do more than a few sentences.
  4. Super Discount Clothing and more Eco (3) – Another short late-night post about thrift store pants and a little bit about the game Eco. The former is pretty normal for me. If I’m wearing it, it was either given to me or came from the thrift shop. Where clothing is concerned I’m pretty cheap functional. I actually liked Eco, though I always felt it was meant to be played by a larger group of 12-24 people. I found it in the earlier days of economic research because it would work well for small-scale research on government and policy.
  5. Something New – World of Goo (3)– A something new post with only two images? I’m never letting that guy write again. I didn’t even remember playing this till I read the post. That’s actually kind of sad. I don’t think I invested a lot of time in it. That was pretty normal when I was doing the EGS games every week. I tended to spend more time with the narrative-driven titles, but even that might only be an hour or so. I’ve been debating the wisdom of doing these weekly. Now that I’m taking classes and not gaming as much, I don’t know that I can be so consistent.

So there it is. Two posts about monetization, two throw-away posts, and one that just didn’t connect. I’m not sure what to do with this information at the moment. I’ll probably give some pause before posting about the first and try to avoid the second completely. The last one, well, that’s just how it is sometimes, I guess. In hindsight, it doesn’t look like my best effort, but I couldn’t tell you what I was doing or how I was feeling that day. Maybe that was the level of effort I had available that day.

With Blapril winding down I’m giving some amount of thought to post frequency and content. I like the daily format and I’ll have some time between semesters, but once I dig deeper into my research project it will likely occupy most of my thoughts. Since my blog posts are typically a reflection of what I’m thinking about, they might get a bit… monotone.

Y’all take care. Get some extra sleep, make sure you eat, something.

blapril-2020-200Hey, it’s Blapril time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

Top Five – Most Viewed Posts

While considering my view count and answering a question on discord, I combined the “Five Favorite Game Series” idea that’s going around (It’s apparently Krikket’s fault) with a curiosity about my most viewed posts. I intend to do one of those also, at some point, but this is where my thoughts are today. I actually already knew one of the top five, but it’s since gone from number one to number two.

  1. FFXIV – Shadowbringer Astrologian. (687) This is probably the surprise that shouldn’t have been. It only averages one hit/day these days, but that small trickle certainly adds up over time. It’s actually been popping up a bit more lately. This was a first impressions piece after all the big changes in the expansion. It wasn’t a fun time, especially for a shielding spec.
  2. GE Big Boy Appliances. (546) The throw-away necro-post that for some reason still gets the odd hit here and there. It was down to only a few hits per week, but with me posting more for #Blapril it’s gone up to a few hits/week. This was my #1 post for a long time but now lags by a little over a hundred views.
  3. FFXIV – Hildebrand Sidequests. (297) Another throw-away post reminiscing about getting caught up on said very goofy quest series. It’s… not for everyone. I have no idea why this post gets hits, but I quite like the images I chose.
  4. FFXIV – Shadowbringers – Astrologian Revisited. (241) It’s almost impressive that my follow up to the other post managed to make this list. It actually has 440-odd fewer views. That’s around 33% of the original. This was mostly an update once I reached and tried my hand at some of the end-game content. I thought maybe the problem everyone was complaining about was end-game specific. In hindsight, I guess the problem existed and I simply didn’t care. “You don’t pay my sub,” as they say.
  5. LegalEagle v. Matpat? (206) I don’t remember hearing any more about this, but it happens to be the oldest post in the list. It was more of a maybe YouTube drama/maybe fake drama curiosity at the time. I’m still not convinced it wasn’t designed to drive views for both channels while providing a very polite “I see you” sort of acknowledgment. Not sure it matters, a year and a half later.

So there it is. Got a cute little pareto/power law kind of curve to it. Maybe I should take on the slightly more disturbing topic of the lowest five. I feel afflicted with a sort of morbid curiosity to see what ended up at the bottom of the pile.

Y’all take care, and remember views aren’t everything. They do not define the intrinsic value of our work, only how many people and bots decided to click on it.

blapril-2020-200Hey, it’s Blapril time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

Writing – Recipe Redux

When Easha suggested a “recipe” for the blog writing process, I took the idea and sat on it for a while. I even attempted to write it but ended up disliking it. Having given it more thought and read Mr. Peril’s take, I feel ready to resurrect that post. If it’s a phoenix or a zombie, I guess we’ll see.

I still like my initial cookie analogy. The typical cookie requires a few things. Sugar and/or some manner of additive, flour that serves as the body or meat, and some manner of binder. The very simplest of cookies are simply flour, sugar, and usually butter or some other oil or fat. (Though it occurs to me after the fact that I’m speaking specifically of American cookies, not British cookies.) (Man, what I wouldn’t give for some warm scones right about now.)

My first step is very much akin to Mr. Peril’s. I require some small idea that serves as the sugar or additive. It controls exactly what sort of cookie I’m going to make. I generally have a number of thoughts tumbling around inside my head as I examine, refine, and sometimes plan. When I feel like I’m at a point where I can have or conversation about it or need a sounding board, then I begin writing the post. This is typically a rough title, a statement to start from, and a vague outline. (For some posts like my Something New “series” I have taken and edited images beforehand that define what I intend to talk about but without a clear order.) A good example here (of this step) is the writing (Easha’s) prompt + (my) previous post + Mr. Peril’s post = Core Idea. This can be fast or slow, but cannot be easily forced or rushed.

The next step is the “body” of the cookie. The flour that makes up the most of it. Once I’m through the first two or three sentences from the first step, I record my thoughts and impressions on the matter as though I were talking to myself or someone I know. I am generally analyzing that content as I go, fixing small errors as I notice them or they’re flagged. (This is also the step where I insert the images I’m using if any.) I occasionally stop and re-write or add as I see fit. I.E, the first two sentences in this paragraph were added after the fact and required the third to be edited. If I don’t make, these changes as I go, the post-writing process will seem arduous and resentful and I will simply not post it.

The last ingredient is generally a binder or oil that helps form the other ingredients into a single object. I would liken this to the overall flow of a post. Most of this is kept intact from the second step, but I like to at least take a brief moment to consider the logical progression of ideas. It’s not a question of “is this the right order,” but more of a “is this a logical and functional progression?” It’s extremely important not to overdo this step. Too much of this will lead to scrap a post, so it’s kept to the minimum I’m comfortable with.

Once I’ve combined these things there is a brief “cooking” period that one might could call editing. I like my cookies on the nearly raw side, so I try to avoid (excessive) post-processing. You can find one or two (these in this post) in here (in parenthesis.) These are the final tweaks I make. Having “finished” the post and having a definite idea of where it’s going and how it got there, I often add and tweak a few things to make it into an “edible product.”

There is one last thing I do nearly without fail. Once I’m satisfied that my post is “barely tolerable” I “sign off” on it. This is easily identifiable as beginning with “Y’all take care,” because I would wish nothing but good will upon those who make the effort to read the post. It also contains a small piece of the world and culture from which I hail and is something I’m very likely to say to someone else upon parting.

I try to include a little one or two sentence comment right behind it, which typically represents my overall mood. I try to keep it relevant to the post in question, but try not to over-think it. Interesting note, Grammarly despises the comma after “care,” but idgaf and now do it on purpose.

Y’all take care, and phoenix it is, I guess.

Topic Sources or Something, IDK

Ah, topic brainstorming week. At the moment my head is full of information about metamorphic rock, so unless you’re looking for a gneiss pun I’m afraid I’m not the best option. I can keep this schist up all day.

To be honest, I don’t do a lot of intentional brainstorming about blog topics, but I am always thinking. Generally speaking, I attempt to find some way to use what’s at the front of my mind as a starting point. On the off-chance something occurs to me in the more off-hours, I try to write those down, or if I haven’t written for the day I’ll start a post and at least write the shale of the idea so it’s preserved.

See, the problem I have is that if I allow myself too much time to think about the topic before I write it, I will grow tired of the idea or otherwise exhaust my interest in it. It also occasionally happens that I get halfway or all the way through a post then decide I don’t want to post it. Got a few of those laying around. I do occasionally find some manner of inspiration in looking through those posts, which is why I keep them.

Revisiting a topic you’ve talked about previously is another pretty good source of ideas. Everyone changes over time, and reading what you once said or thought about something can provoke some interesting discussion. It is equally useful to read other bloggers’ posts, though I highly recommend you at least mention and link the post that inspired you.

Depending on the type of content you can always find a book or do an online search for writing prompts. There’s plenty of that material out there. Don’t feel bad or blame yourself for feeling void of ideas, near as I can tell this is a perfectly normal and human problem. On the off chance you’re not human, that would be a good source of topics too.

My guidance may not be the best, though, as I have a very loose method to my madness. I rely heavily on a strange synthesis of current events, whatever game(s) I’m playing, and the thoughts that occupy my mind on a given day. This is especially difficult when those thoughts are ones I don’t wish to share or I feel are otherwise inappropriate.

Something I have also considered is commentary on some of my classwork or required reading. The only reason I haven’t gone that far is the most interesting topics are the ones I have to write discussion posts and essays for, and I often fear expending my energy here and coming up short there. The larger writing assignments take a lot of the wind out of my writing sails because I always end up feeling like I should be doing that instead of this.

Anyway, I suppose that’s enough meandering for one day. I think there’s a point in there somewhere. Y’all stay safe out there and avoid hydrothermal fluids. It can apparently cause metasomatism which does not sound fun.

blapril-2020-200Hey, it’s Blapril time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.