Blaugust is coming. A few other bloggers have mentioned it to me, either to cruelly mock my utter inability to post anything meaningful and/or regular, or to invite me to take part in a fun and slightly challenging event, or both.
I don’t know why I have signed up to do this.
I’m lying. I totally do — and it’s mostly because this poor blog has been terribly neglected and I’m stuck in the nobody-gives-a-shit-what-I-have-to-say-least-of-all-me rut, which never bothered me before. I started blogging to entertain myself and continued blogging to entertain myself and was just happily grateful that other people also found it entertaining enough to keep coming by. But at some point and when I wasn’t watching, I starting feeling as though I had to say things of import, big things, useful things, insightful things like the real bloggers out there do (by which I mean TBFKAL*, TAGN** and other acronym or acronym-less interesting people).
And I really don’t need to worry about that kind of thing. I just need to write posts that entertain me, like I used to do, and not care so much about having anything useful to say. I spent so much time advising other bloggers not to care about what their readership thinks and wants that I didn’t notice when I apparently started caring what my readership thinks and wants. I love you guys, especially those of you who have stuck with me through the posting drought and content starvation, but I actually don’t (and shouldn’t) care a jot what you want. This blog is for me and only incidentally for you — sure, it’s public, but that’s more so I can hold myself accountable to myself and not so much because I’m an attention ho (though I suspect there’s a little of that going on too; we all have an ego after all).
So maybe Blaugust will help with that. There was a time when, like Belghast, I could sit down at the keyboard and just write away — and I want that back. And since this blog was born in August, aeons ago in Internet time, August is as good as any to try and give it a Frankensteinian jolt.
Last but not least, this post was initially titled “Bits and bobs”, but while writing the ‘bits’ part I totally forgot what the ‘bobs’ part was going to be about, so I guess Blaugust is all you get.
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— Oh wait, I just remembered what the ‘bobs’ part was going to be, but Blaugust is coming and I’m going to save it for one of those posts. Provided I don’t forget again, of course.
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* The Blogger Formerly Known As Lum
** Who comes up FIRST in the acronym list of the free dictionary when you Google “TAGN”, ahead of such oft-used acronyms as Triaminoguanidine Nitrate — how cool is that? Unless you meant to look for TANG-the-drink and just didn’t type it correctly, in which case it’s probably a bit confusing.
Seems there was at least one blog that was linking to me only to have me, cruelly and heartlessly, fail to link in return. This has been remedied.
It’s foofery. You should know how this works by now. If you don’t, here are the destructions:
— If you link to me and I haven’t linked back and you’re not an online-prescription/pr0n-spam site, whap me over the head in the comments or something and it shall be fixed.
Um, that’s it really. Here, have the requisite cute baby animal picture, since those are 99% of my damn traffic.
A little while back I wrote about Flattr, and if you visit the site itself rather than just consuming my RSS feed (for which I still love you dearly and would pay you if I had the means, lovely lovely people) you’ll see the green and orange Flattr button on the right sidebar. (Over thar! —>)
I apparently now have the ultimate cosmic power of inviting other people, currently 3, so if you’re interested please let me know.
In the interests of full disclosure I believe I’ve Flattr’d out a little under 2 euros and received *ahem* not quite half a euro back in the last however long it’s been. Thanks Ark, I know it was you! But filthy lucre aside, I still like the basic principle of Flattr and am quite happy to be able to support it; that it doesn’t support me in the style to which I would like to become accustomed isn’t a requirement or, really, much of a surprise. I’m not big into self-promotion, especially not of a blog that’s really not much more than my stream-of-consciousness MMO ramblings.
See how good I am at sales pitches?
Anyway, if you’d like to get involved and haven’t managed to wangle a Flattr beta invite (I did, so it can’t be that difficult), post below. By the magic of the intarweb commenting tubes I’ll have your email anyway.
Oh and PS — I’ve been so lax about posting in the last few weeks that I’m going to try to post every. single. day!! in July. Except weekends. And holidays. And Alpha Centauran religious observation days. Ah come on, none of you read blogs on the weekends anyway.
(Image reproduced without the inestimable Bill Watterson’s permission. But come on — who can resist a Calvin and Hobbes pic? <3)
It’s been a while.
To those who were actually visiting the site yesterday while I was madly fiddling with themes and widgets, my apologies.
Anyway, I finally picked a new theme (about time after almost 2 years) and added a couple of pages — the EQ2 Crafting page so that those who need to can find guide without having to do a search, and the Blogroll page because… well, because. I may remove that one.
I also finally got round to updating the sidebar Blogroll, even if it does still have more than 100 links in it. I removed a bunch of defunct blogs and, in a sudden fit of bitchiness, I also removed a bunch of blogs that can’t be arsed to reciprocate links. Some of them are people I know and count as friends (or at least acquaintances), which irks me, though I suspect in most cases it’s oversight and not having a round tuit.
Either way, if you’re not on the blogroll and would like to be, let me know. But if you’re just going to suck down my linkage and never reciprocate, I have a big What-EVER for you. Seriously. A little two-way courtesy isn’t that hard even in this day and age.
Now you kids get off my damn lawn!