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Humble Bundle Binge

Humble Bundle Binge

Free Month of Humble Choice

Apparently, when I picked up the COVID bundle (mainly for some comics), I also received a free month of Humble Choice. I got the email, and decided to redeem it and see what it was all about. I picked up:

  • Gris: This was on my wishlist, but was one I decided not to pick up during the LudoNarraCon sale, so I obviously had to pick it up from Humble Choice.
  • Hitman 2: I’ve wanted to try out the series eventually, and it was there, so I figured might as well get it.
  • This is the Police 2: This is not up my alley at all, but it was on Manthing’s wishlist, so I gifted it to him.
  • Opus Magnum: Another one not particularly up my alley, so I gifted it to another friend who had it on their wishlist.
  • Truberbrook: It looks interesting, and it seems to be an alternate reality type of story, which I generally enjoy.
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: This was another game that looks interesting to try, though at first it didn’t seem like something that would be up my alley. I think that since it’s turn-based rather than real-time, that will assist in my enjoyment of it.
  • Driftland: Another one I had no interest in (RTS really isn’t my thing), but it was on yet another friend’s wishlist, so I gifted it to them as well.
  • Molek-Syntez: Another one I could care less about, but I knew my best friend would enjoy it. So off it went to them!

I still haven’t decided what to use my last choice on. None of them thrill me. So I might just keep it at hand and spoil yet another friend or such later on with a final choice from April’s choices. So, did this free month sell me on picking up Humble Choice every month? Probably not, unless I can see choices ahead of time, even when I’m not subscribed (which it seems like I can do, as Humble lists them out on their blog). I may pick up a month here and there if enough of the games interest me, but I see it being something that rarely happens.

Square Enix Collective Bundle

I also pulled the trigger on picking up the Humble Square Enix Collective Bundle, which includes

  • Oh My Godheads: I’m not particularly interested in this one, so I’ll probably add it to my spreadsheet of codes I won’t redeem for a giveaway somewhere at some point.
  • Goetia: This one looked intriguing!
  • Octahedron: I won’t play platformers, and the lighting from the trailer hurt my head, so I know I wouldn’t last very long in the game. I do enjoy the soundtrack, but again, this will end up in my spreadsheet of codes.
  • Deadbeat Heroes: Nope, not my thing, to the spreadsheet it goes.
  • The Turing Test: Yes! Yes yes yes! Oh my, yes! I’m looking forward to playing this one!
  • Forgotton Anne: Okay, I know I just said I won’t play platformers… but this is really just an anime with visual novel and light platformer elements so I’m willing to give it a shot.
  • Fear Effect Sedna: I’m intrigued and will try it, but I’m sure I’ll suck because I’m terrible at stealth mechanics.
  • Black the Fall: Described as a game where you “take your shot at overthrowing a Communist State inspired by real world events”. Which is why I probably won’t touch the game, to be honest. The closer something is to real life, I’m not interested in it right now.
  • Children of the Zodiarcs: The premise of the game is interesting, and I’ll give it a try, but I’m not sure how much I’ll actually play the game.
  • Boundless: I will probably never open this game up, let alone redeem it.
  • Tokyo Dark: YES! Anime cut scenes, visual novel, what looks like actually good localization, horror genre, and puzzles? SOLD! To be fair, I mainly got the bundle for this game alone.
  • Battalion 1944: Yet another game that will go into the spreadsheet.

Are you digging any of the Humble bundles lately? I also picked up the Johnathan Hickman bundle when it was released, myself.

This is post 21/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
Staying Motivated Week: “Productivity”

Staying Motivated Week: “Productivity”

Staying Motivated Week

We’re almost at the end of Blapril! We’ve hit Staying Motivated Week, and next week is the final Blapril week where we discuss lessons learned. Bel outlines Staying Motivated Week as  follows.

Towards the end of the proceedings we start to have a drop off in post frequency as folks hit their writing wall. The idea behind this week is to share the tips and tricks that we have learned throughout the years on how exactly to stay motivated and keep posting on a daily basis. I feel like this is even more relevant this year since we are all going through massive disruptions to our usual schedules and having to deal with all sorts of external changes impacting our well being both physically and mentally.

I want to take this idea/prompt in a slightly different direction. Most of us know that after the challenge of Blapril, we probably won’t be continuing a daily posting schedule. But many of us will still want to feel productive, and churn out posts afterwards in some semblance of a schedule (whether that be once a week, thrice a week, or another idea that fits our daily lives). But I’ve seen an undertone of “lack” of productivity around the blogosphere the past week or so and I want to address it in the guise of staying motivated.

Productivity

Most recently, Endalia/Tessa mentioned how she’s running out of writing juice.

I’m running out of writing juices and I know I’m not the only one. Blogging every day is hard and if you dive in without building it up or preparing something, you’ll find yourself in a burnout. I’m not at that point yet, no burnout. I’m just tired.

This is an important point about too much “productivity”. Too much focus on being productive can leave you burnt out. This can happen in any area of our lives, so we need to also make time and space for ourselves to relax and enjoy what we’re doing. When something becomes too much of a job, or too much of a drain on our mental/physical resources, we will burn out, even if we feel we are being productive.

So please, think critically about how you want to continue blogging after Blapril is over. Don’t tell yourself being productive means continuing blogging daily if it will eventually lead to burn out. You may be better served by blogging less days per week and spending some more time gaming or reading.

Last week, both Kluwes and Krikket mentioned productivity in their posts in regards to gaming/blogging.

Kluwes discusses how they’ve been getting up earlier to coincide with their spouse’s new work schedule, and covers what they’ve been experimenting with to fill that time. After discussing how they have been using it to relax and game before work, they throw in the “productive” word.

Of course, it would be more productive to use that time for blogging…

Krikket spends time talking about how she’s reactivated her WoW account, and might take advantage of the Impressive Influence buff that’s currently running. But she also says,

Hopefully, it’ll come back to me sooner rather than later, and I won’t squander my token and a month’s worth of Impressive Influence chasing battle pets or conveniently forgetting to log in.

Both have at least alluded to not feeling productive in their relax/gaming time. And I very much want to counter that attitude. “But Chestnut, you yourself do gaming goals! Isn’t that about productivity?”

On the surface, sure, it may appear that it’s about being productive. But to me, it’s not about doing everything on the list with my free time to where I burn myself out. It’s more about helping to shape what I’m interested in completing or experiencing throughout the month. Plans change, and that’s okay.

So, as I said, I want to counter this attitude. I don’t want Kluwes or Krikket (or any other bloggers/gamers) to feel that they’ve “wasted” their time on pursuits that make them happy and bring them enjoyment. We don’t have to be productive 24/7. That’s a lie that corporate capitalism has fed us for a very long time.

And right now, we’re in a pretty messed up time that can make this lie of productivity sting even more. As the quote above states, “that world is gone now”. We are allowed to have fun pursuits. We can have ideas of what we want to do, but we need to learn not to beat ourselves up for not accomplishing those, or being productive. Enjoy your downtime for what it is.

This is post 20/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
LudoNarraCon 2020

LudoNarraCon 2020

LudoNarraCon?

Image from LudoNarraCon website.

As I was catching up on others’ blogs, I stumbled upon Krikket’s posts about LudoNarraCon. LudoNarraCon? So I went to their website. They define themselves as,

… [A] digital convention celebrating narrative video games, hosted on Steam. An initiative of indie label Fellow Traveller, it aims to create a platform to showcase and celebrate interesting and innovative narrative games, replicating as many of the aspects and benefits of the physical convention experience as possible within a digital format.

Okay, how did I not know this was a thing until today?! Story-driven narrative games are my JAM! I’m glad I caught Krikket’s posts about it so I could make the most of the sale before it was over (most are still on sale, and demos are available through May 2 or 3, but knowing me, I’d forget all about it if I didn’t pick things up right now).

Goodies

So, I caved and picked up a few games and added quite a few more to my Wishlist.

Detective Grimoire: I picked this one up because it was cheap, but also looks to be a prequel of sorts to Tangle Tower, which I absolutely added to my wishlist.

Unheard: I’m typically not one for cop games, but this struck me as more detective-based than cop-based, so I picked it up, and am looking forward to trying it out.

Whispering Willows: The art style is what caught me on this one, to be honest. Though I’m also a sucker for horror games and female protagonists, so I figured why not pick it up on the cheap.

Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy!: I had already added Nelly Cootalot to my cart when I stumbled on this one, and thought it was only proper to pick up the prequel. If it spawned a second game, then it had to be worth picking up the original.

Kind Words: I will never say no to games that play to my desire to cheer others up. And this game is specifically about, well, restoring our faith in humanity by being kind to strangers. I very much had to pick it up. Besides, the lo-fi seems to be pretty good, and I adore some lo-fi to help me concentrate but not fall asleep.

Monster Prom: Second Term: I’ve yet to actually play through Monster Prom (sorry, Bel, it’s just been sitting there after you gifted it to me. 🙁 ), but I absolutely know it’s a game that I will enjoy. So I went ahead and picked up the expac for it. Maybe I’ll make it one of the games I try to dive into during May.

Elsinore: When Steam sales happen, and I plan to purchase more than a single game, I have a rule for myself: No games over $10 on sale. This was the one game I had to make an exception for. While Hamlet is not my overall favorite Shakespeare play (that honor would go to Taming of the Shrew), I very much enjoy it. I also love that Ophelia is POC. Time loop is also a genre that is of interest to me, so I very much had to break my rule to pick this one up.

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet: Silly puns, pirates, female protagonist, and Tom Baker? SOLD! Actually, the trailer was what sold me on this to begin with. It was spectacular, and absolutely worth the laughs even if you don’t pick up the game.

Later Daters: Dating sim where you’re in an older-folks home. DONE. PURCHASED. If you know anything about me, you know dating sims/otome are quite possibly (okay, okay, they are) my number one favorite genre of games. So this was a no-brainer to pick up!

The World Next Door: I’ve been in a bit of a match-three rut since it gives me time to just… turn my mind off. I thought the art style for this one was interesting, and I won’t say no to some story mixed into my match-three, so I figured why not give it a try. Plus the art style drew me in, as did Krikket’s thoughts on her time in the game.

This is post 19/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
Seriously Geeky Sundays: Creativity

Seriously Geeky Sundays: Creativity

Seriously Geeky Sundays

It’s time again for Seriously Geeky Sundays, hosted by Heather of Just Geeking By! This week’s prompt is all about creativity and quirkiness in fandoms! Heather also has her May prompts already available, so be sure to check them out if you’re interested in joining. My answers for this one are surprisingly all from television series this time!

Creativity

What does creativity in fandoms/geeky interests mean to you?

I feel like my answer is a bit of a cop-out, but really anything that folks create inspired by their fandoms. That could range from blog posts, to video essays, to fanart/fanfic, etc. It’s kind of a boring answer, but it’s the truth of my thoughts.

What is the most creative story line you’ve come across?

Most creative? Hmm. I’m a bit biased, but I love the ideas brought up in Dollhouse. While I enjoy lots of Whedon-verse shows, Dollhouse is probably my absolute favorite for a plethora of reasons (followed closely by Firefly, of course). Even though it didn’t get the time on air that it deserved, and was rushed in Season 2 thanks to finding out last minute they were being axed, I love the story concepts and the characters (luckily I’m not alone).

Who is your favorite artsy/creative character?

Pff. I honestly couldn’t tell you. I’ve never identified much with the artsy characters. Or rather, I’ve never paid attention to the fact that they’re artsy or creative. I’ve paid more attention to their personalities and the like. If I had to think long and hard about it, though, the first two that come to mind are double-trouble from NCIS. Also known as Abby and Kate.

Who is your favorite quirky character?

This is a tough choice, to be honest. I wouldn’t say “favorite” overall, because that would take much more thought, but the first one that comes to mind is Nadine Hurley from Twin Peaks. I mean, she did end up making a career out of those silent drape runners!

Which fictional innovative invention do you wish existed in real life?

Teleportation of any sort. I very much dislike driving, and would love to just be somewhere instantly. That would also mean that I could visit family and friends at a whim.

What upcoming fandom are you most looking forward to?

I’m very much looking forward to the second season of What We Do in the Shadows (I know, it technically started earlier this month)! The movie is one of my top five of all time, and the first season was just as quirky, smart, and belly-laugh funny as the movie was. I’m going to have to wait until I can get a Hulu login to watch it, however, as I think my polycule cancelled their Hulu for the moment, and I typically watch it with Manthing.

This is post 18/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
Cycle Continues

Cycle Continues

CW: COVID talk

Nothing with the cats in this post, but wanted to give folks time to click away if they don’t want to read COVID-related stuff. Also, this is what my work days look like, now. All the time.

I was reading Bel’s blog the other day, and a fairly personal piece of his strongly resonated with me. Especially this paragraph.

The thing is… I feel horrible for feeling horrible. My life is a freaking charmed existence because … my wife and I both have jobs that we can do remotely and stay safe and sheltered within our home. I am risking nothing while there are folks who are struggling to feed themselves, while we have stockpiles of food that we are slowly working our way through.

I resonated with this paragraph, and many following, because it details how I’ve been feeling as of late. I am blessed to have my day job. I am doubly blessed to work for a company that is actually making an effort to support its front-line essential employees, and not just its corporate ones.

But I am scared and anxious on so many levels. I fall under many levels of “high risk” according to the CDC, even excluding the (stupidly outdated yet still used because y’all hate fat folks) BMI risk (seriously though fuck y’alls fatphobia and “obese” folks being high risk for everything). And with news surfacing that even those with mild COVID symptoms may still be susceptible to severe stroke at a young age, I’m terrified for the friends and family I was only moderately worried about prior. I’m scared of living alone, because of what that might mean for me if I do get sick.

I’m worried about losing my job (nothing is ever fully safe, even if we’re super busy right now). I’m worried about the crash of the economy (though I don’t have any investments because: millenial). I’m worried about how the US government is (not) handling things and what it means long-term. I’m scared about the inevitable spike in cases as states (like my own) reopen earlier than they should. As stupid protests and rallies continue.

And on top of it all, I feel guilty for feeling this way. Because as Bel said, I’m not as bad off as many others who are jobless, homeless, etc. I know plenty of counselors who’ve said time and again on social media that we are going through a collective trauma, and that everyone is feeling it, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel like I shouldn’t be. Because I’m better off than others. I guess I know what my next therapy appointment will be about, now!

This is post 17/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
MOFPS? Is That An Acronym?

MOFPS? Is That An Acronym?

Paladins

It’s just so sexy!

I decided to go back to Paladins a few days ago to try and scratch the PVP itch that randomly hit me. I am not necessarily the best at FPS games, but I played Paladins in beta (I couldn’t tell you why, off the top of my head) and thoroughly enjoyed the cards system. I wasn’t half bad, either. I mean, I’m no e-sports pro, but I could hold my own most days. I stopped playing, for whatever reason, but decided since I had an idea of what the systems looked like (and it was free) that I’d go hop in and try it out again.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I decided to pay the $15 USD to unlock all the characters since most of the basic ones didn’t particularly interest me (though I do love Cassie’s Dragon Hunter skin, and I’m probably going to start leveling her at some point so I can figure out how to pick it up). Right now I’ve been maining Seris. I absolutely love her design, and I’m half tempted to purchase the Infernal skin for her.

I also enjoy how she plays. I like the ability to both do some serious damage and heal. I’m still getting used to how the card system has been reworked since 2016, and I’ve yet to fully dive into making my own loadout for the character. I’ve also yet to fully delve into in-game purchases (it’s still currently set to auto-purchase), as it’s a completely new system for me. It also causes a little bit of anxiety to try and open that in, say, a deathmatch, and figure out what I need or want to purchase.

All-in-all I’m having fun, and I plan to keep playing until I’m not having fun anymore. Since I was having fun, I also decided to pick up Overwatch and try it out, since folks have been raving about it forever or whatever.

Overwatch

I went to go purchase Overwatch, and then realized that I must have, at some point, have purchased the special edition (or whatever we’re calling them nowadays) when it was on sale just for the WoW mini-pet, because I already had it active and ready for download. I played the tutorial, and against the AI a few times, and thought I was ready to try Mercy out in a match. Well, I was wrong.

I am bad at Overwatch. Terrible. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m playing the wrong character, or that I’m so new. But I’m going to take some of the advice I’ve gotten to play against AI some more and try out other characters within the same role I’m interested in. I’ve contemplated switching to Moira, since she and Seris play similarly, but I’m not fully sold on her. Maybe Brigitte might be more up my alley? Regardless, I feel like I’m going to be spending more time than I may like playing against AI so I don’t feel like a burden on my team.

This is post 16/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
Space Itch

Space Itch

Photo by me from ages ago.

As I read Blapril posts, I’ve been seeing a fair bit of EVE Online popping up, specifically from Mailvatar and The Ancient Gaming Noob. Seeing these posts have been making me feel nostalgic to going back.

So much has changed since about 2012, not only in the game, but in my life. I’ve lost touch with pretty much all of the folks that made the game worth playing, whether through my divorce, them passing, or just also moving on to other games. I was in a Wormhole/Mining corp for the majority of my play time in EVE, and I don’t know that I would feel comfortable putzing about low-sec/null-sec on my own. Plus I just don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to the game. While most of the things I remember can be done offline, there’s just a lot of waiting around done in the game. And playing it solo isn’t really something I’d be interested in.

EVE Online was the only game I played for quite a while, and while I’ve fond memories, I just don’t see myself ever picking it up again.

This is post 15/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
Statistical Which Character Personality Quiz

Statistical Which Character Personality Quiz

Full Results

I first saw this floating around Facebook, but didn’t pay much mind to it until I saw it floating around the blogosphere. Endalia was kind enough to link it in the Blaugust Discord, so I saved it for a rainy day. Today is that rainy day.

You can take the personality test for yourself here. You can find my full results here. I’m only going to post my top 10 from the full results, and then dive into some of my favorite fandoms!

  1. Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer): 79%
  2. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter): 75%
  3. Donna Moss (The West Wing): 75%
  4. Kaylee Frye (Firefly + Serenity): 75%
  5. Alice Cullen (Twilight): 75%
  6. Daniel Jackson (Stargate SG-1): 74%
  7. Rachel Chu (Crazy Rich Asians): 73%
  8. Abby Sciuto (NCIS): 73%
  9. Samwell Tarly (Game of Thrones): 72%
  10. Pam Beesly (The Office): 72%

I’m sad that certain fandoms aren’t in the top ten, but I’m going to see what my percentages look like as we delve into them specifically… in alphabetical order. Though, I’m confused why some fandoms show up in the big list (e.g.: NCIS, Stargate SG-1), but don’t show up in the Universe drop down.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  1. Willow Rosenberg: 79%
  2. Rupert Giles: 65%
  3. Buffy Summers: 58%
  4. Xander Harris: 55%
  5. Angel: 47%

Willow was always my favorite character in Buffy, with Cordelia as a close second, so I’m happy that she ended up being my highest in Buffy, and I suppose overall, as well. But ugh, Xander. At least it’s only 55%.

Firefly + Serenity

  1. Kaylee Frye: 75%
  2. Hoban Washburne: 71%
  3. Inara Serra: 69%
  4. Derrial Book: 67%
  5. River Tam: 59%

Kaylee and Inara were always characters I identified with the most in Firefly. I love all the characters, but I very much gravitate towards Kaylee as someone I could see myself being. So I feel it’s fairly accurate!

Harry Potter

  1. Luna Lovegood: 75%
  2. Ginny Weasley: 69%
  3. Arthur Weasley: 68%
  4. Remus Lupin: 66%
  5. Nymphadora Tonks: 66%

Okay, Luna is just so underappreciated! Everyone goes off about how she’s so odd and naive, and she’s really not. Neville and Luna were always my favorite Harry Potter characters (I mean, I appreciate the main trio, but, eh), so I’m glad I got Luna… because that means I get Mr. Sexy Herbologist.

Star Trek: Deep Space 9

  1. Jadzia Dax: 69%
  2. Julian Bashir: 69%
  3. Kasidy Yates: 69%
  4. Jake Sisko: 68%
  5. Nog: 64%

Deep Space Nine is absolutely my favorite Trek. I love many characters, but I don’t know that I could pick a favorite (okay, I lie, it’s Elim). Despite loving the series and characters (minus the rush that was Season 7), I’ve never particularly identified closely with any of them. Dax is definitely up there as a favorite, though, so I’ll take it!

Twin Peaks

  1. Dale Cooper: 71%
  2. Norma Jennings: 68%
  3. Lucy Moran: 68%
  4. Shelly Johnson: 64%
  5. Pete Martell: 60%

While I would be classified as “too young” to appreciate Twin Peaks, it has swiftly become one of my favorite fandoms. I think it’s the one thing that has remained of the fandoms my ex-husband introduced me to. It was not the first David Lynch work I’d seen, but it gave me a much better appreciation and understanding of how he works as a whole. Plus, you just can’t say no to the quirky cast, and occult undertones. I will wear with pride all of the names I was given, even if they all have their own weird flaws.

The West Wing

  1. Donna Moss: 75%
  2. Charlie Young: 71%
  3. Sam Seaborn: 69%
  4. Joey Lucas: 67%
  5. C.J. Cregg: 66%

The West Wing is probably my biggest go-to show when I’m struggling emotionally. It’s one of the few television shows I grew up watching (along with DS9) in full, and being able to binge it on Netflix multiple times the past year has been a help when I needed something to get me through the depression rut I was stuck in. It’s also one of the things Manthing and I love to watch and share. He’s told me many times that I remind him of dear Donnatella, so I wear it with pride that I got her as a top result, as well.

This is post 14/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
Appreciating Soapers

Appreciating Soapers

Developer/Creator Appreciation Week

It is Developer/Creator Appreciation Week for Blapril. On Bel’s Blapril announcement post, he defines this week as follows.

One of the things that has happened over the years with Blaugust is that it enveloped some of the better ideas from other events and combined them as part of the single month long celebration. Years ago Scarybooster started this idea of devoting a week to the sharing our love of the Developers and Studios behind the games that we play. Last year this morphed a bit to also include a celebration of the various content creators that we enjoy as well, so I am officially tweaking the name of the week a bit as a result to serve both purposes. Essentially it is a time to gush unabashedly about the things that you love.

I find myself, as of late, not playing very many games (though I’m getting back into the swing of it), so I’ve not much to say for appreciation than things I have said before. So I decided to focus on shouting out some of the content creators I’ve been enjoying as of late instead. This post is going to be focused primarily on soap making YouTube channels I’ve been loving (as I partially sate my appetite to get into cold-process soap making myself). So here we go, in no particular order!

Royalty Soaps

When I first thought about how I wanted to take up soap making as a hobby sometime last year, I searched for some videos on YouTube, and Royalty Soaps was the first one I stumbled upon. I’ve even mentioned her channel before as one I like to put on when I’m having a not so great day. Not only is she knowledgeable (she’s been doing this for a long while, and it’s been her job for a long while), she’s upbeat, and makes it a point to share her mistakes and thought process. I love purchasing Katie’s soaps, but I do find them to be on the bigger side for my taste. So I always cut the bars in half when I use them.

Ophelia’s Soapery

A totally different way of shooting and even soaping (she uses the heat transfer method for creating her cold process soap), Ophelia also has some pretty amazing designs, and I love watching them be made. While I like listening to Katie talk during her videos, it’s also nice to watch Ophelia do what she does while I listen to my own things. I’ve yet to purchase any of Ophelia’s soaps, but I love her bar sizing, and hope to pick up some soon.

GypsyFae Creations

GypsyFae’s videos are more like Royalty Soap videos. She talks about what she’s doing, and shares what’s going on in her life. She makes smaller batches and more varied soap products, which is fun to watch. I especially love her soap cupcake videos. I just love the idea of a cupcake made of soap, and it’s something I would like to try out myself, one day.

Missouri River Soap

I’ve only just started watching MO River Soaps recently, but I love how she also just goes with the flow and changes things as necessary. I also like hearing about her life, and her inspirations for the soaps she’s making. I also very much enjoy her pack and chat videos. I would never have thought I’d enjoy watching videos of soaps, candle melts, bath bombs, and bath scrubs being packed, but indeed I do.

Tree Marie Soapworks

Tree Marie Soapworks is one of the channels I look to for technique ideas. While I am nowhere near implementing nearly any of them, they’re fascinating to watch, and it’s nice to have a full post to go with her videos of recipes and written technique.

This is post 13/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.
Trying a Content Calendar

Trying a Content Calendar

It has been just over two weeks, now, since I started using a content calendar to help plan out my posts, thanks to a walk-through from Endalia, and I have to admit that while I’m still behind on blog posts for Blapril, it has helped me significantly to plan out my ideas, and rejigger posts on the fly when I come up with more relevant ideas.

To be honest, I’ve been told before by folks to try a content calendar, and one of the books I’m reading for my adult businesses swears on using a content calendar. But I could never get myself to try it out because I thought it would just be so much work to get it set up.

Thankfully, Endalia proved me absolutely wrong, and I have noticed that I feel more motivated to blog and come up with post ideas for both this blog and my sex blog with the calendar available to peep.

It’s also helping me to get better (albeit slowly, still) at trying to be more consistent with my content output, by making it less stressful overall. If I know something’s going to go out on X day, and I write it ahead of time (and schedule the tweet advertising it ahead of time) then my work is done in about 45-60 minutes much before it’s due. It’s something I’m okay at with my adult clips, but I’m still working on getting better. I definitely think this is going to assist me with that.

This is post 12/31 for Blapril. You can find out more and sign up at Belghast’s original post. You can view those participating on Twitter via the Twitter list I put together. Nogamara of Battlestance has put together an RSS feed of all Blapril participants.