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20 Days of… Introduction (Day 1)

20 Days of… Introduction (Day 1)

Saga over at Spellbound proposed a “20 Days of…” challenge based upon Ama‘s “20 Days of Warcraft”. I found it by following Saz, and found it really interesting… so I’m going to do it in hopes that it will get me blogging more regularly and keep my creative juices going.

So, without further ado, here’s Day 1!

Day 1 entails an Introduction of myself. Now, I could direct you to my first post, where I give a brief introduction of myself, or I could direct you to my Autoblogography from a previous BA:ST, or even direct you to my various pages about me.

But, to be fair, I guess I’ll give a little out-of-game description of me, despite how much I hate giving a description of myself!

I’m a graduate student in corporate educational design. TL;DR?It’s the process of analyzing a group’s (business, or school, or even government) needs, and then designing and developing new (or improving upon old) instructional materials, usually with technology, and then putting these into practice and evaluating how they hold up. I graduate this summer, and have been working my butt off on some pretty heavy-duty work this semester along with developing my portfolio for graduation.

It’s something I’ve been interested in since I was an undergrad. I love it, I really do. And I’m blessed with a job where I do just that. It’s also really cool that my co-workers also fall into the plethora of geek and nerd interests.

I have quite a few health problems, and I am trying to lose weight thanks to some of said health problems. I won’t get into details, but normal days can be very trying thanks to them. I keep another blog based upon my weight loss, and the recipes I create to help facilitate said weight loss.

I have a neurotic dog that is slowly adapting to a normal life (poor thing was abused and a stray), a demon cat with a loving side (also adopted), and then there’s the Elephant’s tarantula, Esme. I have a huge fear of spiders and scorpions, but I’m slowly getting used to Meeda. (Emphasis on the slowly.)

Speaking of the Elephant… He’s the most amazing thing in my life. I am lucky to have found him. We met just before I was thinking of leaving Graduate school and moving back in with my parents (a few states away), and we hit it off instantly. We rolled our Druids together, and, well, the rest is history. Every day with him is an adventure, and I couldn’t ask for a more supportive and loving man. We know we’re soul mates, regardless of what others think of the concept. We do pretty much everything together, both in-game and out, and I love it.

And that, in a nutshell, is me outside of game and my crafts. Bare bones, as it were. Stay tuned for the second part, “Why You Decided to Start a Blog”.

BA Shared Topic: Autoblogography!

BA Shared Topic: Autoblogography!

I joined Blog Azeroth recently and have been enjoying my time in the community so far, even if I am more of a lurker than anything… at the moment, anyway. This week, Ophelie of Bossy Pally asked that we write an Autoblogography.

What pushed you to start blogging? What challenges have you faced? What are your favorite posts and why? What are the stories behind them? How has blogging affected your gaming?

If you’re a new blogger, you can write about your experience so far, about what you hope for the future.

As much as I would love to write about the first few ideas (and I think it would be easier by far), I will tackle the second topic idea–being a new blogger, as I still fall into that category, so I think.

I started blogging on games, geekdom and crafts a while after I started blogging about my cooking and weight loss goals as a New Year’s “Resolution” (I call them Winning Outcomes… Resolution just has such a negative connotation to me). I was inspired because I was bored and didn’t have many friends after moving down South for graduate school. I still don’t have many, but that is besides the point considering I found the Elephant… Anyway.

I wanted to write about what I enjoyed that didn’t fit into the theme of my other blog. Then I just kind of abandoned it for a while. Just like I did the other blog. I don’t really have any good excuses outside of my life being turned upside down (in a good way!) and lots of school.

I started back up and joined Blog Azeroth soon after as a way to keep up with the community in a more engaged fashion–to keep me social and keep me inspired. While being involved in the blogging community is no replacement for live people, the few comments and new friends I have made so far have made my blogging experience amazing, and a lot less scary than I originally thought.

I hope this blog continues to be a place of inspiration for me. And not just on WoW topics! I want to start crafting more, and sharing what I craft. And I want to share more about my D&D campaign lawl-moments. I’ll never be a theory-crafter, though I’m sure I’ll write tutorials or guides at some point or another. It’s something I love to do, and do extensively on my guild’s forums (quite possibly to the dismay of guildies–I imagine the “OMG, another one!” groans in my head every time I post a rep guide or such).

Where my heart lies, though, is just sharing my experiences with others–no matter what realm of geekdom or nerddom that falls into.

Thanks, Ophe for the topic!

Pretty Much Finished

Pretty Much Finished

It’s been a busy weekend with my Blogs, updating layouts, getting posts set up for my other one, and trying to (finally) finish the layout for this so that I can submit it to the Chopping Block over at BA. Eep!

The damn peons fell asleep so I have to do all of this on my own.

The last bit on my list is as follows:

  • Make a Twitter for the Blog
  • Link the Twitter, hah
  • Shots of my toons
  • Contact page
  • Blogroll!
  • Figure out how the heck to put in that little blogger share bar link thingie (help is much appreciated!) I figured it out, thanks to a post over at BA. 🙂

To eventually do:

  • Create my own RSS button
  • Create my own Twitter button

On a complete side note, our guild run of ICC this weekend got us 11/12 and lots and lots of attempts on Arthas… but no down yet. We’re extending our lockout to work on just him next weekend. Also, since Chestnut has the title, I’m switching in Jhisalith to Bubblespam and our pally healer is going to OT. I’m torn between having him on Arthas or adds. I guess I shall figure it out as next weekend draws nearer!

Layout Revamp

Layout Revamp

Been putting the peons to work for me!

Just a quickie to pimp my new layout! Slowly but surely it’s getting there. Browsing some of the blogs over at Blog Azeroth (which I signed up for, and am very excited to post my first Shared Topic!) made me realize that I really needed an update.

I knew I did, but it just kinda bumped me into doing it. So I did! I also picked something that is easy enough to go into the template and color change based on when I get sick and tired of the layout, hah.

Proud of it so far, even if it’s not exactly where I want it yet. 😉

The Girl

The Girl

Hidey ho there, neighbor! I don’t have much of anything to write as my first post, so I’ll give everyone a bit of background on my gaming experiences.

I’m a World of Warcraft alt-a-holic. Big time. While I’m not really playing seriously at the moment (due to school, and dealing with a lot of items regarding moving again), I do like playing the game. My favorite part is Achievements and PvPing (and some RPing).

I used to be a raider; not hardcore, maybe two nights a week seriously and a few nights willy-nilly with PuG raids. However, due to some…misunderstanding relating to my [previous] main and her [former] guild (not the one she’s listed as in, now), I really felt it was time for a change in how I played the game.

I’ve since joined the Llane server on the Horde side to play with two friends in real life who are also laid-back players. While my account is only active until the end of the month, I’m enjoying this time much more than when I was a raider.

I was hardcore into RPGs on the PS2 (except FF), but since there are no more games really being made for the PS2, it’s become a DVD player, and may not last through the end of the year. 🙁

I’ve been playing with Nintendo since the N64 and original Gameboy. I loved Golden Sun, Pokemon, Monster Rancher…you get the idea. I have an NDS now, and while it’s already stowed away for moving, it holds a dear place in my heart. I’m also lusting after a Nintendo Wii.

Dunegeons and Dragons. Enough said. I like both 3.5 and 4.0 for different reasons, and I prefer dice-light/RP-heavy games.

Some other geeky things I’m into include Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Stargate SG-1 and Star Wars. I love being crafty, and make jewelry, knit, make t-shirt quilts and like trying my hand at sculpey (and usually failing). I’ve also started doing a lot more cooking and baking this past month and love it! I’m a huge Classic (and Renaissance) Disney fan. And I’m also a nerd to top it all off. I love learning! Maybe that’s the main reason I’m working on a Masters degree in Education.

I essentially plan on using this blog to talk about gaming things (probably WoW, mostly), and sometimes discuss my other interests; the crafts and geeky items. I felt that I needed somewhere to recant stories such as the wonders of many other game bloggers.

So, welcome to the Gamer Girl Confessions!