It’s been a while since I have written. I thought the lockdown in the UK would have spurred me to write more, and I remember hoping to get back to at least writing Khinjarsi’s Korners again. That didn’t happen. That’s ok.
The UK is now in Lockdown 2.0 (although it’s practically not a lockdown since schools, colleges, universities and most workplaces are still open) and although I’m not working from home as much, I’m still dabbling in gaming.
In an attempt to return to blogging, I read through some posts on my Reader, and saw Thero’s Sow a Seed Award over at A Reluctant Hero – it wasn’t an Award I had heard of so I took a look. An interesting read, I discovered she had nominated me. So, as a gentle return back to blogging, here is my Sow A Seed Blogger Award.
Let’s start off with the rules for this award:
- Put the award logo/image on your blog.
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
- List the rules.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started and the problems you faced.
- Give five pieces of advice for new and old bloggers. (Note: you can still mention a tip that’s been mentioned already because we all express things differently)
- You have to nominate 5 -12 bloggers.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog or just reaching out to them.
The Creator and My Nominator.
Firtsly, let me briefly talk about the creator of the Sow A Seed Blogger Award, YumDeku over at MyAnime2Go. MyAnime2Go is a blog that focusses on posts about anime, manga and gaming. If you have a spare moment, please go and check out the blog.
A Long Long Time Ago
Where did Upon Completion start? Well, way back when I was at university, I started a blog talking about my struggles with weight loss, dieting and general university life, all hosting on Blogger. After using that for a while, I decided to switch to WordPress as it seemed a little more user friendly. I continued writing over here on a blog titled Lectures, Essays and Diets whilst at uni, but at some point was asked for my thoughts on a video game Ellen lent me. Whilst I posted it on Lectures, it also sparked an idea to have a separate gaming blog, and share this blog with Ellen, and my then boyfriend The Masked Gentleman. Since then, the contributors have changed as relationships ebbed and flowed, as has the content and writing styles, but it has remained Upon Completion. Lectures closed and I started Dragon in a Dress, but this sits aside for the time being. As I moved into the world of work and battled mental health issues, I have taken many hiatuses, but often come back. Gaming has been a constant.
What problems have I faced? Sticking specifically with Upon Completion, my biggest problem is twofold. Firstly is having the motivation to write and publish content. The second, probably related, is in ensuring the content I write is of something I care about. I have found in my blogging journey that if I force myself to write, the content is disconnected and janky. I am old enough, and experienced enough at life to not persist with bad things.
So what arcane and ancient wisdom would I give to my younger self, to a newcomer?
Write about what you want to write about. So what if the other bloggers are writing and reviewing the latest home console? Who cares if they are all Youtube vloggers? If you want to write about Atari games in longform, go for it. If you want to write about the chickens of Skyrim in haiku, you do you.
Watch what you say in what forum. Everyone has an opinion, but it doesn’t make always them right or wrong. Keep it respectful and polite, but stand your ground if need be. Say what you need to. but respect others. Say it knowing people will disagree with you. Say it understanding the repercussions of what you say, and accept those repercussions.
Care for yourself first. If you need to have a schedule, create a schedule. If this creates more stress, then there is no need to commit to one. It is ok to take a break – your friends and fans will be there when you return.
Get involved! One of the best things to happen to my blogging life is becoming more involved in the community. It started with frequent comments with a small group of readers. This led to joining in Later Level’s legendary parties, collabs, cute photos on Twitter, and at one point joining in a D and D campaign with people I had never met.
Have patience with WordPress. WordPress is still my preferred blogging platform, even the free version. However, as many bloggers will tell you, it often has problems and quirks. Don’t fear it, but I do recommend saving often and if it’s really getting to you, walk away for a while. It’s just a website.
As we come to the end of this award ceremony, I am tasked with nominating a few bloggers, in no particular order.
- Krista over at LeeksPlays
2. Nyan at Biblionyan
3. Pix at Shoot the Rookie
4. Litten across at Dragon in the Castle
5. Meg at A Geeky Gal
Thank you once again Thero for the nomination. I hope this award post is the first in a return to writing for me, particularly over the upcoming festive season. For now, farewell.