Sunday, 31 August 2014

That Was the Month That Was

Well, it's the 31st of August, so it's time to have a little bit of a review of what we've been up to this month and what's coming into the future. Before we start, I'd like to thank my mum, the EVAC Blaugust crew, and Belghast and the crew over at the other Blaugust, who've kept me entertained and engaged this month, and my wife for allowing 'blauging' to be a reason for me to delay real-life things that need doing. Anyways, let's get into it:

Mondays at the Vatican:

I felt like the pope comic really didn't go anywhere this month, and as much as I'd have like to actually get the story moving I instead spent the month trying to re-learn and re-imagine some of the characters that I plan to use. I'm ok with this, as it feels a little bit like progress, but we fell short of where we wanted to be, so I guess that's a failure. Still, I intend to keep up the general pope-related content on Mondays on a bit less of a demanding schedule, almost certainly not every week, so if you're interested in seeing what the fellows get up to, stay tuned on future Mondays.

Tuesday Book Club:

I'm definitely enjoying the reading challenge that I've set myself, but with four weeks down and almost four-hundred to go, I guess that it's a bit too early to judge. Still, we're going to keep doing this weekly and see how long we can keep it up. If you'd like to join the reading club, I'd love it if you'd like to jump in, the requirement to read 100 pages a week is pretty light, and it can be even lighter if you only join in for part of the syllabus.

Wednesday Quiz in Exile

Quiztime continues to be a lot of fun to create, but I'm kind of struggling to come up with good ideas to keep up a season of high-quality content. I'll plan to keep this going weekly until we've had a season of eight quizzes and then we can review then. The big thing stopping this from working well is a lack of ideas of what I know well enough to challenge other people's knowledge on, so feel free to suggest some topics.

Thursday Night Games

Tracking the EVAC diplomacy game has been the hardest content to keep up given how busy I generally am on Thursdays, and it doesn't seem to be a particularly popular part of the Blaugust schedule, but I feel like it's a useful and necessary part of running the game, so I plan to keep doing it, but don't be surprised if this starts slipping into Tie Friday territory here and there.

I've also jsut started recording the games that we play each week and the winners thereof, and I'm considering expanding this into reviews of our modest selection of board and card games, though I know there's plenty of people out there doing it better than I possibly could, so I don't knw if we'll end up going down that path. If we do, I'd expect that to start trickling out on Thursdays too, so if you'd be interested in seeing that, being part of it, or have any ideas on the topic, I'd love to hear about it. And of course, if you're free on Thursday nights in our neck of the woods, come on down and join in!

Friday Ties

Ties are a reliable staple of the Leaflocker, and I see no chance of that changing any time in the near future. I'm aware that some of you feel like Ties are just filler content, but even the best need a break sometimes and I'm loath to abandon yet another project before I've seen it through to its conclusion, so Tie Friday's will keep happening most weeks if at all possible.

Saturday Projects

I'm not sure what to say about Saturdays. On the one hand, I got around to making a bunch of Wesnoth videos, but on the other hand, I didn't exactly get that many projects off of the ground, so I'd say it failed in it's aim of getting me to do real-life things. Anyway, I'd expect Saturday to become the domain of Raptember this coming month, and then we'll see if any actual useful projects or ideas for other youtube series suddenly appear.

Sunday Spirituality

After a good start, I've let myself down on this one, having produced only a couple of pieces of content, and even those were pretty superficial and less insightful than I hoped. I'll continue to plan to reserve Sunday for religious content in general, but I'm not expecting there to be many posts in the near future, unless our spiritual blog-mother Michael5000 gets us all inspired on some kind of biblical quest.

In Conclusion

It's been a lot of fun getting back into the habit of blogging again, but I'm very glad that the month and the foolish requirement I set myself of posting once a day is now behind me. I hope that I'll be able to keep up producing new stuff, as it's been a lot of fun to spend the time each day writing and even branching out to making videos, and I look forward to sharing it all with you.

And last of all, thanks for reading and commenting and making Blaugust fun for me. I wish you all the best in your endeavours and hope that you'll stick around to join us for Raptember, the annual Rap-a-thon I share with my friend and nemesis Dan once the madness of Blaugust has passed. If Dan's prior for mis anything to go by, you'll be richly rewarded if you do.


Michael5000 said...

I highly support this endeavor. And just to prove it, I've burned through the first four of those cartoon books about the kid possessed by the Go player, despite that due to a grievous printing error everything goes in the wrong direction.

Irac said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the encouragement to Blaug. I, too, will be happy not to feel I need to do it every day (especially once I'm not on holidays any more)