Our choir of gaming Christmas carollers is back again for the second day of Blogmas, where creative conductor Athena from AmbiGaming is leading us in a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas – but with a video game twist. Check out her blog to see what she’s written for her seventh answer, and keep your eyes peeled for all of the other bloggers out there taking part.
Yesterday we looked at seven of our favourite posts. With the choir clearing their throats and warming up in the background, let’s see what the subject of today’s verse is:
On the seventh day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me:
What are your 12 favourite gaming memories?
Tell us 11 games you love!
What are ten reasons you’d play a game?
Give us nine games on your to-play list!
Who are eight characters you love?
Share seven of your favorite posts!
What are your six gaming or blogging resolutions?
1. Play more video games
While it’s not always possible to play something every day due to adult responsibilities, sometimes it’s ourselves who are the barrier to our hobby. I need to continue making a conscious effort to turn on the PlayStation or PC when I have a free hour after work rather than collapsing on the sofa. Alongside this, I want to expand my gaming horizons: the adventure genre will always be one I return to but I’d also like to try a few titles outside of this comfort zone. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
2. Finish the games I start – unless they’re bad
I was determined to complete more of I the games I started in 2018 and I’m pleased to say I’ve succeeded. However, I’ve also realised there’s no point in forcing yourself through a title if you’re really not enjoying it. High-ratings from critics doesn’t necessarily mean everyone should buy or will enjoy release, or will see it through to the end. As long as we’re open to new experiences and give them a decent chance when they come along (see the point above), we shouldn’t feel any guilt at putting them down in favour of something more enjoyable.
3. Finally make it to gamescom
My other-half and I have been trying to get to gamescom for the past few years and so far, something has always scuppered our plans. In 2017 there was Pete’s fear of flying; then in 2018 after he’d worked up the courage to getting on a plane, we decided to postpone due to a sad family event. 2019 could very possibly be the year we make it to Germany and we’ll be starting our arrangements soon. Who knows, I might finally get the chance to meet nufafitc from Emotional Multimedia Ride in person this summer.
4. Try to be more social
In October I wrote a post about the thing I find hardest about blogging: being social. I’m not naturally an outgoing person and I get anxious when faced with a large group, either in person or online. Blogging has certainly helped with this and I now know that I’m able to do it despite not being someone who’s completely at ease in social situations. That’s why I’d like to push myself even further next year and get involved in more conversations, collaborations and events.
5. Set up annual blogging awards
Being nominated for the UK Blog Awards recently has definitely been a highlight of 2018, and I can’t thank the anonymous person who did so enough. The Shameful Narcissist mentioned that she wished the States had something similar and it got me thinking: why don’t we set up our own blog awards here for the WordPress community? I’m not entirely sure what form these will take or how they’re going to work just yet, but all will be revealed in the autumn and hopefully we’ll have our first winners by the end of 2019.
6. Announce a new version of Question of the Month
The Question of the Month has now been running since February 2017 and it’s time for a bit of a makeover. Don’t worry, the monthly competition isn’t going away – but there’s a change coming that I think you’re going to enjoy! In September I mentioned that Chris from OverThinker Y and I had become partners-in-crime and we had a little something up our sleeves. There isn’t much longer to wait until all is revealed: make sure to visit on 07 January 2019 to find out what’s going on and how you can be a part of it.
It’s time for the choir to take a short break so we’ll be back for the eighth day of Blogmas tomorrow, with five games we’ve played more than once. In the meantime, why not tell us about your own resolutions in the comments below?
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.