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Happy 4th Blogiversary!

Four years ago today, I started a blog that slowly morphed into the one you’re reading right now. Over a series of casual blog posts, mostly centering around my gaming habits, I’ve been able to achieve something I never have before now — a blog that I’ve posted to in a fairly consistent manner.

There have been a few hitches now and then. I decided to re-brand twice. I also switched domains once and moved web hosts once. But all in all, the overall tone and approach of this blog has remained the same.

I think a big part of the longevity is allowing a variety of writing topics — everything from the latest social failure in the Duty Finder to my first cruise vacation. While I don’t tend to go off on wild tangents too often, having the freedom to talk about whatever is on my mind has widened my scope quite a bit.

The other thing that amazes me is that I’m still playing the same game as my main MMO as I was back when I started this blog. While I did venture off to try a few other games on the side, it seems like FFXIV still has its hooks in me. That doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon.

Anyhow, I want to send my appreciation to all my blogging pals and readers! Your support and comments are still as exciting and special today as they were 4 years ago. Thanks for joining me on this ride!


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Happy 3rd Blogging Birthday!

Three years ago today, I launched a blog on my other domain, That blog has gone through various names and hosts over the past three years.

First it was just a fairly geeky blog at Then, I decided to name it Clean Casuals as it took on more of a gaming blog identity. Somewhere in there, I launched a more personal blog, which became this one. I then merged in the content from Clean Casuals into this one, and kept the name Aywren Sojourner.

Sometime last year, I got concerned with the inodes I was using up at my paid host and made a move to hosting at So far, I’ve been content with this latest move and don’t foresee a reason to make another. Especially since WordPress has expanded the amount of storage we get for images.

So, yeah. Three years and I’m still consistently blogging, mostly on the weekdays. Because I’ve moved this blog so many times, I’ve lost the statistics that went along with it. That’s okay, though. Each year is a new one with more opportunities.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by and reading! Your visits, thoughts, and comments always mean a lot to me. Hopefully I can continue to write things that keep bringing folks back to read!


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Black Desert Online Gaming Blog Banners

I didn’t realize a post about blog header banners would be of interest to so many folks! But because it was, I’m making a short follow-up on a few new banners I added this morning. Yesterday, I didn’t have my BDO screenshots on hand, but now that I do, I’ve whipped up a few more banners from that.

I couldn’t just choose one horse riding screen from the many, though. So I threw in two. I wish I had a good uncropped screen of my favorite dappled horse for this. I might have to hop in game and take some new shots. 🙂

The three new banners are below, all of my character Aywren in BDO:



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New Gaming Blog Banners

I’ve decided to start using rotating banners on the top of my blog. These were created from screenshots of various games I’ve played that have been of importance to me. I may add a few more for games like BDO, but until then, I just wanted to make list of the banners I’m using.

I even found a pretty good shot of the original Aywren Sojourner from Second Life! She was created on July 23, 2004. Back then, you could choose from a list of last names when making a new character in Second Life, and I chose Sojourner. The name has stuck over the years!

Aywren Sojourner in FFXIV
Zombie-Fighting Base in 7 Days to Die
Aywren in Stardew Valley
Moon from Skyrim
Sims 4 – Alien Abduction 
The original(!) Aywren Sojourner in Second Life
Zuri Nimat in FFXIV
TsuYa Tai in FFXIV
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WordPress Personal Plan Storage Upgrade!

Last night, I heard my phone buzz.

I looked over and saw an alert from WordPress that said nothing but “Storage Upgrade!”

I got excited. I opened the app and saw this:


I got very excited. I started looking around for more information. Sure enough, on the WordPress plans page, it notes that all free blogs still have 3 GB of space, but the Personal paid accounts now have 6 GB!

This is a huge deal! I say that because storage space was one limitation that worried me when I moved over to hosting.

I noted in my Moving Post:

3GB storage space for images is pretty low for me. I’ve been spoiled by having “unlimited” space for many years. Already, my blog has that over 40% full.

Now that I’m only using 21% of my storage space, I feel much more at ease about things, and much more content in the choice I made to move this blog here.

So, if you’re using WordPress’ Personal plan, you have an upgrade! If you’re using a free plan and are approaching the 3 GB limit, the Personal plan is a nice option to double your space for very little cost.

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Blogging Milestones: 1,000 Posts!

Yesterday, I received an announcement via WordPress that alerted me to the fact that I’ve published 1,000 posts on this blog. Somehow, I’d lost track of that and wasn’t paying any attention to my post number.

So, for a blog that’s going on 3 years old, that’s not too bad. Granted, this includes random YouTube videos, posts of my art and that sort of thing, too. However, I’ve removed a good chunk of content in the form of my Sims stories, because I wanted to divide that away from the main blog. I figure it equals out.

When I moved to about a month ago, it lost all my Followers and Likes. I actually had a good number of Followers to lose, so that was a bit annoying – if you followed me before, you’ll need to follow me again!

So, I’m building those up again, and have hit these milestones:



Again, not too bad for being here less than a month.

WordPress Reader

I’ve also discovered that when you have a hosted blog, you get the benefit of being connected to the Reader section. This is similar to Tumblr’s dashboard, where you can search by tags and follow blogs you enjoy… just a bit less cluttered and over-saturated.

In fact, I like this a whole lot better than a Tumblr because you can actually find interesting posts and new blogs to follow. The quality seems a good bit better than the constant stream of micro-blogging you see in Tumblr, too. Not to mention, you can have the best of all worlds if you attach a blog to a Tumblr account via sharing.

Boom! All the blogging! 

So, I’m happy that I made the jump over to as a host, if only to have that sense of a social media connection in the background for my blog. I know that I’ve discovered a number of blogs the past month, and other people have discovered me… who would have never found me otherwise as a self-hosted blog.

Blog on!