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Blaugust 2021 Has Begun!

I’m not going to make this a super long post because I’m participating in Blaugust on my Spot of Mummery blog and I’m talking about it much more there! However, I wanted to announce here that the event has begun, and if you’ve been on the fence about joining, it’s not too late!

Hop on over to the Main Info Page for the event, and check out this post for a List of Participants this year. Also, watch the #Blaugust2021 hashtag on social media sites to see posts there, too!

I’m wishing all the blogosphere the best of luck for this year’s event! I’ve got a whole line-up of blogging tips, thoughts and experiences to post about, so I hope you tune in on my other blog or follow on the Spot of Mummery Twitter!

I still have things to talk about here, too. No worries! I’ve gotten kinda use to juggling things on two different blogs now days.

Keep writing!

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Blaugust 2021 – Festival of Blogging – Cometh!

To see more information about Blaugust, check out Bel’s post here!

Back when this blog was just an itty bitty side project, the first thing I ever did was participate in a Blaugust event. While I’d participated in this event long before it was adopted under the “Blaugust” name, that year, it was a great way for me to jump-start this new blog with content and connections. As you can see, it eventually became my main gaming blog in the end.

Blaugust continues to be a great way for any blogger to dip their toe into the blogging world with the support of the blogging community behind them. If you:

  • Have a new blog
  • Have thought of starting a blog
  • Haven’t blogged in a while, but want to get back into it
  • Are a blogger who wants to write content and network more…

This is a great way to make connections, ask questions of blogging Mentors, and flex your blogging fingers.

While 2020 was rough for me, and I ended up sitting the events out last year, I plan on going full force this year. I’ve been trying to build up and organize my FFXIV sideblog – Spot of Mummery -this year, so that’s where my focus is going to be.

I also act as a Mentor for Blaugust in the official Discord channel, and I’m always happy to offer thoughts, feedback or suggestions if you need them! Don’t be shy to ask questions. That’s what Mentors are here for!

If you’re interested in joining us, fill out this quickie Sign-Up form. Below, you’ll find the official prompt calendar – though you’re quite welcome to post whatever your heart desires any time during this month.

Hope to see you there!

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

#Blaugust2018 Tally & August Gaming Goals in Review

Tally Tally!

Yesterday, I wrote a farewell post to Blaugust a day early, noting that while I posted 18 posts here (including this one) on this blog, I did the majority of my writing on my creative RP Tumblr this month. I didn’t think that counted, but the comments I got said the contrary.

So! I’m going to leave that in poor Bel’s hands (or whomever is doing the judging for the Blaugust awards this year). Here’s my Tumblr archive for this month for proof of crazy fiction and RP writing! 🙂

Based on fiction alone, I wrote a 7-part short story called “Chocobo’s Tale” and another 7-part series called “Decent“… along with about 6 more chapters that are in reserve to post over the next week or so.

I’m not really overly worried about the award, but just wasn’t sure what counted. I had a blast writing for my fiction/RP blog this month, and that’s really all that matters!

FFXIV Leveling Goals

  • Level Culinarian to 70 âś“
  • Level Dragoon to 70 âś“
  • Level Astro (maybe?)

Not only did I finish leveling Culinarian to 70, but I leveled ALL of my remaining crafting jobs to 70 and finished ALL of the job quests associated with them, too.

I was a tad lazy at the Alliance Roulette this month, so I’m about halfway through level 69 on Dragoon. But tonight should probably get level 70, or pretty close to it, so I’m going to mark it as a done deal.

Still haven’t touched Astro, but that’s something I’m going to be working on now that all of my crafting leveling is out of the way and I have more time.

FFXIV Cleanup Quest Goals

  • Summoner – Lv 60-70 Quests
  • Ninja – Lv 50-60 Quests
  • Culinarian Quest catch-up âś“

Again, I failed on finishing job quests… for everything except my crafters. BUT, I’m going really make an effort do work on these now that crafting leveling is done. I’m pretty confident I can knock some of these out finally next month.

And that was August in a nutshell!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

A Farewell to Blaugust (Almost)

I feel a tad bad that for as much as I wanted Blaugust to happen deep down, I really didn’t do all the participation that I would have liked to in the event. It felt like there were tons of great bloggers out there keeping things exciting, though, so hopefully no one noticed that I’ll be ending up this month with only 18 posts (once I write the next one).

The thing about this is that it’s not that I wasn’t writing. It just that I was absolutely consumed by fiction writing for my RP blog. Just about every bit of creativity I had this month went into that, and I was having an absolute blast!

So, technically, I was writing far MORE than I usually do in a given month. It’s just not obvious when you only look at this blog.

I don’t know if that counts towards Blaugust? But, hey, I’m not going to feel too bad about it. When you’re inspired to write something in a specific way for a specific audience, you’ve got to take that inspiration and run with it. No buts about it.

Right now, I’m still heavily engaged in that blog, but I still have some topics I want to post up here in between things. I want to talk about our FC airships and, once I actually run The Rising, I want to blog about this year’s anniversary event.

I also have new goals to try and set for next month — we’ll see how far I get with those! The one thing I do know is that my interest and time in FFXIV has increased significantly, and I do not regret the choice I made to make a change in how I play.

I mean, what other server can you just be standing in your apartment, minding your own business, and get robbed?


Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, Gaming

Blaugust: Keep Your Finger Near the Print Screen Key

The first week of Blaugust is officially Topic Brainstorming Week. So I wanted to talk shortly about one way of generating ideas for your blog. While this seems to primarily focus on gaming blogs, this can carry over into real life, too, if you just keep your phone camera handy at all times.

Now while this isn’t true for every day and every post, I’ve found a lot of my blogging content comes from just having an awareness of what’s going on around me, and being ready to capture that for future reference. 

In short, whenever I’m playing any game, part of my mind is on what experiences I might be able to share on my blog the next day. My finger is always near the screenshot key. I’m always looking for a topic starter or a story. For example, many of my FFXIV Tales from the Duty Finder stories are just the You-Had-To-Be-There moments that I captured via screenshot to bring back the next day as a post.

You might be saying, “But if you’re always thinking about blogging, how can you just enjoy the game?”

As a blogger, part of what makes me enjoy the game more is hunting down something that I think will be fun to share. The more you practice looking for the story in something, even mundane situations, the easier it gets. It’s really never a bother.

So I challenge you to think like a blogger and search for stories in everything you do during Blaugust.

Be it gaming, other hobbies, your work, or social interactions. There are so many stories hiding there, stories that only you can tell the world from your point of view… but only if you’re receptive to finding them. If you start to practice that mindset, you’ll often find the stress of “What do I write about next?” starts to fade as it becomes replaced by a more productive desire to find stories to share.

So, go out there and bring us back some stories! I’ll be reading!

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging

Blogging: Importance of Voice & Choosing your Audience

It’s prep week for Blaugust Mentors, so I decided to sit down and write about something that’s been on my mind lately. Prep week focuses on giving some advice to new and upcoming bloggers — so you’ll see a lot of useful information about blogging platforms, choosing topics, consistently writing, picking your blog name/URL — very important stuff!

I wanted to tackle some things that aren’t always so obvious to think about from the start: Voice/Tone and Audience.

These are actually concepts to think about no matter what kind of writing you’re doing — blogging, fiction, bussines, etc. And while you might be going… “Oh gosh, I’m just trying to put some words on the page, when do I have time to figure this out?” …I feel that establishing your blogging voice and knowing who you’re writing for early on makes things easier.

What Attracts People?

Think about those folks you follow on social media. Think about your favorite streamers or YouTubers. What do these usually have in common?

They’ve established a personality (voice) that’s unique to themselves, and that’s something you’ve connected with. You start to like them as a person, and therefore, you come back to see what they have to say again and again.

They don’t have to share anything super personal for you to feel like… Hey, I jive with them, and they’re cool to listen to. If they take time to interact with their audience, oh man, they’re really a hit then!

There’s really no secret to what they’re doing (though it’s not always easy to maintain). They’ve just established a voice/personality and they’re consistent with producing content around a specific audience that responds to it. YOU!

Granted, this can take time and effort to achieve. Often, your own writing voice will evolve and change the more you learn about the craft of writing and the people you’re talking to. That’s totally okay! It’s a part of growing as a blogger.

But that doesn’t mean that when you sit down to roll up a blog that you can’t already be thinking: Hey, who am I writing this for? Who do I want to reach out to? 

Do you want to approach things with humor and an honest down-to-earth slice-of-life personality?

Or do you want to be known for someone who says what’s on their mind, no matter how brutally honest it is?

Maybe you want to establish yourself as someone who provides ground-breaking strategies and has an powerful authority over the topics you choose to write?


Different approaches will connect with different kinds of readers. It’s important to consider the pros and cons of the voice and approach you use — will you be able to maintain it over a long period of time, for example. Or will it exhaust you (or confine you) to try to step into the persona that you’re building?

Sometimes even refreshing an existing blog is just about taking a different point of view and changing your voice. 

With my blog, I’ve chosen to establish a casual and laid-back personality. It’s very much in line with who I really am IRL, so it’s easy to maintain.

You’ll hear me talk about what’s happened in my gaming life. I like to post things that make people laugh, if possible. I stay away from more somber and serious topics, even if that’s the direction everyone else seems to be taking. And if I do write things like a game review, it’s generally something based on how it made me feel, rather than a professional take on the game.

Thinking about your blogging voice and audience from the start will also help you decide on the overall feel and presentation of your blog. Once you know who you want to be, and who you want to write for, you can center your theme, blog name, and everything else around that to present a consistent face (a brand) to your audience.

 Join us at Blaugust!

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Hey, Listen! Blaugust is Reborn!

If you’re a reader of other blogs across our lovely blogosphere, you may have already heard the news on the wind: Next week, Blaugust is returning! 

Though I haven’t written about it yet (was waiting till it was a bit closer to time… like now), this is an event I’m really pumped for… and that I hope that other bloggers will get excited about, too! I signed on to be a Mentor this year, so it’s probably time I start putting on my Mentor hat.

Prep week starts now. You’ll find a ton of great prep-posts ramping up already on the many mentor blogs that are participating — check out a spread sheet of who is who and where you can find them!

In the past, Blaugust (started by Belghast at Tales of the Aggronaut) has been focused on challenging folks to reach a certain number of posts within the month of August. This time around, he’s shaking the formula up quite a bit, and tossing in a pinch of Newbie Blogger Initiative (NBI) into the mix.

See more about this here.

This time, there are several levels of participation to take part in:

  • Newbie Blogger Award – You did it, you created a new blog and by god we are going to sing your praises for doing it!
  • Bronze Award – You made at least 5 posts during the Month of August 2018.
  • Silver Award – You made at least 15 posts during the Month of August 2018, go you!
  • Gold Award – You made at least 25 posts during the Month of August 2018, you are a badass!
  • Rainbow Diamond Award – You did it, you posted every single day during the Month of August 2018 and deserve accolades.

So even folks who ramp up a new blog or just post 5 times next month are all rockstars!

To help out through the month, we have the Mentor system and a structured set of themes to roll with:

  • July 25th – July 31st – Blaugust Prep Week – posts about the technical details of getting started in blogging.  Tutorials, advice, tips for naming your blog… that sort of stuff to get people ready to hit the ground on August 1st running.
  • August 1st – August 7th – Topic Brainstorming Week – posts about ideas for topics that the participants can then mine for the rest of the month.
  • August 8th – August 14th – Get to Know Each Other Week – hanging out and meeting other people in this new fledgling community and hopefully gaming together a bit!  Also highly support doing some sort of collaboration on shared topics!
  • August 15th – August 21st – Developer Appreciation Week – post about the things that you really appreciate in gaming or any other community… because chances are there is a developer or designer behind the things you love.
  • August 22nd – August 28th – Staying Motivated Week – tips and tricks that you might have to stay motivated and keep creating content against the tyranny of a blank screen.
  • August 29th – August 31st – The Final Stretch: Lessons Learned – as a way of getting us across the finish line, talk about some of the experienced you had during the month and maybe things you learned about yourself.

If this sounds exciting and interesting to you, by all means, please, please join us! Even if you don’t have a blog now, or need to blow the dust off an existing blog, we will welcome you with open arms!

Bel has a signup sheet to officialize your choice to participate, and a Discord where you can connect with fellow bloggers and mentors across the globe!

Hope to see you there! 

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

MMO Soul Searching: How Do You Learn to Relax at End Game? #blaugust2016

This post is a part of Blaugust 2016!


I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching about my MMO of choice: FFXIV. I’ve come to a number of conclusions, which I wanted to write about… but then I realized I had so much to say that I should probably break it up over a number of posts.

In some of these posts, I’m turning to you grizzled MMO end-game vets. I’ve never played any MMO to end game before, and I’m struggling with things that I think other players may have more experienced perceptions of.

Low Energy Player

Jeromai and Bhagpuss wrote some posts that really resonated with me last week. They both talked about Low and High Energy players. It only took me a moment to identify with being a Low Energy player — I like safe, comfortable and relaxing game play.

I tend to be easily overwhelmed, and a generally anxious person. I use games to unwind and shed stress, not to add to my stress. Only, in my perception, being at end game in FFXIV doesn’t really promote that coveted tranquility and relaxation.

Part of this is because I’m inexperienced with dealing with an end game in an MMO. This is a game of many firsts for me. My first raids. My first BiS gear grind. My first time consistently running group content (with strangers)! My first really serious guild with people who want to run content that I’d normally shy away from. And I’m the guild leader to boot!

Normally, my MMOs consist of:

  • questing (often solo)
  • hoping there’s a good story attached to said quests
  • crafting or gathering (if it’s fun)
  • building/decorating a plot/house
  • collecting cosmetics/pets/mounts
  • exploring and learning about the world/lore/NPCs
  • rolling a million alts to test new classes and do it all over again

What’s missing on that list? Pretty much everything FFXIV end game is: dungeons, raids, gear grind, etc.

But despite the fact FFXIV’s end game activities don’t mesh with my gaming personality, there’s something (that I just haven’t identified) that keeps me enthralled with Eorzea. Next month will mark 3 full years of being subscribed to this game, consistently month after month, without a break. This is the longest time I’ve subbed to a game. I guess you can consider FFXIV my equivalent of most people’s WoW.

So here’s where my soul searching comes in.


How Do You Relax at End Game?

FFXIV is a game that has always been stressful for me. Though it pushes me out of my normal boundaries with group play, and that’s a good thing, there’s only so much of that I can handle before the game becomes perceived as another source of stress that I want to avoid. I started to feel this stress most acutely during Heavensward, when end game was suddenly upon me, and I found myself struggling to do what other people do.

Because that’s what people at end game do, right?

This week, when work stress was getting high and I was looking for any way to relax and escape that, I came to a realization.

The way I think about FFXIV has changed. And not for the better.

When I log in, though I crave relaxation, all I can think about is progression. Did I do beast tribe dailies today? Did I get a drop in Weeping City this week? How many more Lore Tomes do I need for the next piece of gear? Do I have enough seals or tomes to buy one more item for my Relic?

Wow. No wonder I feel stressed.

I like progression and goals, but when I view a game like that, then it’s bordering on turning into work.


I considered rolling an alt just to get a fresh perspective, like I’d do in most MMOs when I need a change. But FFXIV really discourages alts, and several things stopped me:

  • I felt like I was wasting time on an alt because I wasn’t progressing towards what’s important on my main
  • Leveling forces a million dungeons on you just to progress through story
  • There’s no classes that I’m that curious about that I haven’t already played or leveled on my other high level characters… feels like a waste of time…
  • I already have a number of alts that ended up ignored because of all of the above…

In fact, rolling an alt just feels like even more work. Especially since I’d never be able to gear that alt up at end game.

Man. This game’s really messed with my head if all I can see is the end game.

How about crafting? Well, now that all my crafters are at level 60, all that’s honestly left for me to do is craft-grind for gear and book upgrades. And I’m just not really in the mood to tackle that. Sure, there’s lots of things to craft, I guess. But I just don’t have the patience to gather from timed nodes, and keep up with all the materials right now. I’ve taken a break from crafting after getting burned out on levequests.

So, I guess my question is, what do other players do to shake that end game mentality and learn to relax again?


I’ve come to the conclusion that this is all me and my perception of the game. I want to keep playing, and I’m not looking for “take a break” as an answer (I have taken small breaks). I want to have fun. But somewhere down the line, my mind has labeled FFXIV as “stressful content” and I need to undo that in order to have fun again.

So when you feel MMO end game getting to you, what have you done in the past to find fun and refresh a game? How do you stop letting end game goals be the only things that matter? How do you find that spark or passion you had back when things were simpler?

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging

Blogging about #Blaugust2016

This post is a part of Blaugust 2016!

I didn’t really make an official “announcement” that I was taking part in Blaugust this year, aside from briefly mentioning it on my August Goals Post. So I’m making up for that right now.

I almost didn’t consider joining up this year, but Bel put out a Super Relaxed Edition, and that tickled my fancy. Last month it was a challenge to blog much at all — I had one project or release after another at work and it drained my interest in writing for fun. On top of that, I also was struggling to get some fiction writing done for Camp NaNoWriMo. So if I did write much, that’s where my effort was going.

I’m hoping that Blaugust can help me get back into my blogging groove. I used to post just about every weekday, so that’s the flavor of Blaugust I chose as my goal this year.

The month is still early, so I’m sure you can still hop in and set your own blogging goals. It’s nice in that it’s flexible, which is what coaxed me to join up this time around.

Good luck to all the bloggers out there! 🙂

Posted in Blaugust, Blogging, FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

August Goals #Blaugust2016


This month, rather than just list gaming goals, I’m going for overall goals. Because this is the month of Blaugust!

I slacked off a bit last month in my blogging because I had a lot going on IRL, and I was struggling to write for NaNoWriMo as it was. So, my goals for Blaugust aren’t to post every day, but rather, get back into my habit of posting every weekday. I think that’s good enough, and I’m happy we get a choice, this year. Thanks Bel! 

Now for my gaming goals! A number of these are playing catch-up with Zuri on content, to be honest.


  • Play some!

Pokemon X

  • Earn the next gym badge

FFXIV End Game Stuff

  • Work on 3rd tier of Bard Relic ✓
  • Get the PotD Bow ✓
  • Get the PotD Spear
  • Level Machinist ✓ (Ding 60!)
  • Finish gearing up Bard ✓ (100% Complete!)
  • Start gearing up Dragoon ✓
  • Clear up to Alex 8 on Zuri ✓
  • Unlock Level 60 Roulette on Zuri

FFXIV Leveling

  • Level Gladiator to 30 ✓
  • Clean up old quests ✓

FFXIV Random

  • Earn some Yo-kai Weapons ✓