No matter how early I start thinking about something, I feel like I almost never have all those thoughts properly sorted before it’s go time. Well, it’s go time on 2022, and I realize that I had yet to decide on my goal format for the year! Apologies for how scattered this may turn out to be!
Out With the Old
I mentioned it briefly in my November wrap-up, but I’m ducking out of the Community Game-Along this year. I’ve really enjoyed dabbling in the past 24 months worth of themes, but as time goes on, it’s harder and harder for me to get excited about games in genres I don’t usually enjoy. It’s a great community of folks, but I’d like to refocus my energy on some other projects going forward.
Also, due to changes in the way my household is dealing with budgeting around entertainment costs, I’ve decided to drop the headers announcing which paid MMO and subscription game service I’m choosing each month. With a set dollar amount set aside for entertainment, there may be months I do neither, or months where I choose two (or more!) of one or both.
Lastly, since I recently activated a paid WordPress plan, I’ve been giving some serious consideration to giving this place a bit of a makeover. January is usually a pretty quiet month for me overall, so I’d really like to work on that this month.
In With the New
Probably the most important change I’m hoping to make for the blog in 2022, however, is content planning. I know, it’s a little crazy, but I’m going to give it a whirl. Honestly, over two years in, and I am mostly flying by the seat of my pants. As a result, that’s led to some seriously unbalanced months as far as posts go – I get my goals out, maybe make another post or two throughout the month, and then try to cram all the stuff I’d procrastinated into the last few days. I’ve realized that isn’t really working for me; it’s too sporadic. I’d like something a little more structured, unfortunately, I still haven’t worked out all the details!
That said, first priority is to post more regularly, with a goal of getting out 2-3 entries per week, and giving me a minimum of 10 per month. In order to do that, I’d like to start a couple of new series, mostly (but not entirely) gaming related. I’d really like to tell you about all of those right now, but … you see where I’m going with this, right?
… I promise, as soon as I get all those ideas polished up, I’ll be talking about them here.
That said, one is ready for prime time. I’ll be doing a monthly series called “So We Meet Again” where I revisit a game I’ve played in the past. Sometimes, it’ll be a game I bounced off of – sometimes, just a game that I wandered away from before I meant to. Either way, it’ll be a second chance for some games to get played to satisfaction.
In another bit of a departure from the norm, I’m not pre-planning my gaming this month. I’m still working my way through Career Mode in Power Wash Simulator, and our guild resumes our regular raid nights starting on the fifth, so there’s a couple of things already determined, but mostly, I’m going to wait and see what looks good to me as I sort through the incredible mess of I’ve made of my Steam library the last few weeks. Not only was there Winter Sale shenanigans, I also added a lot of titles while sorting through the last two plus years of unreedemed keys from bundles, as well as a handful of titles from the latest Yogcast Jingle Jam bundle.
The only other thing I am reasonably sure is going to see play time in January is Stolen Realm. It’s an early access party-based RPG that my co-op partner and I have decided to tackle next. I am absolutely charmed by the art style, and reviews seem to indicate there’s already a pretty significant chunk of content available to play.
Books: Despite not even coming close to my Goodreads 2021 challenge (I ended with only 20/48 books read), I’m setting myself the same goal for this year. I’d like to start getting my money’s worth from my Audible and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions, so making time to get back into reading is going to be a priority for me. I’ve also solicited some book recommendations from folks on Twitter, and although I didn’t manage to fill out all twelve slots, I’m going to make an effort to read those books this year as well.
Food: Now that I don’t have contractors in my house (ok, so I haven’t for awhile, but go with it), I’d like to get back to doing more in the kitchen. My two major points of interest when it comes to making food are soups and baked goods. I’d like to talk a little more about that stuff, but that means I’m also going to have to remember to take photos of the process as well as the results. In particular, I’d like to do more with baking and confections – I actually looked into the cost of pastry school, and then immediately decided I can probably teach myself enough to bring me joy.
Crafts: I’m still spending a significant amount of time doing crafts, mostly cross-stitch, although I expect to also be doing some painting and yarn-work once I’ve made a little more progress in getting my office / crafting space set up. This is another thing I talk a little bit about, but I’m considering going into more depth with.
All Things Streamed: For the most part, this is TV shows and movies, but I’m leaving the category open to also talk about things I might watch on Twitch or YouTube. Another thing I don’t have much planned for, but something I want to be cognizant of going forward.
Obviously, adding all these other things to what has – thus far – been mostly a gaming-focused blog might not work out for me, but I’d like to see what other kind of posts might work here, whether that be for my audience, or for my own records.
To Do In January
- At least 10 blog posts.
- At least two blog posts on non-gaming-centric topics.
- Nerd Girl Thoughts will get a bit of a cosmetic overhaul.
- Figure out a method of content planning that works for me, and implement it.
- Choose and play a game for the first So We Meet Again post.
It’s actually a far heftier to do list than the length implies, but man, I do enjoy a good organizational project!