Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from A Paladin Without A Crusade…
I tried to find a Christmas tree to go along with that image but I couldn’t find one that fit. Ah well, what can I do. Anyway, its coming up to the end of 2012. And so far the world has yet to come to an end. Although as I understand it, the world comes to an end on the 22nd of this month. Which is my brother’s birthday………huh……..imagine that. In this post I’ll be talking about my personal life and the blog in reflection of the past year. And what a year it has been for me.
Starting off this year, we had lost two of our pets which was pretty depressing. I didn’t get into a super big funk over it but losing your fuzzy companions like that sucks no matter what. And I’ve been wanting to get a new furry companion more and more as this year passed. But my current living situation won’t allow pets so whatever. Still, I didn’t let that deter me from ending that year of college with some pretty good grades. I also got the lucky fortune of picking up a part time job that is, so far, the best job I’ve ever had the pleasure of having. Its a relaxed atmosphere yet I’m learning about the business side of IT and technology which has been very interesting. I’m really happy about my job and hope to continue holding it. My only wish is that it had been full-time but hey, I’ll take what I can get. I had also decided to move out of my previous apartment due to expensive rent and a less than ideal location. The place I’m living in now is much closer to the University of Oregon campus and getting to class is no longer dependent upon the bus. Its cheaper too which is a major plus in its favor. I also get to talk with a lot more people now than I did at my previous place and so far we’re all living together amicably. So while finances and college life has been….”interesting”…the rest of my life hasn’t really been that bad.
My fall term hasn’t been that great. I had three insanely difficult classes and at times it felt like I was killing myself mentally just to get through the classes. It was rough and I’ll admit, there were many times all I wanted to do was quit college. But I stuck through it and finished the term. My only hope now is that next term will go a lot smoother than the previous one. My college career has always been fubared so even a minor setback here or there really shouldn’t bother me at this point. (But it does because I’m silly that way =) I simply have to do what I should have been doing which is roll with the punches and not over stress about it. I’ve also been working on exercising more and more as the year progressed and in Summer I managed to do that very well. Fall term….eh…not so much. I really need to figure out a better schedule for exercising sooner rather than later.
Not only did I have this blog going at a good pace this year, but I started my own YouTube Let’s Play series which was pretty good. Not anything really spectacular, but I learned quite about about video editing and how I should do Let’s Plays. That combined with some new audio equipment promises that when I return from my YouTube break in 2013, I should be able to do something really fun to watch. I hope. I was also invited to co-host the TeknoCratik blog and podcast with my good friend Daniel Vieira. I’ve been enjoying that project as well as it lets me get as tech geeky as I want that A Paladin Without A Crusade blog doesn’t quite allow. We’re still working on getting it rolling along, what with him and I being busy, but I’ve enjoyed the couple of podcasts and blog posts we’ve published thus far. I hope to continue doing TeknoCratik in 2013 and beyond. Not everything has been going well as far as personal projects are concerned. My Adaptive Light Technology business ground to a halt this year and I haven’t decided what to do about it just yet. I’ve had some really interesting ideas but none of them are paying prospects. That’s really been the main difficulty with Adaptive Light this year. I’ll admit, it was a novice business idea and not completely well thought out but I think there is still something there. What that could be, I’m just not sure right now.
All in all, life has been good. Despite its many ups and downs, I am really happy with how my life and especially how my personal projects are doing right now. Even though college was difficult more than usual, my projects are picking up steam and I am very happy with it all. Some of the work is even paying off. Its really hard to complain when such things can happen. Now if the rest of this school year goes well, I’ll be even happier.
This has been a defining year for the A Paladin Without A Crusade blog and for me as a blogger/writer. I’ve been looking through the archives of the blog in just this year and the difference between the beginning of the year to now is just…well…amazing to me. I look at my first review compared to my last review of 2012 and there is a big difference in quality. I started Personal Musings this year with the intention of sharing both my “real” and digital life as well as feature media I thought was worth some attention on a regular basis. I think I accomplished that. And the differences between my first and one of my last is just…wow. I knew I had hit my stride this year but I didn’t know how well I had until now. Its all the more impressive that I had improved this much despite all the other challenges going on in my life this year. I also started Podcast and YouTube reviews which have been “ok” as far as response to them is concerned. I’m still debating whether they will continue in 2013 or not. Plus, I’ve done a lot of improvements to the Tower of Light and Tower of Darkness pages to get them up to standard. I plan on improving them as well as the blog in general in 2013.
I’ve published more posts this year than ever before and I’m actually wanting to write for the blog now. For the first couple of years, I really struggled with wanting to write posts but now its different. I feel like I’ve finally hit the blogging tempo that really works well for me. While I still have a ways to go, the blog is something I never expected to get quite so good with. If your wondering why titles of my posts now have “King’s” in them, its because its usually how people refer to me when I game with others. So I used that to label these posts as posts written by myself rather than a generic “My Review of ____” template that I was using before. I did a lot of work on improving the identity of the blog this year. Whether it was changing the title, working on making a distinctive writing style or getting an avatar made for me. (Many thanks to Nina Lanfer for that). The avatar is just…awesome. Its fit me like a glove and..its just awesome to have something that is uniquely me and my own. I was getting rather tired of using the Link avatar to represent me on the Internet. So to have this avatar is exactly what I had been wanting for a long time. It’s one of my many highlights of 2012.
As I’ve mentioned before, the amount of views has never been higher and this year has been really great for the blog. I got a ridiculous amount of attention for the Tribes: Ascend and A Valley Without Wind reviews too so things have really picked up this year. All of this, the sharing/Retweets/Likes really helped keep me going this year. For that, I am very grateful to all of you. I’m hoping that 2013 will be when the blog really soars as well as the rest of my life. I’m not sure if its crazy to push myself as hard as I have with the A Palading blog this year but it is the one thing that I’m very proud of. And its something I created that’s actually gotten a lot of attention compared to anything I’ve done before. So that’s why I keep doing it.
From the very bottom of my heart, thanks for reading this year. If you wish to support the blog, the best way you can is sharing it to people you know. I also want to thank my family, friends and God for getting me through this really difficult year for myself. Even when I wasn’t sure of myself, I still had the support I needed. (Apologies for being incredibly depressing on Twitter sometimes) So keep having faith in me next year as I try and figure out this thing called life. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to everyone. This will be the last post for the year. So I’ll see you next year. Granted that we don’t all die in the fiery apocalypse or something. (I’ll bet you never get tired of that being referenced do you? I know I sure did ;)) So until next year…
I have been your A Paladin Without A Crusade…