I know, things got quiet over here again. I had so many ideas for blog posts, and wrote up a bunch of notes for things, and then… nothing. I kept getting distracted by other things – work, craft projects, catching up on what I missed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (considering that up until earlier this year, I’d only seen maybe nine MCU movies total and three of the Marvel Netflix series, it’s been a heck of an undertaking), spoiling my cats, discovering I really like indoor cycling as a workout…
And underneath all that, I kept thinking “I really need to write something for Crafty Nerd, it’s been weeks since I’ve posted something” and wondering what I really want to do with the blog.
When I first started, I was inspired by Jen over at EPBOT – she posts about her life and all sorts of crafts and things she’s done, as well as fun nerdy things she finds on the internet. I wanted to do that, and talk about games and conventions and other things I enjoy too. And for a while, I did just that.
I struggled with making regular posts, yeah, and sometimes I went through dry spells where I didn’t really have anything to write about. And I ended up being pretty hard on myself as a result when I struggled with writing regularly. I wanted to be… recognized, I guess. I wanted people to go “oh hey, that’s The Crafty Nerd!” at conventions. I wanted to interview authors and creators and review board games. I wanted to show off my cosplays from conventions while showing off other peoples’ cosplays too. I can’t really be recognized, though, if I’m not posting, not actually doing all the things I wanted to be able to do. I’ve never really had the spoons to manage it all. Like, my friend/co-worker Rachel from The Five(ish) Fangirls Podcast, she does a lot. She does panels at conventions. She and the others on the podcast put together a new episode every week, I think. She does interviews, and appears on other podcasts, and I have no idea how she does it.
Dang, this is turning into a depressing post. I’m sorry about that.
I think what I’m trying to say is that I’m going to shift the focus of the blog. I’m still going to write about the crafts I’m working on, and the nerdy stuff I do, but I’m not going to push myself to try and crank out reviews for things when I don’t really have the energy/executive function to do so regularly. I’m not going to turn myself into a content factory just so I can get a press badge for Gen Con.
Things have changed a lot over the past two and a half years – I haven’t been to a convention since Indiana Toy and Comic Expo in 2019. (ITCE was actually today, and I didn’t end up going, because I am not quite ready to be around large groups of people, no matter how much I miss conventions.) I haven’t really been going out and playing games with people outside of playing Kishar. I haven’t played in a tabletop RPG since last year, when all of my online games kind of fizzled out once people started going out and doing things more.
I’m going to write more about my life (in all its crafty/nerdy/weird glory), and ramble about what’s going on in it. (Like my recent discovery of the world of Peloton workouts, and how I think I finally found a form of exercise I can stick to that will help boost my stamina for LARPing.) I’m going to write about things that make me happy. I’m going to talk about what happens at Kishar, about why I love Star Trek: Discovery and wish I’d watched it sooner, and about how weird it feels to watch Doctor Who episodes from the 10th Doctor era and realize that I am older than David Tennant was in the episode I’m watching and how that makes me feel weird, because I was definitely younger than him when I’d first watched those episodes.
I ask that you bear with me as I sort things out here. For the long-time readers who have been following the blog since I dressed up as Pinkie Pie for conventions, I hope you’ll all stick with me as things shift here, but I understand if what I end up writing about isn’t really interesting to you anymore – and I’m happy you stuck with me this long.
With all that out of my system, I feel a little better.
Also, it feels very strange to write a blog post that doesn’t include any pictures whatsoever, so here, have a piece of Our Flag Means Death fan art by Baru that I really love. Everyone’s expressions are just perfect – especially Buttons, with Karl perched on his head. (I love how much he likes that seagull!) Each character’s essence is captured so well.
I adore Our Flag Means Death – it immediately became one of my favorite TV shows, and I love it so much I’ve watched it three times already. I may end up rambling about it here at some point – I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, but given how excited folks on the internet were about it, I was curious about the show. (And now I have a huge thing for Taika Watiti – when it comes to guys, I have a type, and Taika Watiti as Blackbeard is it. Seriously.)
So, what this all boils down to: expect more rambling posts about my crafty and nerdy life, I guess.