Monday, 18 June 2018

A Failed Experiment, Some Mishaps and Other News

Well,the first obvious bit of news is that I am back to using Blogger as the platform for my blogging. Which of course mean that I am getting back into the world of blogging. I immensely enjoyed writing in my blog, even it wasn't super regular. Currently, a little over 3800 views and still climbing.

 Around this time lat year I made a conscious shift away from using Blogger.  I had a huge grandiose plan of creating a website for my local community of Burton, NB. I had visions of it serving as a hub for community based news, and to provide a listing of local businesses. It got pushed off to the wayside when I departed several Facebook groups related to the community. I deal badly with people sometimes, so this a

I also had the idea of moving my blog to a different platform to give me more options and flexibility. Around this time I had started to drift slightly into more activist-like postings on Facebook and  Twitter, so I wanted a platform where I could better separate my postings so readers could more easily find any of my rantings.

So I set up a websites for this purpose, but I made the mistake of using Go Daddy for both. There is nothing wrong with using Go Daddy. Fast and easy to set up. Can be an expensive route depending on what options you opt for. The reason I said it was a mistake to go with Go Daddy in my case - it uses Word Press.com and not Word Press.org. It means I didn't have as much control over the websites as I would have liked. It was a nightmare building a website, based on one  of their themes. They have people that will build the exact website you want - but that was more money than I wanted to spend or was even in a position to spend. If running your own website is on your agenda, and you want a WP installation - use WP.org. More work for you but you'll be happier with the result in the end.

The Community site is still available and I will be slowly picking away it. With my blog site I got digging into the innards of the WP PHP stuff and totally screwed it up. The site is currently inaccessible, and has been in this state since before Christmas .

My increased advocacy and activist bent took a heavy toll on me really fast. After several years dealing with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, and a host of physical issues all related to 24 years as an Infantryman I just didn't the staying power or the motivation to keep at that work. I would read something on Facebook, or on a news site that was cause me to erupt in knee jerk reactions. Doesn't help anyone, but it certainly had a detrimental effect on my mental health. The result was that more than a few Facebook groups were deleted, probably a few more people blocked. Definitely better in that regard now since I visit certain social media sites a whole lot less.

I believe that last summer was my lowest point. I am not yet 100%, and likely will never get back to 100%, but I am in a way better place this year than last year. Veteran's Affairs has been discussing giving me a new classification that means that they won't be hounding me to "go to more therapy to fix you" or to seek work outside the home. I still need to get more information on what that means for me.

So, all that's to say that I am back to using Blogger. There is content being lined up on Melior Via's  Accursed setting for Savage Worlds. I have all the material and have been wanting to create the Fantasy Grounds conversions but felt I was lacking the XML and Lua skills needed to that setting justice. Not sure If I have all Lua knowledge I would like to have - but what a better way to learn. What else is on the list: Castles and Crusades - both new and remastered products, as well as more Legendary Games material on the way.

With Savage Worlds Black on the horizon, it is also time to look at my other SW conversions to see what changes I will need to make to them. Yes, the reference manual updates will come for those in time as well.

I have some writing projects of my own I have picking away at off and on, these projects are seeing a resurgence as well. So those or, at the very least, news of them might make an appearance in a future blog appearance.