Big Ol’ Jumble

The last twelve months have been interesting to say the least.

We’ve seen new projects, new ideas, additional social media sites, lost a few social media sites, and there were more creative posts than I would have anticipated. I’ve learned a lot of new things- the C# programming language, how to record videos under a multitude of conditions, how to stream, developing in Unity- and I like to think I’ve come away understanding more of what I want from what I do. Moggie’s Proclamations has evolved into a completely different beast than originally planned, too. Not that I mind too much.

So how do we move forward into 2016 from here? Good question!

I think scheduling has been one of the better decisions I’ve made about things here on the blog. I like being able to bulk create posts and sort them into a list to consistently deliver content. However, as I have noticed of late, I tend to make a list and then shuffle it around particular posts which I’d prefer to hit the blog sooner rather than later.

One of the things I’m thinking of implementing as this year winds down (and continuing into 2016) is a more consistent pacing for the posts. Much less shuffling, much more reliable, and hopefully more interesting/enjoyable to viewers. Likewise, as I’m still deciding what I want to do with YouTube, I can use that for producing more video game reviews with actual gameplay footage. I like those. I don’t even think commentary is necessary as you will get an idea as to whether that looks like something you would enjoy just from seeing it play out.

I’d also like to come back to streaming and try to improve the experience there as much as possible.

That said, for the most part, it will likely be much of the same. While I still agree with what I’ve said previously, I don’t think that the lack of purchasing new titles, or purchasing few as opposed to several, will affect the blog too much. Of course, it won’t affect my personal site- as that isn’t even gaming related. But that is something I’ll need to look at and work around as and when it happens. There are a ton of reviews and gaming related content over on the Gaming page already. As part of that initial push to feature gaming and gaming related posts here was to create a bulk of content to offset the two years of creative posts.

While I had been thinking of branching out to Google+ recently I think I will hold off on that. I like having David Wilkshire.co.uk and Moggie’s Proclamations as the main sites while Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch bring up the rear. Still haven’t made much progress towards finalising my Etsy shop, either. Had it for three-four years now and never done a thing with it.

Though, as always, I’d prefer to only branch out/expand content if I know I’ll be able to deliver the same quality content consistently. Also if I’m going to be active with said expansions. I certainly could do some things with Etsy, Instagram, and Google+ but it wouldn’t have the same level of activity or commitment. Which isn’t fair to those followers who only follow me there. As it’s almost like saying that I will do it, but it’ll be half baked, and you’ll need to follow my other sites as well, thus making the development of that site completely pointless. Still these points are subject to change when a good idea comes along which one of those sites can capitalise on.

Have a nice weekend, all!

Moggie

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Doing the Things I’ve Always Wanted To

Sometimes you find the best of luck in the worst of situations.

First and foremost many of the elements surrounding my personal site are where I’d like them. I dropped Facebook and haven’t really had a use for it for so long the move was long overdue, I updated many of the things here on Moggie’s Proclamations to make it more comprehensive, I started actually using Twitter rather than just posting everything there, and I’ve shared a number of new adventures as a result of all of this. (Including work in progress photos on Twitter, streaming over Twitch, and recording over on YouTube.)

While the last two aren’t specifically related to my personal site, if I didn’t have this very blog, which I started for the site, I wouldn’t have a platform to discuss these things.

Twitch was a bold move for me as, well, for many years I’ve wanted to do streaming/recording (lord knows why), and I finally made the push. This led to YouTube actually having a purpose as I needed somewhere to put the recordings of said streams. It also taught me many new things about both streaming and recording.

I remember the first time that I done a stream and I was messing around with OBS, tweaking settings, testing upload speeds, and doing all sorts trying to make the experience enjoyable for all involved. It was a lot of fun- but I was out of my depth in so many ways. I knew people who done streaming and recording before but I had no idea how any of these things actually worked. I did have some experience with encoding and compression and the like so that helped. But the first time out? I had no idea what I was doing. Which, looking back on it now, is hilarious given I have everything working as I would like it at the moment. Could stream at a moment’s notice I could.

If you follow the channel you may notice that there’s a good few videos on there.

As for the future of the channel who knows where it will go. At the moment I’m just enjoying creating, editing, uploading, and sharing the content. It’s not much work as I don’t have too many things going on and I get to play awesome games in the process. There is very little bad about the entire situation. I didn’t get to add some things to the channel as I was hoping but that is for many different, unrelated, and expected reasons.

I also learned how to code in C# so that I could use Unity for many a game project. None yet finished, or even close, but they’re in development, and it’s really cool knowing that I can even do that. Never was much of a coder past my old Visual Basic days. But here we are. It’s got a long way to go- but at least it has been started and is somewhat under way.

So, yeah, it’s been an interesting ride, I’ve got my site and related social media where I want it. WordPress is looking fantastic. There’s content available on YouTube. Twitch, Instagram, and Google+ are still very much open and viable options. Facebook is out. Etsy is sort of in but that is tied to commissions and the like. While it hasn’t all been rainbows and sunshine for the last twelve months- it’s coming along. I don’t know where I’m going next and I can’t guarantee that I’ll be putting out as much content as I currently am to YouTube but I will try! Got a few great games coming along in May!

Have a nice week, all!

Moggie