Hey I’m actually blogging again! I had three resolutions last year: start playing games again (Success!), process photos (not good enough), blog again (delayed success!). Establishing a good work/life balance is tricky. It’s often hard to do really enjoyable or productive things when you’re sorta half way working all the time. It’s much better to just disconnect, and I’ve found my working hours are more productive per hour. There’s a decent amount of research into it, but aside from short bursts we’re really only productive working 6-7 hour days. If you do 12-16 hours a day for weeks those hours become less productive and certainly less insightful. So I’m currently working to enforce taking breaks and cutting work out and stopping thinking about it.
About the blog again. This blog has been the least popular of my 3 personal blogs, but coincidentally the only one tied to my real identity. Mostly, it never really had a focus and I sorta liked it that way. People often describe personal blogs as naval gazing, and then the same people proceed to live blog inane things on Facebook all day. I think I’ve posted some fairly useful content, as well as stuff about cooking that far fewer people care about, and I like it that way. I just find writing enjoyable, and I enjoy expressing my dedications to things like technology and cars.
Anyway, back in late 2010 – early 2011 I was averaging 2000-5000 unique visitors per month. Of course by then I’d basically stopped updating the blog, and really only had a spattering of posts until fairly recently. It looks like traffic is back on track and February should be around 2000 again. The screenshot above is still missing a weeks worth of traffic. I’m quite happy about that.
I started playing video games again mid way through 2012. From the start of the ’90s (and arguably earlier) up until the mid 2000s I was a pretty serious gamer. I got really busy with work projects, got stressed and put off some of one favourite hobbies, I literally didn’t touch any games. This year Eva and I played Corpse Party and Persona 4 (The Golden/PSP Vita version), both extremely fun. I played Mother 3 (something I’d been meaning to play for ages, but all of my Core2Duo Macbook Airs couldn’t really keep up and I’ve lost my GBA copier) which was tear-generatingly good. I played an undub of the English release of Growlanser 4, it was pretty much the best game in that series by a long shot. Really a lot of good time had and it feels good to get back into gaming again. Next on the horizon is the recently released (in English) Corpse Party sequel, or the 3DS remake of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which has been gathering dust on my desk.
Processing photos is still lagging behind. I still have the bulk of my Kyoto pictures from the fall of 2012 and 2011, lots of assorted day trips and a trip to Florida from 2010. Yikes. Eva of course is far more caught up on photos, I think I’m just too much of a finnicky processor. I’ve removed a lot of the fun from it, so while I enjoy taking the pictures I just don’t like tweaking them. It’s something I’m going to work on, figure out a way to pace myself.
OK so aside from the bit about the blog traffic this was a total naval gazing post. Apologies! I’ll have something more interesting written over the weekend :)