Our choir of gaming Christmas carollers is back again for the second day of Blogmas, where creative conductor Athena from AmbiGaming is leading us in a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas – but with a video game twist. Check out her blog to see what she’s written for her sixth answer, and keep your eyes peeled for all of the other bloggers out there taking part.
Yesterday we looked at eight video game characters we love. With the choir clearing their throats and warming up in the background, let’s see what the subject of today’s verse is:
On the sixth day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me:
What are your 12 favourite gaming memories?
Tell us 11 games you love!
What are ten reasons you’d play a game?
Give us nine games on your to-play list!
Who are eight characters you love?
Share seven of your favorite posts!
February 2017: The hardest co-op
Parenting where the responsibility is shared between two families is one of the hardest cooperatives I’ve ever taken part in; it’s like being part of a four-person team where everyone wants the controller. This post is one of my favourites because it not only explains a little more about my relationship with my other-half Pete and stepson Ethan, particularly when it comes to video games, but it was also the piece that made me realise the direction I wanted to take Later Levels in.
August 2017: Blogger Blitz round one: Mail Delivery
I have nothing but gratitude to the awesome Ian from Adventure Rules for allowing me to compete in the first ever Blogger Blitz. I may have been knocked out in the first round by that dastardly Luke from Hundstrasse (there’s nobody I’d rather be beaten by), but it was this post that gave me the confidence to be braver with my writing and try new styles. I really struggled over what to write for the competition and then thought: “To hell with it – I’m going to create a sea-shanty.” And I’m so glad I did.
September 2017: The secret to blogging success
This one may never have seen the light of day if I hadn’t created the sea-shanty above. I knew exactly the message I wanted to get across and set about writing a serious post on the subject but it just wasn’t coming together, and I ended up going to bed frustrated. In the morning I had another to-hell-with-it moment and decided to try something different again – and 20 minutes later I had a cheesy mock advert trying to sell the secret to blogging success. Sometimes a break away from the page does you the world of good.
January 2018: Dream development team
After receiving a Unique Blogger award from Jonez over at NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog and being asked which role I’d take on if I was involved in the production of a game, I decided to include some of my lovely blogger friends and create an amazing development team. This post was a way of showcasing their awesome talents and thanking them for all of their support. As for the time role I’d fill, I think I’d stick to doing what I know best: documenting our project’s process on our developer blog.
May 2018: Fortnite: the downfall of our children
I love it when you see something and inspiration strikes, and you just have to stop what you’re doing so you can get the words down on paper. This post came about after I saw a piece on ITV News about Fortnite exposing children who play it to a number of dangers. There are still far too many video-games-are-evil reports like this which don’t make an effort to find out all the facts or accept that bad parenting could have something to do with it; and I’m proud to be a part of a community that tries to change this.
October 2018: The hardest thing about blogging
This was another post written after receiving an award, from BeardedGamer82 Gaming Blog. It was on a subject I’d been considering writing about for a while but hadn’t yet plucked up the courage to do so. I’m not a naturally social person and find it difficult when faced with a large group either in person or online, but blogging has given me the confidence to push myself outside of my comfort zone and do things such as volunteering for SpecialEffect. I was worried about hitting the publish button on this one but everybody was so supportive.
Various: blog parties!
I held the first blog party back in March 2017 as a way to give something back to the WordPress community, show my appreciation for all of the awesome friends I’ve met here, and introduce people to bloggers they may not have already come across. If you haven’t yet attended one, get the date for the next event in your diaries now: 18 March 2019. The record for the most number of posts shared during one party still stands at 29 so let’s see if we can beat that next spring – it would be fantastic to finally beat the 30 mark!
It’s time for the choir to take a short break so we’ll be back for the seventh day of Blogmas tomorrow, with six gaming and blogging resolutions. In the meantime, why not tell us about your own favourite posts in the comments below?
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