One Lovely Blog: meet and greet

Earlier this month, the lovely ClanGeek nominated Later Levels for the One Lovely Blog Award. Head over to the ClanGeek site for a mix of posts on subjects such as gaming, reading, fantasy and more – and be sure to check out this one comparing level one to level one-hundred (more about that later).

There’s a part of blogging awards like this I really like: their rules usually state that you have to share a bit about yourself, your blogging history, or advice for new writers. But there’s also a bit I don’t like: there’s normally a requirement to nominate a certain number of other bloggers in return. How on earth can I select just a few when I’ve met so many awesome people this year that deserve your follow?

That’s why I’d like to do this post a little differently (and I hope this is ok with ClanGeek!). I’d like to ask everyone reading this to add their mark by leaving their answers to the following random questions in the comments below, so we can get to know each other a little better. Hopefully it will act as a channel that enables us to find others with similar interests, and increase the number of bloggers they follow!

  • Location
  • Currently playing
  • Video game setting you’d most like to visit
  • Video game character you’d most like to meet
  • Whether you prefer level one or level 100 (see ClanGeek’s post)
  • What you want for Christmas
  • A piece of advice for new bloggers
  • A link to your favourite post on your site

  • It isn’t right to ask something I wouldn’t feel comfortable answering myself, so it would only be fair of me to share my answers too. Here goes:

  • Essex, in the south-east of the UK
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The island from The Witness
  • Murray the skull
  • Level one
  • This Rapture jacket
  • Write because you have something to say, not because you need something to post
  • The hardest co-op

  • A big thank you once again to ClanGeek for the nomination, and to you lovely people for all of your support. I look forward to seeing your answers below!

    Gamers blog party: autumn 2017 invitation

    Autumn officially starts today so that means colder days, longer nights and preparations for Halloween and Christmas! But before we get wrapped up in cosy blankets, it’s time for our latest blog party here at Later Levels. There’s no better way to celebrate the start of the weekend as well as meet some new blogging friends and read their awesome posts.

    The rules are simple:

    🎉   Arrive at the party: don’t be shy – say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below! Give an introduction to your blog to welcome new readers and let us know what you’re all about.

    🎉   Present your gift: think about the posts you’ve written during the past three months and choose your favourite or one which was fun to write. Leave a link to it in your comment and explain why you’ve picked it.

    🎉   Show off your costume: Halloween may be a little way off yet but who doesn’t love dressing up? That’s why we’re going with a fancy-dress theme for this party. Tell us who or what you’ve come dressed as and why.

    🎉   Mingle: grab yourself a drink and cocktail sausage or two, and get to know your fellow guests! Check back on the comments throughout the day to discover excellent sites and meet new bloggers.

    🎉   Party all day: the comments below will be open until 06:00 GMT on Saturday, 22 September 2017 so you’ve got plenty of time to meet and greet. Plus we’ll be sharing your posts on our social media channels!

    These blog party events are our way of giving something back to the amazing WordPress community and showing our appreciation for all of your support. We’ve met some lovely people and talented writers over the past nine months; here’s a little thank you and a way of finding some great blogs you may not have come across already.

    Have fun – and excuse me while I grab some more ice for the drinks and turn the music up louder!

    Gamers blog party: summer 2017 invitation

    Club Tropicana may have its free drinks, fun and sunshine but it’s missing one very important ingredient: you. It’s time for our latest blog party here at Later Levels because there’s no better way to celebrate the start of the summer and upcoming weekend – as well as meet some new blogging friends and read their amazing posts.

    A number of you lovely lot attended our last party back in March and we enjoyed it so much, we decided to start hosting them each quarter to say thank you. It’s our way of showing appreciation for all of your support and recent award nominations (much love to Matt from The Album for the latest mention), and providing a way to find awesome sites you may not have come across already.

    The rules are simple:

    🎉   Arrive at the party: the first thing to do is introduce yourself, so say hello in the comments section below and give an introduction to your blog to welcome new readers.

    🎉   Present your gift: think about the posts you’ve written since March and choose your favourite or one which was really fun to write, then provide a link to it in your comment and explain why it was chosen.

    🎉   Mingle: grab a bowl of nibbles and colourful cocktail, and mingle with your fellow guests! Check back on the comments throughout the day to discover excellent blogs and meet some new bloggers.

    🎉   Party all day: the comments below will be open until 06:00 GMT on Saturday, 01 July 2017 so you’ve got plenty of time to meet and greet. Plus we’ll be sharing your posts on our social media channels!

    Hopefully our latest blog party will be a way of providing a friendly social hub where people with similar interests can interact and find wonderful posts they’ll enjoy reading. Have fun – and excuse me while I top up the bowls of peanuts and turn the music up a little louder!

    Versatile Blogger Award: getting to know you

    At the beginning of April, Recreational Hobbyist nominated Later Levels for the Versatile Blogger Award. Head over to the site to find posts on a different hobby each month – and make sure you check out this one about the trials of being a gamer mom.

    I was caught up in the arrangements for the GameBlast17 marathon stream with the Gamely Giving team last month, and I’m now finally getting the time to catch up. There are several outstanding posts I need to finish (apologies to the Recreational Hobbyist for taking so long to publish this); and even more on your amazing blogs that I need to find the time to read!

    There’s a part of the Versatile Blogger Award I really like: the rules state that nominees have to share a number of facts about themselves and this is a great way for getting to know one another better. But there’s also a side I don’t like: one of the requirements is that you have to nominate ten other bloggers in return. How can I possibly nominate that few when I currently have over 130 in my WordPress reader that I thoroughly enjoy?

    That’s why I’d like to do this post a little differently, if I may: I’d like to ask everyone reading this to add their mark by leaving their answers to the following questions in the comments below. Hopefully this will act as a channel that enables bloggers to find others with similar interests, and increase the number they follow in their reader!

  • Location
  • Currently playing
  • Best gaming memory
  • Worst gaming habit
  • Favourite soundtrack from a video game
  • Dream cosplay
  • Preferred ice-cream flavour
  • A link to the most-liked post on your site

  • It isn’t right to ask something I wouldn’t feel comfortable answering myself, so it would only be fair of me to share my answers too. Here goes:

  • Essex in the south-east of the UK
  • Horizon Zero Dawn and Jalopy
  • Meeting Ragnar Tørnquist and Martin Bruusgaard
  • Saving… then saving again, just in case
  • Everything’s Alright from To The Moon
  • Cheetara from the original ThunderCats
  • Mint choc-chip or anything with white-chocolate
  • So many games, so little time

  • A big thank you to the Recreational Hobbyist for our nomination, and to all of you gorgeous people for your support. I look forward to seeing your answers below!

    Gamers blog party: your invitation

    Are you a gamer who’s looking for an entertaining, creative and charming date this weekend? Then search no more because you’ve come to the right place. What better way to celebrate the start of a few days away from work and the coming of spring by reading awesome new posts and meeting talented blogging friends?

    We’ve been fortunate enough to receive several awards since starting Later Levels in December and we’re extremely grateful for everybody’s support. Each time we’re nominated it reminds us how lucky we are to be a part of the WordPress community: we’ve met some lovely people and talented writers, who have given us gaming recommendations which we’ve really enjoyed playing! We’re therefore hosting this gamers blog party to say thank you and give our readers a way to find amazing sites they may not have come across already.

    The rules are simple:

  • Think about the posts you’ve written and choose your favourite, or one which was really fun to write. Be a considerate party guest please: any inappropriate or offensive posts won’t be accepted.
  • Say hello in the comments section below and give an introduction to your blog. Provide a link to the post above and explain why you’ve chosen it.
  • Now grab a bowl of nibbles and a glass of something sparkly, and get ready to mingle with your fellow guests! Check back on the comments throughout the day to discover amazing blogs to follow and meet some new blogging friends.

  • Hopefully this blog party will be a way of providing a friendly social hub where people with similar interests can interact and find wonderful posts they’ll enjoy reading. The comments below will be left open until 06:00 GMT on Saturday, 18 March 2017, giving you plenty of opportunity to meet and greet.

    We’ll be sharing the links provided on our social media channels so stay tuned for updates. Have fun!   🎉