Coming Clean

My blog posts in general have become rather few and far between. I guess it’s time for an explanation and some spring cleaning.

To start, I haven’t abandoned this blog or anything like that, it’s more about finding the time and energy to site down and write. Let me give you a break down of what I’ve been up to.

Time Management

I’ve been volunteering as the news correspondent for Warhammer Alliance for four months now. I used to update the front page just on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but this semester I began updating seven days a week.

As a journalist, I take this responsibility seriously and I’ve incorporated a more newsroom-esque attitude to the job. Sure, my updates are light-hearted and upbeat (an attitude I most likely picked up from stalking Frank of Overly Positive too much) but I put a lot of work in behind the scenes.

After I wake up in the morning (either at 6:40 or 8 a.m. depending on the day) the first thing I do is pick up my phone and check my e-mail, and then my Twitter to see if I missed anything while I was sleeping. This continues at least once every hour as the day progresses until I head home from classes.

Then I update the news. This involves going through my RSS feed, my Twitter feed, the Warhammer site, the official forums and the WAR-Europe site.

For each and every piece of news I post on WHA, you can be sure I’ve reviewed it multiple times. If there’s a video, I’ve watched it at least twice, once straight through and the second time while taking notes to be sure I cover the main points. If it’s an IRC chat or one of those live streams you bloggers keep hosting, I will pop in to get feel for what’s going on, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

To do otherwise I feel would be not only a disservice to WHA’s audience, but also to my profession.

Normally, this type of schedule would be no problem for me and I would easily be able to balance writing thorough blog posts as well.

However, I’m a college senior now. I’m graduating in December, and I also took on a part-time job as a web administration assistant. That is why I get up at 6:40 a.m. three days a week, and that is why I can’t stay up late any more playing Warhammer, despite how much I want to.

Also, as you’ve probably notice me mention here and there, I am engaged. We finally got around to setting a wedding date.

I’m getting married Jan. 1, 2011.

That’s 10 months away. We’ve had to start seriously making plans, which is made extremely difficult by the fact that my fiancé, our families and I all live far away from each other.

This means that I am balancing updating WHA, being a full-time student, working, planning a wedding AND keeping my eyes peeled for job opportunities after I graduate.

On a good day, I’m done by 8 or 9 p.m. On a bad day (like everyday last week) I don’t finish everything until midnight or later.

My blog is pretty low on the totem pole, so it and my gaming time in general have taken the worst blows. Sleep is a close second.

WAR Bureau Isn’t Going Anywhere

If you’ve been reading my blog for anything length of time, or have at least perused through my archives, you may have noticed a change in tone.

This can probably be attributed to my busy schedule, but also to the fact that I’m not being graded on my blog anymore. I can relax more now, and write just about whatever I want without my grade on the line (because I’m going to graduate with that 4.0 if I die trying!)

So, hopefully I’ll be able to find time to update this with interesting Warhammer Online-related things I find and any screenshots I think will be worth your time. Maybe now and then I’ll be able to write an article like I used to. I actually miss that. WAR and video games in general are on the short list of things I enjoy reporting.

The Waaagh Continues

On the topic of Warhammer, I’ve finally gotten around to updating my blogroll. If you have time, I’d like you to take a look at one of the blogs I’ve added under General Gaming called Buy, Try, or Burn It.

It’s a gaming/anime/movie review blog, and it’s written by my fiancé, Jett. To be honest, I’m impressed by the walls of text he churns out, and I actually understand more now about the topics covered than when he has tried to explain them to me.

Also, due to alliance drama and Destro burn-out, I’m taking a break from my Witch Elf on Volkmar. For a while now I haven’t really been enjoying myself when I find the time to log on, which is especially disappointing in light of the work I’ve had to do to find time to game.

So, I’m stalking a different server now as a Witch Hunter. I’m enjoying seeing the game from my main toon’s Order mirror and just playing as Order in general. I’m in Tier 2 right now, and I’m having more fun than I have in months.

Since I’m holding out on being in a guild/alliance after my recent experiences, I also decided to turn the sound back on in my game, something I haven’t listened to in well over a year.

I feel like I’m the girl I used to be back in September 2008, before Skype and Ventrilo, before alliance officership and awkward silences, back when I logged into my first MMO and looked around the Blighted Isle completely confused and not knowing what to do.

With everything else on my plate right now, I feel like I’ve somehow regained a little bit of my gaming innocence.

So if you’ll excuse me, I have a Witch Elf to kill.

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4 responses to “Coming Clean

  1. Charlotte, I think we all appreciate everything you’ve been contributing to keeping the WAR community informed.

    I want to thank you very much for your brilliant work so far, and also fully support the move to take more personal time!

    Keep the killing up, noone wants burn out syndrome to occur! :)

  2. shadowwar

    Keep on truckin’ lil’ miss.

    Anyone who’s paid even a modicum of attention to your goings-on knows you are swamped with a thousand different things, apology/reasurances un-needed.

  3. Thanks you guys, I appreciate your comments :)

    I used my spring break to be Warhammer free, and now I feel refreshed and ready to get back to it!

    • shadowwar

      Lucky you! I used UF’s spring break to survey my old dorm for an upgrade of their sprinkler system. You may leave campus, but apparently you can never truely get away…

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