Hey, friends! It’s been ages and I hope you have all been well. While I’m still not in the writing mood very often, I wanted to show readers what hobby activities I’ve been up to this past year, which is mainly growing a LOT of houseplants, and also playing the tin whistle and making nerdy video game, anime, and film song covers!Continue reading “Post-Pandemic Check-in: Orchids, tin whistle, and video game music! ♪”
Category: Other Nerd Stuff
Long story short: I admin two sizable Discord communities and I wanted to make invitations available to readers and the gaming blogger community. Both of these servers are 18+ only and LGBTQ+ inclusive. Details below!
The first Discord is called the Lodge of Sorceresses and it is approaching three years old with a very solid core of regular active members who would love to welcome some new folks into the community. We used to be a Gwent (the Witcher card game) server with a focus on minority player inclusion, but have since expanded to be a general gaming server for everyone, and we have kept the Witcher theme in the user roles and channel names. You can see more details about the group and its history in this post. Regardless of the feminine name of the Lodge, anyone is welcome!
Join the Lodge of Sorceresses HERE!
If you read my post a while back about Sayonara Wild Hearts, you’ll know that I really love tarot cards both for their gorgeous art and their usefulness as a mental health maintenance tool. I’ve started a Discord community called Tarotholics, we have grown to over 500 members in less than a month and a half, and we have been getting absolutely amazing feedback about our community setup and activities. If you have any interest in learning tarot (Persona series fans perhaps?) or read tarot already, we would be more than happy to help you along your Fool’s Journey. We also have a fully prized Yuletide Tarot Card Design contest accepting entries through December 25th.
Join Tarotholics HERE!
Hope to see you guys in one of these groups soon! ❤
I have a number of exciting updates to share with everyone about the state of Backlog Crusader today! This is a little long, but please bear with me.
Traffic and Followers
Backlog Crusader is three and a half months old and I am happy to report it has just passed the 300 WordPress and email follower milestone! On average the site is getting over 100 views a day, with spikes up to several hundred to over 1,000 depending on how well my post sharing strategy goes on social media.
Totals since day one on April 25th: 70 posts, 18,127 views, 9,678 unique visitors, 1,321 post likes, and 535 comments.
Thank you to Emily of the delightful Monster Lady’s Diary who nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award! Rules: Answer 7 questions, create 7 of your own, nominate 7 awesome bloggers to answer them! Goooo!
To answer Emily’s questions…
Zoids was one of my first and favorite animes when I was a teen. I would build the old Hasbro model kits in middle school and junior high all the time! My parents even used them as incentive for earning good grades. Now I’m 27 and for years I would occasionally get his strong urge: I should build a Zoid...Continue reading “Zoids… Remember that anime with the giant mecha animals?”
Just a quick off topic post while I’m still out of town… I had the weirdest dream I’ve ever had in my life a while back, so I wrote it down at the time. This dream was not lucid at all and I kept alternating between being physically part of it and watching other “scenes” without being there. Okay, get ready to interpret!Continue reading “Monkeys, Pterodactyls, and Polar Bear Dogs, oh my!”
Dragons always meant a lot to me because it was the first thing I ever learned to draw, a skill taught to me by my first, true best friend in my early teens. We would spend hours upon hours reading fantasy novels (also with dragons in them of course), drawing, and playing games like Spyro and Kingdom Hearts. Since then dragons have represented the personification of imagination and creativity to me.
Dragons are in nearly every culture’s mythology, they show up all over the world, and they can look so different – a million different designs from a million different minds, yet represent all the same idea. I’ve collected dragon figures, sculptures, carvings, etc. since I was a kid and I’d love to show you some of them!
This is just an image post, but if there’s any interest I’d be happy to talk about the artists and studios behind some of the pieces, where I found them, what games and films they are from, and so on. I also have a lot more not pictured (don’tjudgemeokay) I can share. Just let me know!
Support Backlog Crusader on Patreon – $1 a month is less than what’s lost beneath your sofa cushions! Plus you get Discord access!
On Monday Later Levels will be hosting a Gamer Blog Party! Come meet your fellow writers and network to your heart’s content.
From the Facebook event: ”Join us for the next blog party in June, where you can share your posts and meet some amazing bloggers in the community. This time there’ll be a ‘fancy-dress’ theme: change your WordPress profile image to your favourite video game character for the duration of the event!”
Stay tuned to Later Level’s blog and Twitter feed for updates, details, and the post location. Be there or be square!