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The Frugal Gamer (and the Overhauling of Skron 3.0)

I know that I’ve scarcely written an entry in here these past few months. But I’m not on hiatus. It’s just I started a new blog last May, The Frugal Gamer. Like all new blogs, it needed a lot of content to be able to stand on its feet. So, during its first months, I devoted most of my time there.

The reason why I started The Frugal Gamer was because of the MMO Newbie Bloggers Initiative. It’s an initiative that was spearheaded by veteran and popular MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) bloggers, whose purpose is to help new and struggling MMO bloggers. Since I’ve been blogging in the dark for 5 years now, I jumped at this opportunity for the exposure it’ll bring me. So, now, I’m getting more than 100 readers/day on my gaming blog.

As for the fate of this blog, Skron 3.0. Well, I’m not so sure yet. Part of me wants to deconstruct this blog –delete all the personal posts and turn it into a home where my non-nerdy side can write about music, photography and literature. Except that I value all of my personal posts here. Through them, I’ve seen my growth. Through them, I could experience being in love again. Not that I’m not in love with the girl anymore. Holy shit. I’m in love with her now as much as I did exactly a year ago. So, my second plan is to start another blog.

The reason being why I’m so intent on starting a music, photography and literature blog was because I almost became a contributor for Pitchfork overnight. Pitchfork, man! A friend of mine knows the website photographer, who was looking for a writer to recap events for them during their festival (which I did). Since she knew that I blog (but don’t know where my blog is), she asked me if I could. I wanted to say, “Yes, I’ll do it!”, of course. But I know that my writing ain’t Pitchfork material. So, since that time, I’ve been planning to up my writing and photography, and become something like a photo/culture blogger here in Chicago. I’ll cover various events: small gigs to music festivals, and book fairs to comics conventions. I know this sounds very ambitious (and time consuming). But I really want to give it a shot.

As for now though, I’ve plenty of things on my mind. There’s school, work, other writing ideas, and unrequited love. I’ll make it happen though. I just don’t know when. But, one of these days, I’ll have a professional blog about Chicago concernts, festivals, comics conventions and book fair.

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Full Circle, Almost

I’ve mentioned it once or twice in this blog, that I only got into photography because I fell in love with a girl. I know it sounds stupid. But when I saw her, I just had to do something productive. Photography was the answer.

It’s been 10 months since I impulsively bought my camera. A lot has happened since then. I’ve gotten close to this girl, closer than I thought possible. While she has a boyfriend, I’m just happy to sit on the sidelines…for now, at least. My photography has also improved a bit. My Project 366 is still going, and I’ve finally shared some of my photos on Facebook. To my delight, a lot of my colleagues and friends liked my work. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from them.

My boss also saw my work and asked me if I could take pictures of my co-workers for Nurses’ Week. I happily agreed to her request, of course. Because my co-workers, the’yre all good looking. They were hesitant, at first. But once they saw the shots they started cooperating, and even enjoyed it.

I just took a group shot of the nurses when she came into our unit, the girl. While she’s the reason why I was holding a camera that day, why I was into photography, I haven’t taken her picture at all. I never have my camera with me whenever she’s present. When I do have my camera, then my courage to her ask for a picture isn’t around. But, that day, I just approached her casually and ask her to pose with one of the nurses. She said yes, and I almost fainted.

One of our nurses (L) and the girl (R).

I pretty much poured everything I’ve got into this picture. After all, this is my first picture of her. She hated it though. She didn’t like her “end of the day” look, I guess. But, that’s what I like about her most. Even though her hair is disheveled and her make up needs retouching, she still looks pretty.

So, I’ve almost come into a full circle. I’ve taken the picture of the girl who got me into photography. But just almost though. Full circle is when I take a picture of us, together. When will that happen? I don’t know. It might not even happen. But, right now, even it’s just a little, I still have hope.

Cleaning My Plate

Sometimes, I love working on Sundays. Just because no one bothers me, and I get to finish what I need to finish earlier than usual. So, today, I had 3 hours of nothing to do. That left me with a lot of time to surf the net, visit and read random blogs, and learn something new. And I did learn something new today. I found out that I have too much things on my plate, and that I might be suffering from adult ADD because of it.

Early this year, I trimmed down my hobbies so I could focus on some. I stopped streaming movies and anime from Netflix, and also minimized the time I put into gaming. But, sometimes, I still feel being overwhelmed by my hobbies. When I’m stuck in a game, I pick up and play my guitar. When I can’t play a hard lick on my guitar, I pick up a book to read. When I get bored with the book, then I go back to gaming. So, I usually end up accomplishing nothing. That’s why I need to clean my plate.

From what I read this morning (I forgot which blog, sorry), when cleaning your plate, you start out by leaving only five things on it. Right now, these are the things that I have on my plate:

  • Music
  • Guitar
  • Photography
  • Gaming
  • Blogging
  • Books
  • Comics
  • Work
  • School (I will go back this Fall)
  • Stalking my exes and crushes on Facebook
  • Porn

If I lick it clean, and prioritize it, it will end up looking like this:

  1. Gaming (will replace with School this coming Fall)
  2. Work
  3. Photography
  4. Music
  5. Blogging

For now, I’m just going to stick with these things. It was hard for me to let some of my hobbies go. Especially the books and comics. I wanted to let go of gaming instead. But, while not that productive, it relieves me of stress better than reading. I will let it go once I start with school though. Because it will be a very unwelcome distraction to my studies.

So, there, my plate is cleaned. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it this way. Also, If I ever manage to manage the contents of my plate, I’ll probably add one more thing in it and bring reading books back into the fold.

Q1 Resolutions Report

So, the first quarter of 2012 is done. By now, a lot of people have probably given up on their New Year’s Resolutions. Normally, I’d be one of those people too. But not this year, however. Thankfully, by keeping my resolutions simple, it was easy for me to follow through on them all.

Anyways, here’s a quick report on the progress of my resolutions.

More Creative, Less Geeky
My main goal this year is to reconnect to my artsier side by focusing on photography, guitar and audio recording. And then jettison some of the geek in me by playing less video games and reading less comics.

While I haven’t been diligent with my guitar practice, I’ve been really at it with photography. I’m still not that good though. But I’ve improved a bit. For one, I now know how to use my camera on manual settings. Then, thanks to Adobe Lightroom 4, I’m also getting a hang of photo editing. I’ve also manage to keep my Project 365 alive this far.

I’ve not yet started with audio recording though. But that’s only because I don’t have any money to buy a computer-audio interface yet.

More Exercise, Less Weight
I’ve been spending the first hour of my day by biking and resistance band training since January, and I’ve been doing this religiously. As a result, I’ve lost 10 more pounds.

More Sleep, Less Caffeine
This one was actually easier than I thought. It’s just a matter of getting it into habit. So, nowadays, I just sleep at 10 PM. Then wake up at 5 AM when I’m going to work, or at 6 AM when I’m off.

Coffee? What Coffee?

More Reading, Less Watching
Unfortunately, this one is a bit of a fail. Because, so far, I’ve only read 3 books (the first three books in the Song of Ice and Fire) and it’s a re-read too. Moreover, I’ve been watching a lot of anime on Netflix. But it’s only Q1, I’ve three more quarters to make up for my loss.

More Blogging
44 posts during the first quarter. It’s promising.

Overall, I’m giving myself a score of B. My blogging looks great and I feel great, health-wise. But no time to get complacent now. It’s only Q1 and I still need to spend more time on my books, guitar and camera though, and spend less time playing games and watching anime.

What about you? Are you still keeping your resolutions?

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