The usual daily life…
I have been visiting a few blogs lately, mostly from the ones who have been visiting and commenting, therefore, thank you for visiting, despite my blog inactivity. Very much appreciated! 😇
No, I am still working on the client project. I have been having a few troubles with finding the right royalty-free images that I had no choice but to purchase a subscription from one of those royalty-free images. I decided to go for Adobe Stock Photos since they’ve got one month free for 10 images, plus they’ve got images that I really like to use.1 Right now, I’m still on the UI/UX mockup mode because I’m still unsure how it’s going to look like and how I can display all the information. Should I go one-page or multiple pages? What color schemes should I use to best present the business? What features does it need other than a contact form? You know, stuff like that. Not all web designers/developers do this particular step but as an artist myself, this step helps me a lot.
Also, much to my surprise, as well as the parents’ surprise, my (not so) little sister from L.A. arrived home earlier today for a weekend visit to attend a wedding of one of her old high school friends. She just called yesterday to let us know about it. Talk about last minute, but it’s still good to see her regardless.
On the gamer nerdette side…
Other than that, I started playing the closed beta version of an upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV called Comrades. This DLC expands the FFXV game into a multiplayer game, meaning, you can create your own character, live in Lucis with the boys, and you also get to play with your friends and other people. There are new quests and missions in different modes2 and a bunch of other goodies that’s probably not mentioned on its official website. But because this is closed beta, you can expect several bugs of all kinds, as well as very limited features available for testing.
I uploaded a sample video of it on YouTube starring my first character avatar: a Kingsglaive named Prue.3 The first part is actually right in the middle of the “Naga Experiment” quest matched with two other random players. There was a huge bug in which I couldn’t see the enemies (Naga giant snakes) and that the other two players in my team were losing/dying. It wasn’t until I point-warped to the top of the crashed Nifleheim transporter that I finally saw them. Maaajor bug there!
The second quest has me being matched with three AI/computer characters, and we have to protect Cindy the Mechanic’s truck from getting attacked by daemons. Again, a lot of bugs here because my “cure” spells were really slow. It could be because I was lagging or server issues.
Apparently, there have been several major issues with the servers that a lot of players couldn’t even join an existing team or that the game is giving them errors. I experienced that too and had to wait some 3 hours until I finally had the chance to play at least one quest. Therefore, Square Enix had to close it early to repair the server issues and will reopen again on the 11th.
But, here is the video of me playing. Unless if you’re a gamer nerdette like me, you’d find my YouTube channel boring as heck. 😅
On the blogger side…
I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, starting with the early stages of Blogger and then the very early CGI-based blogging software named Greymatter. Because databases weren’t exactly popular or being used widely with these early blogging machines then, a lot of my old entries and such disappeared. Eventually, I moved on to the early days of Cafelog/b2, one of the first PHP-based blogging engines to appear on the net. When the engine’s support and updates ended, a group of devoted b2 users, one of them named Matt Mullenweg, forked the original code of b2, redid the codebase, and then renamed it WordPress.
Anyway, because I have been visiting and commenting on a few blogs, I have been noticing a pattern coming from those who often blog. Many of them have specific series of themes on certain scheduled days, along with a ready-made header image to accompany the themes of their entries. I would have to say that takes a lot of habit and dedication to have specifically themed entries like that on scheduled days and I commend these bloggers for doing this. Unfortunately for me, I’m a super niche-less random blogger who just blogs out on a whim, blogs about anything, and whether I feel like it, accompany it with some header image or featured image or anything similar. Most of the time, I don’t.
Now that I’m on that subject, I took some time to take a look at all the blog sites that I’ve created. I think I’ve created way too many for someone so busy, but you know, I need the side projects and I need the practice so I can improve on my (WordPress-powered) sites for future clients and future projects. Here are my active ones on a nice list:
- This one
- Symmetry (health & beauty, etc. blog, created via WP‘s multisite feature)
- The NINPOJineous (my coding, art, and other creatives and learning journal blog)
- Adri Mars (my fiction and prose writing blog)
There’s also my collective, which is seriously outdated for some 2+ years now, but I do update it backend-wise.
So, I drafted a few proposals in getting myself to blog more. Everything’s tentative, nothing’s permanent, but here is one of the few proposed blogging schedules that I drafted:
- Sunday – The NINPOJineous (the artsy side)
- Monday – The NINPOJineous (the developer side)
- Tuesday – Adri Mars (if there are any updates) and/or this one
- Wednesday – Symmetry (if there are any updates) and/or this one
- Tuesday – The NINPOJineous (the developer side)
- Friday – this one
- Saturday – The NINPOJineous (the developer side or the artsy side) or Symmetry (if there are any updates)
But, just to be real, I know I would fail in following that schedule or any other schedule that I might draft. Knowing myself, I don’t follow any habits when it comes to online presence. At all. But I will try.
I will blog more often though. Bloggers gonna blog, of course. Probably not on a schedule like the example above, but again, on a whim or inspired.
Work in the morning. I seriously need a new job. Right now.
Till next time. 😁
On the sidenote...
- Asked my bro about it, and paid for the subscription. After all, it is part of the project. I’m already paying for my Adobe CC subscription myself, so it’s only fair. [↩]
- solo player, team quests, etc. [↩]
- If you’re not familiar with the FFXV world, a Kingsglaive is a recruited warrior by the Lucian Royal Family who are sent out to battlefields to participate in wars and different types of quests as commanded by the king. Kingsglaive soldiers are special because the king shares his powers to them to do their battles. In short, Kingsglaive soldiers have the same powers and skills as Noct. [↩]