Thursday, 11 April 2019

My gaming detox

Hello everyone! My apologies on this post coming a day late but I been recovering from a pretty bad head cold all week. I'm still not 100% but I'm feeling a lot better than I was a few days ago. Thanks to being out of action this week, I don't feel I have much to talk about so I thought I'd touch on my gaming detox.

On March 13th I created a new character in World of Warcraft but declared that I wouldn't play with them or level them for a while. After playing heavily after my (ex-)father-in-law passed away, I decided to take roughly a month off gaming. All games, not just World of Warcraft; and I've kept to my word. I created my Kul Tiran Warrior; Gwendolyn, on the 13th and then logged off. Now here we are on April 11th and honestly, I haven't felt the urge to log back on. Admittedly, not having the desire to log back on and game has upset me a little more than I thought. I've been a gamer since I was a teenager and it's always been a part of who I am. Heck, this blog is even called Gamer Mum Chronicles.

When I started this blog it was meant to be a place where I could blog about stuff that mattered to me. Like an online journal. I wanted to be able to talk openly about my family life, geek out about my gaming ventures and share various journeys I was on like with my weight-loss and writing. I quickly gave up on my blog though, after my ex-husband found it and saw the posts I'd written during the aftermath of our separation about my sessions with a domestic abuse councillor and the victims of domestic abuse programme I was put on. I removed every post and created a new blog which didn't last very long either. Eventually, I decided to return to this blog and when I did, I decided to revamp it, with the intention of trying to make something of it. A friend of mine has a highly successful family blog and I tried to follow in her footsteps but it really wasn't for me. That leaves us with where we are now. A crappy, hardly loved blog, that I post to four times a week just for the sake of it. I ramble nonsense and tend to ramble off topic, like I have with this post.

I guess what I'm getting out of today's ramblings is that, my gaming detox has opened my eyes to a few things. Firstly, not missing it has left me feeling like a part of me has died because, as I said, it's been a part of who I am since I was a teenager. Secondly, the time off gaming has made me more aware of other things, like this blog that hasn't received proper TLC for quite some time. So, I've come up with a way that might make me a little happier on both fronts. First, I'm going to establish a balanced gaming schedule. I want to be able to balance gaming, parenting, general life stuff, writing etc properly and so going forward, I hope to set aside dedicated gaming hours. Second, when I do game, I'm going to roughly document what I do in game and then I'll write up a blog post about. I know many won't care about my gaming ramblings but in my head, I thought it would be kind of cool to add some depth to levelling a character or building a new base etc. It won't just be a post saying "I levelled Gwendolyn from 20 to 30 this week", it'll be more detailed and I'll try and make a story out of it. It's time I put the Gamer back into Gamer Mum Chronicles and I want to add a little bit of my creative writing flare with it. I want to slowly improve the content I post here and I'm going to start with the gaming side of it.

My gaming detox will either end tonight or tomorrow night. Unsure which just yet. Saturday will mark a whole month off but Vala returns Saturday evening so i would like to get a little bit of gaming time in before she returns. Not sure if I'll dive straight back into World of Warcraft or if I'll play something else first like Subsistence or Dead By Daylight with Jordan. Whatever I play, I'm sure it'll be fun.

I look forward to returning to gaming again and the new gaming related content I hope to bring to this blog once a week.

Until next time,
Alli xo

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