Nice Job Badges | July 27

The time has come once again to tell people what a NICE JOB they are doing!

My apologies for not doing them last week, but considering how surprisingly popular sign-ups for The Games That Define Us is, I didn’t dare do anything to mess with success! Amazingly, thanks to you all, the 30-slot main series is full, and three out of the five available DLC slots are locked in. If you want to be one of the last two bloggers to be involved in this epic collab, you should probably go sign up like five minutes ago.

With that out of the way, it’s Nice Job Badge time! These are five blog links from this week that deserve a high-five and a “nice job!”


  • If someone makes an amazing post one week, then makes another the next, I will feature them two weeks in a row.
  • I will not typically feature the same blogger twice on one list, unless I’m really blown away.
  • The posts will all loosely be from the current seven day period.
  • They are in no particular order because they’re all great.
  • Hey, you should totally put the badge on your recognized piece with a pingback to this post!

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It’s Time to Talk | Later Levels

There are still those out there who believe mental health isn’t something to be discussed. They incorrectly think the subject is threatening and uncomfortable. That those experiencing mental ill-health are weak or even worse, dangerous; a perception fueled by media stories who portray them as violent perpetrators without much context.

Well, if it isn’t Kim securing her customary spot on the Nice Job badges board! Anyone who knows me knows I’m a passionate proponent of removing the stigma from conversations about mental illness. With conversations like these opening up for people of all walks of life, I think we’re very close to a world where we don’t have to hide these types of issues. This post receives the badge because of her commitment to the Later Levels audience. Kim is always so encouraging, letting her audience know that she is there to talk at any time.

In the same way, if you need to talk about anything you’re going through, you can always reach out to me on Twitter DM!

Additionally, Nikki and I have written related posts from experiences in our own lives:
Nikki: Facing Yourself: Escaping the Black Hole of Depression
Matt: The Courage of Stars: Finding Personal Truth in an Unsupportive World

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Because everybody needs an awkward first post… | French By Association

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is nothing more awkward than the first post in a blog. You’re trying to set the tone for your site, establish credibility with the reader, while maintaining the balance of being knowledgeable on the topic but still approachable.

A friend of mine, Annie, has (re)started a blog, and it’s quite good! Despite the post’s title, it is in no way awkward. She’s a talented writer with a free-flowing style who details the day-to-day life of a person colliding between French and American influences. All too often we keep a singular focus on our own lives, so this is a great blog to read if you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond your own paradigm. I’m looking forward to reading more from Annie!

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Adventuring for Adventure’s Sake: A Reason to Game | AmbiGaming

Just because our days are filled with work and family and other responsibilities, it doesn’t mean that our other needs have disappeared… A desire for discovery seems to be one that has existed in humans for as long as there have been humans. The exhilaration of finding something new, especially when unexpected, brings with it a wonderful thrill that is rarely found with other activities.

Newcomer AmbiGaming has written a compelling post about the need for adventure, something I discuss fairly often on Normal Happenings. In it, Athena discusses the ways in which games provide that outlet. The author discuses how we all to often fall into the trap of thinking that everything has to have a purpose, but adventuring itself should be the purpose. So give this great post a read — it’ll be an adventure!

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FAQs: What is Sneezing and is it Dangerous? | Mr. Wapojif

Sneezing can be one of the most terrifying moments of your day. That building sensation in your skull, the realisation it’s going to happen, the cupped hands to one’s face, and the sound… Then the ordeal is over. Someone might even say “Bless you” to ease the lingering agony. So, with all this carnage in the world, what even is the sneeze?

Okay, okay Mr. Wapojif, you can stop making laugh-out-loud FAQs now. You already had me facepalming with the bread one, but now we’re sneezing! It’s another piece of fantastic dry comedy. Also, this post seems disturbingly obsessed with what would happen if one were to sneeze while in possession of a rocket launcher. Now, if you don’t mind I’m going to go try to get a high score on Szeezing Mario Bros. on my SNEESE.

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Saturday Suggestion – A Link Between Worlds | A Geeky Gal

A Link Between Worlds was my very first ever Legend of Zelda game. I know, I know. I definitely don’t live under a rock, and I definitely know it exists… With the release of Breath of the Wild and all of the amazing reviews pouring out for it, I thought it was finally time to really see what all the fuss was about.

The other day I asked Megan from A Geeky Gal a somewhat dumb question: how come you call it a Saturday Suggestion if you don’t post them on Saturdays? She clarified that these are things you can enjoy on Saturdays. So, it’s official — you’re not allowed to play A Link Between Worlds on any day of the week except Saturday. It doesn’t matter how glowing Megan’s review is, you must stay up Friday night until 12:01 A.M., and only then can you bask in the best Zelda-series handheld game. This is her first Zelda game, and I think it’s safe to say my suggestion has locked in another series convert.

Did I miss any links you think deserve recognition? Do a Nice Job by sharing them with us in the comments!

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