Nice Job Badges! | Week of May 18

It’s time to hand out this week’s colorful new set of Nice Job badges! Every blogger deserves recognition for the time and effort they put into their craft. These bloggers just deserve it a little more, that’s all.

Wait, today’s not Thursday. What gives!? Well, imagine a world where badges exemplifying the best of the week’s posts were given out at, you know, the end of the week! Yeah, it’s pretty obvious that Fridays are the best day so we can always go into the weekend on a high note.

So, brief update: Mondays are for Dysontopia, Wednesdays are for super specific challenges, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are for more traditional, substantial posts. Got it? Good.

Each Friday I’ll pick out five new blog posts posted within the span of that week! Here’s some things:

THINGS:

  • If someone makes an amazing post one week, then makes another the next, I will feature them two times in a row.
  • However, I will not (typically) feature the same blogger twice on one list, unless I’m really blown away. If so, I may give six badges that week.
  • The posts will all be from the current seven day period, though posts made on Thursdays or Fridays may overlap with the next week.
  • They must be on WordPress or Jetpack-enabled platforms. I’m sorry Blogger bloggers.
  • It’s perfectly fine to put the badge on your recognized piece with a pingback to this post!
  • Now featuring a weird assortment of colors!
  • They are in no particular order because they’re all great.

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Nice Job Badges! | Week of May 10

It’s time to hand out this week’s colorful new set of Nice Job badges! Every blogger deserves recognition for the time and effort they put into their craft. These bloggers just deserve it a little more, that’s all.

Each Thursday I’ll pick out five new blog posts posted within the span of that week — it’s a limerick of excellent publications! Here’s some things:

THINGS:

  • If someone makes an amazing post one week, then makes another the next, I will feature them two times in a row.
  • However, I will not (typically) feature the same blogger twice on one list, unless I’m really blown away. If so, I may give six badges that week.
  • The posts will all be from the current seven day period, though posts made on Wednesdays or Thursdays may overlap with the next week.
  • They must be on WordPress or Jetpack-enabled platforms. I’m sorry Blogger bloggers.
  • It’s perfectly fine to put the badge on your recognized piece with a pingback to this post!
  • Now featuring a weird assortment of colors!
  • They are in no particular order because they’re all great.

Continue reading “Nice Job Badges! | Week of May 10”

Love It or Leave It: Reviewing All 150 of My Subscribed YouTube Channels

Time for some spring cleaning! Let’s see: clean the oven – check. Organize my closet – check. Clean out my YouTube subscriptions… oh.

Gosh, I’m subscribed to 150 YouTube channels. Time to downsize.

The purpose of this list is threefold:

  • Introduce you to fantastic and not-so-great YouTube channels
  • Write astonishingly short very nonobjective reviews of the channels
  • Clean up my bloated subscription feed

Note that these are my choices and not always a reflection of quality. Some of the channels I choose to leave are actually good channels that you should subscribe to. I’m simply subscribed to too many channels and need to minimize.

Log into your YouTube account and strap in! This is going to be a long one.


2veritasium | 523,393 subscribers | 48 videos

Leave it!

Veritasium’s second channel is really good, with Derrick walking the streets of various locations while discussing important topics. But I find myself more interested in Veritasium 1.


8-Bit Keys | 140,599 subscribers | 42 videos

Leave it!

8-Bit guy’s second channel. Truly fascinating disassembly of keyboards. But I’m not really a music guy, so I think it’s time I let this one go for now.


8-bit Music Theory | 132,613 subscribers | 41 videos

Love it!

This channel gives me such a crazy appreciation for classic video game music!


A+Start | 662,563 subscribers | 448 videos

Love it!

I’m going with a soft love it for A+ Start, because I’m fascinated by video game glitches.


AceStarThe3rd | 73,920 subscribers | 735 videos

Leave it!

Great Smash videos, but hasn’t posted in a while.


alexandcrackers | 2,631 subscribers | 26 videos

Leave it!

Same. Great videos but hasn’t made any in a while.


All Hail RETCON | 3,011 subscribers | 78 videos

Love it!

I like the Star Trek videos. Neat stuff.


Alltime10s |5,322,785 subscribers |1,510 videos

Leave it!

Way too mainstream and generic.


Amy Turk | 68,389 subscribers | 37 videos

Love it!

Just an incredibly talented harpist. Her music is enchanting.


AntDude | 229,146 subscribers| 158 videos

Love it!

So much Kirby!


Arlo | 243,599 subscribers | 186 videos

Love it!

Arlo’s awesome, though it must be challenging to play all those games as a puppet.


AsapSCIENCE | 7,681,010 subscribers | 267 videos

Leave it!

Sorry ASAP, the information you present is just kind of basic at this point.


Beta64 | 282,365 subscribers | 86 videos

Love it!

I’m a sucker for beta game development secrets.


BitFinity (Matthew Taranto) | 35,944 subscribers | 99 videos

Love it!

Hey, Matthew drew Brawl in the Family! I can’t leave you.


Blimey Cow | 527,469 subscribers | 566 videos

Leave it!

Time for Messy Mondays to go on without me.


Box Robot Studios | 8,874 subscribers | 21 videos

Leave it!

Hasn’t uploaded in a while.


Caitlin Hill | 52,849 subscribers | 32 videos

Leave it!

I remember Caitlin as the host of Rocketboom for a short time. But I haven’t kept up.


CBS Sunday Morning | 184,755 subscribers | 2,965 videos

Leave it!

I think I subscribed to this for a class.


CGP Grey | 3,394,827 subscribers | 122 videos

Love it!

Everybody loves CGP Grey videos.


Challengers Approaching | 3,517 subscribers | 65 videos

Love it!

Highly underrated YouTube gaming list channel.


CinemaSins | 7,709,264 subscribers | 625 videos

Leave it!

No channel is without sin. And this is the worst. Just no.


Classic Gaming Quarterly | 85,703 subscribers | 57 videos

Love it!

Ohh, I love the deep exploration of classic gaming history.


Cleanprincegaming | 464,808 subscribers | 123 videos

Leave it!

I love the mini-docs, but it just doesn’t go into Nintendo stuff enough.


Computerphile | 1,054,071 subscribers | 467 videos

Love it!

Videos about computers and computery stuff? Count me in.


ConnerTheWaffle | 222,147 subscribers | 135 videos

Love it!

So much Kirby content!


CoolRiddles|69,746 subscribers|906 videos

Leave it!

Riddles aren’t that interesting anymore, honestly.


CoolRiddles2|8,797 subscribers|311 videos

Leave it!

More of the same.


Company Man|269,407 subscribers|56 videos

Love it!

This is a crazy-cool channel about different businesses.


Counter Arguments|132,338 subscribers|61 videos

Leave it!

I really liked this channel for a short time. But I soon realized that the counterarguments presented were, themselves, becoming straw-man arguments. I’m not that cynical.


CrashCourse|7,629,809 subscribers|940 videos

Love it!

Because who doesn’t like learning?


CrowderVEVO | 168,045 subscribers | 35 videos

Leave it!

Unsubscribing to all band accounts.


Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows | 269,392 subscribers | 27 videos

Love it!

Emotionally gripping. Excellent channel.


DidYouKnowGaming?|2,186,757 subscribers|379 videos

Leave it!

Too popular.


DONG|1,094,492 subscribers|204 videos

Love it!

Do Online Now Guys was my favorite Vsauce series. I’m glad they made it their own channel.


Easy Allies|156,607 subscribers|1,118 videos

Leave it!

Just subscribed to too many game channels.


EC Henry|36,532 subscribers|136 videos

Love it!

Super creative science fiction channel.


engineerguy|716,094 subscribers|85 videos

Leave it!

I’m not really into engineering.


Erika Szabo|27,643 subscribers|333 videos

Love it!

Cool exploration of the emotional impact of games.


Every Frame a Painting|1,435,391 subscribers|28 videos

Leave it!

Cool, but hasn’t posted in a while.


ExoParadigmGamer|53,005 subscribers|264 videos

Love it!

I love “Remake or Re-break.”


Extra Credits|1,437,223 subscribers|748 videos

Love it!

Amazing and optimistic look at game development.


Fawful’s Minion|175,017 subscribers|181 videos

Leave it!

Subscribed to too many video game channels.


Filmmaker IQ|268,648 subscribers|86 videos

Leave it!

It’s a good film-making channel, but it’s beyond the scope of my interests for now.


Forty Two|9,200 subscribers|26 videos

Love it!

Pretty animations.


Games Done Quick|485,516 subscribers|1,388 videos

Love it!

To support this charity event, even if they only upload twice a year.


GameXplain|920,922 subscribers|8,959 videos

Love it!

As a gaming news channel, they’re always on top of things.


Gaming Historian|419,096 subscribers|125 videos

Love it!

Gaming Historian is my favorite gaming history channel. I always learn so much.


Garfield & Friends|6,215 subscribers|116 videos

Love it!

Gotta have my Monday nostalgic classic Garfield cartoons.


Geek & Sundry|1,779,416 subscribers|1,653 videos

Leave it!

I only watch Tabletop, and I can look that up.


Geography Now|949,074 subscribers|267 videos

Love it!

Super creative geography channel!


Half as Interesting|509,698 subscribers|36 videos

Love it!

Is more interesting than almost anything.


hankgames|171,866 subscribers|1,446 videos

Leave it!

Sorry Hank Green, i’m subscribed to too many video game channels.


hankschannel|301,709 subscribers|297 videos

Love it!

But I am a huge fan of Hank Green. So glad you wrote a book.


hbomberguy|230,975 subscribers|64 videos

Leave it!

Weird. Obscene. Too weird and obscene if you ask me.


Hello Internet|143,072 subscribers|125 videos

Love it!

Their podcast is hypnotic.


Henry|384 subscribers|84 videos

Love it!

Henry deserves more credit for is weird and amazing editing.


implantgames|13,286 subscribers|460 videos

Love it!

Just here for the Sonic reviews.


Improv Everywhere|1,926,206 subscribers|198 videos

Leave it!

Staged improv just isn’t as fun as it once was.


Isaac Arthur|245,076 subscribers|140 videos

Love it!

Best futurism channel on the Internet.


It’s Okay To Be Smart|2,113,830 subscribers|250 videos

Leave it!

It’s a good channel, but I just can’t get into it anymore.


Jak & Lev|15,251 subscribers|491 videos

Leave it!

I don’t remember subscribing to this channel. I’ve never seen you guys in my life.


Jake Roper|304,325 subscribers|74 videos

Love it!

Jake from Vsauce3 is cool. It’s good to keep up with him.


Jay Foreman|271,653 subscribers|77 videos

Love it!

Please make more Map Men!


Jimmy Whetzel|230,683 subscribers|91 videos

Leave it!

Who are you again?


John Michael Godier|63,503 subscribers|197 videos

Leave it!

Kind of covers the same ground as Issac Arthur.


Khan Academy|3,936,991 subscribers|6,986 videos

Leave it!

Meh.


KingK|53,871 subscribers|49 videos

Love it!

Really great video game analyses.


Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell|6,094,261 subscribers|80 videos

Love it!

Such incredible animation! I want to animate just like you!


Kyle Sullivan|2,277 subscribers|32 videos

Love it!

Fascinating geography and social studies videos.


LGR|849,819 subscribers|934 videos

Love it!

Cool retro tech commentary.


lights|335,136 subscribers|553 videos

Leave it!

Unsubscribing from all bands no matter how awesome.


Lindsay Ellis|344,709 subscribers|183 videos

Love it!

Very impressed with the social analyses of films from this YouTuber.


Little Z|129,500 subscribers|125 videos

Leave it!

I liked the OP series, but hasn’t made a new one in a while.


Lorerunner|23,318 subscribers|1,804 videos

Love it!

Best long-form media analyses on the planet.


Lorerunner Stream Archives|3,618 subscribers|558 videos

Love it!

I really like the Loreweek series.


Mark Brown|426,544 subscribers|88 videos

Love it!

Excellent production value in these video game analyses.


Master0fHyrule|222,810 subscribers|1,011 videos

Leave it!

It’s fun to watch video game minutia, but it’s time to let it go.


Matt and Tom|134,372 subscribers|131 videos

Love it!

The park bench series is quite entertaining.


Matthewmatosis|155,073 subscribers|54 videos

Leave it!

Subscribed to too many video game channels.


Mental Floss|1,347,426 subscribers|381 videos

Leave it!

Mental Floss is just getting a little annoying.


Meteorz|20,905 subscribers|1,446 videos

Love it!

I love the “What is Kirby Canon?” series.


MinuteEarth|1,922,478 subscribers|151 videos

Leave it!

Cool, but not really my forte.


minutephysics|4,342,011 subscribers|217 videos

Leave it!

Fun to learn, but I feel the videos are too short to capture the full topics.


moviebob|140,028 subscribers|409 videos

Leave it!

Way to juvenile for my tastes.


Mr. Beat|25,103 subscribers|292 videos

Love it!

Quite informative, I love all of the series on this channel.


Nathaniel Bandy|241,180 subscribers|682 videos

Leave it!

Just subscribed to too many video game channels.


Nintendo|3,973,375 subscribers|2,734 videos

Love it!

Gotta keep up with Nintendo.


Nintendo Life|247,472 subscribers|2,285 videos

Love it!

I admit, I find Alex to be a great host.


Numberphile|2,457,472 subscribers|470 videos

Love it!

Simply fascinating.


OverClocked ReMix: Video Game Music Community|129,543 subscribers|3,997 videos

Leave it!

I don’t enjoy OCRemix as much as I used to.


PBS Game/Show|145,036 subscribers|194 videos

Leave it!

I feel like the concepts they explore are too basic.


PBS Idea Channel|782,400 subscribers|367 videos

Leave it!

Well, I’ve watched them all and the channel has ended. It was an amazing run, but it’s time to move on.


PBS Space Time|1,188,368 subscribers|154 videos

Love it!

Fascinating astrophysics concepts to learn about.


PHLEARN|1,541,135 subscribers|563 videos

Leave it!

I feel like I have enough practical experience to let this channel go.


poparena|4,156 subscribers|543 videos

Love it!

Just because I really like the Animorphs book review series.


Rare Earth|530,904 subscribers|90 videos

Love it!

Exploring enchanting places.


RealLifeLore|2,027,489 subscribers|88 videos

Love it!

Super informative.


Really Freakin’ Clever|145,564 subscribers|169 videos

Leave it!

Used to be good, but went downhill in my opinion.


RelaxAlax|275,229 subscribers|106 videos

Leave it!

Subscribed to too many video game channels.


Retro Game Mechanics Explained|46,233 subscribers|16 videos

Love it!

Useful as I want to make a SNES-style game one day.


Retro Island Gaming|973 subscribers|23 videos

Leave it!

Kind of… odd somehow. Hard to explain.


Rocketboom|1,395 videos

Leave it!

Wayyy old channel.


RPG Limit Break|16,767 subscribers|451 videos

Love it!

Even better than GDQ, I think.


Sciencium|274,526 subscribers|4 videos

Leave it!

Another Veritasium channel.


SciShow|4,965,183 subscribers|1,579 videos

Leave it!

Just not terribly enjoyable anymore.


SciShow Space|1,013,870 subscribers|426 videos

Leave it!

Similar to SciShow, just not that enjoyable anymore.


Screen Junkies|6,429,409 subscribers|828 videos

Leave it!

Honest Trailers are fun, but not worth the subscription.


SeriousEats|149,679 subscribers|333 videos

Leave it!

I have another account devoted to food channels.


sfdebris|18,255 subscribers|89 videos

Love it!

The OG nerdy science fiction reviewer.


Shesez|368,442 subscribers|189 videos

Love it!

I love “Boundary Break!”


SmarterEveryDay|5,571,565 subscribers|276 videos

Love it!

Absolutely fascinating science videos.


Snoman Gaming|134,150 subscribers|173 videos

Leave it!

Subscribed to too many gaming channels.


SomecallmeJohnny|321,810 subscribers|494 videos

Love it!

I truly enjoy the work he puts into the videos.


Stargate Command|38,999 subscribers|176 videos

Leave it!

Meh, Stargate’s on Hulu.


Steve Shives|60,283 subscribers|2,135 videos

Love it!

A lot of great star Trek commentary.


Tater-Tot Tunes|8,734 subscribers|212 videos

Love it!

In case you want to rock to some 8-bit remixes.


Technicality|44,921 subscribers|73 videos

Love it!

This kid knows how to make amazing and informative videos.


The 8-Bit Guy|661,004 subscribers|185 videos

Love it!

Fascinating computer disassembly and repair.


The Aspiring Kryptonian|27 subscribers|2 videos

Love it!

Fellow blogger!


The Beat Goes On|337 subscribers|3 videos

Love it!

Mr. Beat’s second, equally good, channel.


The Digital Age|33,570 subscribers|66 videos

Love it!

Unsubscribing to all band channels.


The Easter Egg Hunter|310,947 subscribers|371 videos

Leave it!

Subscribed to too many gaming channels, plus I liked the earlier videos more.


The Financial Diet|425,800 subscribers|152 videos

Love it!

Excellent financial advice.


The Futur|281,035 subscribers|412 videos

Leave it!

I feel I have enough practical knowledge to where this graphic design channel seems superfluous.


The Game Theorists|10,051,917 subscribers|445 videos

Leave it!Leave it!

I think I should unsubscribe. But that’s just a theory. A game — kbye.


The Good Stuff|169,479 subscribers|242 videos

Love it!

It’s good stuff!


The Pensky File|2,212 subscribers|733 videos

Love it!

Amazing Star Trek podcasts. I’m going through them now.


The School of Life|3,527,061 subscribers|604 videos

Leave it!

Good videos, but I don’t really find consistency in their philosophy.


The8BitDrummer|216,597 subscribers|829 videos

Leave it!

Amazing music, but not really for me. More of an ambiance fan.


thebrainscoop|463,965 subscribers|196 videos

Leave it!

Meh, I like it but don’t remember subscribing.


Think Fact|141,602 subscribers|75 videos

Leave it!

I literally havce no idea what this channel is or why I’m subscribed.


TierZoo|487,956 subscribers|23 videos

Love it!

Genius idea of contextualizing nature as a fighting game. Please go watch!


Today I Found Out|1,390,597 subscribers|1,013 videos

Leave it!

Great information! But too many ads, pure and simple.


Tom Scott|1,227,951 subscribers|437 videos

Love it!

Short, brilliant videos.


Trekspertise|75,275 subscribers|41 videos

Love it!

All about the philosophy of Star Trek and other works. Great stuff.


Trekyards|41,583 subscribers|1,483 videos

Love it!

Way too nerdy for you. But I love it.


VanDeGraph|64,266 subscribers|13 videos

Love it!

Maps are cool.


Veritasium|4,722,114 subscribers|241 videos

Love it!

Great science videos!


Vintage Space|264,963 subscribers|306 videos

Love it!

I really love this channel on the history of space exploration.


Vsauce|13,231,023 subscribers|370 videos

Love it!

It’s Vsauce!


Vsauce2|3,860,908 subscribers|338 videos

Love it!

It’s more Vsauce!


Vsauce3|3,524,496 subscribers|161 videos

Love it!

It’s even more Vsauce!


Wendover Productions|1,188,193 subscribers|72 videos

Love it!

Their videos keep getting better!


Wintendo 64|27 subscribers|5 videos

Love it!

Fellow blogger!


You’re Doing it Wrong|9,355 subscribers|19 videos

Leave it!

You’re doing your YouTube channel wrong. Could be an allegory.


Zelda Dungeon|130,836 subscribers|1,494 videos

Love it!

Legend of Zelda stuff! Also needed for certain blogs.


Zelda Reorchestrated|11,248 subscribers|312 videos

Love it!

I miss you too much to unsubscribe.


ZeRo|220,219 subscribers|794 videos

Leave it!

Not really into the competitive Smash Bros. scene anymore.


Whew. It’s done. Now YouTube’s algorithm for my account is very very confused.

Started: 150 channels
Ended: 87

That’s almost half! If you want to get that number back up to 100, let me know some of your favorite YouTube channels in the comments. Also, let me know if you found any channels you loved though this list!

Super Specific Liebster Award

It’s Tuesday! You know what that means! It’s time for another Super Specific Suns– umm, Liebster Award. Completely different. Actually it’s not. It works just like all three Sunshine Awards of the past three weeks.

Thank you Megan @ A Geeky Gal for nominating me for a Liebster Award! I’m finally getting around to accepting this one. The way I do things around here is by answering my given questions, then coming up with wacky, super specific questions of my own.


Q&A

Let’s try to keep the interview potion of the show brief, if that’s even possible for a person like me:

What song would you choose to listen to as you watched the world end?
“Brothers on a Hotel Bed” by Death Cab for Cutie. More accurately, I’d listen to the entire album Plans, and as I heave my final breath, I’d be listening to that song. 

Well, we’re off to a chipper start today indeed. You know this is an optimist’s blog, right Megan?

What are your favorite YouTube channels?
I’m subscribed to 161 YouTube channels, and you expect me to link to them all? Ha! Maybe in another blog post, but for now let me hit three random highlights.

Lorerunner | Best long-form media analyses on the planet.

Isaac Arthur | Amazingly high quality futurism videos.

Tater-Tot Tunes | In case you want to rock to some 8-bit remixes.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
Night Operation by Owen Barfield… it’s just taking me a while because it’s so long.
(oh gosh it’s only 75 pages…)

What is your weird blogging tip?
Never blog on less than 200 mg of caffeine.

What Hogwarts house would your favorite fictional character be sorted into? 
Oh, you mean Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation? Would the Sorting Hat even recognize him as a person? Doesn’t the 24th-century Federation support the right to choose your own house? Would there even be a need for wizards in an age of warp drive and transporters? What even is life?

Ravenclaw, obviously, due to his endless curiosity and moral compass.

What was the last movie you watched? 
I think it was A Quiet Place with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

Do you have any obsessions right now?
Yes.

Oh, you require specific details. Right now I’m obsessed with cold brew coffee, Stardew Valley, and using the easy ease effect in After Effects on literally everything.

And of course checking my stats. That’s just what bloggers do.

What would be your review of the tribble you adopted a couple of weeks ago?
Well I had a tribble, but it exploded a couple days after I got it. I looked up on the Internet what may cause an exploding tribble, and Memory Alpha said something about trying to assassinate famous starship captains. It was probably time-travel shenanigans.

What is your favorite podcast right now?
Hello Internet

What fictional character would you love to have as your RPG game master? 
Let’s do something wild, like have Dr. Frankenstein (read: not Frankenstein’s Monster) use his particular talents to lore-craft an unusual RPG game world.


Nominees!

To obtain a Normal Happenings Super Specific Sunshine Award Liebster Award, not to be confused with a Sunshiny Liebster Award or a Normal Liebster Award, the following ten of you are requested and required to answer my ten super specific questions in a separate blog post. This is your official invitation.

* A.
** Winner of the “Most Awesomely Named Blog on the List” sub-award.
*** B.
**** Mirror Match!
***** Come on, you know you’re tempted to take on my outlandish questions.


Super Specific Questions

The time has come to once again ask unrealistically specific questions!

  1. Scavenger hunt! Search though your computer/phone/device and find the most recent picture containing a window. Either post or, if you’re in the comments, describe it in way too much detail.

  2. What is the most beautiful vista in any video game you’ve played? Here’s the catch: the game must have come out before the year 2001.

  3. What’s the most obscure musical instrument you can think of?

  4. How is this even a question?

  5. A weird side effect of a popular ointment causes humans to grow an antenna after five years of daily use — something that slipped past the drug testing agencies of the world. The antenna has a purpose, though! What is this new appendage useful for?

  6. Admit it, we’ve all had a weird idea for a movie. What’s yours?

  7. Through merit, kind deeds, and encouraging words, you are gifted possession of a legendary airship. Go you! Can you come up with an equally legendary name for your new craft?

  8. In your opinion, what is the most well-done example of obvious nostalgia pandering in any film, TV show, video game, or other form of media? What made it so good?

  9. The Limited Superpower Bedbug gets its revenge!
    Which of the following limited superpowers would choose and why?
    – The ability to assign theme music for up to five people, to where it will play for exactly ten seconds after they enter or exit a door.
    – The ability to turn french fries into green beans at will, but not the other way around.
    – The ability to, at will, possess a Marauder’s Map — but it only shows the location of cats.


  10. Aw, thanks! You volunteered to help me make my grocery list for this week! What three items should I make sure to pick up?

And so we’ve reached the end of my backlog of awards for now — that’s three Sunshine Awards and one Liebster Award. But it looks like two bloggers want me to take a crack at their questions. So next Tuesday I’ll be continuing the spirit of the Super Specific awards by answering questions from Unoriginal love NoteS.

Play along at home in the comments! If I like your answer, I may nominate you for a  future super specific award. I’m looking forward to seeing your responses!

Nice Job Badges! | Week of May 3

It’s time for another week of Nice Job badges! Every blogger deserves recognition for the time and effort they put into their craft. These bloggers just deserve it a little more, that’s all.

Each Thursday I’ll pick out five new blog posts posted within the span of that week — it’s a pentagonal arrangement of excellent publications! Some things:

THINGS:

  • If someone makes an amazing post one week, then makes another the next, I will feature them two times in a row.
  • However, I will not (typically) feature the same blogger twice on one list, unless I’m really blown away. If so, I may give six badges that week.
  • The posts will all be from the current seven day period, though posts made on Wednesdays or Thursdays may overlap with the next week.
  • They must be on WordPress or Jetpack-enabled platforms. I’m sorry Blogger bloggers.
  • It’s perfectly fine to put the badge on your recognized piece with a pingback to this post!
  • Now featuring a weird assortment of colors!
  • They are in no particular order because they’re all great.

Continue reading “Nice Job Badges! | Week of May 3”

Super Specific Sunshine Award III

In what is quickly becoming a Tuesday tradition, I’m going to accept another Sunshine Blogger Award. That’s great, because I have a repository of super specific questions to entertain you all with. Additionally, it allows you, the audience, to discover new blogs through the nominees.

Thank you Justin @ TWOTALL4UFOOL for nominating me for a Sunshine Award! May your blogging adventure be ever as exuberant as your name. The way I do things around here is by answering my given questions, then coming up with wacky, super specific questions of my own. Continue reading “Super Specific Sunshine Award III”

Nice Job! Badges | Week of April 26

Welcome to the very first week of Nice Job! badges! Every blogger deserves recognition for the time and effort they put into their craft. These bloggers just deserve it a little more, that’s all.

Each Thursday I’ll pick out five new blog posts posted within the span of that week — it’s a veritable quinquennium of excellent publications! A couple of things:

THINGS:

  • If someone makes an amazing post one week, then makes another the next, I will feature them two times in a row. I’m not “spreading the love around.”
  • However, I will not (typically) feature the same blogger twice on one list, unless I’m really blown away. If so, I may give six badges that week.
  • The posts will all be from the current seven day period, though posts made on Wednesdays or Thursdays may overlap with the next week.
  • They must be on WordPress or Jetpack-enabled platforms.
  • It’s perfectly fine to put the badge on your recognized piece with a pingback to this post!
  • This list is in no particular order.

Continue reading “Nice Job! Badges | Week of April 26”

Super Specific Sunshine Award II

Let’s see if I can streamline this process! Award posts are just part of blogging, so no lengthy introductions. I’m just going to jump right in!

Thank you KT @ Wintendo 64 for nominating me for a Sunshine Award! You are awesome not only at blogging (and cosplay), but also for nominating me. The way I do things around here is by answering my given questions, then coming up with wacky, super specific questions of my own.


Q&A

What is the first video game you ever beat?
Kirby’s Adventure! I wrote an entire 3,000-word post about it.

Are you an online multiplayer gamer that’s in it to win it or hardcore solo player that’s playing for the story?
I play Poyo Poyo Tetris hardcore online, and I’m one of the best in Missouri! I also love playing Toon Link in competitive Super Smash Bros., though I’m a bit out of practice.

If you could have one fictional object from any fandom what would it be?
The Triforce! Continue reading “Super Specific Sunshine Award II”

Super Specific Sunshine Award + Ten Things About Me + Super Specific Questions

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A positive award for a positive blog!

Having received four award nominations since the revival of my blogging “career,” I kept asking myself how I could make these posts interesting. Having spent a while contemplating, I considered several options. One really long answer instead of answering them all (shoutouts to LaterLevels)? Working each question into an acceptance speech? Having Kanye West interrupt the answer to each question, but assuring me he’ll let me finish? You see, award posts all follow the same basic format:

Step 1: Oh my gosh I’ve been nominated for such-and-such award by so-and-so!
Step 2: Here’s a generic copy/paste of the rules.
Step 3: Let get through answering all these questions that should be blog topics of their own.
Step 4: Here’s some generic questions to keep someone else busy for a while.
Step 5: The cycle continues until humanity is a computer-based society living on the energy at the event horizon of a black hole.

Finally, though, when Megan at A Geeky Gal nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and now I know what must be done. I must ask frighteningly specific questions upon my fateful nominees. It’s time for the Normal Happenings Super Specific Sunshine Award! Good luck out there. Thank you, Megan for both nominating me and inspiring this new way of thinking. Continue reading “Super Specific Sunshine Award + Ten Things About Me + Super Specific Questions”

Five Ways to Stay Positive

Coming off of a somewhat dark post, I want to reinforce the fact that this is an optimist’s blog! I am irrepressibly positive, or, as I’ve been called, “nauseatingly optimistic.” I like blue skies, music with eighties-sounding synthesizers, and kissing my wife on top of ferris wheels – something we haven’t done since we’ve gotten married!

So today, we’re looking at five ways to stay positive. It’s a simple message, no doubt, but sometimes the world needs simple messages.

Let me show you a little of what I know, specifically, how to stay positive. Despite my pension for delving into occasionally dark topics, I am at the top of the food chain for most upbeat person I know. I acknowledge the darkness that exists in the world, but I rarely ever embrace it. I have the confidence that everything is going to work out, no matter how bad things seem. I am not blind to negativity, but I’d like to think that I am, at the very least, sufficiently shielded from it. Continue reading “Five Ways to Stay Positive”