The 2019 Normal Happenings BLOG AWARDS!

We’ve kept you waiting long enough…
It’s time!

The 2019 Normal Happenings 
Blog Awards!


What a wild ride it’s been this year! We’ve met an amazing community of people we’ve met along the way! We’ve organized these blog awards as a way of saying thanks. If you’re reading this, you’re quite simply a wonderful person. Even if you didn’t get an “official” award, just by being a part of this community, know that we adore you. Anyway, we’ve delayed the awards for long enough, so let’s give the people what they came for!

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The 2019 Normal Happenings Blog Awards: Now Accepting Nominations

Highlights:

  • The 2019 NH Blog Awards will be taking place on February 26, 2019.
  • Five categories exemplifying the best of blogging.
  • Accepting nominations within!

Blogs are great!
Readers are great!
Here’s a great idea!

Announcing:
The 2019 Normal Happenings 
Blog Awards!


We always want to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the people in our little corner of the blogosphere! That is what Nice Job Badges are for, after all. So many of you have spurred our desire for crafting excellent blog posts, and we couldn’t have done it without the constant support of our community. From commenters to contributors to Twitter aficionados, it has been a pleasure interacting with each and every one of you.

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Nice Job Badges for September 21

No long-winded preambles today! As we discovered on Wednesday, the average word count per post is running a bit on the high side of 1,000. So let’s jump right into Nice Job Badges! These are five blog links from this week that deserve a high-five and a “nice job!”

THINGS:

  • 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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Nice Job Badges for September 14; and, A Guide to Making the Most Boring Game Show Ever

It’s been about three weeks since the last set of Nice Job Badges, but all the same I’ve missed giving them out tremendously. I am veritably “stoked” to continue this optimistic tradition.

But first, let me take a…
You thought I was going to say selfie didn’t you?

But first, let me take a moment to give you a guide to creating the most boring game show ever, inspired by my very own super specific question of yore.

I’ve put a lot of thought into this, and the trick is to torment your audience with boredom. It’s easy to make an entertaining game show with all the suspense, hype, and flashiness thereunto pertaining. It’s also easy to venture into the realm of fascinating, where watching a show is a cathartic experience worthy of throwing one’s focus into.

So on the compass of interesting, you have entertaining to the north and fascinating to the south. To the west you have frustrating, where a show is so hard to watch due to incompetence it becomes painful. To the east you have inaccessible, where a show is so outlandish people are not going to want to tune in. To make a truly boring game show, you must have everything in prefect balance. Continue reading “Nice Job Badges for September 14; and, A Guide to Making the Most Boring Game Show Ever”

Nice Job Badges for August 17; or, Mild Concerns about Perpetual Hiccups

Let’s talk for a second about hiccuping. On Wednesday night I had what Nikki referred to as my “one hiccup of the year.” Nikki gets the hiccups all the time, but I only periodically have one massive hiccup, and even then it’s usually very rare.

I haven’t had proper hiccups since I was about 12 years old. This leads me to having a slight paranoia that I’m somehow due for hiccups — that one day I’m going to wake up with the hiccups and they are never going to go away. That I may spend the rest of my life unpredictably hiccuping during job interviews and speeches, and I will never be able to go to sleep again.

Anyway, for irrational glimpses like this into the strange mind of Matt, you should probably follow along on Twitter. It is, if you pardon the pun, a “happening” place right now. I never thought I’d catch Twitter-itus, but my gosh it’s fun. Once they expanded the character limit and added the ability to chain together Tweets, I could finally interact properly with the rest of the community.

So yeah, Normal Happenings Twitter — I’ll meet you there. Continue reading “Nice Job Badges for August 17; or, Mild Concerns about Perpetual Hiccups”

Nice Job Badges | August 3

“You know what I’m really looking forward to?
August.
I just love August.”
– said no one ever. 

Happy August everyone, the absolute most boring month of the year.

Hey, boring can be a good thing! It helps you appreciate everyday life. If everyday was a spectacle, that itself would become a source of stress and would decrease the quality of life.

Monthly musings aside, on Wednesday I plan to release a very important update on Normal Happenings. Don’t worry, it’s a really good thing that can only make this halcyon blog even better! Until then, though, I will leave you in a state of eager anticipation.

I have to say, I’ve been very impressed with people’s blogging skills lately. There was a time back in June when I feel like there was a bit of a slow spell, but for now I’m having trouble picking just five entries for Nice Job badges. But alas, it must be done.

It’s Nice Job Badge time! These are five blog links from this week that deserve a high-five and a “nice job!”

THINGS:

  • 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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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!”

THINGS:

  • 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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Nice Job Badges for July 13 + Hyrule Collab Follow-up

Friday! If you’d like to know my day of the week rankings if they were metaphors for real-life people, here they are:

  1. Saturday
  2. Friday
  3. Sunday
  4. Wednesday
  5. Thursday
  6. Monday
  7. Tuesday

Monday and I get along okay, though I’d never go out to coffee with Monday. But Tuesday is inevitably, necessarily, evil. I’m convinced Tuesday would murder me in my sleep if given the opportunity. But you’re not here to talk about anthropomorphized days of the week! You’re here to talk about the awesome thing that happened a couple days ago. You know, the Zelda thing!

I’m just blown away! Hyrule: See the Sights! Hear the Sounds! has absolutely been a success, garnering lots of great praise in the form of comments and tweets. People seem to really enjoy the art, personal stories, and particularly the music.

I briefly considered “DLC” for the Hyrule post, where people who didn’t know about it could submit stories of their own and I’d make them individual posts in the same style. However, I think I’ll hold off on that in case I ever want to put together a Hyrule: See the Sights, Hear the Sounds Again! Quality over quantity is always the correct course of action.

You should know that I have a nearly completed plan for another interesting collaboration, in the works. I intend to announce full plans for it sometime next week, though I want to give Hyrule contributors first dibs. It took precisely three months (April 11 – July 11) from planning to completion of this one, so I would expect an October release date for the next one. More information to follow.

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

THINGS:

  • 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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Nice Job Badges! | July 6

Happy Friday, or as my wife so affectionately calls it, Friyay! Let’s get back on track with this week’s Nice Job Badges, of which we have a typically excellent variety.

But first, let me take a selfie… err, moment to talk about this super cool Hyrule Collaboration Blog that’s coming up on Wednesday! Namely, that I’m so happy with all the wonderful contributions I’ve gotten from these amazing bloggers. I’m getting the last batch of contributions over the weekend, and then it’ll be a long few days of intense design and editing.

So, again, Hyrule: See the sights! Hear the Sounds! will be released on Wednesday, July 11 at 10:00 A.M. EST! That’s approximately 3:00 P.M. for my U.K. audience! From more info, you can check out this post. You should also be sure to follow the amazing contributors listed at the end of this post.

Anyway, let’s get on with it — Nice Job Badge time! These are five blog links from this week that deserve a high-five and a “nice job!”

THINGS:

  • 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!

Continue reading “Nice Job Badges! | July 6”