50th Post!!!

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I honestly never thought that I would ever be able to juggle school, an active blog, and all of my many afterschool activities. In January, I thought “New Year, new me, why not start a blog to fill up the little free time I have!” I plodded along, writing posts just to be writing them, all the while the little negative voice in the back of my head nagged “the blog won’t last past March.”

January growth was kinda slow, but in February things began to pick up, it was a short month for school, I was relaxed and happy. Then March came, The time that I had expected myself to not be trying on this anymore. I had been reading constantly and been happy for a few weeks. Then I crashed. All my schoolwork that I had either procrastinated on or had been recently assigned just piled up until I was up late every night just trying to get something finished. I wanted to throw myself back into my safe haven of reading but I was so tired. Views plummeted as I only managed about 5 poorly written posts.

April came and my self-confidence was low because of my poor blog performance. For the first 2 weeks we tested at my school so I only had 3 actual periods a day instead of 6 and my teachers did not assign work. I read in the morning, before testing, after testing, during lunch, in class, and afterschool. I was inspired by bloggers that I had found on the discover page, and after I subbed them many of them came to show their love to my own blog. In just this month I reached over 60 followers, get daily comments where I can interact with you amazing people, and I have destressed almost completely. Now that May approaches as I write my 50th post, I feel successful as I proved myself wrong by not giving up and finding something that I really enjoy and can be passionate about. Thanks for everything.

With that, here are my future plans.

Video Games

I will probably be only doing app reviews as I simply don’t have the time to finish a long game. If I reviewed long games, I would not have the time to read. I may do a “currently playing” review for a game that I borrowed from a friend soon, but other than that I will be leaving console game reviews for the summer.

Tv Shows/Movies

This has me in about the same situation as the games, I simply just don’t have the time for it. I will review the 2 shows I watch during the week on a weekly basis (Supergirl, Riverdale) but Shadowhunters/13 Reasons Why reviews will be only weekly if that. I only have time to watch these when I do deep hair cleanse weekly (I have a lot of curly hair so this takes 3-4 hours out of my weekend to do). I will post movie reviews if I see them in theaters or after I am done watching the aforementioned series.

Books 

I plan to start doing book hauls and weekly reading updates in order to keep on track with what I am supposed to be finishing and not just leaving a bunch of books to lie around, like I am doing now. I also post my reading updates on Goodreads.

Crafts

I love to knit and crochet, but I have not done either in a few years. Should I create a book-related crafts section (possibly selling stuff on Etsy)? I have the materials but I just want to know if you will be interested.

Contact Me!

I love when people chat with me but since there is no PM system on here, if you want to chat contact me in the ways listed below.

Email: Thelighteninggirl@gmail.com (Yes the misspelling is supposed to be there)

Goodreads: Briennai

Thanks again for being so awesome and I cannot wait for the 100 post celebration!

About Me: Virtual Worlds

I am a sucker for virtual worlds. The idea of playing a fun kids game with a bunch of other people and being able to have full control over your character’s looks, environment/house, and life was my favorite thing to do as a kid. I remember several that broke my heart when they shut down as well. So here I am going to talk about 3 virtual worlds that I enjoyed that have since closed.

Shut Down

1) BuildaBearVille

Oh my goodness. This was my absolute favorite game from 2008-2012. I would play on this for hours upon hours talking to all of my friends, taking care of my garden, decorating and redecorating my house, spending time making money to buy new clothes, playing with my virtual bears, this game had it all. The best part of the year was during the Holidays as they had a pretty tough maze game for Halloween that gave you candy if you finished it and a fully interactive North Pole when it came time for Santa to come to town. I would use all of my free time to decorate my house and listen to the Christmas songs they would play on there. However, the part that I really took for granted was the fact that this game was not a heavy “Pay to Play” game. If you had a bear that you could buy for 5(virtual only) to 20 bucks, you automatically had a house. They did try to bring in a “VIP” membership and gave the VIP’s special dance moves, special houses, a zoo, and special backpacks, but as a kid I did not feel bad for not being a VIP. I could go to the store to buy clothes for my real life bear to get credits to use online to buy the same house and dance moves, so it was truly optional. I stopped playing it constantly after 2012 where I became more involved in my Xbox 360, Wii, and DS Lite, however I still got on from time to time until it finally shut down because of lack use in March 2015. If they brought it back, I would still play on it as I had built up quite a balance of money over the time I had played, but I doubt that they will sadly.

2) Pixie Hollow

This was not my favorite game by FAR. This game relied heavily on being a member and you could barely do anything if you were not on a monthly paying service which could cost up to 60 dollars a year. Needless to say I never had one, but this game was nice to play with friends. As i had a friend who was a member, I could spend a lot of time getting things from her that she got as a member for free. Altogether this was a fun game to play with friends but it was not fun to play as a non member alone.

3) McWorld

I remember this game fondly. This was by  far the cheapest game that relied on a membership to play as you could get member items simply by buying a kids meal. The games on it were rather boring, but the customization and the friend system was interesting. I would beg my parents to buy me a kids meal, as we did not eat fast food often, when I knew that there was a toy that I wanted to activate on the world. They always gave you a free “sample” of the item virtually, but to get the one that had the designs or that was the full outfit and not just a hat you had to actually get the code from the Kid’s Meal. I do not know why this shut down, it would have made for a great port to mobile devices, and kids would love to be able to play that on their phones as they eat their Kids Meal. Hopefully they realize its potential and bring it back before virtual worlds go completely out of style.

Thanks for Reading!

Happy New Year!: Resolutions

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New Years Day, a day of anticipating the old year along with reflecting on the past year and contemplating what we would like to change about ourselves. Personally, I had noticed the amount of time that I spent doing nothing for almost the entirety of the year 2016. Therefore, I decided to make my resolution based upon that. I want to eat more healthily, ditching the 24 ounce sodas that I had also grown to love in 2016. I also want to stay on top of the schoolwork I have, instead of procrastinating until the last minute and pulling all nighters. However, the most important thing that I want to do in 2016, is cut into my backlog of books and games. I want to read 100 books this year and finish at least 10 games that are 20 hours or more each. Through owning the wii, xbox 360, 3ds, and pc, i have over 100 games that I have bought and never finished. Along with a bookshelf overflowing with books that I have not read. I will be using this blog to document my progress, and to truly reflect on my playing and reading. As soon as I finish a book or a game, I will be reviewing it on here. Thanks for reading and Happy New Years!