Fashionably late as usual, here’s my final Blapril2020 post the day after the final week of the event ends. It’s been a welcome distraction during a strange, strange global situation. Writing, as with other years, hasn’t been a problem for me – though I’ve not been blessed with much more free time than normal and any extra hours I’ve gained through taking days off have been ploughed into ongoing tabletop rpg writing projects.
The positive, as always, has been the influx of posts and new blogs to my Feedly reading list. These remain a great source of inspiration for my own blogging, especially on days where outside factors (usually work) leave me not feeling so motivated to blog. My own thanks to Belghast for organising this 2020 edition.
A rather late realisation was just how slack I’d become with including the hashtag in post titles. So I just did some quick admin to quick edit a load of posts for consistency of its inclusion. I’ll leave the debate over whether to put said tag in the title versus having more formal tags, as in WordPress tags, aside for now. Including them consistently makes it easier for me to refer back to all the posts I’ve done during this event (21 if you’re asking), and gives more visibility to the event tag itself.
Last year was a weird Blaugust for me as I was absent for most of the first half due to work-related travel. Two years ago, for Blaugust 2018, I wrote about the Discord server. That side of this wonderful community event remains problematic as I just find I haven’t established a useful relationship with how Discord is used. I currently belong to five different community servers (including Blaugust, two MMO-related ones and two tabletop rpg ones). I rarely keep up with even the “main chat” of any of them, let alone the 5-10 other topic specific channels that *each* community has. Using Discord feels like being hosed down with content every time I open the app. I’ve shared most of my posts on the Blaugust “Share-your-content” channel, but often feel bad doing so because I simply haven’t the time to read every post that is linked there.
This isn’t a critique of the platform or the way it’s used for Blaugust/Blapril. I can see the value in the discussions that happen; it is a very handy way for bloggers to keep up with known blogs and, potentially, find new ones. I guess it’s just one more platform that I need to try and keep up with, alongside my blogroll, and Twitter, and Facebook, and news websites. So I think a lesson to learn, if I don’t want to be typing yet again in 2021 about Blaugust and Discord, is to actually find some strategies for how to make such community platforms work for me! All suggestions greatfully received…