Day 730: The 26th of July

Well, well, well. It has been two whole years since I started this blog! Who would’ve believed that I would still be writing it (mostly) regularly.

Certainly not I. It has certainly been an interesting two years, too. My life has changed pretty significantly in that time, though by degrees that are barely perceptible when I think back on it. This time next year I will be finished with uni and fast approaching the rest of my life in the working world, no less. Still, now is not a time to think of the future, however uncertain it is. It is time to celebrate how far we have come.

Looking back, there was a distinct point of this blog where at least a couple of people read it. It is probably for the best that those people have moved on now, given the unchanging nature of my content. Besides, if I wanted an audience I would be working towards a pastime that I have considered for some time: doing reviews and that sort of thing. That is content that I would find interesting to read, not this drivel.

A lack of audience does change your perspective though. I guess at some point, the writing on this blog became more and more of a reminder of the monotony of my life. Not that that is a bad thing, given that it is true to this day. I just like my comfort zone.

When I do step out of my comfort zone though, I rarely have the energy when I get back to actually write up a blog post nowadays. Maybe that shows that this medium has run its course. Once you start recycling the same old material and have run out of new talking points, it is better to quit while you are ahead than to churn out mediocre content.

At the same time, I would feel bad about breaking this streak. At this point that is what motivates me most to keep writing this. Maybe what I need is a break, to rejuvenate my mind and rethink what sort of content I want to make. I might make a new blog site to explore some other form of writing. At least this has kept my typing skills up to date.

It is something I will have to think about. Until then though, I will keep doing my usual routine. Even if this blog has reverted back to its original purpose. Now it is purely my own personal diary. Haha.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 729: The 25th of July

Bluh, bluh, bluh.

I’m tired. Been slowly but surely making my way up the rankings in Splatoon. Painfully slowly, actually. Starting to feel like the Heavy Splatling isn’t the right weapon for me. Or at least I need way more practise at it.

Sometimes I feel like I am getting there, with my trigger pulls being just right and me taking it slow and steady, planning my route ahead. But with the kit on the weapon I end up not doing much good for the team and then I try to play too aggressively and die. It’s a tricky one.

Anyway, that isn’t going to stop me from trying. Maybe I’ll check out some other weapons, but we shall see how things go.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 728: The 24th of July

I’m starting to get a bit better at this whole Splatoon thing.

It took quite a while to push through the stages of me being utter rubbish, but finally I am starting to get used to using the Heavy Splatling and I am not a huge liability anymore. By God, this game is fun though.

Part of that fun comes from the matches only being 3 minutes long. You end up playing so many that the time just builds up to an unprecedented level. I’m going to end up dreaming of inking turf sooner or later. Still, I think I will get my money’s worth from this game. Gotta get into that competitive ranked scene and git gud.

Time to get to bed though. Man, the days are starting to blend together, as they tend to when I invest a lot of time into one thing. Haha.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 727: The 23rd of July

Woo! Finished the singleplayer mode of Splatoon 2 tonight!

Technically I still have to play through all the stages with each individual weapon in order to unlock them for online play, but the story is all done! I really enjoyed it and I actually got vaguely good at the controls as a result.

I have pretty much been playing since I woke up though, so it is fair enough. I woke up at around midday and ate at 2 PM, meaning that it was almost a whole 24 hours since I had previously ate. Didn’t even feel that hungry to be honest, although I was starting to flag.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 726: The 22nd of July

Well, despite being a bit outside my comfort zone, today went really well!

Got up early, got washed and dressed and walked up to the meeting spot in the cool morning air. Had a peaceful car ride in my friend’s father’s car all the way to Thorpe Park, at which point the ball was rolling.

We got there for opening time, which meant some excellent queue times for the first hour or so. We got some of the classics done in that time and throughout the day we rode two of the big coasters three times each, as well as riding each of the other coasters at least once.

It was raining for most of the afternoon, which helped with queue times. A little bit of rain doesn’t bother me too much, so that was fine. Tried the new ride, which turned out to be really quite entertaining. Eventually it was time to come home and I treated myself to a nice bath to recover a bit from my aching limbs.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 725: The 21st of July

Well, aside for Amazon being slow at delivering, today was nice.

Spent time with Emma and Corwin, played around with Emma’s VR for a bit and waited relatively patiently for Splatoon 2, which eventually arrived while I was out this evening, at around 7 PM. So far, I am very much enjoying Splatoon, though the controls will still take a while to get used to. May need to adjust some settings here and there.

Went out for an Indian meal to celebrate passing second year, which was delicious and rather fun. The food always goes so quickly though, it is saddening.

Anyway, I am getting up early tomorrow to go to Thorpe Park with some friends, which means I shall have a busy day ahead. One hopes that all goes well, but you never really know. We shall have to see how things go.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 724: The 20th of July

Turns out all my worries were for nothing.

Got my results today, a casual 2:1 across the board for my second semester assessments. Now, I’ll take that quite happily. Honestly I’m just pleased that I managed to get through the year with a pretty high overall score. That means one year left before I finish up.

On top of getting results, I also went out with the gang tonight, yet again. It was curry club at Wetherspoon’s, which is a popular day for us to pop down there. It was an… interesting evening, to say the least. Had some interesting and entertaining conversations, although not everyone had as great a time. Still, I think it was an overall positive experience, at least for me.

Anyway, I am hoping to obtain a brand new game tomorrow, so it is time for bed. Exciting times ahead.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 723: The 19th of July

The night before my results should be coming in, and nerves are starting to set in a little.

Chilled out for most of the day. Had a nice hot bath and watched some YouTube. Played a little bit of a fun little free to play shooter: ‘Fistful of Frags’. That was pretty entertaining.

Last night was a lot of fun too, after I went to bed. A huge thunderstorm raged for a couple of hours, with lightning hitting almost every 5 seconds or so, just bathing the room in light. It was also pretty damn loud.

Unfortunately tonight is back to the heat, so that’s fun. Joy.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 722: The 18th of July

Writing this amongst a storm. Cool.

But, seriously. I am pretty tired. It is late in the night and my comfy bed is just calling my name in the background. Still, I must persevere for a little while longer.

Got a few things left to sort out before I sleep. The thunder and lightning is getting stronger though, so I am feeling like hurrying this up so that I can lie in bed and watch it in the dark.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.

Day 721: The 17th of July

I was pretty busy today. It was a fun time though.

Went out this evening and saw everyone at Wetherspoon’s. Had a few drinks, a chat and a nice old time. Then walked back with some old friends and had some laughs. All in all, a pretty nice way to spend an evening.

I feel like most of the conversations were a bit of a blur though. Lots of stuff happening, hard to concentrate on any one thing. The fire alarm went off, which was pretty interesting and caused us to all have to stand out in the street for a while, but other than that the evening just went on.

Elliott Rogers, novice blog writer extraordinaire.