The Labors of Blapril

April is over, more than two weeks gone at this point… not sure how that happen so fast… and with it went Blapril, which encompassed the book end weeks before and after April.  So it is probably time to sum that up and move on.  Belghast already has his event summary up, so I am lagging behind as usual.

The Blapril went

For the six week run that was Blapril I managed to post 43 times, which adds up to once a day with one additional post.  That was more than enough to qualify me for the rainbow award, which went to people who posted 31 times during the event.

The Rainbow Award

Out of the 48 people who participated in Blaugust in some way, 20 of us made it to the 31 post mark, with Bhagpuss topping the list with 48 posts.

There were clearly some of the usual suspects on that list, myself included, who post regularly, if not daily, most of the time anyway.  But there were also some who pushed themselves to get in that many posts.

While most of my own posts were just me rambling on in the navel gazing way to which I have become accustomed, I did spend a bit of time focused on Blapril topics.

That, for me, is a lot of posts for this sort of event.  I tent to wander off on my own.

As for lessons learned… I think there is something to be said about how the pandemic is affecting us all in different ways.  Blapril was very much a reaction to the strange days we find ourselves in and, while some things seem to be close to universal… how oddly long March felt and yet how fast time has seemed to go by since gets echoed a lot… we’re all in out own little worlds with our own special problems.  As I pointed out in my post on motivation, I am actually busier than usual and that working from home all the time, sitting at my desk there all day, has actually diminished my gaming and writing time as, by the end of the day, I want to get up and go somewhere else.

So my drafts folder has filled up with post ideas and starting paragraphs, but actually finding the time and motivation to finish a post has been difficult some days.  Some bigger posts have been lingering, waiting for me to get back to them while I crank out some shorter items, often at the last minute.  It is one of those things that I wouldn’t be surprised if nobody else noticed a change, but I see it.

The sameness of the days and the new at home all the time routine bleeds into the sameness of the games I generally play, leading to a desire to break routines.  But routines are also the structure that keeps me going some days.  So there was no doubt some good and bad in the extra bit of pressure that Blapril brought.  But some people found it too much, and I can understand that.

So it sounds like Blaugust will be different this year based on feedback.  Some ideas are being bounced around and I fear that July and the gateway to Blaugust will be upon us before we know it.

But for now we celebrate Blapril and all of those who joined in.  The official final list of blogs:

I think for Blaugust I will put my other blog on the list.  It could use a bit more traffic and screen shot posts count these days.

5 thoughts on “The Labors of Blapril

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Redbeard – Oh, I still read him. His blog is in my side bar, down near the bottom. But if we have anything in common, it is a desire to look back at how things got the way they are. Taking what is happening and distilling it into a prediction or plan for the future… he hasn’t been so good at that. Though, neither have I, so maybe we are a bit alike on that front.

    But I tend to get bogged down in the details while he tends to be a big picture person. For example, there is the Mineserver Kickstarter, which he declared would be easy and ship before Christmas. He thought it was so easy that he wouldn’t tell people the hardware spec because he thought somebody would copy the idea and get there before him. Big picture it ought to have been easy, but he was felled by the details. The hardware spec, now way out of date, was nothing. Making the software work… well, he couldn’t make that happen and we all lost our money. (some history on that) I wouldn’t want to be confused with him lest the Mineserver Jihad, as he calls it, show up here to pester me in the comments on every post.

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  2. Redbeard

    And yeah, I’ve stopped reading him over the past year and a half because of the Mineserver crowd. There used to be a lot of great comments after his posts, particularly when people would talk about the outsourcing industry.

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