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SWTOR Update – State of the Game Jan 13 2022

I have been feeling super-inspired so far this year on the writing front of things. I think Tina’s enthusiasm to blog more has rubbed off on me, so I’m going to ride this wave while it lasts lol 😂🙂I dunno about everyone else, but my blog goes through ups and downs all year long. What happens is that I go through phases of extreme creativity, and then I feel totally unmotivated a week later. There is no point in me making promises to blog daily because I tried that, and it was the fastest way to burn out! I blogged almost every day in 2020, and I don’t think it made much of a change to my viewership or to my traffic.

But one thing I did really want to blog about is how I’ve actually started playing SWTOR again! I’m back on track to finish getting “Legendary” status in the game. So for anyone that doesn’t know, I play SWTOR regularly and have been off and on since it launched. I was one of the first people to subscribe and play the game wayyyy back when it launched in 2011. It recently had its 10th anniversary! So during my holiday period last year, I decided to do more than just trade all day and started playing my Jedi Knight Loungecat.

LOUNGECAT JEDI KNIGHT

The game has changed a lot since I last played it. And there is another huge change coming in the new patch 7.0, which will be released in February of this year. I have started reading up again on gearing for my characters because since I have billions of credits to spend, I might as well start putting them to good use. I intend to upgrade the armour on all the characters I want to play. To gain legendary status in the game, you have to complete all eight character class stories. I am currently on five with three more to go (Jedi Knight, Republic Trooper and Smuggler). I am feeling excited about this game again while I wait for the launch of Elden Ring and (obviously a long way off) the KoTOR remake, and finally, Star Wars Eclipse.

It seems I will be swamped playing video games for the foreseeable future😂and I am pretty happy about that.

So I am hoping to continue making general posts about the game for anyone interested. And I’ll be returning to blogging about the Cartel Market, Trading and Armor, which I did a while back. I am looking forward to doing these things this year! It will give me a reason to keep blogging regularly 😂🙂

 

Thanks for reading; keep safe, and I’ll catch you in the next post!

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SWCU – The Book of Boba Fett S01 Ep02 Review

🛑‼️THIS REVIEW IS NOT SPOILER-FREE. PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS🛑‼️

CHAPTER 2 has arrived, and what an episode it was! After seeing the first episode last week, I had mixed feelings, which you can check out here. This week though, I am now siding with the fans who are incredibly excited to see what is revealed with the rest of this season.

The most enjoyable part of this episode is the amount of detail they wrote into Boba’s backstory – all of the scenes with the Tuskan Raiders were AMAZING!!! I never thought I’d enjoy seeing what Boba was up to after he crawled out of the Sarlacc pit. But I can’t wait to see the rest of his character development – it’s pretty exciting stuff!

Also, Jabba the Hutt’s cousins – there’s two of them now, lol (as if one wasn’t enough!) AND that WOOKIE Bounty Hunter – he goes by the name of Black Krrsantan 👇

CREDIT @DISNEY

The entire reveal about Boba’s connection to the Tuskan Raiders is so well-done and detailed! It was a real surprise to see the story go in this direction for Boba. It is very different from what I expected to see in his show – so far, it hasn’t been action-heavy, and we don’t see him collecting bounties either.

 

CREDIT @DISNEY

 

I loved how the Tuskan Raiders are so tribal and work on a hierarchal leadership system, which surprised a lot of people who didn’t know anything about the Tuskan Raiders. They are fascinating people, and the original trilogy did not do them justice! They are just as complicated and diverse as any other race portrayed in the Star Wars universe.

When Boba is given his robes in honour of his connection and deeds. I think that is a crucial moment in his story. I could feel the weight of the scene hours after I had watched it. Very moving and just awesome. So I am totally amped for the next one! What did you think, or what are your thoughts on the last episode? Check me out in the comments as always, my friends!

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Star Wars Is Poetry – Book Review: The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sunstein

Hello, my Star Wars friends! I am celebrating a bit today because I finally finished this book yesterday! I think I know what I need to do now to read more books. I’m still testing things out like location, time of the day etc but it seems to be working!

I first found this book almost a year ago, lol, so this has been a long time coming.

Here are a couple of things I thought I’d mention (like a mini book review) after finishing this book. I’d also like to advise that before you embark on reading a book, do your research of said book before you commit. I wish I had done that with this book because I might not have picked it up if I had. This could also explain why I was so unmotivated to read it!

What is this book about?

The title isn’t precisely misleading because it does talk about the world in Star Wars terms (parts of it are just really uninteresting). But it also attempts to compare many of the Star Wars cinematic universe events from an economist’s point of view, which I really didn’t enjoy all that much.

The author explains the best order to watch the films if you’re not a fan. There are several methods (some I had never heard of) that I thought were cool to know. But then he veers off into political reasons for watching star wars and even the politics itself. This stuff wasn’t as interesting to me as I expected it to be.

What are the highlights?

There is a lot to learn in this book relating to Star Wars. The author really knows his stuff, and that’s comforting when you’re trying to learn more about a galaxy far, far away! The actual facts discussed in this book are worth reading, and there’s bound to be something you won’t know covered by the author.

If you are the type of person that enjoys drilling right down into the reasons for something working or not working, this book will most likely entertain you. Cass R. Sunstein is an intelligent man and a professor at Harvard University. I would probably go as far as to say that this book is really an intellectual/academic view of Star Wars and its impact on the world. Bear in mind the last two films of the Skywalker saga hadn’t been released yet when this book was written. But it’s a very modern view of star wars and its many connections to us as people and fans.

What did you NOT like about this book?

As I’ve mentioned above, some of the explanations on politics in the Star Wars universe were way too in-depth and long-winded for me. I thought this book would be more about hard facts and behind-the-scenes stuff than it was, and that says more about me not doing my research beforehand than about the book itself. Also, there is an updated and REVISED paperback version of this book updated in 2019. If you’re thinking of reading it, you can see it here.

Here is a blurb from the details on Amazon:

In rich detail, Sunstein tells the story of the films’ wildly unanticipated success and explores why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time.

And if you’re looking for a sneak-peek into the book, here’s the link for that!

What is next on your reading list?

I have yet to decide what I want to read in the star wars area next, but I am already halfway through a book all about Graphic Design which I’ll be finishing really soon. Then I’ll go back to a galaxy far, far away 😌📚

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Catch you soon! Stay safe out there, wear your masks, be kind, stay calm and read 📚☺️

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The “Best Of” 2021

Hey there people! How is 2022 treating you so far? Good, I hope! Last year I did a “Most Popular” post on my blog for 2021. Most of you know I love the stats that come with WordPress, and what better way to celebrate blogging than a “Best Of” post? Mei-Mei recently did a similar post which prompted me to do mine too. Check out her post here.

It’s weird the types of posts that get traffic. What’s even more strange is comparing all stats from one year to the next to see where content on your blog is progressing. One would think that posting more frequently would get more views, right? Well, I proved that one wrong last year by blogging a lot less than 2020 but still getting the same amount of views:

I was surprised to see this result because I had cut down a lot from blogging in 2021. In 2020 I was blogging almost every day. Last year, the only significant difference to my blog was that I introduced Yoast SEO for the first time. I finally gave in and upgraded this blog to a business plan to utilise the SEO plugins and tools for my site. If the stats I am looking at now are an indication, it is telling me that I am getting more or less the same amount of views on my posts and doing a lot less to get them.

In 2021 I wrote 191 posts compared to 2020s 306 posts. But as you can see by the graph, I got the same amount of views and a similar amount of visitors as well. That is all good news to me. It could mean that my blog posts last year were more interesting than the year before (not all that likely) but I’m leaning more towards the SEO plugin’s are doing their job.

My top post of the year was this one:

 

For some reason, people really wanted to know if Luke Skywalker was using force crush in that special episode of The Mandalorian. We saw him demolish the Dark Troopers. My post is mostly speculative because, at the time of writing, nobody knew. I searched multiple sources but I couldn’t find one that confirmed that light side force users could learn a dark side force power like force crush. IF YOU KNOW THE ANSWER to this question, let me know people!

What did you think about your blogging year in 2021? Did you have any significant changes occur or did you notice more growth or progress? Let me know what you’re getting up to on your blogs so I can check it out! Feel free to ask me about blogging or anything in general. I am more than happy to help out my fellow friends and bloggers!

Hit me up in the comments if you want to ask anything and I’ll catch you in tomorrow’s post.

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Hello 2022! Let’s Talk About Setting (Or Not Setting) Goals

Over the years, it has become a tradition to write a New Year post hoping that I will reach any new goals I decide to reach that year or at least do my best to achieve. This isn’t all that uncommon for bloggers at this time of year. But last year, I did something a little different on my other blog, and I tried to make myself accountable for the goals I listed at the beginning of the year.

That method worked much better than previous posts where goal-setting was important. It’s also lovely to look back on what you’ve achieved versus what you haven’t and to reassess your goals for the new year. I guess most people make these lists at the beginning of the year with the hope they’ll tick off every box by the end of the year. My success rate has never been 100 per cent. So this is probably a good indicator I am not using the S.M.A.R.T. goal method effectively enough, OR for whatever reason, I’m just giving up.

So this year, I’m not going to set myself any “goals” as such, but I’m going to make a shortlist of things I want to improve on throughout the year. And I will actively revisit my “goals” every quarter (or more often if required) to track where I am in the process. This might seem like “goal setting” to many, but it doesn’t feel as rigid in my mind. I’m not a psychologist, but perhaps my brain just doesn’t respond to the rigidity of setting challenging goals to achieve. I used to be the type of person that did that regularly. But that was years ago, and I am a different person now. I guess I’ve become soft in my older years, lol 😅

I still want to hold myself accountable for not achieving what I want, but I don’t know how to do that in a way that doesn’t make me feel bad lol  – does anyone have any suggestions?

So the S.M.A.R.T method only works if I am tracking progress throughout the year. But this again seems rigid, it feels a little like suffocation, and I know I will never achieve any goals if I feel like I am putting too much pressure on myself to achieve them.

Even Yoda’s message about doing something makes more sense. Trying only gets you so far, and it’s not enough.

It might sound like I am letting myself off easy, so the goals don’t seem unachievable, but really it’s not that at all. I just don’t have the fight in me to push myself this year. I feel somewhat deflated after last year. Who knows if this will change? But for now, I still want to improve; I still want to move forward.

Here is my list for 2022

  1. Read more books – at this stage, I have like five books I am reading but never finishing. I don’t know why that is, but I seem to get distracted by other things easily. So this step is to at least finish FIVE books this year. Not that many, considering how many books I used to read (usually a book a week). I just stopped reading entirely, and I want to go back to enjoying reading again.
  2. Work on my fitness. Last year I was diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), and I need to focus on getting fitter, even in small steps. I will buy a treadmill soon, and I’ll slowly track my progress.
  3. To care less about social media and more about the well-being of my family, myself and others. I want to become a better person in general.
  4. To formulate a plan for my writing and where I need or want to take it in future. This could even mean leaving my current job to pursue writing again, I’m not sure, but it’s a HUGE step which is why I need to make a plan with smaller steps to work through so I can achieve it. This goal might take more than a year to put in place; I just can’t confirm that yet. It’s definitely a super-goal I need to break down into smaller steps.

That’s it; only four things I want to work on, but they seem like big things to me right now, so it’s going to be interesting to see how well I do in the months to come.

And finally, a HUGE thank you to all my friends and readers here on WordPress. I say this every year, but I mean it when I say that without you all reading and liking my posts, life would genuinely be more challenging and less enjoyable. I am thankful for you all, and I wish you the best of everything! 🙏😁😊

 

Let me know what your goal setting plan looks like this year, as I am keen to read them! Are you going to be setting new goals or working on previous goals? Or are you going to avoid doing it all together this year? I’ll be hanging out in the comments, so feel free to join me there, friends. If you’ve got a goal-setting post you think might help me, please let me know!

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