I am thinking of abandoning this blog…

This blog has been a special place for me to blog about life in general and, of course, about Star Wars. But I haven’t been updating the blog as often as I’d like and that’s mostly because I just don’t feel this blog is going anywhere. I suppose I’ve lost direction. My other social media accounts are all doing relatively well, but my blog has always struggled. I have come to face some hard facts about myself as a result.

Maybe I am not as good at writing as I thought? Perhaps my animation isn’t really all that entertaining. Maybe I am actually quite a boring person, so why would I expect anyone to follow me? Maybe people just don’t care all that much.

As hurtful as these things are to admit, I think that perhaps they are right. Am I defeatist in feeling this way? I don’t think so. I compare my blog every now and then to other people who haven’t been blogging as long as I have, and they are all doing much better than I am with their communities. And some of them don’t blog every day and don’t do blog guest posts or any of those things I see a lot of bloggers doing.

When I created this blog, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it. I knew that I wanted a space for my writing, I guess, but I never imagined I would even be good enough to animate something or create something. It seems those skills are not really what WordPress readers care about? I don’t really know. People say “just blog for yourself, don’t worry about the follower count,” but blogging for myself just seems so aimless and probably just another waste of someone else’s time.

Perhaps I just spread myself too thin with all the other commitments I have and I have lost the will to blog here. If I can think of a reason why I feel this way I think it’s probably to do with Star Wars in general and the fandom. I just don’t really feel it any more.

The one thing I still want to do, however, is pursuing the goals I set out to pursue mentioned in an earlier blog post.

I guess I have some soul searching to do…

New Topps Cards with Kylo Ren

I saw these Topps cards and knew that I had to do something with them. This is the first one, I didn’t get enough time to edit the second one.

The original:

Kylo Ren Topps Card signed by Adam Driver

I made this one Ben Solo without the scar:

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And animated this one:

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Star Wars Edits – Vader, Ben Solo in Battlefront 2, Adam Driver Rolling Stone Cover

This is just a post-update of edits I’ve done over the last month or so that I finally have time to upload here. I’m on holiday until January 6th so I have a whole heap of time to get lots of edits, writing and reviewing done!

This piece is by Jedi-Art-Trick and I thought adding rain to it would make it seem more atmospheric. I didn’t add sound because adding sound as well as animation increases the file size considerably.

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This is an edit of a Battlefront 2 screenshot of Ben Solo – the mod used is pretty damn cool if you ask me! And I liked the image so much, I decided to edit it. The original image is from http://www.nexusmods.com

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And this image is probably very recognisable now as it was on the cover of the December 2019 issue for Rolling Stone Magazine. I just made a few slight edits to the colouring and the eyes so they’d stand out more – and I removed the text as well

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New Header Image – Beautiful Kylo Ren in Pasaana!

CLOSE YOUR EYES – SPOILERS

Sorry! I only just realised that my header image is actually a spoiler lol – if you’re staying spoiler-free, please close your eyes (I am in love with this image) 😍😍

I wanted to showcase this because it’s so pretty and because it changes the landing page of my blog quite a fair bit!

For anyone who wants to look at the GIF I made – it’s here:

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And if you’re NOT staying spoiler-free, like me, obviously – then you can check out the entire clip right here – it’s Behind The Scenes of The Rise of Skywalker:

 

Blog Cleanup – looking forward to 2020!

So I’ve been thinking about blogging, in general, a fair bit and I’ve decided that I will be reverting back to blogging about life on this blog *like I used to way back when*. I actually stopped doing that because of work-related issues arising from my personal blog posts, but I’ve since decided that none of that is essential now. I think it’s more important for me to continue writing about life regularly rather than keep it all in. I also don’t really have time to dedicate to another blog. Now that my writing and reviewing is all separate and located on my other website, I can use this one to talk about Star Wars and other stuff maybe not necessarily relating to Star Wars.

Next week is a big week – we all know what next week is right? So, I’ll definitely be blogging about my experience once I’ve seen The Rise of Skywalker. I anticipate I’ll have a lot to say.

To any of my new followers, if you are following me solely for book reviewing, writing and related topics, please follow my other blog The Broken Quill instead. Feel free to unfollow me here, it’s all good πŸ™‚

 

Status Update – Social Media and Grammarly

I haven’t done a social media update in a long time, too long, in fact. I was hoping to keep this up regularly but now that I’m reading a lot more and reviewing I find that I have a lot less time to dedicate to these types of posts. I do think it’s important to remind yourself of your successes. It is all too easy to remind yourself of your failures which is why I try to keep focused on the positive (I am one of those people that can easily get bogged down by the feeling of failure). I suggest that everyone does this every now and then to keep your “eyes on the prize” or your goals relevant so-to-speak.

I actually broke a significant milestone on Pinterest that I’ve never done before – I’ve remained at 1 million unique views for more than a month and broke that this week – 1.1 million unique views from the 22nd of October to the 22nd of November. Out of those views, I have a total engaged audience of 80.25 thousand so roughly 20k Pinterest users a week engaging with my content. I actually work quite hard on my Pinterest content, and I am pleased to see it growing. I just need to somehow get that happening here on WordPress 😁

Previous monthly stats were taken way back in June!

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My current stats as at 22/11/2019:

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As you can see, the stats have improved a fair bit in four months, but I can still see areas where I can continue to grow. In my total followers, I had 579 in June, and that’s increased to 1,356 followers, so I have more than doubled my follower count from June this year.

I haven’t blogged about Grammarly stats before, but I do think as a writer, it’s essential to take note of how far you’ve progressed, no matter how small. Even the smallest of improvements is still an improvement, and it is still one step closer to becoming better at what you do, right?

So here are my latest Grammarly stats. I thought about moving these posts to my writing blog (where they would be a lot more relevant), but this is my place to blog about all things, not just writing so I’ll continue to post these updates here:

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I wonder if any of my followers do the same? Do you regularly keep track of progress on your goals? As a writer, do you keep track of how many words you are writing in a week or a month? Why or why not? I’d love to hear how you keep your goals in check and relevant. πŸ˜„πŸ˜

The lastest TV Spot and EW Cover Images!

Devoted Star Wars fans were treated to a bevvy of images, behind the scenes footage and a new TV Spot this week! It almost felt like Christmas, to be honest, but the piΓ¨ce de rΓ©sistance of all of this was, of course, Kylo Ren without his mask! No, really. Almost every piece of promotional material released since the trailer has been with Kylo Ren/Ben Solo with his mask on. And that was a bit disappointing. We got to see him unmasked in the trailer, but there were no promotional images anywhere of Adam Driver as Kylo Ren unmasked. Some fans even thought that the images with Kylo Ren wearing his mask were made using a body double and not Adam Driver (hence the reason for the mask in every image). That could actually be correct since some of the promo images did not look like Adam Driver underneath the Kylo Ren costume. Adam Driver is not only tall but he’s also very broad. These things are giveaways when you have a person that doesn’t look tall or broad in the promo images.

Whatever the truth of the matter is, we were very happy as a fandom to finally see Kylo Ren standing without his mask on the Entertainment Weekly December cover:

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As you can see, Adam Driver is a very imposing figure in his black Kylo Ren garb. Not everyone could pull off this look very well, even with the mask on.

SPOILER ALERT – If you’re avoiding spoilers don’t watch this TV spot!

The TV Spot was also pretty damn cool: