Day 26 of 30. Almost there. And I’m very much ready to be there. The daily posting is by far the harder aspect of this challenge. I’ve been reflecting too, on some of the differences between the Five Game Challenge and Blaugust. Blaugust was only a few months ago, but it may as well have been another lifetime.

It was just a day later in the month of Blaugust — the 27th — when I posted ‘Staying Motivated’ and acknowledged just how tired the daily posting made me. Of course, the very next day I was sick. So it might have just been that. Because as much as I’m ready to be done — I’m not feeling it quite as hard as I did back then.

Not in all respects at least? Hm. Talking in circles. Let’s start this again.

In no particular order, some thoughts follow. Some comparing to Blaugust, some not:

  • I miss the community aspect
    Since this is something I essentially setup and run with nil notice, it became a solo endeavour. Blaugust by comparison is a well established multi-year community event where participation was much higher.

    So there was quite a different feel to the whole thing. And then not to mention that with daily content coming from so many different angles — there was almost always multiple things vying for attention as possible bounce points for another post.
  • The differing effects on passed time on posting vs. limited-gaming
    The motivation to continue posting and not ‘miss a day’ increases as time and the series grows. The thought of missing one so near the end is unthinkable.

    On the limited-gaming aspect, there is an element of not wanting to break the series, sure. But there is a growing sense of wanting to just play All the Things right now. So far I’ve resisted breaking, and think I can continue to do so until the end. But dang. And to think it wasn’t even so long ago that rolling into a second month might be possible. >.<
  • Having a plan, even if it is only loosely followed once started, helps
    It was far more of a struggle this time to work out what to post this time around. With very few exceptions, this time around I didn’t have a solid idea for a post until I sat down to write it.

    When I struggled during Blaugust, drawing on the pre-planned list was helpful even if I didn’t ultimately pick anything directly from it. The categories helped too, again, even if only rarely actually followed.

Essentially — if I was to try this again next year, it would be with much more of a planning run up. I’m also not sure November is the best possible month for such a challenge, either.

It’s close to Blaugust. And it sits over the top of NaNoWriMo / IntPiPoMo. Possibly something earlier in the year? April?

The actual rules of the challenge would likely need to change too. Five is too many for a month. Unless it remains a two part challenge… Wherein the five picked are done so earlier still, and picked in the context of being for a whole year at some indeterminate future point.

Then in April (or thereabouts) applied to the immediate month. Failing that… Maybe just one. Or two. … Or one.

Certainly this whole thing needs some work. ;)


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

2 Comments

asm · November 27, 2019 at 1:36 am

While I don’t participate in these blogging activities (the time requirements alone) I do find them fascinating to read through. The 5 day challenge seems one of the more interesting ones, less so on the execution but more so on the planning, and the eventual summary.

Your reasoning for the 5 games selected was a great read. It’s the sort of mental dialogue that should prevent Steam sales from working, where people make purchases with a purpose.

Now is 5 games too much? For the general blogging community I follow, hell yeah. I’d argue half of them only play 1 game a month anyhow. About the only person who would have a negative impact would be Syp – and even then he plans the heck out of his time. 1 game a month, with a different one each month, would be interesting as an experiment…

    Naithin · November 27, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Syp, to my mind, is legendary in his ability to so firmly root playing certain things to certain timeslots. Just… Bravo all around for that sort of planning and compartmentalising capability.

    Interesting idea re: a different game each month. I think that would be much more difficult all around, whatever style of gamer the person in question normally was. For those who dedicate normally, there would be a forced moving on at the end of the month. For those more of a freespirit about it all, it could potentially be quite an extended period of feeling constrained.

    Still, worth some thought… And on the topic of sales. Hai2u Steam Autumn Sale!

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