Life After Google+

Do I miss Google+? No. I was late to the party anyway, having only joined in mid-2015 (I can peg the date I joined to the immediate lack of posts to this blog). Since deleting my Google+ account at the beginning of December 2018, I've been more creative than I have in the past few years.

It's amazing what a life away from social media will do for you. I no longer feel the need to check in on my phone every day, trying to keep up with the latest & greatest in the never-ending stream of RPG chit-chat. Instead, I've moved on.

I allot about forty-five minutes a day to checking up on the news, which includes scanning my RSS feeds. Thanks to the great OSR OPML file over at Save vs. Party Kill, I added over 250 RPG blogs to Feedly & I can quickly scan titles to see if anything whets my interest. I follow lots of other sites this way, too--mostly online magazines & a few writers (Chuck Wendig is hilarious, y'all).

Although I have Twitter & Reddit accounts, I don't find myself engaging on those sites. I use Twitter to follow several literary journals & writers, but my own posts are mostly automated from one of my other sites. Twitter is a notorious troll farm & social abuse runs rampant there, so I try to stay above the fray. I mainly use Reddit to find answers to tech questions & to make my kids groan at the /dadjokes subreddit. I'm also on Discord, but only on one server that a bunch of positive deviants cluster around (may blessings continue to shower upon them).

I've been writing more, too -- both RPG stuff & works in other fields. I haven't been posting material on this site, but I've been cranking out poems & short-short stories & these weird malformed blobs of text I call story-poems & poemthings. I've been submitting to literary journals & I am still waiting to hear on rejections & acceptances; literary publishing often takes months to get a response & I am used to the wait. Most journals now use a site called Submittable to track submissions & make decisions, & that has been a boon to the entire process. I'm also posting to my other sites semi-regularly (see links in the sidebar).

I hope that in the year to come, I will return to posting more DIY RPG content to this site. I recently re-discovered an old USB thumb drive I lost a few years ago that had a lot of in-draft material that might be post-worthy. I hope to kick some of this material into shape in the weeks to come. I am also still working on the zine database update that I mentioned back in October on an every-now-and-then basis. And there are a few old projects that I need to complete, too. It looks like 2019 could be a very busy year around here.

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