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End of 2018 State of Affairs

Cuphead going eww

Time for another update post. The gap between the most recent post and what came before it is almost four months. That gap is due to life getting the best of me, and it’s becoming clear that I’m not making the most of what I pay to keep this website self-hosted. It’s not too serious, but it’s enough for me to want a change in my life. This is me trying to figure out what happened, what went wrong, and what can be done in the future. (more…)

Tried to Run a Show, Got a Faceplant

AVDR 2017

The recent lack of content is due to a much-needed adjustment period, forced by a tighter work schedule I took up earlier this year. While it has solved 99% of my financial woes, it also pushed everything else to the wayside. This coincided with finally getting a fiber optic connection, which was the last thing that could help me push videos out faster. But while I struggle to find the time to make more videos, I decided to do my own show, and I got mixed results so far. (more…)

What is the Objective of My YouTube Channels?

YouTube

Since it’s still January and I’ve had a pretty good start this 2018, here’s another update of sorts. I swear this is the last site update I’ll post for a long while. It’s just that I felt I needed to put into writing what I have in mind for the two YouTube channels I run. Never mind that having two channels spreads me thin, but each do have its own purpose and goal. I wish to expound on that here, explaining the rationale behind having two of them and what I aim to accomplish with each. (more…)

Mea Culpa on Having Called Mafia a “GTA Clone”

Mea Culpa on Calling Mafia a "GTA Clone"

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to make a full post to take responsibility for something I’ve gotten flak for. At the start of my retrospective video on Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, I committed the gaffe of calling the game a “GTA clone”. Some may be puzzled at what may be wrong with that, and I’m still a bit on the fence on how wrong it really was to have done so. At first, I thought it’s like referring to caviar as “salty fish eggs”, which may upset connoisseurs, but is certainly true. But in this case, as I’ve found out, that would actually be a flat-out lie. (more…)

AVDR 2018 Blogging and Video Plans

AVDR 2017

Alright, so it’s that time again to make promises and see if they can be kept. I should keep these as realistic and grounded as possible, but that also may have me running the risk of putting my goals too low, which can be just as detrimental as not fulfilling them at all. Since things seem to be going quite well for me right now at the beginning of 2018, I should aim just a bit higher than what’s advisable in order to get this blog and everything else to another level by the end of this auspicious year. (more…)

New Hosting Yet Again and 2018 Plans

AVDR 2017

Every December, I have to deal with keeping this website up, paying for domain and hosting. I agonized on whether I should still pay for hosting or migrate this blog to Medium, and I ended up staying with hosting. However, I’ve since made some changes and put certain measures in place to secure this blog’s future as I plan to hopefully ramp things up for 2018. I’m sure I’ve done this over and over again year after year, but things really have been looking up as 2017 is about to end. (more…)

Switch to Medium or Stick with Web Hosting?

Switch to Medium or Stick with Web Hosting?

Running this site, amid all the delays and procrastination in making content, is something that keeps me from giving up on life itself. The extent with which I’ve made it manifest is such that I have to somehow post something at least once or twice per month since I actually pay money every month to keep it up. However, this time around, I’m at a crossroads as I may have to give up on that due to money being tight and having less time to deal with the web development. Should I switch to Medium? (more…)

Current State of Blogging and Why I’m Slow

WTF, blogging?

This is not just a status update on the site, but also an editorial on what I think about blogging and what I think is best practice (which is far from the “best”). Basically, I’m going to rant and whine about something I’m finding hard to get noticed at. More than just a rant, the main purpose of this post is for me to wrap my head around the things that are making this whole content creation thing hard for me. Also, I hope to get feedback from those who may care even a bit about what I do, if there are any. (more…)

Reviews Going Forward in 2017

Reviews: Good or Bad?

In a bid to get more into content creation for the Avoiderdragon brand, I realized that I should bank on my strengths. One of those is doing reviews, which I’ve always done well enough over the years. However, I don’t do enough of them and I’ve never really figured out and fully put down my review standards. Therefore, I’ve decided on a few things regarding my reviews going forward as I’ve been unsatisfied with how things are right now. (more…)

My High-Energy Zarya Problems in Overwatch

Overwatch — Zarya

Recently, I’ve been rethinking about my approach to Overwatch. Since late last year, I’ve been a Zarya main as I found her to be my most dependable option. She lets me consistently(?) contribute to my team, whether I’m doing particularly well or not. Constant use of barriers, consistent splash damage, picking off stragglers every now and then, staying alive, and well-placed graviton surges are pretty much the basics to a competent Zarya. (more…)

January 2017 Update

AVDR 2017

Here’s the first update of the new year, mostly for the YouTube channel. Not too much detail here about future plans as they should be revealed only when they’re actually done, but there are a few things I should mention in advance to make you aware of new things being put to action right now in January 2017. I’m making sure not to overextend myself, but these plans have been in the works since last year. (more…)

December 2016 Update

Avoiderdragon

There hasn’t been new content for over two weeks now, so I should give a bit of an update. More stuff is coming in December and I’m using the time left in 2016 to prepare for grinding harder and faster in 2017. In the meantime, I’ve had some problems to deal with, and they’re not pretty. It mostly has to do with the one thing that lets me keep this whole thing going—the Internet connection. (more…)