Confessions of a Closet Nerd

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20 Days of WoW Blogging: Why I Decided to Start a Blog

Day 2’s question asks why you decided to start a blog, I’m assuming related to Warcraft.

Since high school I’ve always had some sort of presence on the web. I want to say it began with random message boards for band fan sites, but I know for sure it was chatting on IRC and AOL. Nothing too crazy, just chatting with random people here and there and the occasional meet up and kegger. As I got to college online journaling became the rage through websites like Angelfire, Diary Land and Livejournal. I used everyone of them to log the angst filled days of my teenage life and but to actually own a domain back then was rare but not unheard of.

I don’t know how I met her but I got approached by a girl that owned the website Chickenlegs.net around my junior year in college. At this point the whole E/N, or everything/nothing, genre was all the rage as well as cam girl sites such as Jennicam. She ran a website made up of all female bloggers, blogging about random topics and we had a webcam portal that linked to everyone’s websites. I don’t know how we did it but we were one of the most popular E/N blogs at the time writing about nothing and being showered with gifts from all ends of the world. I also ran my own personal blog at Veracious.org which was kind of my own “thing” separate from the Chickenlegs girls. It was interesting but at the same time a little.. odd. I hung around with the girls for a bit until basketball and college became a little overwhelming in itself and soon after stepped down because some dudes just got a little too close for comfort to the tune of showing up at my basketball games uninvited.

After college, I just kept my Livejournal active and let my domain expire mostly out of uncertainty. It was my intent to go overseas to play basketball but my parents were in the middle of a divorce and I decided to stay home and get a “big kid” job. I met a few friends that I still have today and also got into my current guild via the WoW-ladies community there.

So I guess all in all, starting a blog wasn’t too big of a leap for me. I’ve always had some sort of means to express myself on the internet except now its more focused towards my hobbies rather than making blog posts about my day, begging for gifts or LOL’ing about the penis pictures some dude sent me. Guys, seriously stop doing that!

And that’s why I decided to start (another) blog!

Links to previous entries in 20 days of WoW Blogging:
Introduction

Filed under: In Real Life, oherro, OoC

20 Days of WoW Blogging: Out With the Old

The new year brings about change for everyone. Well, at least a humble attempt at it. Whether it’s the old, “I’m gonna lose weight” resolve or just to be a better person in general, the first few months of the new year are for lack of better words, interesting. I’m not a huge fan of resolutions but one of my personal intentions is to blog more and be more social online and off.

So as the list goes, online will begin with an introduction.

I’m a 32 year-old, dark skinned, chickadee named Alyssa but most of my WoW peeps refer to me as Fay. I’m currently residing and native to San Diego, California and have been here pretty much all my life minus a four year stint in Eugene, Oregon to live out my basketball dreams at the University of Oregon. And yes, I’m tall. Very tall. See: 6’3″ I don’t really play much any more other than shooting around here and there but I still stay pretty active because its also my job as a Personal Trainer. I see you scratching your head! An ex-collegiate, personal training… nerd? I’ve been in doing the gym thing for 8 years now and while I love what I do, I’m ready for a change in that area as well. Ultimately, I’d like to end up in the video game industry as a Community Manager and I’m slowly worming my way there. Also worked quite a bit of retail part-time through the years to supplement the fact that California is really damn expensive and I like stuff and having a sense of monetary security.

I’m not very artistic, I can’t sing but I can shake my booty pretty well. If I was about a foot shorter I’d probably go back to the dance classes I took as a kid which made me not as awkward as my other Amazonian sisters. Its not that I’m old, its just a 70-something inch wing span is kinda hard to manage. Outside of Warcraft, I dabble in whatever games are looking pretty interesting on Steam and play Farmville via Facebook. If not doing that, I usually have my nose in a book. I took HUGE advantage of Borders going out of sale last summer and bought pretty much every novel I’d been anticipating reading. I’m currently reading the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

I love.. love.. love.. lovelovelovelovelove music. And most every genre as well. The Foo Fighter’s new album is currently rocking my world but I can go from Gangsta Rap and Erykah Badu to Jimi Hindrix to Taylor Swift in the blink of an eye. And yeah, I’ll sing all that mess at the top of my lungs in the shower and my car and not give two pennies what you think!

I try to dabble in baking here and there, but I try to eat Paleo as much as possible. Yep, I try to eat like a little cavegirl. Meat, fruits and nuts for me! Its difficult because I do have a sweet tooth on occasion and when those occasions rise, I take complete and total advantage of them. I can’t be super militant or a fan girl. Never been a fan of the idea of shoving what you believe down someone’s throat based on a trend or what have you. People are gonna do whatever they want to and I’d rather not waste my breath in convincing them otherwise ūüôā But overall, eating this way makes my body run a little better and I don’t feel so lethargic.

I also like really cute stuff, gel pens, notebooks, graffiti art and collect urban art. See: Kidrobot. I have for years now and my old apartment had Dunny everywhere and I really wish I’d kept a picture of it because it was so.. me! So I’m warning wherever I’m employed this year as a Community Manager, you will see a crazy rabbit army in my workspace. And a few pieces of work that I’ve managed to hold onto between moves. You’ll love it, promise!

Other than that, I’m just a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl with a dash of sass and snark. I can also be a little impatient/stubborn and can NOT tolerate indecisive people which oftentimes leads me to doing stuff on my own. I’m working on the impatient bit but I don’t mind doing stuff by myself at all. There’s nothing stereotypically “SoCal” about me and I play video games. I don’t find myself particularly interesting but I have a flock of friends that loves me to death. And I love them too!

You can also read more about me growing up here. And about my Warcraft Army here.

Filed under: In Real Life, oherro, OoC

OoC: Why I Quit My (second) Job.

Out of Character is a common role playing (RP) term used when a player is just that, out of character. ¬†And while I’d love to be a troll that does have the awesome ability to throw fireballs at the opposition, that ain’t all that I’m about. ¬† These blogs will be based on life outside of Azeroth and beyond the glowing pixels and conjured mana cakes. ¬†

I did it.

I finally did it.

I quit my retail job.

I’d been debating doing it for quite sometime now, but I don’t know if it was just the holidays getting to me or that I finally decided to put my foot down and be done.

Quick background. ¬†Girl graduates college, girl moves home, girl gets an entry level retail job selling primarily denim in a retail environment. ¬†Girl loves said job and quickly becomes Assistant Manager of her store. ¬†Girl gets a Personal Training gig and decides to move on because with a commute and odd hours it wouldn’t be feasible to do. ¬† About 5 years later girl returns to retail job as an entry level sales person and the company is a teeny bit different as far as what they call “selling culture” is concerned but girl still loves job and the people she works with.

Unfortunately and fortunately, thanks to betrayal from past friends and lovers, I know when a relationship is going to be a not-so-good one. ¬†Things were getting completely out of control as far as how I was being treated in regards to keeping me in the loop as far as scheduling goes. ¬†I was also getting shifts were I was mostly put in charge of recovering the store (ie: cleaning) which I do enjoy a lot but on the same coin being told that my sales were struggling at times as a result of that. ¬†I’d requested to be scheduled for busier times of the day to counterbalance that and my requests are thrown to the wayside. ¬†I’d sat with our District Manager and my Manager in a meeting to get things out in the open as far as how I was feeling, and apparently that got thrown to the wayside as well. ¬†I mean, I’m literally running myself ragged to make a few dollars on the side when my gym job is a little slow and getting on average 4-5 hours of sleep a night in doing so.

I’ll preface the next paragraph with this, I do and did enjoy what I was doing. ¬†And I was and still am, very thankful that in the struggling Southern California job market that I had another job to afford me buying random crap and the occasional latte. ¬†But this was something that went on for over a year and actually began to cost me money in gas and lost hours at gym job. ¬†Plus, when I wasn’t a happy camper. ¬†Not. ¬†One. ¬†Bit.

It all came to a head when what would turn out to be my final shift, I’d taken a peek at the calender almost by accident. ¬† A later shift of mine had mysteriously disappeared on it and anyone that knows me will tell you that when it comes to scheduling my life, I’m on top of it. ¬†I know where I’ve got to be and when like the back of my hand, so someone had apparently changed the schedule. ¬†Again. ¬†And not informed me. ¬†Again. ¬†And had I not ¬†looked at the schedule I’d have showed up after battling holiday traffic and the crazies in the parking garages for nothing. ¬†Again. ¬†I don’t get how in this day and age with texting, emailing, smoke signals and the good ‘ole fashion seven digit method you can’t get in touch with someone to inform them that scheduling has been changed. ¬† Again. ¬†This was a common occurrence, along with other neglect and overall treating associates like they should strictly be focused on SELL, SELL, SELL, SELL, SELL rather than living and breathing human beings at retail job and I’m sorry, that is unacceptable. ¬†There should be and there has to be a balance between the two and honestly it ain’t that darn difficult to do!

So I did it.  I was done.

Now where do I go from here?

Well, now I have free time to explore what I’m really passionate about again, Community Management. ¬†It is my ultimate goal for 2012 and a field that I’m really gnawing at the bit to get into. ¬† Pre-all of this, I’d been networking a tiny bit with folks on Twitter and on Warcraft blogs and now I’ll further delve into it so that I can make it happen and hopefully very soon. ¬†Its a field that I’m very confident that I’ve got the basic skill-set for ¬†I’ve just got to get out there more and acquire some of the deeper “stuff” for. ¬† So if any of you out there in the internets are reading this and know anyone looking for a fledgling CM, please drop my name in passing. ¬†I’d love the opportunity and I’ve got afternoons free!

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