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Blackened Skull moves!

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Ok all. Have now moved this site over to my own hosted WordPress server. Please direct yourselves to the following URL from here on in:

Blackened Skull

I have to thank Adam for the logo design. He accommodated my ideas well and am pleased with the final result.

Cheers all!

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December 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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A little invention

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I went with my gut on this one. I’ve enjoyed blogging this time round so much that I went and took up the option to own my domain name with the purpose of installing and hosting WordPress. I got a good deal on a three-year term, I have a graphic designer working on a logo design etc and am looking forward to developing my knowledge further of CSS.

So what does that mean to this blog? I had intended to transfer these very posts over to the new self-hosted site but I have now decided to leave this version of Blackened Skull as is. IF things don’t work out at the new site then I can return here.

The new Blackened Skull will have a much better vision of what I want; a great theme that I’ve had input into, an artistic theme, fuller and better worked post ideas. Once I’m happy to announce the new site URL, I’ll post a further post here with the link.

Thanks for your support. Please keep reading!

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November 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

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Movember day 1

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Not much to report just yet. I had my last full face shave was last night and now it’s onwards to Movember and funky facial hair. I’ll do a few updates throughout the month and I hope I can stay the course.

Please donate what you can.


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November 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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Devil in the details

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As well as enjoying the time I have spent blogging – I started either in 2006 or 2008 – I also appreciate a good post from the number of bloggers I still read. From the bloggers I read there are not many that do the type of post I enjoy the most. That is the blog-reflective type.

One such blogger who has just celebrated six years of blogging, writes a monthly review of his blog without fail. Wilhelm of The Ancient Gaming Noob blog is an out-and-out MMO gamer but I still enjoy the posts where he reflects on what his blog has attracted and what he’s written over the years.

In earlier blogging incantations, I too have attempted something similar. Being as this blog now looks settled I’m looking to revive this type of post here. These posts will be titled, ‘Devil in the details for…’ so if this kind of post does nothing for you, please feel free to skip those.

So let me begin…

57 Days since the blog began

29 – Posts made since the blog began

32 – Comments made

91Post likes*

21 – Followers**

A nice start for the first 50-odd days of blogging. Better probably than any of my aborted recent attempts. I’ve taken far more to what I want from blogging which has been helped by my move away from using Google reader as my main feed reader. I now use the WordPress reader which is far more useful.

*This really highlights the work WordPress are pressing on with to create that community feel. By posting under their Weekly Photo Challenge it opened up my blog to readers I may never have found by my words alone. I got many ‘likes’ but rather little in the way of comment on this post. But I do like the WordPress ‘like’ far, far more than say the FaceBook variety.

**Not really surprising that I got my most ‘Followers’ on the day I began Blackened Skull. The blog has a little under 2 months of life and so I don’t expect to see a better day for follows just yet.

The one other item I’ll mention in closing is the most-read post so far. I took advantage of a breaking news item in the media to discuss my upbringing in Claygate a little. The post was picked up by a FaceBook and Twitter account for Claygate shopping which lead to a surge in views. My reasons for posting during this time was to try to highlight that nothing ever use to happen in Claygate and how safe it felt growing up there. The 25 years growing up in this village went a long way to making me who I am today.

During the last week of November I will post my reflections on that past month with a little more detail than this introduction. I will hopefully keep the current post rate up but I’ll only do so if I can increase the quality of content along the way.

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October 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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Back in 2010 I had an interview at the MCV offices for the very same position that Lauren Wainwright holds there – Staff Writer. On that occasion I lost out to the fine chap, Dominic Sacco. At the time I was gutted but I knew the reasons why I didn’t get the position. Dom was a far better candidate.

It’s sad to read these words from Pete’s excellent post but it does highlight what needs to be highlighted. It is also a reminder to me that maybe I had a lucky escape NOT joining MCV and that I do now know that mainstream ‘journalism’ is not for me.


I'm Not Doctor Who

Boy, it all kicked off earlier. Again.

For those who missed the whole shebang, basically, this is the flow of events over the last two days to the best of my knowledge.


  • Twitter “debate” erupts over whether or not it was ethical for UK games journalists attending the annual “Games Media Awards” ceremony to be tweeting promotional hashtags in the hope of winning a PS3.
  • Winners of said competition name-checked by several Twitter users.
  • Several of said winners speak up and say they are giving away their PS3s.
  • Eurogamer publishes this article by Robert Florence (now recreated on GAF because the Eurogamer-hosted one has been edited) in which he notes that journalists defending such a competition could be seen as corrupt. He quotes tweets from several public sources (mostly Twitter) in said article.
  • MCV staff writer Lauren Wainwright, who was originally quoted in Florence’s article, posts on Facebook “Yes, I’ve…

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Written by David Osbon

October 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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