I Don’t Give A Damn ‘Bout My Reputation

Well… maybe I do, but only a tiny bit.

I kinda dropped the ball here (The New Year’s Resolution one, that is) and skipped a few days of the Zero to Hero challenge. So here I am back at it jumping in on day 16. Today’s assignment is:

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.


  • Because learning to interpret prompts will be an invaluable skill when writers’ block hits.
  • Because the best way to become a better writer is to write — and prompts and assignments force you to focus on your writing.
  • Because hundreds of other bloggers respond to each prompt in hundreds of different ways, and exploring that can inspire you in unexpected ways.

Which of course requires today’s Daily Prompt, which is:

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us YOU.

This is me!

This is me!

So Is This!

So Is This!

And This!

And This!

That would be the easy way out. I’ve written about building rapport before… but I suppose not specifically about a reputation. Even if I despise the idea of admitting it, reputation does matter. Sometimes a bad reputation can be beneficial, but most of the time, it isn’t. When I wrote Altoholics R Us, I had a reputation for building guides, and helping the newer folk within the game. When I ran guilds for World of Warcraft, I had a reputation of being self reliant and fair, and at work, I have a reputation for being dependable and friendly. All of these reputation matter, all of them required work to maintain. Thus far in blogging, I would assume that my reputation is not well established yet, and honestly, if it is, it’s a reputation of not finishing what I started, which I seriously need to repair.

A reputation is a reflection of what you are about. If you have a reputation for slandering others, odds are it’s because you, well, slander others. If you have a reputation for being up to date on the latest fashion trends, then odds are you are rather stylish and like to share that. Your reputation will help me decide if I’ll come to you for information on a topic, or if I’ll avoid you for fear of being called out on something. I would like my reputation to be down to earth. I’d like to be known as having a general knowledge of everything, I’d like to be known for being a loving mother, a good wife, a fun person, a good gamer. I would LOVE to be known for having stuck to it and losing a ton of weight.

Is my reputation important? Not yet, but it will be. But I will have to work at it, and make sure that I don’t become known for a bad reputation, like forgetting to blog when I said I would.

Promises, Promises

Hello, Internet.

So we meet again. This time, I’m back making promises to myself, and to the world in general. So is most everyone else… However, unlike everyone else I spent my day working, grocery shopping, re-inventing myself via blog, and deciding in what new creative ways can I torture myself for a few weeks? I say a few week because I have yet to survive a resolution for a whole year.

But I’m back, kicking up the blogging again, trying hard to hold myself accountable… (and well, maybe anything Garen can do, I can do better)… but it’s totally about holding myself accountable… That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Anyways…

So it’s that time of year where I am supposed to make a few resolutions and try hard to stick to them. I do realize that most resolutions fail, but even if I try for a few months, at least I succeeded that much… it’s more than I can say for myself most days. So here’s the short list:

  1. Survive all 365 days. I mean this literally. Keep breathing, heart beating… I’m not trying to be melodramatic here… as I said before, I haven’t achieved a New Year’s resolution yet… so let’s start off with an easy one. It is an easy one, right? Watch, now I’m gonna get hit by a bus or something. Death by hairbrush or something moronic.
  2. I will participate in the Zero to Hero:30 Days to a Better Blog challenge. It’s a short, reasonable goal, and I think I can keep it. Why this one? I dunno, it looked like a good jumping point for starting over on a blog.
  3. I will quit smoking. Ok, that’s only a half truth. I plan to give up traditional smoking. I did however, invest in an E-Cig that I hope will help me get in the right direction. I know that this goal is a tough one, and it’s not very often kept, but I’m gonna try anyways.
  4. I will lose weight. That’s right, here’s the torture part I spoke of earlier. Losing weight is not torture by itself… but trying to quit smoking AND lose weight at the same time??? That seems like failure waiting to happen right? Well, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I’m not going to set hard goals on this one as far as long-term numbers… no 100 lbs in a year kind of thing. Nope, I’m gonna aim for 20 lbs by April 1st. If I make it, great, if I don’t, I’ll reset that goal. I suppose I should have named this goal “Move More, Eat Less” but Lose weight seems more solid. I’ll see how it goes.

So there you have it, two typical goals, one blogger goal, and one that I had better keep if I know what’s good for me. How about you? Share your goals in the comments, maybe I’ll change mine around if yours is better.