80 Post Challenge – Post 06


What five websites do you visit most often and why?


Well this is actually quite easy. I have them all listed at the top of my browser in quick links that don’t disappear. Funnily enough, they are all mostly the same sort of thing, but I can cluster them up in groups if you like.

Social Networking
Popular Social Networks, Gavin Llewellyn, CCYes, it can’t be denied. I visit social networking sites a lot. A looooooooooot! It used to be just a personal way to stay in contact with friends its impossible to see as often as I’d like, but now its more than that.

Facebook and Twitter are both means for me to stay in close contact with my audience. They are platforms through which I am totally free to ‘spam’ the pages with as much info as I like and yet it allows me another way of staying close to the people who are interested in what I do.

Facebook receives updates from this site with each post I make and its a lovely platform for people to offer comments and thoughts. People are also far happier using it because, let’s face it, everyone has a bloody Facebook account. So its a sure fire way to make sure that people know I’m around. And it has been easy to keep my Ileandra Young Facebook slightly different and separate to my 9-5 working in an office, boring person Facebook.

Twitter is much the same; quick, snappy posts that immediately feed into a running commentary of what I’m doing. Updates from here, updates from the radio and my thoughts on the world at large. It means I can share without having to think over much about lengthy posts and spelling. Which is nice.


Radio
On airI’m a Radio DJ. I have two shows, but the one which gets the most attention is purely online. Radio ILL-LAY does not have an FM Wave presence and can only be found online.

To run the show, I log into my console, through the internet and broadcast every Sunday between 8pm and 10pm GMT. However, I like to populate the pages with other information and small snippets of show separate to that which runs on a Sunday. This means I regularly check into the pages to see what my listeners have been saying about the show, pick up feedback and requests for the following week. It keeps my busy.


Comics
empty speech bubbleI love comics. They are one of my favourite time wasters ever! Quite a few of them are listed on the links page, however, if you’re curious about that then why not have a look:
Order Of The Stick
Looking For Group
Khaos Komixs
Red String
Weregeek

A small collection of my indulgences that I can’t do without. If I’m not looking into one then I’m looking into another, eagerly awaiting the next part of the story to delight and excite me. If you like love stories, RPGs and geeks then I highly recommend looking into all of these.


Games
red game marker, clipart from OpenClipArtDid I mention I like games? I don’t play as many of these as I used to, but there are certainly places I keep going for my gaming fix and they are all the same sorts of things. RPGs.

So… if I want to go and sit around a table with my friends then I look no further than the members of East Midlands Roleplayers who I have known for a good many years now. They never fail to provide me with yuks aplenty.

If I feel like dressing up and dashing through the woods with pointy ears and a sword, then I visit the Herofest website. I have been LARPing since October 2009 and, if I had more time, I would do far, far, far, FAR more than I do currently.

But, if instead of either of those things, I want to sit quietly at my computer and write cooperative stories with carefully and skilfully written prose, with a small cluster of extremely talented writers, then I visit The Ice Wolf Tavern. This group has been running since the days of MSN Groups and was where I began to work out the histories and personalities of some of my favourite characters to date. If you’re interested in play by post RPGs, then I can recommend no site better than this one. Members are friendly, new faces are nurtured and the setting is a veritable playground.


Writing
Feather quill writing on parchment iconWell are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. I am a writer, first and foremost, this is what I do, so sites about writing will be those that I visit the most often.

Funnily enough, I come here an awful lot. I finish the administrative pages of this site to ensure that everything is working smoothly, no links are broken and to be sure that the blog is maintained with a healthy stream of content. This website is my baby, growing steadily since I took the plunge and bought the domain a short while ago. Now I have no intention of looking back; look out for this site as it continues to grow!

A more recent discovery is the 750 A Day challenge website. I think it is a brilliant idea to gently coax people into writing every day, even if it is just a small amount. It doesn’t have to be insightful or deep or anything but the musings of your own mind. So long as you write the words; after all, the exercise of writing is just as important, if not more so, than the outcome.

That leads me neatly onto NaNoWriMo. Yes, even outside the month of November I keep my eyes on the site. I’m already getting excited about this year’s project but what I love about this initiative is how it forces you to stop worrying about quality in the rush to get 50k words down in thirty days. The quality comes afterwards, but anything out there which can keep at the forefront of my mind how much I enjoy the act of writing, is two thumbs up in my book. ^_^


Okay, so that was a bit of a cheat, but I don’t think I could narrow it down to just five. o.O That would depend on things like updating schedules of the comics I read and just how many additional radio shows I’ve done in one week. At least this way, you get a bit more of a spread and a truer idea of how I use the internet.

 

 

 

 

My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.

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About Ileandra Young

I am a twenty-nine year old writer currently juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel is due for release in Autmn 2014.
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