Friday 27th March, 2020

On Monday evening, the UK government took the unprecedented approach of telling everyone to stay in their homes, to only make essential journeys outside to collect food, medical supplies, or to help the vulnerable, to absolutely work from home wherever possible. The country is in lock down. I’m writing this not because this blog is going to become a daily account of life under quarantine (it might a little bit), but just to set the scene a little. I am at home. I’m working from home. I haven’t left the house since Monday, and only then briefly and keeping social distance — I got home just hours before the government announced the new rules. Working from home is actually going really well; the worst part of the job is the commute.

On Tuesday Belghast, a blogging hero of mine, announced Blapril, an update of the annual Blaugust event, which asks bloggers to try and publish every day throughout August, while supporting each other and newbie bloggers along the way. With much of the world sat at home, isolated, it seems like a nice idea to bring that forward to April and spread a little internet love; the Blaugust community is a fantastic little corner of the sometimes creepy Internet. So I’m going to take up the challenge. If you’ve been thinking about setting up a blog, or have one that could with some TLC, this is an ideal opportunity and I’d be happy to offer any help, advice or encouragement you might need!

I set this blog up to document my progress in writing BONES of the LOST GOD, a little web game that mutated from an idle/incremental RPG into something more akin to a semi-traditional roguelike. That project still exists, but it’s no longer a burning daily passion, and so the blog had started to lie fallow. Going back to work full time more-or-less killed any desire to work on it as my schedule and energy levels shifted into a new normal, which is exactly what I thought might happen.

Instead of tossing everything away, as I may have done in the past, instead I’m re-branding this blog to be more multi-functional, and I’ll be posting here about anything and everything that catches my eye. There’ll still be a lot of programming and web development/devops I imagine, but also gaming and reading and weird chunks of internet cultureā€¦ and how I’m surviving the CORVID-19 apocalypse, I hope. URLs from the old blog should still work, though internally everything should be pointing at my own domain (rumorsmatrix.com) now. Let me know if you find anything broken or odd.