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Gamerwife Year in Review 2014

Gamerwife Year in Review 2014 | As is traditional at this time of year, I thought I’d take a little time to reflect on the year that is is nearly complete and take stock of what was accomplished and where I’d like to take this little blog in the year that is to come.

In my 2013 review, I mentioned wanting to post a new Dames Who Make Games interview every month in 2014. It turns out I succeeded at this particular goal, as well as my goal of speaking at a convention as a panelist (although maybe not in the capacity I had originally envisioned).

Actually, I accomplished all of my blog goals for the year:

  • Create a video game themed blog link up
  • Post 12 new Dames Who Make Games Interviews (interviewee suggestions welcome)
  • Make a Let’s Play video with Rick

While Gadabout Gamers never really caught on the way I wished it had, I accept full responsibility for its failure. My insistence on obtuse prompts that even I had difficulty being inspired by and an inability to keep to a regular posting schedule made it difficult for others to participate. I would love to take another stab at hosting a link up, but I think I need more time to come up with a theme and structure that will work well for everyone.

I’m incredibly proud of what I was able to accomplish with Dames Who Make Games this year, and I’m so grateful to all the incredible, talented women at all levels of the video game industry who took time from their busy schedules to answer my questions and share their lives with all of you. While the video game industry still gets a bad wrap for how they treat ladies, these fearless fems prove that you can have an amazing career in games, on your own terms. I am constantly inspired by the women I interview and I hope I can be as prolific with it next year.

I’m also so happy to have started making videos this year. While Rick and I are still struggling to find time for Indie Game Date, I’m crazy proud of the two videos we’ve managed to post so far. I’m hoping to do lots more videos in the year to come and I’m hoping Rick can be an even bigger part of that, since he, in many ways, is what inspired my love of video games and this blog.

This was also the year that I finally got to meet a whole bunch of my favourite bloggers IRL, including the amazing Kaitlin from PwnLove, Elizabeth at Being Geek Chic, Usagi of Usagi in Wonderland and the always lovely Margot Meanie. I only recently realized how big a part of my life my blog friends are and how dearly I value their support, not just as readers, but also as genuine friends and colleagues. While distance and funds make it impossible to meet every one of you, I would like to make more of an effort to attend meet ups and conventions I know fellow geek bloggers will be at in the future. You guys are an inspiration and a comfort and I cherish you all for that.

In many ways, despite blogging off and on for going on 10 years now, I feel like 2014 was the year I finally hit my stride as a blogger. While I’ll be reducing the number of days I post in 2015, I finally feel like I have a handle on the type of content I want to create and how to position in relation to other blogs. While this blog will continue to grow and evolve, it seems like I’ve finally come to terms with this blog’s place in my life and that’s filled me with inspiration and hope.

Finally, I just wanted to thank everyone who reads this blog, tweets at me and shares my content. It means more than you can know that my work is appreciated and there’s no way I could continue doing it without you.

Here’s to an amazing 2015. I can’t wait to share it all with you.

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    December 29, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I hope you have a great 2015!

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      December 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks! Same to you!

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    Jane Y.
    December 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful 2015!

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    Mia Moore (@xoMiaMoore)
    December 29, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    You have always had such great content and I’m looking forward to seeing how your blog grows and changes in the new year!

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      December 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Mia. That really means a lot coming from you.

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    December 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Wishing you all the best for 2015! So glad I discovered your blog this year. πŸ™‚

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      December 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Yay! I feel exactly the same way. I’ve met so many wonderful people through this blog, it makes it really difficult to ever think of leaving blogging.

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    December 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    This sounds like a highly successful year, congrats! I understand and feel the whole getting in step with your blog thing and finding the content that fits well, it’s a nice feeling I feel like I’m getting there finally! Now I just need to work better on a schedule!!

    It was soooo good to meet you in real life! I enjoyed it immensely!! You are absolutely lovely and I’m happy to call you a friend!

    Now that I’m working from home, it’s dawned on me that my fellow bloggers are in fact, my colleagues, which seemed to not click in my head at first, but it’s totally true. I don’t have mundane conversations with people I’m forced to spend time with anymore, I get to pick and choose who I interact with and it is so much more rewarding!

    Cheers to 2014 and hopes for more successes and fun in 2015!


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      December 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Yay! I really hope we get another chance to hang out next time I’m in Vancouver. Maybe this time we can actually hit Storm Crow…

      And I hear you on the schedule front, glad to hear I’m not alone. Hope you have a wonderful 2015! I see big things in store for you too!

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    December 30, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I have learnt so much about gaming from you this year. Thank you for taking the time to teach me. πŸ™‚

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      December 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks, sweetie. And likewise I’ve learned tons about comics from you! Let me know if there are specific things about games you would like to know and I’ll create content around that. I love getting feedback from readers and friends about what they’d like to see on the blog!

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    December 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Super congrats Mariko you should be crazy proud of your blog, I feel like you’ve made a space that is very inviting shares good social messages and is fun too πŸ™‚ I imagine you’ll rock at 2015 too!

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      December 31, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Fiona. You have no idea how much your kind words mean. All the best for 2015!

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    January 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Thank you for organising Gadabout Gamers! I really loved participating in it and only stopped because we moved house and I didn’t have internet. If you do start it up again or resurrect it in a new form, you can count on me to participate πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful 2015! I can’t wait to read more of your wonderful posts x

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      January 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Neri. I’m glad someone out there enjoyed Gadabout Gamers. I’d love to resurrect it, but I do want to work on how it is structured. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    January 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Congrats to an amazing year! I’m so glad I discovered your blog this year. Here’s to a fantastic 2015!

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      January 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks! Same to you and Budd!

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    Joie Fatale
    January 6, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I have learned a lot about gaming, and, about how it’s important to me. I grew up with a console all the time, so I feel like even though I’m not a “hardcore” type, I LOVE video games!
    And though I have been chased off from playing your encouragement (and my hubby’s cause he likes playing together) have been great in helping me rekindle my enjoyment of them!

    Thank you πŸ˜€

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      January 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much for that comment, Joie. It really means so much to me that I’ve been able to encourage you to embrace gaming again, since that really is the mission of my blog. Not to get all mushy, but it’s comments like this that make this all worth it, and I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me. Have a wonderful year!

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    March 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Hi! I just came across your blog and saw the Jackalope mug you have in red with white polka dots. I absolutely love it! Where did you buy it from?
    Thanks for your time,


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      March 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      I think I found it at Old Navy a few years ago. Not sure where you could pick one up now, though. Sorry.

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