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Over the years I’ve always been a part of someone’s gaming community–a member here, a subscriber there or a moderator there. There have been multiple times through the years that I’ve contemplated starting my own community. I’d get a domain registered and would start to prepare the site.. but eventually I just stopped following through with it. However, a few weeks ago I had the urge to run my own community and after my GoDaddy pre-order for cupcakes.co failed, I decided to use that refund towards GameGirl.

My idea for GameGirl is to be both a place for gaming content (reviews, walkthroughs/achievements, game updates) and a social network. Right now I’ve been slamming away on the keyboard getting the GameGirl forums tidied up. I debated on whether or not I wanted to hold off on allowing a community to start but I figured what’s stopping me? So the community is up and running already while I’m now focusing all my time and effort on getting the main site designed and coded.

That being said this post is actually me looking for some serious to casual gamers. You don’t necessarily have to be female although it’s my priority/preference for the time being. Essentially I am looking for people that will remain dedicated to this project while we’re in our baby phase. I’m looking for gamers that enjoy writing reviews about games they’ve played (single player, co-op or multiplayer), writing about the latest news for video game publishers and developers, or perhaps enjoy creating video walkthroughs and/or achievement guides.

This will be an unpaid position within GameGirl but over the next few months I do plan on providing to those that are contributing to GameGirl on a consistent basis. How you’ll be rewarded will be discussed privately as I don’t want to give away all of my trade secrets! If you are interested in contributing your writing skills to GameGirl then please send an email to me at jordan @riane.org.

If you’re not interested in writing for GameGirl but would like to be a part of the community then please register at the forums! It’s not active at the moment as we have only just finished the skin (and are still working on making it cross browser and/or fixing bugs) but I’d love to have any of my readers join even if you’re not a gamer.

It took a month longer than I anticipated but I finally finished up my redesign for iCupcake. For the past few months I’ve been a little more obsessed with baking & cupcakes than I usually am. So much so that majority of the blogs I had been reading were baking/cupcake centralized, which of course would lead to bakery websites and cupcakery. It only seemed fitting to bring that atmosphere to my blog–to make it not only something that fits the domain name but also what I enjoy.

Since this is my first post for the New Year, I decided that maybe I would make some goals for myself versus worrying about New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never really made resolutions in the past and I surely never stuck with any. Goals seem more realistic and achievable so figured I’d stick with that.

  • Increase my Xbox gamerscore. I’m sitting at 8405 right now and want to hit 10,000 before February starts. I frequently stick to specific games solely for multiplayer so this will be a nice challenge for me. I’ve got a few games to play right now that I took from Steve’s which include Battlefield: Bad Company, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising and a few other games that I just need to get 100% completion for achievements (Modern Warfare 2, COD4, COD:WaW to name a few.) Once I hit 10,000 then I’ll just keep increasing. I’ve got awhile before I can catch up to Steve and his massive 104,000+ gamerscore.
  • Bake more & photograph it. I’ve been stockpiling up numerous recipes for different sweets and treats but have yet to really go through any of them yet. A few weeks ago I purchased a good amount of material for making some cakepops as well as cupcake bites. I have only gotten around to making the cupcake bites so far. So I don’t gain weight or make my little sister fall into a food coma, I also bought supplies to package these up. I plan on letting my mom bring some to work to offer up and hopefully, strike up some business through this. It’s something new and enjoying, so I’m taking advantage of it.
  • Taking longer breaks from the computer & gaming to catch up on all of the books sitting on my shelf. I have about 10+ Dean Koontz books that have not yet been read along with a few other authors. I just haven’t been reading much at all the last year and really do miss laying around with a good book. So I want to read on book a week. This is a very feasible goal because I’m a fast reader. I read through the last Harry Potter book in ~6 hours so books that are 1/3 the size should be no problem.
  • Relaunch an old project of mine so I can add extra monthly income. I started it back in 2007 and made a good amount of money for the three months I had been active with it. Since then I just let it die off. In the year and a half since then, I have definitely lost out on a lot of potential clients and money by abandoning it. Hopefully by mid-February I can have it relaunched to start selling on it again.

So rather then set goals for the entire year I figured I would just do something that would be completed within the next couple of months. Once those goals are done I can either mark them off as “finished” or “upgrade” them to make them more challenging for myself. Nothing is better then earning money, playing videogames and enjoying yourself rather than stressing out.

On a last note, if you spot any 404s, spelling mistakes, or other coding issues definitely let me know. I’ve been staring at this for quite some time so I may have overlooked something very minute. 🙂 Also for those of you using >IE7, I haven’t yet made it “backwards-compatible,” so while it will work fine for you.. I haven’t gotten around to adjusting the rgba to rgb so that it will render the colors for you. I’ll get to it soon.