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“What does it take to get recognised around here?”

That is something I have just asked people on Twitter. And it’s related to nologam.

Ever since I launched nologam back in January, just like Gamers and Geeks, it has become a failure…with just over 10 members registered and 2 active members, it seems like a lost cause already.

And this got me thinking, “How can you make something that is already big and over-saturated, known”…As in “How can nologam become part of the “big communities list” along with sites such as Boards and Facepunch.

Granted, there is 2 pretty huge sites and at the rate that members are singing up, we are never in this lifetime ever going to hit that member numbers that those have.

And what I have found out is, you and your site has to be…unique. You have to stand out from the crowd and do something different in order to get recognised. Look at Facebook, Look at Twitter, Look at boards and look at Facepunch.

They have all done something unique to become where they are today. And that is the dream that I have with nologam. I want to become as big as Boards and Facepunch. And I know that is never going to happen.

I have tried for 5 years to get Gamers and Geeks up off the ground and nothing. We haven’t got anywhere.

I don’t know what I am doing wrong, I don’t know if there is something which I am missing that is making me fail.

What I do know is, that if I keep posting on nologam on my own, every forum category and thread will have my name in it and that will look bad to every guest that would come onto the forum.

So, what action do I take? Do I start placing ads everywhere or do I have to spam inboxes…At the moment, while I don’t like either…It’s something that I might have to consider.

Life Update – 27th March 2014

Hey everyone. It has been a while since I done a Life Update blog post.

The past while has been up and down for me. I don’t know where to start, so I will start about my job hunting and how that is going.

And it’s not going so well. I have been unemployed since June and I haven’t got anything. I have applied and even attended interviews, but nothing has come up. I am awaiting a email about a potential JobBridge.

I attended a “Group Engagement Session” last Tuesday (18th) where I spent about 30 mins listening to a woman talk about the different services that were available. At the end, I was given a time and a date to see a Mediator. I attended said Mediator on Monday and found out that what I am doing is great and that my CV was well done. I am happy that there is people out there that is genuinely helping people get back to work. I do appreciate it.

Outside of the job stuff, I am noticing that I am becoming quite detached from friends and it sucks. Knowing that my friends are working or in college away from Monaghan and that I am stuck here without a job or a college course makes me very sad.

Some days, I feel like that I will never get a job and will probably never move out of Monaghan.

I really want to learn to drive, but I haven’t bothered to learn any theory. I need to get back into it. Because the longer I DON’T have a car to get around…the longer I am going to be stuck here and thus decreasing my chances of getting a job.

And on top of that…I am gaining weight again, which is something that I have been trying NOT to do. I need to eat less now…Getting this massive portions is something that I have told my mum and dad not to do, but they insist in giving me large portions “Because it uses them up”.

Now onto more fun things, the servers, the sites etc.

As you all know the whole servers, websites thing is just a massive hobby that I love. I love having my own Linux servers and running my sites (such as nologam).

“Lightning” (My Powerful Debian Server) – Is doing pretty damn well. A Just Cause 2 Multiplayer server, a Garry Mod server (Which belongs to my friend), a Team Fortress 2 Server (Which belongs to the group GMD) and the newly created Minecraft server. Even though the machine has 4GB of RAM, it can still pack a punch even with a good amount of players on them.

“Chocobo” (My Web Server) – is doing better than ever. It is only used as the web server for all the site that I host and manage. PadraigFahy.com, nologam.com, Gamersandgeeks.net and Fahy.eu is all hosted here on nginx.

Speaking of which, let’s talk about the sites one by one.

- Padraig Fahy.com – It’s doing alright. People do read the site, I get tweets and posts every so often from people with their reactions to their stories which is great to hear!

- nologam.com – Since I launched this back in January, it has failed…Just like Gamers and Geeks. The site itself is seeing little to no traffic and the only thing that is redeeming itself as a community is the JC2MP server which is seeing a good amount of players on it in the evening times.
I really would like to see a community starting to build on the forums and hopefully we can develop into something bigger,  but that seems like so far away….

- Gamers and geeks.net – It’s dead….as a door nail. Nothing is happening with it. It is done.

- fahy.eu – Don’t really focus on it that much…although I should do.

Now, onto gaming.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is taking up a lot of my time since I absolutely love the game and I won’t see me stop playing for quite a while.

A friend of mine got me back into WoW again, but I haven’t done much with it over the past week or week and a half. He is very busy with University, so playing it is….difficult.

As for everything else, I will play them when I have the time and when I feel like playing them. Do check the VampiricPadraig page if you wanna add me on any game service.

Right, that is going to do it from this update. Hopefully I will come back with more positive news that what I had today. Thank you all for reading!

Some people seem to be confused as to why Turbo exists when Ad-Block exists and why people subscribe to channels

If you use:
AdBlock = No ads, no revenue for the broadcaster and Twitch.

Turbo = No ads, Revenue for the broadcaster and Twitch for the ads that WOULD run on the site.

Subscriptions = No ads on subbed channel. Subscriber emotes. Sub-Only mode. 50% of $4.99 goes to Broadcaster, the other 50% goes to Twitch.

So which is better? Well, Subscriptions > Turbo > AdBlock.

SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE STREAMERS RATHER THAN BLOCKING THEIR REVENUE!

Don’t be a dick about it. Streamers need to make money. Be considerate and turn off your AdBlock or Purchase Turbo and/or Subscribe to the channels!

Call of Duty and why we don’t need another game.

Preface: I will start by saying that I am referring to the multiplayer of the franchise rather the Single Player or other modes that would appear in the game.

I have always liked the Call of Duty video games series. They have been “fun”, “exciting”, “enjoyable”.

But now we are over-saturated with them. Ever since Modern Warfare 2, the franchise has gone downhill. Modern Warfare 3, Ghosts, Black Ops and Black Ops 2 have been overall a disappointment to the name of “Call of Duty”.

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