Cutting Back & Doing More For Myself

So later this year I have to renew two things, I have to renew my top level domain (TLD) plus I have to renew my Xbox Gold, I have decided that I won’t be renewing either or.

Xbox Gold
I honestly don’t play enough online to make it worth my while anymore, that and with all the idiots online that is certainly I can do without, April 1st is when I have to renew things by and as I said and have made my choice I have no intention of renewing this, I’ve talked to a friend of mine who feels the same way about his xbox gold subscription. I renewed it last year but I questioned it because they raised the price by $10 so instead of it costing $60 it now costs $70 . I get the reasons for them doing it and it’s not that I couldn’t gather up the coin if I wanted to keep my xbox online, cause I could. It’s more so because over the last year I’ve paid attention to how much I actually do play online and what I’ve noticed is one thing.. I think I might play 30-50 hours online which it’s not really enough in my eyes to pay out money to play online. So in just over two months I’ll no longer be on Xbox Gold, honestly I’m looking forward to it.

Top Level Domain (TLD)
Ever since I started to create websites people have been telling me “you need a TLD to do anything with your website” the fact is that is completely false. I have owned 3 different TLD’s in my life and neither one of them have done anything for my site. So later this year (March & June) respectively I will be getting rid of both of mine and won’t be renewing them.

So that’s partly how I’m cutting back, the other way is I have a few bits of paid software which they say one should update the software every few years well I have 3 bits of paid software that are at that point of renewing, well honestly they have all been replaced. Essentially this is it for those who are wondering:
Magix Music Maker & Magix Movie Maker & Corel VideoStudio

Movie Maker & VideoStudio got replaced by OpenShot (freeware.. meaning no money)
Music Maker got replaced late last year by Mixcraft 8 home studio for a cheaper price through steam than what it would have cost me to update Music Maker…  Right now Music Maker will cost me $100+ … MixCraft 8 at the time of purchase only cost me around $20. Right now I’m happier with MixCraft than I was with Magix anyways so the $20 was well spent. The only program I have that I’ll have to worry about is Corel Paint Shop Pro, but I just bought it back in 2016 so I’m currently not worried about it I will see what sales get tossed my way since Corel is always sending me sales to upgrade..

Alright well that might bring out a second post for me later today, we shall see.


Christmas Thoughts…

So we all know that Christmas is coming. For the last few years I had a thought but haven’t really stepped forward with it because I kept getting stopped in the same tracks. One of the things I thought for my Christmas list was “donation in my name to…..?” but that’s the thing I honestly wouldn’t know where I would want a donation sent. Most people say “do something close to you” well I could do something close to the family like the Canadian Cancer Society since Mom had breast cancer. But I would want something close to me, I think the only thing I could do is a donation to Sick Kids. The reason for that is when I was alot younger than I am now I had a hernia removed and I was in sick kids for that, then I got thinking deeper….

I had the thought of listing suicide hotline, no I never called it myself. But I’m sure many people do call it, but back in high school I did think about committing because of being bullied and harassed but I chose not to. The thing is not many people know that about me, I generally don’t talk about that side of my life to many people. So why are you guys so special ? Well I’m just putting it out there, it’s really your choice to read it or not to read it. I don’t know if people will look down on me for that or look up to me for that, not that it matters. I choose not to tell family about certain aspects of my life because my family seems to be very judgmental about everything so I hide many things from them. Such as the fact that I write speaking of which I took the time today to setup the books page on the site to show everything that I released at some point in time.

So my idea of a donation to something I would like to help, it didn’t happen this year, but I’m going to keep it in mind. I might do my own personal donation to something as my own gift to myself, I haven’t decided fully if I’m going to or not or where but if I do I’ll be sure to talk about it.

Last Night

Last night was a bad night for myself, had to make a late night trip to the bathroom. Not exactly how I chose to spend my saturday nights when I’m trying to sleep but lets face it things like that do happen. I don’t know if it’s cause I ate something that didn’t agree with me or what it was.

Making Music

So for the last little while I’ve been making music but that as abruptly stopped and everything I created was pulled from online since I discovered what I was making I couldn’t sell and that’s what I was trying to do, the license said that I could freely distribute but I couldn’t sell anything that I made. Needless to say it bothered me when I found that out since I sunk in a bunch of money into things already. So I’ve done my homework and I’m looking at another program, right now the other program I’m looking into is: Mixcraft 8 Home Studio I would buy it on steam, since I already have a few games on steam that I play and it’s the easiest way for me to buy things through it since I don’t have to worry about serial numbers or anything like that.  I’m sure I could no doubt use the software I have it’s just the loops I would have to replace, I might look into that in the near future. Right now I’m just trying to limit what I do just because I know the end of the year can be overwhelming with the holidays. But I decided to setup a link so if you’d like to drop me a tip feel free by clicking here

Well that’s all that I have to really share right now, not sure what I’m going to do for the rest of the day.