Hey Hey Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs~ 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade and yet, I don’t think anyone would have anticipated the absolute sh*t show this year has turned into. It’s been one thing after another since January and now many of us are just waiting for things to settle down.
With the stay at home orders in place in the DMV, I’m spending a lot more time at home, which has given me more opportunities to write. Nothing like a pandemic to get the creative juices flowing… I think this is the most active I have been in a long time and I’m having fun coming up with new content and checking out other blogs. Since there’s so much more content now, it’s finally time for me to revive my recap posts. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you probably remember my old Last Week Today post. This is the same concept, just much more condensed—doing a weekly recap was just a bit overwhelming, but I think this format will be much easier to manage each month. So let’s get this show on the road and look back at the month of April here on Blerdy Otome!
Favorite April Posts
During the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take a step back and put yourself first, especially when you’re busy taking care of other things. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of us in a pretty tight spot and while I know things are hard for many, it’s important to help one another and maintain a positive outlook for the future. Trust me, I know how hard it is to stay positive in the wake of what seems like an overwhelming situation—I have experience multiple job losses, financial difficulties, and there was a point not too long ago that I was close to being without a roof over my head. Things do get better!
This COVID-19 pandemic is just a small setback and together we can get through this! I don’t often share stuff like this here, but in this time of fear and uncertainty it is important to do things that elevate your mental health by doing things that make you happy and improve your mood. So, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been doing to keep myself uplifted and centered at home during the current pandemic.
Self-Care in a Time of Social Distancing – How I’ve Been Taking Care of My Mental Health from Home
I couldn’t think of a better series to talk about for this months tour than, Shunji Aono’s comedy manga, I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow. The series follows the exploits of Shizuo Oguro, a forty year old man who gives up his dead end office job to pursue a career as a manga artist. There’s just one catch—Shizuo doesn’t have any marketable skills, nor does he even have the talent or discipline to make it as a manga artist… but, he doesn’t let that stop him from pursuing his dreams.
Shizuo has lead a rather unremarkable existence up until this point, and at a time when he should be settling into the complacency of middle age, he is looking to kick-start his life by following his passions… even if he fails more times than not. To say Shizuo is flawed is a bit of an understatement, Aono doesn’t shy away from just how painfully inadequate Shizuo is, however, that’s exactly what makes him so relatable.
I Wanna Give Myself a Chance to Believe in Myself Again: How Shizuo Never Gives Up Hope in ‘I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow’ – April 2020 “Hope” OWLS Blog Tour
Blog Posts from April
- Now Playing: Games I’m Currently Playing – February/March
- 5 Games Like Code Realize
- F#@k, Marry, Kill Otome Edition – Star Crossed Myth
- Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #47
- Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #48
- Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #49
- Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #50
- Up Until The End – Game Review
- NaNoRenO 2020 Review – Enamored Risks
- Full Service 18+ BL Game Review – Find Your “Happy Ending”
Instagram Fave Post
Of all my social media accounts, Instagram is where I’m most active. So, here is my favorite Instagram post from April!
From Around the Reader
I’ve been taking time out to read posts from my fellow bloggers here on WordPress and these are some of the posts that I most enjoyed this month!! I highly recommend giving each of these posts a read and maybe check out some of their other posts as well!
Top 10 Anime So Good That I Forgot Everything About Them – The Visualist’s Veranda (Kapodaco)
5 Manga I’m Currently Obsessed With – Two Happy Cats (Steph)
BL Poetics: Eros in the Stoic – Shio-tan BLogs (Shio)
10 Popular Shounen Anime – All About Anime and Manga (Tessa)
Living Life Through Animal Crossing [OWLS Hope Tour] – A Geeky Gal (Megan)
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4 thoughts on “Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – April 2020”
Appreciate the shoutout! To a happy May!
To a happy May!!
Thank you for including my post! I really love these recap posts as I don’t log into WordPress as much as I should, and I miss so much. But now I’ve got a good binge read list ^_^
Of course! I couldn’t decide between that post and your “3 Manga that Made Me Go Meh” they were both super fun lists.
I’m glad you like the new format! Yeah, its good for me too, I get to see everything I’ve done each month.