April 30, 2017

Random Thoughts / Plans From Now Until

Hi there!

I hope you all had an amazing April. This month was a little slow for this website and other things that I wanted to do. I've been busy with classes, but that'll be done soon (since I only have about a week left of classes). But, I want to talk about another serious topic.. The Future Of This Website.




Plans This Summer

Come on. Surely you all didn't think I was leaving after all of the years I've been here. Right? If you did, rest assured.. I'm going to be here as long as the game lasts. At least that's my plan! I am making this post because I want to talk about a few things that I have planned this Summer and throughout the end of this year. 

This Summer I am planning on hosting quite a few events, maybe weekly events? We'll see! I do plan on having events on BOTH Wizard101 and Pirate101. I haven't been able to be as interactive as I wanted to be with the community so far this year, so this Summer I plan on changing that. I'm planning on hosting events on both games, making more posts, and supporting new bloggers, youtubers, twitchers, graphic artists and overall, all of you here, for the good things you do for the community!


Supporting Everyone

I have been in the Wizard101 community since, well I don't really know if I should count joining Twitter as the year I joined. I remember listening to Ravenwood Radio in 2009 (now Spiral Radio with Stephen Spiritcaller and Icywiz) and I remember loving their podcast! I remember every night after the Ravenwood Radio show, they'd bring everyone to Nightside and we'd hang out with everyone in the community. Those were good times! 

What does this have to do with supporting everyone? Well, I think during that time, support of everyone here in the community was a priority and still is. I really loved how interactive community leaders were / still are with everyone. I don't consider myself as awesome as these community leaders are, but I do appreciate everything they did. It was so nice making new friends! I actually created this website from a former community member, Mary Dreamshade. 

Though times fly, I will never forget how nice everyone was. I really don't know where I'd be if I didn't decide to try to get to know everyone at the time. At the time, I wasn't happy at all. Now I am! I want everyone here to feel the same way. I want all of you to know that I welcome you 100% in the Wizard101 community, community leader or not.

The way I'll support everyone is continuing to having events, promoting your channels or blogs on this website, and reminding everyone here that I appreciate you being here. It's great having you here and I want you to know no matter our different opinions, I do appreciate you being here. I will always welcome you to my events (as long as you remember to be kind to others :D). 


The Future

I can't predict the future, but whatever the future holds, I know it'll be great! There's nothing wrong with being optimistic about the future. There's nothing wrong with being kind to others. I always remember that. Doing the things I do actually make me happy and I'll continue doing that. I'll make my posts, have these awesome events with amazing community wizards like Autumn Dreamwalker, Frostcaller and Michael Frost, and support each and everyone of you. 

Well I hope you all enjoyed this very random post! I think the main reason I made this post is to let you all know, that no matter what, I'll be here for you! If you ever need someone to talk to, my emails are always open at edwardfrostgem@gmail.com. Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral.





April 19, 2017

Wizard101: Introducing Suri Skullshard!

Hello Wizards!

Just wanted to tell you that this website is no longer called Around the Spiral with Edward Lifegem. It will now be called Around the Spiral with Suri Skullshard.. No, I'm not joking... Okay, maybe I am. :D Today I wanted to introduce you to my new death wizard, Suri Skullshard!



Last August, I had a poll to ask you all what the gender and name of my next wizard should be. A majority of you wanted me to create a girl wizard and have her name be Suri Skullshard. I decided to do that last night since I promised you all that I would. Now, this is going to be my very first wizard that is a girl and the very first wizard that I'll be questing through the game, that's not named Edward! You would think in the nearly 8 years I've been here, I would have done so already. This is going to be fun because I can finally quest another wizard through the few worlds - it's been over five years since I last did that.


Looking Ahead


I'm actually thinking about using this wizard to farm for the perfect gear in future worlds (I already have the best gear at the moment), maybe recording YouTube videos, or possibly streaming on Twitch! Don't take the Twitch thing seriously at the moment because I know I'll get nervous - which is normal for me because I've always been a nervous person. 

Anyway, I plan on doing a lot this Summer so I can increase the amount of Wizard101 related posts that I make and help you all with questions you have about the game. I've been here awhile and that means I forgot a few storyline quests in earlier worlds, new items in new worlds, and more. I'm planning on restoring my knowledge about the game to help you all with questions you might have if you ask me. 

I can't wait to start questing this wizard even more. I'll share a post about every world, and quests that I just want to post about - like the old days. This is going to be a great adventure! Death wizards, I love your school! So I have to start questing another death wizard, this time enjoying every moment of wizard from now through every new world added in the years to come. Wish me luck! Thank you all for reading and Until next time, I'll see you around the spiral!

Picture with Autumn's new storm wizard! We went through Sunken City... She'll publish a post soon!


April 9, 2017

Community Members to Follow: April 2017!

Hi there!

I hope you all had a great weekend. The past week I was sick and I wasn't able to make a meaningful blog post. This week, I decided to make a blogs to follow for 2017. As many of you know, I've done this for SIX years. That's crazy, but I do love showing support for the community out there. This is for the community, as it was years ago. :) I think I made a post last year, but I haven't yet this year. If you weren't mentioned, check every month from this point forward! Here are a few community members to follow:


Nordic Champion
http://nordicchampion.blogspot.com/



Tales of the Spiral



HeatherTheWizard



Chrissy





WhiteTiger93
Autumn Dreamwalker
WizardMatt

This has been something I've done for years. I love making posts like this and I decided to start doing that again since there are so many new community members! We appreciate all of you and everything you do. I hope you all check out their content when you get a chance. I'll have a post every month shouting out community members for the good things they do for us. A huge THANK YOU!

April 2, 2017

Wizard101: Bunny Run 2 (TODAY)

Hello Wizards!

I hope you had a great week. Today we will be having another Bunny Run! We'll be meeting in the Commons, Unicorn Realm at 2:00 pm CST. Keep reading for more information.



When?
TODAY

2:00 pm CST / 3:00 pm EST

Where?
The Commons, Unicorn Realm

We'll be running the same route as in the video below:

What should I wear?
Everyone is welcome to attend, bunny or not. 
If you have a Bunny Mount or Costume, wear it.


I want to welcome EVERYONE to attend this event. This event will be for the community, every part of the community. I don't know if there will be an after party, but for now, I thought this would be great to have. If you're not able to attend, that's okay. Please keep in mind that this event is meant to be an event that brings everyone together again, just like many of my other events. I think it would be great to do so. 

- Please Be Kind to everyone. I know I don't have to tell everyone that, but this event is in support of the community. Not me. The community. So when the event is over, please thank the community for the event! We're going to bring the community back together. I hope you all are ready for Bunny Run #2. Invite your friends, everyone is invited whether they have a Bunny or not. Hope to see you all there! 


The Ending Of Bullying

Hi there,

Today, I want to talk about a very serious topic, called bullying. Unfortunately, I'm sure you've heard this many times. You may have heard this term from school or even online here in the Wizard101/Pirate101 community. This post is meant to be informative so everyone in our gaming community can understand how bullying affects not only the a person who is bullied but also the person who bullies someone. Let's first go over a few terms before I talk more about how we can stop bullying.

What Is Bullying?


Bullying: occurs when you someone tries to embarrass, control or psychically hurt someone. Name calling, making threats, spreading rumors, or excluding someone from a group on purpose are all forms of bullying. These forms can be placed into three types of bullying:

Social Bullying: 
involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships.
Examples: Spreading rumors about people, excluding them from a group, telling people not to be friends with that person, and embarrassing someone in public.


Physical Bullying: 
involves hurting somebody's body or possessions.
Examples:  Hitting, Kicking, Punching, Tripping, Spitting, Taking or breaking somebody's things, making mean or rude hand gestures.


Verbal Bullying:
saying or writing mean things.
Examples: Teasing, Name-calling, Taunting, Threatening to Cause Harm, Inappropriate Sexual comments.


Cyberbullying: a form of bullying that occurs when someone uses technology (Computers, Cell Phones, Tablets, etc) to bully and harass somebody. Even though it's not in person, Cyber Bullying has the same effects as Bullying. Cyberbullying includes two types of bullying, Social and Verbal bullying.

Trolling: a form of bullying involves provoking people to get an emotional response. This is similar to Cyberbullying because people also use technology to troll. Cyberbullying falls into the Social and Verbal bullying category.

Mobbing: is another form of bullying which a group people who bully an individual. An example of mobbing is getting people together to bully one person by saying mean things to and about a person, spreading rumors, and more. This is another serious type of bullying, but it can take place online and offline. This type of bullying can be placed into all three types of bullying, Social, Physical, and Verbal Bullying.




The Effects of Bullying

Bullying can have such a wide-range of negative effects for both the person who was bullied and the person who bullied someone. Each is negative and there is only one way to prevent these negative effects. I decided to list all of the ways bullying can effect a human being.. I am being honest with everyone here so you know how serious this actually is.


Someone Who Bullied Someone
Let me start with saying you matter! If you've bullied someone or have bullied someone, please stop now. Your life also matters! You're only human and we all do make mistakes. It's okay to admit to your mistakes and try to do better. If you are suffering from addictions or have abused. Please know that it's okay that it's okay that you ask for help. We will stand by you to not bully anyone and try your best to be kind to others. When you notice it, we have to stand together to put the end of all bullying. There are people here for you, but it's good to know that bullying of any form is not okay. If you've bullied someone, that does not make you a bad person. You're only human and we all make mistakes. If you notice that mistake, that's good because you can also stand up against bullying with many others that do. You'll be able to show the world that you're also against it, and plan to help others realize that bullying someone is not okay.

If you see somebody bullying someone, that doesn't make them a bad person, it only makes them a human that makes mistakes, just like the rest of us. They belong and deserve the same amount of respect, compassion, and love as anybody else. But it's good to make them aware of what bullying is - so we can put bullying to an end together.


Someone Who's Bullied
- Depression, Anxiety, Sadness/Loneliness, Changes in Sleep and Eating Patterns, Loss of Interest in Activities that they enjoy, Health Complaints, Decrease in Grades.

And Potentially Suicide.

There have been many suicide victims out there from bullying, online and offline. I want everyone to know that YOU Matter! We care about you and if you're feeling this way, know that you are not alone. There are people who care about you. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Help is always out there. You're not crazy for wanting help - you're only human! That's normal to feel the way you do. But always know that someone will stand up for you, even if all hope seems lost.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline #: 
1-800-273-8255



Standing Up To Bullying

Discussion is needed to show that bullying is not tolerated. We want to be friends with everyone, not exclude anyone because we don't like them or even if they were bullying someone. I decided to come up with a few steps of my own to share with you all and many videos and important links I'd love for everyone to visit. Please watch the videos and read this articles. Everything above that I posted is actually factual information from the StopBullying.Gov website. This is a serious issue and we all have to stand up against any type of bullying.


What should you do if you see someone being bullied?

School: Stand up for them and tell a teacher or any adult right away!

Online: Stand up for them! If it gets too serious, such as leaking of personal information or threats, contact the authorities. There are laws in some states against Cyberbullying. Standing up can mean a lot to both the Person bullied and the person who bullied.

If I bullied someone in the past, but I see someone being bullied, is it okay to stand up for the victim?

YES. Stand up for anyone being bullied. If you bullied someone in the past and regret it, it's never ever too late to stand up for people who are being bullied. You don't have to fight - all you have to do is say that it's wrong to bully anyone and that you'll be there for them. At the end of the day, we're all human.

Why should I stand up against bullying?

Put yourself in somebody else's shoes. Also treat others the way you want to be treated. Bullying is a serious issue. It's not easy for victims (or even people who bullied someone after they realize what they've done wrong) when they are bullied. You should stand up against bullying not only because it's the right thing to do, but because you would want someone to stand up for you if you were bullied. Everybody has the same chance of being bullied by somebody. You might not believe it now, but you also have a chance. And it's not right at all. Bullying needs to end. And we must stand together, against all forms of bullying.



Important Links


StopBullying.Gov

http://www.thebullyproject.com/

http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/

http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/kab/



There are many great websites out there that help try to make everyone aware of what bullying is. This post is meant to make everyone aware of what bullying is and what we can do, together, to put an end to all bullying, whether it's in the Wizard101 and Pirate101 community or even in real life. If people are made aware of what bullying is, they'll see that they won't like it if they were the ones being bullied by others. Bullying someone puts a person in the same boat because it doesn't make anyone feel good. We're all equal. We have to stand up against bullying of all kinds. Stand with everyone, now, to show everyone that you will stand with anyone being bullied online or offline. We should all stand together, people bullying others and those being bullied, to make everyone aware of how it affects everyone's life in a negative way. I hope this post helped a little bit. Please reread it when you get a chance. I still didn't post everything, but I invite you to visit the few of many websites above to read more. 















April 1, 2017

Around The World in 80 Days!

Hi there!

Today I decided to stop blogging about Wizard101 and Pirate101 to start a new adventure by visiting every country in the world! I plan on completing that adventure in 80 days. I wish I could visit New York City around Christmas instead, but today was a special day to decide my future.. So, you all already know me by now and know what this is! I can't trick you all now like I could say four years ago. You know I'm here to stay for a long time and I hope you all enjoy my new posts and events this year.


  • Travel To UK: I always wanted to travel there. There's a difference between a joke and really wanting to travel somewhere!
  • Travel To WC and SI: I will probably travel there by getting on the game sometime and just running around. Maybe visit Merle and Avery to wish him a great day!

Other than that. I hope you all enjoyed this post. I'll be sure to send postcards! You know, the ones that don't exist. See you all later! It's been great and I hope to return one day in the future, specifically the next time I make a new post which won't be long from now. Bye!

If it wasn't obvious by now.. APRIL FOOLS :P

Santa Run 2017

Santa Run 2017