Lark’s Island: Third Anniversary!

Has it been three years already? September 5, 2011, I posted the very first article here on Lark’s Island. Things have changed a lot since then, and activity has been occasionally sporadic, but I’m still here. So, I thought I’d do a little retrospective.

I was previously a contributor to a blog called LVLs., which belonged to an online friend. (It’s defunt now, but you can still find the affiliate link over on the sidebar.) At some point, I decided I wanted to have my own space and create my own blog.

Now, I’m not terribly good at coming up with names, so “Lark’s Island” probably sounds kind of random, but I can explain where it came from. When I first created the blog, I was browsing through the different WordPress themes, and I decided to use the “Beach” theme because it wasn’t too common, and I liked the way it looked (even though it had nothing to do with video games). So, to run with it, I thought it would be appropriate to call the blog an “island.” But what kind of island? After going through a few ideas, I settled on “Lark,” based on a character from the game Pilotwings 64.

You see, Lark was inspired by the old Nintendo Power comic strip character Nester, which is where I got my online handle from, so I thought it worked as kind of an obscure reference. (Lark, himself, was also a pun referring to both the bird and a lighthearted joke.) Maybe it’s a little too esoteric for its own good, but I have started using “Nester the Lark” as an extended name for myself.

The focus for the blog has always been video games, but the angle has changed a lot over the years. Currently, it’s just a personal outlet for me to write about whatever I want, which I guess is what a personal blog is supposed to be for. On October 19, 2012, I started a separate Tumblr blog called “Lark’s Lagoon,” which I use for posting news and other interesting game-related stuff I come across. Meanwhile, I keep my own written pieces here on WordPress.

As for just this past year, I’d like to point out some of my favorite posts I’ve made:

StarTropics: Test of Island Courage
A retrospective of Nintendo’s short-livewd StarTropics series.

The Wizard: Road To the Past
A look back at the ’80s video game movie The Wizard.

Deeper Waters – Sonic the Hedgehog: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5
A full analysis of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Maybe it’s not that well done, but I’m having fun with it, and it’s still in progress!

I don’t really have any regular readers that I’m aware of, just random visitors. But if you’ve stumbled across this blog somehow, I hope you’ll have a look around! Thanks for visiting!

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