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20K Hits!

I just wanted to give a huge thank you for 20k blog hits~! I know compared to most websites that’s not a lot and I know it’s mostly because of my Sims 2 mods list but I just wanted to acknowledge and say thank you for coming here. This site roughly gets about 100 hits a day, again I know there are plenty of websites who get way more, but I don’t have enough words to say how grateful I am that you come here anyway. And to the 41 of you following my blog too! Thank you~! Like big, big, big hugs!

A new mods list plus many other updates are going to be coming to the site over the next several months so stay tuned for that. Today I just organized my Homemaker Challenge stuff and I’m going to be doing more of that first before the mods. But anyway thank you again and thank you for being here. Until next time.

Sincerely,

Sarah Smiles

So Sorry Abi: Putting the Pieces Together

It’s probably safe to assume that I didn’t get very good sleep last night. And your right, I didn’t. I kept tossing and turning, analyzing everything in my mind. But one question kept surfacing in my head over and over again like a giant neon sign. Why? Why her? Why would he not be open? Why did he ghost me?

And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. It had to do with a conversation we had.

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I’m back!

Hey guys, I just wanted to apologize for not being here on my blog for the last couple of months. I’ve been super busy with so many other projects like, I had my first lot approved on MTS. The Trajique Memorial Park

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I spent a lot of January working on a new challenge series called the Asylum challenge but I decided to take a break uploading videos for a couple months, like probably till the end of March. I might come back earlier but I am taking it day by day. I did post my interview with Jonathan from The Ninth Wave as my last video.

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I had a meme on my FB page go viral with over 10,000 hits. (that’s viral for me) It was a random funny meme that I had found funny and shared and I guess a lot of you loved it too.

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But yeah, other than that I’ve mostly been working on sharing CC on my Sims 2 Custom Content Discord which you can join here if you are interested. discord.gg/sKk2Mrm It’s designed to have all Sims 2 CC organized so you can find what your looking for almost at the tip of your finger tips. It has over 225 members currently and I couldn’t be more stoked.

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That is everything that’s been happening in January/first part of February. I’m going to be adding more mods to the mod list and finishing the Trajique bio’s. I also want to finish the recap episodes and I’ll talk about future plans I want to work on after I get those done! Until then stay tuned.

Sincerely,

Sarah Smiles

12-9 Update

Hey it’s been a little over a week since my last week but I thought I’d come check in and say again what happened this first week of the month.

YouTube Videos Last Week:

I’ve mostly been focusing on making my machinima which will be aired on the 18th of December but you can watch a short little trailer I made here. I’m definitely not what you call a great film maker but it’s been fun.

I’ve been posting new episodes of New Arlestown and going to film share 3 episodes a week until Season 1 is over. I’m also going to be filling out more town bio’s and start episode recaps. I’m also going to be taking down my Pleasantview series/stuff on here and my YouTube channel for the moment till I can recreate it better.

I also reached 10 followers on this blog so thank you so very much for that and I’m ย almost at 100 Followers on Instagram, woohoo~! ๐Ÿ™‚ Those are two great little milestones to reach and I’m very grateful for all those are interested in staying in touch.

This week I will get to 2,000 mods and possibly a little more. I am going to spend some more time on this website this week. I’ll be organizing the mod categories up a bit, posting new bio’s for New Arlestown, episode recaps and some general rearranging. So please stay tuned for all the updates on this site. I am thinking of making daily updates as they happen like what mods I’m adding, what’s being moved around, etc.

Anyway, that’s all I have to today, thank you so much for reading!

Until next time,

Sarah Smiles

End of the Month Update

Hey guys,

I can’t believe another month has just flown by and tomorrow will already be December! Ahh its’ too much to think about. November was a very slow month in terms of video uploading progress. I needed a lot of time to breathe but I didn’t want to completely take a break so I have done a lot of behind the scenes work instead of on camera. Even the behind the scenes stuff is minimal to an extent.

I spent the first week of November very active. I made 5 videos from

My favorite was the University Mod review and it was my intention to follow up with at least two other videos 1.) How to Install a Custom University in Your Regular Hood and 2.) How to Use Custom Majors. I still plan on making those videos but honestly I had just kept putting so much pressure on myself to create video after video that I dropped the ball. No one was putting this pressure on me but me. I wanted to make high quality content and one of my biggest insecurities is that I’m not a good film maker and how I don’t speak very well publicly nor I did I want to put sub quality content out when it has the possibility of reaching hundreds of people. (I’m not delusional it would reach thousands) One of my biggest fears is making mistakes and I feel like I always mistakes. That being said making the mistakes doesn’t bother me it is apart of life and a learning process to grow. Nor does making mistakes publicly bother me either. What bothered me was putting out content that was intended to instruct someone who was relying on material to teach them something that wasn’t 100% accurate. I know that when I try to learn something one of my biggest pet peeves is that the instructor doesn’t thoroughly check before putting out the information for us to learn and that really worried me. It worried me even though I have friends who will always be 100% honest with me and help me be a better person. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for them in my life but even with those people, I was just not feeling good enough.

So because of that I took a GIANT step back from creating content on YouTube. I did hit 300 Subscribers on November 8th and while that made me so happy it also gave me a little bit of anxiety of trying to start to climb the next mountain, to start the next goal. I did end up with a wicked flu that also slowed down my progress.

The following week I recorded the footage of my interview with Lien that should be out sometime in December, I’m not sure when but we talked for THREE wonderful hours. She is such a joy to talk to and we could have talked for another three hours probably despite the language barrier between us. I will be working on editing that footage this week so I can give an update on that relatively soon.

During the week of the 11th through the 18th I did reach 1,500 mods in the mod database! As of today I am just shy under 2,000 and I might go ahead today and add the 67 mods needed to get to 2,000. There will be another post if that happens. I also I updated my Instagram on November 5th and as of today reached my 50 Followers milestone! My next one is 75 followers and of course then 100.

I also created aย  The Sims 2 Custom Content Discord which is still heavily new and in construction but it is welcome for all Simmers who are looking for specific custom content or to share their favorite links. I get so tired of cluttering my bookmarks with CC links I never go visit and spending hours looking for specific CC when I can create hundreds of categories at the tips of my fingers. That’s what this place is.

The rest of the month I’ve been spending a great deal of time renovating New Arlestown. I want when Season 2 eventually does get released (saying that as Season 1 isn’t even officially done airing lol) the first reaction I want to be from people is.. wow!!! I am spending so much time on every little detail I can think of. For example, I spent six hours yesterday to find a handful of clothing outfits for ONE character! But in the end it was worth it. I am posting a lot of updates about the town and story in my Instagram link above which of course I heavily encourage you to follow. A friend mentioned that the story was a little too hard for her to follow, too many characters, which is why I thought maybe breaking down the characters one by one to follow in an Instagram story would be easier for people and it looks like people are really enjoying them so far. The photos are heavily inspired by my friend Rachel who makes poseboxes and also creates really beautiful modeling photography. So far I almost have done the whole Trajique household family except for two people, Sophie and Aasim.

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The last thing that has happened this month was I released my interview with PixelWitch on YouTube which you can watch here.

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I did wrap up the month with getting some inspiration for another New Arlestown video which you can watch here called Puppy Love. It’s with the Orphanage household and Lydia the social worker has her hands full trying to juggle 7 kids and then even more unexpected surprises show up!

And that is it in a nutshell what happened this month! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a lot coming up for December and I can’t wait to share it with you. Until next time,

Sincerely,

Sarah Smiles

New Arlestown Makeover Post #1

So even though Season Two of New Arlestown is still very much a long time away from being released (I’m still not done airing the footage from Season 1), I’ve been working on renovating the town. So when Season Two is launched it will have a completely 100% new look. It will still be the same crazy characters, just dialed up to a 100.

I am so grateful to the people who have been helping me thus far. A GIANT thank you in particular to Kyle, PixelWitch and Terminathan. Also today a big thank you to Rachel for helping me with poseboxes and letting me interview you for February. There will probably even be more people to thank as it comes along and I will totally make sure to remember to credit where credit is due.


Here is what I’ve been working on today: Sierra Trajique’s makeover.

So Sierra Trajique is pregnant with Deacon Grosse’s baby. She slept with him technically the night before when he invited her to his brother’s party which also happened to be the night before her wedding to Aasim. Sierra has been engaged to Aasim since before she could remember in an arranged marriage by Aasim himself. She’s never really been aloud to express her own opinion or have her own voice and she knows if Aasim were to find out the baby wasn’t his, he would kill it. You can read my personal breakdown and bio of Sierra’s character analyses in the link above

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11-24 Update

Hey guys~!

It’s been a second pretty laid back week as far as activity goes. Maybe it’s the holiday anticipation or maybe I need more of a break than I realize, maybe both but never fear am working on many projects behind the scenes.

Like I mentioned in my last post, early on this week Sunday & Monday I was able to get to 1500 mods in the mod database I’ve been creating the last couple of months. And off and on I’ve been adding custom content to my Sims 2 Custom Content Discord. It’s not as active of a project as the mod list but I still think it’s a very good custom tool for organizing CC instead of having a million bookmarks I’ll never look at. This way I can look at specific CC I need later and remember to come back to.

I’ve also been working on renovating New Arlestown so when I do eventually get to filming Season 2, the initial reaction I’m going for is, wow! I want to give a BIG thank you to my friends Kyle, Nathan and PixelWitch for helping thus far. I’ll be posting pictures on my Twitter and Instagram soon (hopefully a few this coming week).

From Thursday to Sunday (today) I’ve been busy editing my interview with PixelWitch on YouTube and uploaded this morning here. Please go check it out if you have some time and also PixelWitch’s YouTube channel which can be found in the video description.

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The last thing to happen is while I was waiting for PixelWitch’s interview to export then upload, I added 206 Mods from Midge The Tree on Tumblr. Yup, that’s right, Tumblr~! I was planning on waiting before I dive into Tumblr because it’s an understatement to say how big of a sea Tumblr is for Sims 2 content but I really want to look at modern creators within the last 2-3 years. I also decided to make Midge’s page first before adding the mods because most of Midge’s mods are supernatural and I wanted to better organize the supernatural page, which I did and I wanted to have her mods ready once I did. I’ll be adding those mods in over the next couple of days which should bring us to 1716 mods! Like George Takei says, oooooh myyyy!!! If I can (and I think I can) I’d like to try and get to 2,000 mods this week but Wednesday is my BIRTHDAY and Thursday is our American Thanksgiving so, I don’t know if I’ll have the time or energy.

I might do a birthday stream on Wednesday with the Sims 2 but I don’t know what kind of content I’d want to do. You can leave me a comment with your suggestion here or on Twitter if you’d like but no pressure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, there aren’t a lot of videos but I’m taking my time with the videos I put out so I can focus on really learning more about the Sims. I have a couple of other projects for this site I want to start but I need to set aside the time after I’ve more completed my current projects. Until next time.

Love Until Later,

Sarah Smiles

11-18 Update-1500 Mods

Hey guys,

IMG_0408.JPGIt’s been a week since my last post but also my last video on YouTube. I took a week off of all social media because I really needed the break but I came back on Friday. I’m battling yet another flu all day yesterday and today but I’m working on getting better. I did have a wonderful “interview” with my friend Lien which went really well and loved our three hour conversation. Each time I “interview” my friends the conversations we have just seem to get longer and longer (which I love) because I end up learning so much about them, their culture and their perspective on the Sims. I loved making Lien laugh with my goofy turkey hat I bring out every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I don’t have a whole lot planned for this week except I would like to get the next couple episodes of New Arlestown up and one University mod video about custom majors. I did want to (still do) a video on how to setup a custom University hood in your main district so you can play sims like teen who live at home and go to college but I’m not sure how I want to film it or build the university so… \_o_/ another video for another day.

On a positive note we are now up to 1,500 mods! I honestly thought that by 1,500 mods I’d feel a little closer to completing my list but it only makes me feel further than that. I still haven’t touched Tumblr, MATU, or Sim Logical. The mod list really feels like it will be around 5,000 mods before I feel like it’s more of a complete list but I could be wrong. I’m almost done with Squinge’s list but there are many other creators on the InSiminator fourm that I want to give a good look through. If you have any suggestions for mods please feel free to either leave a comment or email me on any of my social media platforms.

Speaking of platforms, I updated my Instagram two weeks ago and I am doing my best to keep it updated as I go. There are still a lot of posts I need to update there but I digress. I also trying to be more active on Discord which you can find two awesome Discords I manage:

  1. The Sims 2 Custom Content Discord– a Discord strictly dedicated to finding Sims 2 CC on all platforms and websites. It’s similar to Lana on Tumblr but for all websites.
  2. The Sims 2 Facebook Group on Discord– Basically what it says, my friend Kyle made this after his Sims 2 group on FB but for Discord. I’m working on getting it more active and have been organizing it so please stop by on both discords if you’re interested!

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. I will be working on editing PixelWitches interview over the course of this week and will be trying to get the mod index up to 2,000 mods. Fingers crossed I can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love Until Next Time,

SarahSmiles

November 3rd to the 9th Update

Hey guys!

So this is a little late but here is how last week went, really productive!

I just finished uploading all of Cyjon’s mods to the mod database and just need to finish adding the mods to his page. But it brings us up to 1287 mods listed currently. I haven’t quite decided if I’d like to explore MATU, Boiling Oil/LeeFish (two different people) or Sim Logical next but those are the three main websites I’d like to focus on next even though I know there are other sites I need to add.

As far as videos goes I posted 5 videos last week:

I also hit 300 Subscribers last week and I just want to give a big shoutout and thank you for those of you who watch and subscribe to my channel, your support means more than you can know.

I want to make a couple of other University related videos for the Sims 2 but I’m not sure exactly when I’ll get to them.

I also created a Discord strictly for Sims 2 Custom Content. It’s like Lana Sims on Tumblr but it’s on Discord and includes other tags besides Tumblr. Here is the invite code for those who are interested https://discord.gg/9jm3NBm It is in the beginning stages and it’s welcome for any who want to share links to CC. To request a category there is a category requests section so CC can be as organized as possible.

Anyway, that’s all I have planned for this week.

Until next Time,

Sarah Smiles

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