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Back to school…again!

Hi everyone,

It’s difficult, in a way, to know how to write this post. Each year, at around this time, I usually publish a quick post wishing people well in regards to school returning. But unlike previous years, education for the foreseeable future is certainly going to be very different; if you’re like me, or most other students in the United Kingdom, you’ll probably be returning to a physical building with lots of social distancing precautions. Many others may be shifting to online learning with daily calls and classes – imagine predicting that in last year’s post!

It’s understandable to be nervous about it too – I go back tomorrow, and I certainly am! Perhaps it’s new faces, lessons, new buildings, or even just precautions after months away from school. It took me a couple of weeks to settle in last time, and it’s completely okay if that’s the same for you, even if the return to school is something you’ve been looking forward to! I suspect that most emotions now will be fluctuating between excitement and nervousness, and that’s understandable – that’s why it’s so much tricker to write this one!

The last few months have had their ups and downs for everyone, and I’ve definitely not been an exception to that. It’s okay if you didn’t achieve everything that you may have hoped to – as dramatic or horrible as it may seem, just surviving it is something to be genuinely proud of. But in regards to the next few months ahead: good luck, stay safe, and enjoy it all you can – for all of schools’ challenges and stresses, of which there are many, I hope that the last few months have helped you discover aspects that you appreciate more.

I first saw Spirited Away (film which the scene above is from) half a decade ago when my history teacher played it – I’ve loved it since! But the idea of unfamiliar locations and events may be a pretty common feeling now.

As for the update on this blog, at the start of this year, I estimated that this would probably be my last year blogging. For the last few months, even though I’ve lost most interest in the actual game, I’ve been delaying that decision until September. I’ve never quite framed it in this way before: I joined Club Penguin just under a decade ago, aged really young. Since then, through some string of fate, I became increasingly active in the community, starting with Penguin Lodge chat to social media, and by some chain of coincidence, managed to start this blog and met a handful of wonderful people who have really helped keep me sane over the last few months.

Regrettably, it is my belief that those chains of coincidences have almost run out – people will generally recognise that the “closer community” has been fading for a while. I’m not sure what Club Penguin holds next, but on that decision, it feels better to be upfront: while it wouldn’t be right to lay out a precise timetable, any decision would probably be when I’m completely comfortable and certain, rather than just one for the sake of “waddling on” when I genuinely enjoy blogging.

I’ll conclude on those chains of coincidences: we may never fully understand them, but good luck, people and memories come randomly. I’ve had a lot of good fortune in this community, and for all its challenges, I couldn’t imagine going through this lockdown without that. The next stage with schools re-opening will bring their own struggles, but I hope that you’ll be able to get through them too!

Best of luck,

-Torres 126

30 Comments

  • Fiddlelad

    Thablnk you Torres. Thank you tor what you have doen. We will miss thse blogs. you have been a great friedn. We loves you meet ups , gudes, Mountians Mondays , giveaways and your dedication. We can all tell how much you loved this Community . STAY SAFE. GOOD LUCK.
    Best Regards,
    Fiddlelad

  • SpookBat

    Ow. I just recently found out that Club Penguin has been re-created, only just got the hang of things using your excellent guides and now you’re saying there isn’t going to be any more of them? I’ll be just like that penguin in the desert joke – lost! πŸ™

    • Torres 126

      I’m glad that the guides help! That section was really to give an update on the blog that I’ve promised for a while, it doesn’t mean that you should expect any immediate changes. πŸ™‚

  • PrototypeMax

    Hi Torres!

    Have you met every single CPR mascot and have all their respective stamps and backgroundS?

    Thanks,Hope you are well, Stay safe
    PrototypeMax

    • Torres 126

      I can only share my views in the case of the United Kingdom, since that’s where I live. I think that the British government is right to get schools back for a whole variety of reasons, varying from the mental & physical wellbeing of pupils to a widening attainment gap, but I’m extremely concerned by the lack of precautions in doing so.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Torres! thank so much for posting this,I have been following your blog for a few months and I really enjoy them, I hope you are doing great. If you decide for stop posting then I’ll understand but I’ll miss it a lot ngl. Good luck on everything you do!

  • PrototypeMax

    Hi Torres!

    I was just going through the comments of this article and I read one saying that the guides will not continue so I just wanted to ask is this true are these guides ending?

    Thanks,
    PrototypeMax

    • Torres 126

      All things come to an end eventually. πŸ™‚ But there isn’t going to be an immediate end, and I wanted to clear that up in this post since I know that many people were expecting me to announce something close to closure around this time, especially since I predicted this would be my last year blogging at the start of the year.

  • Anonymous

    What a beautiful read Torres! It’s so nice to hear that one is not alone in their struggles and we all go through it! Thank you for this article and all the articles you’ve written through the past. I’ll be graduating school end of this year, so can totally relate to all you’ve said. I wish you the best of luck for the future!

  • PrototypeMax

    Hi Torres!

    So is CPM is going to end? And if so is it because the html5 version is coming out? And if it IS ending because of that will there be another wiki made soon for it? And why is this ending because I found everything on this website informative than the not-so informative CPR fandom thing that was set up! Why is it ending? :'(

  • PrototypeMax

    Hi Torres!

    Oh and just one more thing… Is this whole website ending or are you only leaving it? Please don’t leave CPM it’s hard to play without these fun guides :'(

  • PrototypeMax

    Hi Torres!

    Oh and one last thing If the HTML% version completes will you be there and will there be a new Blog or is the whole of CPM ending?
    Again, Please don’t end this blog :'(

    Thank you for everything you’ve done for the CPM community,
    PrototypeMax

    • Torres 126

      Hi! I want to reassure you that there’s going to be no immediate changes, although of course, things will eventually end. I won’t be starting a new blog for the HTML5 version – everything related to Club Penguin will remain on this blog, and I don’t think that I’ll ever delete/hide content, even if I start posting – they’d make a nice archive! When I do decide to stop posting (although again, that won’t be anything imminent!), I will definitely lay out reasonings in detail.

  • Yacine

    Hi tores and thank you for your amazing blog. I hope that you stay blogging, you’ve been a big help to the community. If we can help you with something let us know, we dont want this blog to dissapear

  • olijay2010

    hi torres, i just wana say thanks for all you have done for the cpr and cpm community, if you do hav eto sto cpm i will understand i was just wondering if you leave or stop posting on cpm who will? i looked for some one else who works on cpm but i cound not find anyong other than you, can you tell me if there is anyother people working for cpm or is it just you.
    thanks again-olijay2010

    • Torres 126

      Hi! Thanks for the kind message – you’re correct that I’m the only person who writes articles on this blog, and as such, it’ll be the “end” (in a way) when I choose to stop. πŸ™‚

      • olijay2010

        oh ok. and one more question, are you saying that this year is your last year of blogging on cpm or are you saying that there is a chance that this will be your last year, i just got confused about that aswell

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