14 Years Ago

It’s hard to believe sometimes that I’ve been doing this as long as I have. Really, I’ve been blogging for longer than 14 years, but this inception of the blog was created on January 9th, 2005. I had been silent on the blogging front for a few years due to a lack of a computer in my early 20’s, but after getting one in late 2004 I managed to get back online and have kept a presence ever since. I’m a couple of days late on this anniversary post — for whatever reason it slipped my mind until today, and I feel obligated to put something out celebrating the occasion.

Long time readers will know I’ve been around some time, but there are only so many of us left from those days. A small handful of the blogs on my side bar have been doing this as long as I have with any sort of regularity. I call these folks members of the old guard, and to some extent, they are the last of a dying breed. I’m glad to see that there are others who have taken up the blogging mantle in more recent years and have kept up at it, but am equally saddened by those who got off to a good start but let their blogs stagnate and die. With so many other mediums taking away from the written word, I feel like it is our duty to keep writing alive.

This is why I appreciate events like the Newbie Blogger Initiative, Blaugust, and even things like NaNoWriMo. We shouldn’t let the written word die off as a source of entertainment, yet I am just as guilty of not reading books as much as I should. I do frequent the blogs on my side bar though, along with keeping up a respectable output of my own writing. Things have been good on the blogging front for a few years now for me, where I’ve not kept a schedule but have managed a decent amount of posts each month. I don’t always get the interaction that I want, but when I do it reminds me why I do this in the first place.

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again:

Despite all the times I’ve said I only write for myself, I really do this for you. So thank you, dear reader. I hope you have enjoyed your stay in my little corner of the Internet.

Stay a while, and listen.

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Where does the time go?

It was back in 2005 that I started this blog and I honestly don’t know how I’m still doing it. It may not be as steady as some but it has stood the test of time moreso than others. It’s interesting to occasionally look back on old posts and find how much my thought patterns have changed in the last decade-plus; my life has assuredly changed as well. What was once something of a true “web log” has taken shape into a gaming blog that covers more than just those of the video kind. It’s been a long journey of self-discovery and perseverance, but I feel like I’d do it all over again given the chance. Barring some sort of post-apocalyptic or dystopian scenario, I hope to make this a hobby for life. It might not be regular, it might evolve, but it might also be something interesting for someone who knew me to read and take a journey through personal history and a life that might not be the most exciting but wasn’t exactly boring.

To those of you who have been around since the beginning, thank you. I’m proud to have entertained you throughout the years. For those of you who only know me in more recent years, I thank you as well. To anyone whose life I may have touched, thanks for being around.

As much as I write for myself, I write for you.

11 Years

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Eleven years ago today, I started this blog. It’s since seen a name change, several focus changes, and over eleven hundred posts; this is a poor average but nonetheless I soldier on. It isn’t clear how many times blogging has “died,” but it is clear that I’m unable to stop compulsively writing about whatever I have an opinion on. It’s been a fun journey needless to say.

I live in a completely different city, talk to maybe a handful of the same people and live a very different life from what I would have imagined eleven years ago.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I am more educated at this point, believe that the city I live in is a better fit for me, and am more content with my own personal well-being than I have been in a long time. There are still improvements to be made, but I’m not the New Year’s Resolution type. Things will continue to change and if I’m writing this same post eleven more years from now, I would expect to be a different me. I hope the next eleven years are just as eventful, and I hope that I can report more successes at that time.

The past couple of days were spent helping a friend move out of town. It’s unfortunate because he’s the only friend I really had out here but thankfully he’s not so far away I can’t still visit, it will just be less often. Anyway, as a result I’m rather beat, and I realize that I haven’t put out the newest podcast yet either. We’re going to record tomorrow but it’s a possibility that it won’t get posted until Sunday. The school break is over so I’m back to that grindstone, so there might be a little bit of a lull in content while I get back into the swing of things.

Since this is a shorty post, I’ll leave you with my latest Quick Look video, just in case you missed it:

Ten Years of Me

Today marks ten years since I opened this blog. There have been many changes over the years, including going from the traditional HTML coding to using a free host with built in editors, a name change, format changes, different series that have come and went, and of course, a difference in the community involved here. I’ve also had my fair share of stagnant moments, some years where I only posted a handful of times, and others when I was truly active and talking about my adventures. Some of those adventures were of personal nature, and some were more gaming oriented. It wasn’t until 2013 that I really buckled down and said I’m going to keep posting regularly, and maintain less of a personal presence, and keep things about my hobbies. I do talk about personal stuff here and there still, but I really wanted this to just be a gaming blog and nothing else. If you go back far enough in the archives, you’ll see that this wasn’t always the case, and I probably should go back and edit out names or delete posts where I’ve made an ass out of myself, but I figure it’s better to leave it. You get to see how I’ve grown and changed throughout the years as a result, though I seriously doubt people are going back and reading ten year old posts. I know I don’t dive down that rabbit hole very often either.

Either way, I like to think that my personality shines through even when I’m talking about games, movies, music, or some other hot-button topic. I try to maintain a balance between presenting the facts, and peppering in my own sarcastic wit. It’s part of my charm. That, or you hate it. Either way you’re still reading, because my readership has steadily increased over the years.

Looking through stats and analytics, I find that the most popular topics I’ve talked about were MMOs I used to play, League of Legends, and other posts that just so happened to have some pertinent keywords. There’s a post with the title of “Syrup Shoes” that gets regular traffic, despite the fact that people are searching for a brand of shoes, not for a story about one sibling pouring syrup in her sibling’s shoes. It’s interesting to see the things that you write that bring in the most traffic. I wrote a post about “What race is best for X class,” for Everquest II, which used to have racial abilities that would be best suited for particular classes. I then addressed the topic again when changes came through in the game and eliminated most of what I had talked about. Those posts still get traffic, and the information is basically meaningless at this point. My “Norrathian Newbie” series that was short lived but had some decent information contained within still gets traffic as well, but with Everquest II being a game that’s on life support, these posts are starting to die as well.

Many other posts surprise me, because they get so much traffic or cause a stir in the community. My most commented on posts revolve around Sexism and my love for PvP, which I suppose are worthy hot-button topics, but sometimes the posts I’m the most proud of having written don’t get many views, likes or comments. Blogging is a funny thing because you are writing what you want to write (write for yourself) but you want people to participate or give you that pat on the back when you write something awesome. For anyone who gets discouraged when looking at their site stats, just remember to give it time. You will find your audience and they will continue to come back. For the days that they aren’t around, remember that you started down this road to write for yourself.

I really don’t have much more to say, it’s been a fantastic ten years when it comes to gaming and blogging, and I look forward to being able to make a post like this again when I hit 20 years. Thanks for being a part of this community and supporting my efforts!

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Time Flies (6 years)

Time surely does trudge on, whether we like it or not, are aware of it or not. Today marks 6 years since I jumped from whatever hosting service I was using (I literally don’t remember) over to WordPress.

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In that amount of time, according to my stats, I have made 598 posts (including this one), although I had a couple years of backlog when I transferred over. I’ve had almost 50k visitors, so I’m definitely one of the “little guys”, but I’m proud to have out lasted some of the more prominent blogs out there. I’ve utilized 5 or 6 of the WordPress themes, and I have had one blog name change over this duration. Overall, I’m satisfied with the service, and how easy it makes my blogging, as I don’t really have to put out much effort with design/archiving etc., and can focus my energies on what I want to write that particular day. You might have noticed a slight change in the layout here, and though I did so yesterday, I’m just going to say I did it to commemorate the anniversary.

Here’s to 6 more years!