Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

The blog in 2019

Last year I was looking at a blog which had declined in views over the year, and feeling satisfied with that. I had decided to focus on interaction over views. It didn’t matter how many people were looking, it only mattered how many were taking the time to like, comment, or link to my articles.

That approach has paid off, as 2019 was a record year for likes and comments. I have taken the approach of trying to write content that I don’t see elsewhere, and also creating more of the kind of content that attracts interaction.

In practise this has meant more painting articles, which dovetails nicely with my ambition of painting all my unpainted miniatures over the next few years.

It also happens that 2019 was a record year for views as well:

The thin grey line in the chart above represents 100,000 page views, so the blog cracked that number for the first time.

I would like to say it’s because so many people are interesting in my painted miniatures, however it’s not that which drove the views up so high this year.

Of all things it was a walkthrough series I wrote late 2018 and early 219. The game was a remake of an old 1980s classic CRPG series, The Bard’s Tale. In the middle of this year the remake trilogy was released for the Xbox and hits suddenly surged.

Today the average daily hits for the blog are around double what they were in January of 2019, and it’s mainly due to continued interest in these walkthrough articles.

I wrote those articles as an example of content I wanted to see online but couldn’t find. It turns out a lot of other people wanted to see this content too!

Looking ahead to 2020

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and did something I haven’t done before; sketched out some plans for the blog over the next year.

You can expect to see a similar mix of articles about painting, gaming, and art. But also expect to see a slightly different spin on these themes. In 2020 I want to focus on making my content as useful as it can be for the reader.

For miniature painting, that will mean including my methods in articles, where I think it’s relevant and where I remember to talk about it. For art it might mean a deeper look at individual artists and their work. For computer games I think this means more of the content I would like to see elsewhere but don’t.

I hope you can join me for a fun and game-filled 2020!

17 comments on “The blog in 2019

  1. backtothehammer
    January 4, 2020

    Looking forward to it and happy new year!

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  2. Jenn
    January 4, 2020

    Best of luck with your hobby goals. Looking forward too seeing your thoughts and direction.
    Blown away by your pageviews. Congratulations.

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    • davekay
      January 4, 2020

      Thanks Jenn, the page views this year really surprised me too! One of the other changes I want to make this year is to have my articles link more to other bloggers and also to my own older articles.

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      • Jenn
        January 4, 2020

        My goals are similar. Connect with the hobbyists on here a bit more and stay invested and inspired by others.
        Again, good luck for the year ahead.

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  3. John@justneedsvarnish
    January 4, 2020

    Sounds good to me, Dave! Just keep enjoying it! 🙂

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  4. theimperfectmodeller
    January 4, 2020

    Sounds like a hell of a good plan mate, good luck but above all simply enjoy it.

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  5. Bookstooge
    January 4, 2020

    Congrats on identifying what you can do to be unique. Definitely seems to be paying off.

    Hope ’20 is a great year for you and your blog 🙂

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    • davekay
      January 4, 2020

      thanks, and the same for you and your blog too!

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  6. imperialrebelork
    January 5, 2020

    Well done on 2019 and good plan

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  7. Wudugast
    January 5, 2020

    As others have said, well done on a cracking 2019, looking forward to seeing what you do in 2020 🙂

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  8. Azazel
    January 6, 2020

    Congrats on a great year for the blog, and looking forward to seeing what you come up with in terms of articles. I find tutorial articles are pretty evergreen in terms of views, and if I had more time to do them, I’d have written up a fair few more of them last year.

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