Scent of a Gamer

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30 days of write

When this article goes up, I will get an alert from WordPress telling me I’m on a 30-day streak with posting to this blog. Since posting the industry update from ICv2 in March I haven’t missed a day.

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It wasn’t intentional. I posted a while back about last year’s blog stats and how they might influence my actions this year. I started the Once Upon a Wednesday series and I also began reblogging other posts that I liked.

The usual week-end schedule continued as it has since I established the blog, so any reblog articles had to come during the week. So far, so good. With the week-end and every Wednesday sorted for posts, any gaps left after reblogging started to look just like that: gaps.

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Over the years I have missed out making posts I might otherwise have made as the week-end schedule was full. I don’t like to make more than two posts per day at the week-end (or less, these days). This has meant that sometimes I don’t have the free slot to talk about things I might otherwise note.

This can include other blog posts, Instagram pages etc. Last Friday’s post about the final Blackstone Fortress expansion is a good example of a post that might not otherwise have made the schedule.

That’s the good part – I have enjoyed making posts that I might have otherwise had to leave out of the blog.

But.

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That daily “you’re on a x day streak!” seems like the bad side of social media, creating a compulsion to post just to see the streak continue, rather than because I have a post I genuinely want to make. That hasn’t happened yet, but I watched a YouTube video from someone on a 420-day streak of posting every day. He was recording for YouTube right after a 12-hour live stream so as not to break his streak.

I don’t want that to be me.

So, there won’t be a post between this one, and Once Upon a Wednesday. I’m happy to break the streak before it becomes a burden.

I have enjoyed making the extra posts though, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them! They will continue, but not every day.

7 comments on “30 days of write

  1. Azazel
    April 27, 2020

    I tried (and theoretically still like to try) to keep to a 2-day posting schedule. Since I’m posting painted model content, it’s about finding the balance between giving people a chance to see and appreciate my posts (well, my models) versus letting it sit for too long or overwhelming them with other stuff. If I post up a model I think is awesome, and then 18 hours later something else goes up – then the first one can easily be overwritten or buried by the second one.

    I’m also posting primarily for “us” – that loose affiliation of bloggers that have coalesced. Because despite now being over 750 followers, I’m well aware that a suubstantial proportion of those followers are “nothing” followers that have simply followed my (and your) blogs in the hope of a reciprocal follow – essentially blogs playing the numbers game – random blogs from india, people trying to sell something, “inspirational” blogs that repost bible verses or “inspirational” poems alongside a sunset image pulled from GIS, each post with 237 likes and 7,000 followers.

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    • davekay
      April 27, 2020

      I think maybe 1 or 4 or 1 in 5 of my followers are genuine accounts in that sense. I get what you mean about the danger of burying your own posts with excess frequency.

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  2. Wudugast
    April 27, 2020

    A thirty day streak is not to be sneezed at – I think the best I ever managed was five. Well done for not producing anything that felt like filler, and especially well done for quitting before it turned into a burden.

    For myself the aim of the blog is to post painted models, or WIPs if I think they’ll be of interest, or to write comment pieces if I think I’ve got something worthwhile to say. The latter relies on there being something to comment on, whereas the former two rely on my breaking out the brushes and/or clippers and finishing something. Thus the rate at which I post here is entirely dependent on outside factors. That said I aim for at least one post a week when life is busy, and two posts a week when it isn’t, both to keep the blog alive and to encourage me to keep painting.

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    • davekay
      April 27, 2020

      Yes, I think that once you have a clear schedule and extra posts are just that – extra, but they should still serve the purpose of the blog, otherwise it’s just posting for the sake of it.

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  3. John@justneedsvarnish
    April 28, 2020

    Well, I think I’m in your 4-or-5-followers category, Dave and have njoyed the extra posts! 🙂

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    • davekay
      April 28, 2020

      You definitely are John!

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