Scent of a Gamer

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

An elite position

Yesterday’s post prompted an unexpected message from WordPress:

I suspect this is a relic from earlier days and the number won’t mean much to many people these days. The position of being a 1337 (or elite) gamer used to be a coveted one for many, although I have no idea why. Presumably there is a current equivalent that I’m too old to have heard of.

1,337 posts is an average of 178 per year. This year has boosted that average since I have been making posts (like this one!) outside my usual week-end schedule.

Did I learn?

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Did I learn a few things after posting well over 1,000 blog posts? I think so:

1. Always remember why you started the blog. Every post should be contributing towards your blog goals

2. I need to focus on editing my work (almost every post I highlighted in Once upon a Wednesday has had a typo or two removed)

3. Let your readers shape your blog. This can be a simple as treating their feedback as tips – I now manually underline all links in my articles after Bookstooge pointed out they were difficult to notice otherwise.

4. Don’t trust the editor. The WordPress editor does not show accurately what your blog article will look like – at least, not for me with this template. To follow on from the last example, the links are always underlined in the editor screen for me. The preview page will even show a thumbnail image when I have forgotten to select one! Always preview an article before posting in case it doesn’t look as you expect. This also provides me with a final opportunity for proofreading.

5. Engage! I am sure I would not still be blogging after almost seven and a half years if it weren’t for the interactions I have had with other bloggers along the way. Taking the time to read and comment on other blogs is its own reward, so it represent time well-spent. My Once upon a Wednesday series had its genesis in The Imperfect Modeller‘s Memory Monday series.

1,337 down, many more to follow

Ultimately every number is just a number. Having a four-figure post count serves mainly to remind me I have been at this for a while. Looking back over my older work has helped remind me that I have improved my writing, painting, and photography over the past few years. For as long as it remains fulfilling, I will stick with it!

14 comments on “An elite position

  1. theimperfectmodeller
    May 26, 2020

    Whatever the significance to the number might be that’s one hell of an achievement, congratulations.

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  2. Wudugast
    May 26, 2020

    Now there’s a word I’ve not read in a while! Are kids today no longer 1337? I guess they’re probably not at that. Well done though, above and beyond its significance for people of our age that’s a hell of a lot of posts you’ve written. If I keep it up at my current average I should get there in about 6 years or so.

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    • davekay
      May 26, 2020

      I got the message from WordPress and then I realised it has been a long time since I saw anyone reference ‘1337’ .

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  3. Mikko
    May 26, 2020

    Hahah, that’s excellent. Reminded me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2rGTXHvPCQ

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  4. Bookstooge
    May 26, 2020

    Congrats! And thanks for the shoutout, appreciate it.

    And I so concur with #4. That “preview” is one of the most important steps for me when creating a post!

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    • davekay
      May 26, 2020

      It’s true – I pick up a lot of errors, and also get to reconsider how the article is structured

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  5. Jenn
    May 26, 2020

    Congratulations on such a glorious milestone. What a way to celebrate it too, is l33t even a thing anymore!?
    There are some great tips here too, I never even thought to preview posts before putting them out – what a n00b!
    Keep at it, I enjoy reading and seeing your content.

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    • davekay
      May 26, 2020

      I know, I spent too long assuming it would look the same without really thinking too hard about it. I know I spend more time writing my articles than reading them, but blog visitors only get to read.

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  6. maenoferren22
    May 26, 2020

    Congratulations on the number of posts mate.

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  7. osographic
    May 27, 2020

    Congrats! Thanks for the consistent and entertaining content. 🙂

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    • davekay
      May 31, 2020

      thanks, I’m glad you like it!

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