From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
This article is a follow on from my blog stats and decisions article from March of this year. I made a number of choices and followed through over the past few months, and I wanted to share some thoughts on what has happened.
The changes haven’t just been to this blog; I have changed how I approach both my blog and others over the past few months.
I deleted the Facebook page of this blog and haven’t once regretted that decision. Replacing the Facebook widget with a ‘posts I like’ list has been great. There has been a steady outflow of clicks from here to those other blogs, which is all to the good.
I have also made a determined effort to find more blogs – the main method is through looking at the blogs of people who like the same blog posts as me. I have been reblogging a few, and also getting in on the blog painting challenges whenever I can.
The WordPress reader makes it easy to find and connect with other bloggers. Using this more has probably been my biggest behaviour change, and I have doubled the number of blogs I follow since March, and I’m rarely short of something to read!
The biggest change since that article has been starting the Once upon a Wednesday series. This has turned into a fun exercise for me, and an interesting feature for readers, to judge from feedback.
Many of the articles I have featured have been over 5 years old, and giving them a second run out has been fun. The series has already spawned its own spin off. When bringing up some older miniatures posts, I noticed my camera work in the early years left a lot to be desired.
I’ve taken some older models out to revisit them with the camera.
Once upon a Wednesday will definitely continue for the rest of 2020. I already have articles picked out for featuring for the next two months.
I wrote about my schedule of updating each week-end and how important that has been over the years. It keeps me focused and being aware to generate at least some content each week-end. Mostly it keeps me painting models.
With Once upon a Wednesday and reblogging, I have found myself putting up more mid-week articles too. Partly this is due to opportunity. I’m working at home (currently three days per week) and so this means that if I find something interesting at lunchtime I can prepare an article for the next day. In effect my commuting time has been turned into blog writing time.
I’ve also been able to feature more YouTube videos. In the past I tended to watch these without really sharing them, since article slots totalled 4 per week. Allowing myself up to four additional article slots per week has freed up space for these.
When I wrote the blog stats and decisions article I wanted to do more classic game walkthroughs. I managed to do Wasteland Remastered, but not any others. It turns out that playing games just to write about them isn’t as much fun as being inspired to write about games by playing them.
Others may come up later, but I’m not anticipating any more of these in 2020.
The blog has experienced what I am thinking of as a ‘COVID lift’.
As the snip above shows, the blog had a rise in activity right after March. Is it because more people have time on their hands? Is it the larger number of articles being posted? Probably a mix of the two.
However if there’s a lesson from any of this, I think it is to ignore the stats and focus on the blog. A lift in activity wasn’t the point of the changes in my blogging behaviour; it was the result.
In the original article I wrote that stats are little more than wallpaper unless you use them to inform your own decisions. Now, I think it’s better to say that stats are a result of your blogging choices and behaviour. They shouldn’t necessarily drive your choice, but they can inform them.
Four months after making some changes, I find myself with a regular midweek article series, a ‘camera revisits’ spin off, and more interesting blogs to looks at than before. A good result!