Scent of a Gamer

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

2020 blog review

Purely looking at the number of page views, 2020 was a great year for this blog.

2019 was the first year I managed to break through 100,000 views, this year I broke through 200,000 for the first time. The blog experienced a sustained rise in views from March forward, which I don’t think was a coincidence. People just had more time on their hands, I think.

In many ways, the page views are just wallpaper. It’s nice to see them, but they aren’t the point. This year I finally came up with a short sentence to describe what this blog is: It’s the home page for my gaming hobby.

Everything that forms part of my gaming interests will feature here. That is going to include computer games, miniatures, table top games, art and more. The common thread binding everything is that it forms part of my gaming hobby.

This might seem obvious, but I have struggled over the years to come up with a simple sentence to describe what this blog is.

In 2020, I published more articles and painted more models than ever before. Instead of updating only on the week-ends, I introduced more mid-week posts, and kept painted miniatures updates purely for the week-end. I started a series of articles about other articles on the blog. It seems like navel gazing but with 8 years of posting history, there was plenty to mine. It started as a simple look back at an article, but ended up being more about how the blog has been shaped by interaction with readers and other bloggers.

Other article series ended, such as my art review of each Magic: the Gathering set. The tone-deaf release of a tie in with The Walking Dead caused my to reassess my relationship with this game, and downgrade my involvement to only the face-to-face league I have been running for (checks watch) 13 years now. You’ll definitely see more Magic art on the blog in 2021, but done differently.

Wasteland art by Adam Paquette

Aiming to have miniatures updates each week-end gave me a schedule and a deadline, which encouraged me to keep painting throughout the year.

I reached 295 painted models this year. I can’t say that this is a personal best, because I only started keeping an annual count with this blog, despite painting miniatures since the 1990s. However it’s the highest number since I started to keep count, so there’s that.

Classic computer game walkthroughs featured again thanks to the release of Wasteland Remastered. This game had me reliving my teens and also remembering just how obtuse older CRPGs could be. Still, plying this through again was like visiting an old favourite location which has had a bit of a face lift, but still retains its original charm. Should anything similar happen this year, I’ll be sure to talk about it.

2020 was a difficult year filled with unexpected changes. Having the blog to update and other bloggers to interact with game me some level of comfort over the year. This partially drove the increased article count for sure.

I’m not sure 2020 is a year to celebrate overall, but it was a positive one for the blog. I’ll take it!

8 comments on “2020 blog review

  1. Bookstooge
    January 2, 2021

    So those are some fantastic numbers Dave. And great job on finding a rhythm of blogging that seemed to work for you.

    Here’s to hoping things keep on going well for the blog in ’21….

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  2. theimperfectmodeller
    January 2, 2021

    I think Covid-19 has probably helped many of us with out blogs but your stats, regardless of the importance you put in them, are amazing. Good luck for 2021. 🙂

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  4. tangibleday
    July 8, 2021

    I love posts like these that show the history of a blog. It’s inspiring to know how putting in more work pays off with tangible results. I lurk around the blogosphere (do they still call it this?), but rarely comment. Keep up the great work. I would love to paint more myself and move away from blogging all the time. It can get all consuming 🙂

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    • davekay
      July 8, 2021

      Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! It’s definitely a balance between blogging and other hobby activity, and even recently I had to make a call to do less blogging to make time for more hobby (including painting!).

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