31 August, 2019
Another August has come and gone, and I’ve filled a month with posts and didn’t miss a day by my reckoning! So it was a successful Blaugust… in that regard. It was quite the month, and I figured I’d give my thoughts about how things went.
Let’s see if there’s a reason for me to keep posting on the blog!
While it was fun to dust off the blog and post in a flurry, I’m left with the feeling that it’s just not the same.
It had been a while since I posted anything on here. Most of my time and effort has gone into working on the streaming podcast with my friend Maulgrim. A lot of what I used to put into blog posts I pour into a discussion format while playing games. So a bit of the wind was taken from my blogging sails and diverted into this.
I think there’s also just the feeling of repeating myself. This month’s posts echoed the posts from last year, where I talked about the topics of RP for a bit. Sometimes just talking about something feels like it gets stale because nothing really changes. I don’t have the funds nor the influence to make a RP-focused game or change a game to be more RP-friendly. All talking and no doing is a bit frustrating; many other developers have stopped writing for this reason as well.
One thing that didn’t help this month was that I fell ill for most of the month. A sore throat and a cough for one week followed up by a cough, congestion, and fatigue the next. A bit of recovery afterward and it added up to a lot of feeling tired and not at my best. I kept going despite this, and made a post every day.
But I felt like sometimes the posts weren’t my best work. I often went with a first draft rather than doing as much editing as I’d like. There was a bit less research and cross-linking as I usually liked to do on this blog. While I did a post every day, I’m not sure it was of the usual quality I like to have. That’s fine, the point of Blaugust is to post every day to show you can do it!
I also noticed a few problems with the auto-poster to Twitter. Didn’t help I forgot the #Blaugust2019 tag the first few weeks, and the system seemed to post late. I run a very old version of the plugin that still has the old character limits! But I wasn’t quite in the mood to struggle to update the plugin to fix whatever problems I had; the illness took a lot out of me, as I said.
But one problem is that there were so few comments. I’ve said many times before I don’t post to hear my own stuff, I post to read the comments. Blogs are a conversation, and I enjoy the back and forth. When I post on Google+ there was at least he opportunity to get some comments there, even if I had to transcribe some over to the blog. But the dearth of comments here was a bit disheartening.
I’m not sure if it’s just blogging is not cool. Maybe the content wasn’t great? Maybe RP just doesn’t register with the people who read my blog. Maybe I ignored the blog for too long and lost what few readers I had. Maybe my posting times were too late for people to notice on Twitter.
I was also just too tired to go participate. I don’t read blogs much anymore, and so I’m not posting much. I also didn’t really post much on the Blaugust Discord about my content.. again, my illness really didn’t leave me with much energy than to make posts. Perhaps I could have done more to get more attention.
Is it time to retire?
That’s the question, isn’t it? Is it worth trying to build the blog back up? Should I just focus on the streaming podcast? Or do people just not really care anymore about the things I want to talk about?
Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.