So, Blaugust is over.
I have to say that I fell off from my “post every two days” around two-thirds through the month. This is likely the cause of a few things:
- I hit an untimely gaming lull that happens to me every few months, where I basically don’t have the motivation to fire up any game. I actually ended playing a heap of board games in August though, which I suppose scratched that itch.
- As I wasn’t playing games much, I wasn’t keeping up with gaming news or scouring forums etc.
- I ran out of things to say. This probably has something to do with the first two points – no gaming, no ‘keeping up to date’, ergo no post inspiration.
But I was happy with the posts I did publish. They were 15 in number across the extended month of Blaugust. My most popular by far was a post on P99 Green and the Project1999 starter experience. Its popularity is likely due to the fact I publicised it on the Project1999 forums, though I also did that with a few subsequent posts and they never got the same reach. The top five are all posts that talk about MMO mechanics, classic vs modern MMOs, and the like.
My least popular post was almost a five-way tie between a post on my own failures to post, a post on EVE Online, my ‘starter’ post on the blog, a post on Twilight Struggle (a board game) and a post on a silly event from my early MMO past.
What does this tell me? My readers, few as they may be, like reading my perspectives on the MMORPG genre, but aren’t especially drawn in by my musings about myself, or things that fall too far outside of my patch.
My overall Blaugust performance tells me that my ‘post limit’ is around one to two a week. I basically came into Blaugust with a real passion to write a lot, but found myself pushing myself to pump out content. I think I could have spent more time making each one of my posts better, published them over 2-3 months, and felt more satisfied with the end product of each.
It may be wise for future Blaugust mentors to caution newbie bloggers to not over-extend themselves by trying to post everday (or more frequently than they can handle). I am certainly not blaming Blaugust for this, but really my own hubris. I write quickly, I thought, I have a lot of ideas, I thought, but I didn’t expect to ‘get over’ producing content so quickly.
Perhaps it has little to do with Blaugust or too regular posting. It is perhaps more to do with the fact that my gaming loves lie 15-20 years in the past and there is only so much ‘fresh’ content one can derive.
I will soon know. I am planning to continue to post, at around 1-2 per week, when I start to game again and can connect more with the content I produce. Until then, Where The Monsters Are may be a little quiet.
I’d like to thank the kind folks in the Blaugust Discord, but perhaps especially Naithin from Time to Loot. Most mentors and many others provided assistance to me at some point, but Naithin stands out as someone who encouraged, aided and supported me with thoughtful comments and feedback. He’s a gem and Blaugust is lucky to have him and all the other helpful people in this niche writing community.