I just enabled a simple like/dislike voting system, which allows you – the readers – to like/dislike posts. It’s nothing too fancy, but it allows me to track which posts are approved by our readers and which were not so great. If you notice any bugs, or other issues, please let me know in the comments below.
Let me assure you that this blog is in no way affiliated to any US presidential campaign. But making things great again is just en vogue at the moment, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try to bring this fine blog back to its former glory.
So, what’s the problem? In the glory days of RPG blogging we often had way more than one or two thousand visits a day, countless comments that sometimes even turned into quite exciting discussions. One of the reason why we got so much traffic was the fact that the team and I churned out at least one post per weekday. Currently we are lucky if there are 400 views a day, way less than before.
Eventually the post frequency went down. The reasons were plentyful. One particular nasty reason was my ongoing fight with mental health issues. Things are slowly getting better in that department, so I find myself posting more often and more regularly. But it seems our articles don’t have the impact anymore that they once had. Perhaps the focus of the RPG web community moved away from blogs to social networks like Facebook or Google+. Perhaps I ramble too much about my thoughts on the hobby than bringing exciting industry insider posts. Or people are looking for stuff they can put to use in their own games.
Stargazer’s World has always been first an foremost a place for me to write about things going through my head. But over the years it also became something greater. Now in its 8th year, I have the feeling that the glory days are long past us. Or am I wrong? Perhaps we just need to give the old blog a push into the right direction.
Is there anything you’re missing from the good old days? Is there a type of article you want to read more often? Do you think blogs are yesterday’s news and have been replaced by other social media? Please share your comments below. If you’re a fan of the blog and totally happy with our content, please let us know, too. It doesn’t hurt to read a few nice words from time to time.
Last but not least I want to thank all past and current readers of Stargazer’s World. You guys are great. I am especially excited that there have been quite a few comments on posts recently. It seems things are already swinging into the right direction. So let’s strike while the iron is hot and make this blog great again!
Ok, it has been a couple of days since the blog’s actual birthday, but I just noticed this today. Wow, the blog is now officially 8 (in words: eight!) years old. That’s quite a long time. Just two years later I had my fifteen minutes of fame with the Warrior, Rogue & Mage RPG and my first trip to GenCon.
Much has changed in these years. Stargazer’s World turned from a one-man show to a multi-author blog than practically back to a one-man show again. Luckily my good friend Roberto has recently started to contribute again.
In my personal life I have finally moved together with my girlfriend and I escaped from a job which caused me into mental health issues. Unfortunately I am currently in a weird limbo, since my employer hasn’t assigned a new job to me yet. Yeah, it sucks.
But back to the blog. In these eight years, seventeen people have written about 1761 posts which have been commented on 7278 times. Over 3000 people have subscribed to the blog and we currently have about 2000 views a week. Which is not much compared to the number of views the blog had in its more glorious days.
Yes, I have to admit that the blog is struggling a bit at the moment. I have been dealing with severe mental health issues for years now and other members of the blog team have moved on. It seems the heyday for blogs is over. Or perhaps people are less interested in what I have to say nowadays. That said, I’ll keep on blogging. I am feeling way better now and I finally got back to running games regularly and I even started working on a new game. Stargazer Games is back in business!
Now it’s just two more years until the big 10. It would be awesome if I could keep the blog alive an kicking for that long. At the moment I am confident it can be done – with a little help of my readers that is.