Usually I avoid this kind of posts, but since I haven’t really written anything since May, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to send a few life signs…
In May I returned to work after being on sick leave for about one and a half years. My coworkers and – to my surprise – my superiors are really helping me out a lot right now and I am slowly getting back into the routine – and it’s actually good to be back!
But this also has it’s drawbacks. At the moment 8 hours of work are still pretty draining. Especially in May I felt emotionally exhausted and tired all the time. That has directly affected my ability to write blog posts and to run roleplaying games on a regular basis.
Often I just don’t have the energy to do anything more complicated than watching movies or playing on my Playstation. Things are slowly getting better, as I get back into the routine, but at the moment I prefer to chill instead of forcing me to be creative.
So what does that mean for the blog? I will probably write more regularly in the future. But at the moment I don’t actually have that much to write about. There are a few products I want to review, but I haven’t had the opportunity to read everything properly yet. But I’ll eventually get to it.
I hope you don’t mind the hiatus.
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!