Monday, November 15, 2010

Admin: Post Four Hundred

  • As I guessed in my prior milestone post, it took about seven months to reach post four hundred. Even though I've had great months and bad months posting-wise, my output is pretty regular over the long haul. Look forward to the next milestone this coming June.

  • Four of my prior top five posts held onto their rankings. Far and away, my most popular post is Five Things To Do Before The Cataclysm. It is so popular in fact that beginning September 1, it started receiving more hits than my front page. I suspect that once December 7 rolls around, my pages views are going to crash. Good thing I blog just for fun.

  • Also holding onto the top five are two of my classic (read: old) posts about Free Realms, a game I haven't seriously played or blogged about in over a year. My news post about LotRO updating the epic quest line with a solo option is coming in fourth. I guess people are still finding out about it, even though the news is a year old. Finally my Top Five: MMO Classes post made it to the top five, mostly because my Champions Online Q&A is not drawing nearly as much attention as before.

  • Lest I complain about all the the old posts stealing the spot light, there were two more recent post that climbed into the top ten. My write-up about the Serpent Lantern adventure pack for Champions Online got a lot of attention. There aren't many blogger who regularly write about CO, so I don't have a lot of competition. (Hey, Blue! /wave) The other post was my sort-of review of Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Role Playing game. I can attribute many of those hits to James Raggi linking it from his LotFP blog. Since Bullet Points isn't an RPG blog, I doubt there was much to keep anyone coming back, but it was nice to see one of my posts generate attention outside my regular community.

  • My gaming over the last seven months can best be described as scatter shot. I continued my trend of playing single player games primarily on the Xbox 360, moving from disk-based games to Xbox Live Arcade games over time. I dabbled here and there with various games and MMOs. But the only game and really sucked me in was Dragon Quest IX. I haven't picked up my DS in a while and I still need to finish the game. Some day soon, I'm sure.

  • Blogging about books and writing microfiction has trickled to almost non-existence over the last hundred posts. Instead, all of my creative output has gone into my Unexplored Worlds series. They may not draw the hits (that link to the Unexplored Worlds category is the highest at #49 overall) but they are some of my most satisfying posts on the blog. And based on the comments those posts received, it sounds like you enjoy them too. I don't see me ending that series anytime soon.

  • Speaking of comments, I want to take the time to thank everyone who stops by and leaves a kind word for me. From old friends like Blue Kae, Jayedub, and Yeebo to relatively new faces like MMO Gamer Chick and Hunter as well as everyone else who I'm forgetting, you are the ones who make this blog thing all worthwhile.

  • And now I'm going to switch gears a little bit. I announced back in June that I was working on a gamebook. Well, after a little prodding I have finally finished it. It is called Academy Of Magic: The First Term and it is ready for playtesting. It is no work of art, but I'm happy with the results. If you are interested in testing this thing before I post it for general consumption, send me an e-mail at the address listed over in the sidebar. I look forward to seeing what everyone thinks about it.

© 2010 Marty Runyon. All rights reserved.


  1. Congrats on post 400! That is indeed a milestone. It's interesting to see how gaming trends affect your page stats. I also like how you write about what interests you, whether it's console games, comics or movies. I have an interest in all those things, so it's always a joy to see what you cover next on Bullet Points.

  2. @ MMOGC - I appreciate that. I'm sure there will be much more to come.

  3. Wow, the big 400. Why it only seems like yesterday when little Anjin started blogging. Ok so maybe I haven't been around that long, but congrats on the 400!!

  4. plenty to like about the blog anjin, i think i first heard of you from shut up we're talking, and visited once or twice, before finally getting sucked in by the writing.

  5. @ Hunter - I really enjoyed doing SUWT. If there was more time in the day, I'd want to do a podcast of my own. Someday.....

  6. Congratulations on 400 posts! You should count up all the bullet points used sometime when you're bored at work.

    And the books finished? Woot!

  7. @ Blue Kae - Thank you much.

    Count the bullet points, huh? Interesting....

  8. Grats man, that is really impressive! I've been doing this almost three years now, and I'm still working on 200. I think it's great that you blog about whatever is on your mind. I always read with interest, even if I have little to add apart from the MMO posts.

  9. Well not by hand, that would take forever.

  10. Correction, two years. Had my two year anniversary in September and missed it.

  11. @ Yeebo - Thank you much. I'm just glad all of my random ramblings don't drive people away.

    @ Blue Kae - It depends on how bored I am. :)