Three Hundred

Wow. We’re at 300 posts. Wow.

In a lot of ways, I’m surprised that the blog has lasted this long. I’m surprised at how much I still enjoy writing for it, and I’m gratified how many people come to take a look every day.

I’ve been looking over the stuff I’ve been writing the past 100 posts, and – unsurprisingly, really – much of it revolves around The Dresden Files RPG, which, if you folks recall, is the reason I started writing this blog in the first place. I had also intended to talk more about other things on my mind – books, movies, TV, etc. – but this has turned into a gaming blog first and foremost. Which makes sense; gaming is my primary hobby, after all. But it’s nice that I’m hitting post 300 at the same time I’m starting a new DFRPG campaign with a lot of the players from my original playtest. Feels like coming full circle.

But It’s nice to see that there are a number of you out there who have become regulars, here. And it’s nice to see that references to this blog are showing up in other forums. Hell, who am I kidding? It’s better than nice; it’s a huge stroking for my already-inflated ego!

Really, though, it’s just very gratifying to me that there are a growing number of readers out there who seem to be interested in what I’m posting here. Thank you all for coming by and leaving the occasional comment.

It took me about a year to get the first hundred posts up, and then about another year for the second hundred posts. It’s only been nine months for this third hundred – I’m obviously blogging more frequently and regularly, and that’s a good thing ((Mostly, anyway. I’ve been kind of neglecting some of my other writing in favour of keeping the blog up to date with my games. Gonna have to think about how to handle that.)).

As is usual, I’m going to show a few stats from the past 100 posts.

  • 300 posts (obviously)
  • 24 pages (no change)
  • 10 categories (up 4 from post 200, and heavily reorganized)
  • 336 tags (up 28 from post 200 – I created roughly 67% fewer these past hundred posts)
  • 1,013 comments (up 533 from post 200) ((And the winner for getting comment #100 is Karla! Congratulations! You win… nothing, I’m afraid. But thanks for the comment! EDIT: This should read comment #1000. Sorry about that, folks!))
  • Average of 267 hits a day, including RSS subscribers ((The big bump, of course, was when I did the DFRPG Q&A series last February. But still, that’s some significant growth over the last 100 posts.))
  • The U.S. accounts for roughly 62% of my hits, with Canada in second place at 18%, and the U.K. in third with 8%. Australia, and Germany each have about 2% each.
  • Winnipeg, my home town, is the city giving me the most hits, at 5,795.
  • Total number of hits since April 2009: 60,664

Yes, that’s right. Total number of hits has quintupled over the past 100 posts. That’s absolutely amazing to me. And, while the boom has ended, there are still a fair number of folks who keep stopping by.

Thank you all for that. Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting. Thanks for coming back.

Tomorrow should see the start of the next hundred posts.

Hope you like them.

Insert Sound of Chirping Crickets…

It came to my attention today that the spam-blocking plug-in I started using on this blog about a week ago has been preventing people from posting comments. It’s been giving people an error message that tells them to turn on javascript and enable cookies, even when both things are clearly not the issue.

I wasn’t able to resolve the issue with the plug-in, so I removed it and went back to my previous spam-blocker, which is also giving me a weird error message, but at least it’s working.

So, if you’ve tried to post a comment over the past week or so, and weren’t able to, I apologize. Things should be back to normal now.

Two Hundred

This is a bit of a filler post, something I’ve decided to do every hundredth post. It’s just an overview of what I’ve been doing, and what the readership on the blog is like. It’s mainly for my own interest, but some others may be curious.

Keep your eyes peeled, though, because I should have the first set of DFRPG questions and answers up sometime this evening.

It’s now exactly two years since I started this blog, and this is my two-hundredth post. It’s fitting, in a lot of ways, that the Dresden Files RPG, which I started this blog to talk about, is once more featuring in my posts as it begins its headlong dash to the June release date.

I was going to do a comparison of stats over the past year with the previous year, but at the beginning of April, 2009, the stat package I was previously using stopped working, and hadn’t been supported by its creator for a while. So, I got a new (and significantly better) stats package from the same creator. But this meant that I’m missing about a month and a half of data, and the new package tracks some things very differently from the previous one.

Still, here’s a look at how things stand, from April of 2009 to present:

  • 200 posts (obviously)
  • 24 pages (no change)
  • 10 categories (up 3 from post 100)
  • 308 tags (up 97 from post 100 – I created roughly 50% fewer these past hundred posts)
  • 480 comments (up 161 from post 100)
  • Average of 108 hits a day, including RSS subscribers
  • The U.S. accounts for roughly 48% of my hits, with Canada in second place at 34%, and the U.K. in third with 8%. Australia, Poland, and France each have about 1% each.
  • Winnipeg, my home town, is the city giving me the most hits, at 2,824.
  • Total number of hits since April 2009: 11,622

All, in all, it’s been very gratifying. I even had one of my posts nominated for the Open Game Table, which I found rather flattering, because it wasn’t me or any of my friends that did it.

So, thanks for coming by. Thanks for reading. And thanks for coming back.

One Hundred

So, a bit of a departure. This is the one hundredth post I’ve done for this blog, which I started on February 7, 2008. I thought I’d take advantage of the centenary post to look back on what I’ve done.

Here are a few statistics:

  • 100 posts (duh!)
  • 24 pages
  • 7 categories
  • 211 tags (Man, I was overusing tags at first.)
  • An average of 530 hits a day
  • An average of 106 unique visitors each day
  • 4,996 spam comments filtered out by Akismet

When I started the blog, I figured that I’d get a few people checking it out for the Dresden Files RPG playtest stuff, which would trickle off as the playtest ended, and then I’d probably abandon the blog.

That didn’t happen.

I’ve got into the habit of writing for the blog. It lets me talk about things that I find interesting, to rant about my opinions, and to sort out my thinking on a variety of topics. After the initial rush of the DFRPG playtest, I was a little burnt out, but then I got back into the groove, with an almost-regular posting frequency.

And you people keep coming to read it.

The big rush of reading was, unsurprisingly, during the playtest period, but I’m still getting around a hundred unique visitors each day. Even on days when I don’t post.

So, thanks. I’m glad to know that I’m doing something that people find interesting.

I think I’ll keep going. Here’s to the next hundred posts.

Congratulations, Michael!

Again, I digress into the personal.

It’s my blog; I’ll write what I want.

My friend Michael completed his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This is a pilgrimage route that has been actively used since the middle ages, and he took it into his head to walk the bloody thing.

He took 31 days. Covered over 850 km.

Today, he arrived at the end and received his Compostela at the cathedral. Tomorrow at noon, he attends noon mass, which is apparently the official end of the pilgrimage.

If you like, you can read the details in his pilgrimage blog here, complete with all his trials, tribulations, and triumphs.

I am in awe of his achievement. I could never do it, and he’s older than me.

Way to go, buddy.

Look forward to welcoming you home.

Downtime and Kudos

This blog was down for about half an hour this afternoon while I messed up the upgrade to WordPress 2.5. I’m telling you this less because I think that there were throngs of readers weeping as they repeatedly hit the refresh buttons on their browsers, and more because I want to talk about my webhosts.

I’m a bit of a computer guy, but I’m not a real computer guy. Since starting this blog, I’ve run into trouble a couple of times, and needed some help to get back on line. My first line of support is always my friend Michael, who is a master at using WordPress and managing websites.

When the problem isn’t something he has access to fixing, however, I have to turn to Dreamhost.

They rock.

I have never had to wait more than half an hour for a response to e-mail, and they always have me up and running with quick fixes, either on my end or theirs. These guys just get tech support and customer service. I cannot recommend them strongly enough.

So, in closing, Dreamhost good.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blogging.