Today is the eighth anniversary of my first post on HeroPress, back when I was trying to relaunch the concept of HeroPress as play-a-post RPG campaign (as it had been back in the '80s).
I like to think I've come a long way since then - I chronicled many of the ups and downs of the site during my last anniversary post - and I've carried on tweaking the layout of the site, pruned some tags I wasn't happy with, merged posts from other aborted blogs into this main blog and generally continued to shape HeroPress into something I'm actually rather proud of.
From about August to November last year I hit a bit of a dark patch, the computer was messing around and the arrival of Alice took up more of my time than I'd expected, and I was tempted to call it a day. But then I came out the other side of that tunnel, realising - amongst other things - that this was eight years of my life, captured in amber and preserved online. Reading old posts reminded me of things I'd achieved and made me feel better about myself and the amount of time I do devote to producing HeroPress.
I realise the blog no longer has the audience it had back in its heyday (before the changes in location and name), but, as I've (nearly) always said, I write this primarily for myself and if anyone else happens to stumble across my blatherings then that's an added bonus.
Recent weeks have also seen me taken on board by Ken Hulsey's Monster Island News, as a new member of his writing team, which was rather a massive ego boost.
And that's one of the main things I've picked up over the years of blogging - the camaraderie and support of online acquaintances, just being able to shoot the breeze, ask a favour, kick the tyres with people who've never even met me and know me only from my tippy-tappings on the keyboard. Great souls such as:
- Cal over at Calvin's Canadian Cave Of Cool,
- Al Bruno III of The Wit And Weirdness Of...,
- Michel Albert of Siskoid's Blog Of Geekery,
- Tim Brannan of The Other Side,
- Ivy Shorts of The Happy Whisk,
- Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor,
- Stacey Lemmon of Dr Theda's Crypt,
- Chirine ba Kal of Chirine's Workbench,
- and Erik, Percy and the other members of the Montreal Area & Friends RPG Group
You know, I don't think reaching 10 years of blogging is now out of the question (provided the world's still spinning, Blogger's still operating and Big Brother hasn't closed down da Interwebz).
Thanks for coming along for the ride. I know it's been bumpy and I can't promise the running will be any smoother in the future, but hopefully it will be fun.