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Saturday, 16 January 2016

NINE YEARS OF HEROPRESS!!!


Today is the ninth anniversary of the first post on HeroPress. Since then it's been through the wars - changed address a couple of times, even changed its name once (but the less said about that dark period the better), merged with a number of my other blogs (including a travel/holiday-themed one and a Star Wars one) - but the site's still going strong.

Despite being quite ill last summer, I managed to publish a record-breaking 1,436 posts in 2015 (just beating my 2013 record of 1,422). This isn't to boast that it was all quality, of course, there's a lot of picture posts and film clips in there, but it's a reassurance that - despite a few wobbles - my enthusiasm for HeroPress is undying.

FYI, this is my 9,277th post on HeroPress!

As ever though my fickle focus has wandered throughout the year (depending on my 'primary' hobby/interest of the moment), but maybe before I reach the 10th anniversary of the blog we'll finally be able to agree on its raison d'etre.

Before I ramble on too long, I should publicly thank the incredibly talented graphic designer/artist Jeremy Hawkins, of Being Retro, for the animated poster above, marking this nine year milestone.

One of the things I'm proudest of in the last 12 months was my relaunch of the Six Of The Best feature, re-engineered as a love-letter to the art of blogging.

I already have interviewees lined up through to the start of May, but if you're reading this and want to profile your blog, and maybe share some good practice, please do get in touch with me at acrobatic (dot) flea (at) gmail (dot) com or via G+, Facebook, Twitter etc

When I've asked interviewees to name the best thing about blogging, many have said the sense of community and camaraderie.

I heartily second that, and would like to take a moment to thank those who've looked kindly on HeroPress in last year or so.

These are people I know I can turn to for inspiration or assistance, people who've never even met me and know me only from my incoherent (and apparently very British) ramblings online.

Great souls such as:
I'm also delighted that my gaming group, The Tuesday Knights, is now into the third year of our Heroes & Other Worlds campaign.

This is another impressive feat (despite attempts by my Gamer ADHD and health to sabotage it), especially when you look back to HeroPress's first post, when I had no gaming group and was trying (and failing) to relaunch the concept of HeroPress as a play-by-post RPG campaign (as it had been in the '80s).

Back in 2007, I never dreamed that I'd ever have a regular, face-to-face, gaming group again but HeroPress has certainly helped give me the confidence to not only get our group going, but also keep it running for over seven years.

With my eye primarily on sci-fi this year, it will be interesting to see what the Tuesday Knights are playing this time next year, as I'm still aiming to bring the current campaign arc to an end by my 50th birthday in November.

Whatever we decide I shall be writing about it here on HeroPress, along with the usual mish-mash of geeky pop culture, movies, comics, and TV gubbins.

As I said last year, 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 still be fun.

Curry In Favour: Marking Nine Years Of Blogging

Rachel and I celebrated the HeroPress anniversary last night with a takeaway curry from our favourite local Indian restaurant. Alice got in on the act by stealing a poppadom off Rachel's plate, then working her puppy charm on me until I fed her some as well!

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations again on the milestone and the very impressive statistics!

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    1. Thank you again, and here's to many more!

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  2. Congratulations Tim. Nice picture of Alice eyeing up your dinner there!

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    1. Thanks. Alice has discovered that food from a human's plate is always tastier than out of her own bowl ;)

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  3. All the best. happy 9th, may your trek stay forward and we hope for a year of good things...

    Jeremy

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    1. Cheers, my friend, and thank you so much for the animated illustration. It is truly incredible!

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    1. Thank you! Pretty sure I've now stuck at HeroPress longer than I ever did any paid employment ;)

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  5. Congrats on the long run so far. I've been going since 2005, so I know how hard and frustrating it can be to keep going this long. The fact that you're still chugging along after all this time is actually motivating me to refocus on my own blogging.

    What was the name you temporarily switched HeroPress to, anyways? I remember both when you switch to it and then reverted back to HeroPress, but for the life of me I cannot remember the name.

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    1. For a time it became I'd Rather be Killing Monsters, as I was getting heavily (in my head, at least) into old school D&D-type games (and was going through a period of anger about my medical situation).

      Eventually, it took Rachel to make me realise - among other issues - that I'd Rather be Killing Monsters wasn't a catchy name, like HeroPress!

      And thank you for your continued support. I'm glad to hear my perseverance has been 'inspirational' ;)

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  6. Fantastic and congrats on 9 years and 9000+ posts! Quite the achievement.

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    1. Thanks, Tim. The Other Side remains one of my main inspirations, so, thank you also for the great work you do in the blogosphere.

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  7. Congrats on the milestone! That's seriously impressive. I've only recently discovered your blog so I've got lots of catching up to do :-)

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    1. Thank you, and welcome to the mad house. Feel free to poke around, leave comments, ask questions. I can't guarantee that everything you will will be a shining diamond, but hopefully there's enough to encourage you to stick around.

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  8. And don't let that 10,000 post slip by this year without a serious celebration too!

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    1. Nice catch, Crownster! Hadn't even thought about marking the 10,000th post!

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