Let's crunch some numbers. In 10 years of blogging I've published 11,268 posts on HeroPress.
According to the post tags, of those articles 2,457 have been directly connected to roleplaying games: that's 21.8%.
Breaking down the gaming posts further, we discover that the main systems represented are:
- Lamentations of The Flame Princess - 1.22%
- Traveller - 1.63%
- Mutants & Masterminds - 1.63%
- Icons - 3%
- Castles & Crusades - 3%
- Top Secret - 3%
- Swords & Wizardry - 3.26%
- Crypts & Things - 3.7%
- Hollow Earth Expedition - 4.56%
- Doctor Who RPG - 5.86%
- Heroes & Other Worlds - 7.16%
- Villains & Vigilantes - 13.3%
- Dungeons & Dragons - 30%
What does all mean? I don't know, probably nothing.
It's just I've been in a very contemplative mood about RPGs of late, what with #RPGaDAY and all, and I wasn't sure just how much of HeroPress had actually been given over to the topic.
Given that I'd run Heroes & Other Worlds for the better part of three years (ie 30% of the blog's life!), I guess I expected my percentage of posts on the system to be higher, but then a lot of my RPG posts are quite generic (wouldn't this film make a great basis for an RPG, kind of thing).
Part of my problem, as I see it, besides my fickle nature and short-attention span, is that while I have moments of creativity (mainly back when I was running Crypts & Things and the early days of our HOW campaign), but I seem incapable of constant creativity like the authors of many of the gaming blogs I so admire.
I'm always trying to look over the horizon for the "next big thing", and despite being a constant cheerleader for the hobby and its creators, I never feel wholly satisfied with the system in front of me.
It's a Quixotic quest for the non-existent Holy Grail of gaming...
...but that said, it's kept HeroPress going for ten years.
And while HeroPress may not - currently - have the readership and following it did at its zenith, perhaps if I can find my guiding star, my focus, I can also finally find my place, and purpose, alongside these other fine blogs.