|Fantastic anniversary poster for HeroPress, by the talented Jeremy Hawkins|
Today's the day, we mark the anniversary of the launch of this rambling enterprise: eleven years of unfocused wiffle embracing superheroes, sci-fi, comics, films, television, roleplaying games, wargames, cosplay, and whatever else spills out of my addled brain.
Given that this time last year I was in a state of blogging burn-out, I'm impressed that I managed to pull myself out of he funk and crack on with another 12 months of posting.
I really thought that was going to be the end of HeroPress, and there were several months of minimal postings at the start of 2017 which suggested the blog might be in its death throes.
But I persevered, and, in the end, 2017 saw several record-breaking months of posting (albeit that this included a lot of film clips and trailers, but I see them all as integral to the blog's edutainment remit).
In the end, I recorded a healthy 1,296 posts last year, not record in itself, but far more than I would have imagined at the start of the year.
For a while in 2017 HeroPress also had its own Facebook page, but this turned out to be more trouble than it was worth and I returned to simply promoting the blog via my personal Facebook wall, which seems to be working just fine.
I've also moth-balled most of my Google+ engagement for the moment, really only staying involved with the That's Gameable! community.
Going forward the plan is to try and better balance my computer time against my time away from the keyboard, with the initial idea that I'm aiming to switch from the usual routine of one post every three hours from 9am (or 6am some days) through to 6pm (9pm some days), to a more rigid system of posting at 9am, 3pm, and 9pm (the formula I've been employing for weekend posts for a while).
This gives me a window between set posts to slip in any "breaking news" (which is usually film trailers!)
The idea of this is it should encourage me to be more active away from the computer: catch up on films, read books and comics, think about gaming in a constructive manner etc
Whether this actually comes about is another matter entirely, of course!
Back in December, I was celebrating 2,000,000 hits since the blog moved to its current URL in September 2013. That's an incredible feat I reckon, but imagine how huge my haul of hits would be if I wasn't prone to dicking around, changing the blog's name, its URL etc every few years?
I reckon I could have been giving Cal with his recent 8,000,000 hits over at The Cave Of Cool a run for his money.
As ever, I'd like to thank my incredibly patient wife, Rachel, for encouraging me to keep on blogging, supporting my endeavours, and turning a blind eye to the numerous cosplay picture posts that appear on the site.
I'd also like to thank the incredibly talented graphic designer/artist Jeremy Hawkins, of Being Retro, for his Stranger Things-themed poster (above) celebrating this 11th anniversary landmark.
While I may bang on about the blog's overall lack of focus, I'm pleased that I restarted my Six Of The Best feature, profiling fellow bloggers and cheerleading for the awesomeness of this form of social media.
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 seemingly incoherent and ill-informed ramblings online.
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,
- Jonathan Linneman of Monstrous Matters,
- Justin Isaac of Halls Of The Nephilim,
- Charles R. Rutledge of Wellman City Limits,
- Ken Hulsey of Monster Island News,
- 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,
- Criag Oxbrow of The Door In Time/The Watch House,
- Ken Hulsey of Monster Island News/View Obscura Comics,
- Nathan Ward of Nathoelon's Empires,
- Gordon Richards of I Have Wrought My Simple Plan... ,
- My favourite author, Philip Reeve (whose Mortal Engines is getting the big screen treatment this year, courtesy of none other than Peter Jackson),
- and Erik, Percy and the other members of the Montreal Area & Friends RPG Group
On the gaming front, The Tuesday Knights is now hitting a solid rhythm of monthly meetings, and having a great time in Pete's retro 1980's Top Secret SI campaign.
We haven't really discussed how long he wants to continue with this, but Simon has expressed a willingness to take on gamesmastering duties next... with his latest purchase: the My Little Pony roleplaying game!
Depending on how things pan out, I'm thinking of running a game again either from the end of this year or the start of 2019; quite possibly the Savage World of Flash Gordon setting from Pinnacle.
But I really need to get my head around the Savage Worlds rules first, otherwise there are several other systems I'm toying with that are simple enough for me to run quickly and smoothly.
One of these I'm particularly excited about goes way back to an idea I had at the dawn of my online presence, well over a decade ago.
|The two main books of The Savage World of Flash Gordon|