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:
- 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,
- Charles R. Rutledge of Singular Points,
- 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,
- Nathan Ward of Nathoelon's Empires,
- Gordon Richards of I Have Wrought My Simple Plan... ,
- My favourite author, Philip Reeve,
- and Erik, Percy and the other members of the Montreal Area & Friends RPG Group
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!