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MORTAL ENGINES (December 8, 2018)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

ELEVEN YEARS OF HEROPRESS!!!

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:

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

15 comments:

  1. Well done, my love - an amazing achievement. How about spending some of that time away from the computer going outside? ;-) xxx

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    1. Like today - when I went to town to post parcels and pick up your prescription, you mean? ;-) xxx

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  2. Congrats Tim! I have always loved your blog ... and I have turned to it so many times for inspiration for my blogs. I hope that one day we could meet up to talk shop.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Ken, and for your continued support - and promotion - of HeroPress.

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  3. Congrats, good Sir... !!!
    That is quite an achievement !!!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm rather pleased with it - I've certainly stuck at this longer (and taken more seriously) than any paid employment I've ever had ;-)

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  4. Dang. Eleven years is amazing! Big congrats, and I look forward to following HeroPress long after we're absorbing its content straight into our cerebro-chips and you're fighting to keep its posts free of GovCorp control.

    Also, I agree that the community is where it's at when it comes to blogging! (With that said, I'm glad there are folks like you who actually have informative blogs...I do a lot of my keeping up with geek culture through your posts...!)

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    1. Thank for the kind words - and terrifying visual imagery ;-)

      I'm hoping to keep HeroPress going for as long as possible.

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  5. Fantastic Tim! Keep it going. And thanks you for the shout out. Ivy and I have always enjoyed chatting with you and Rachel. Too many more years!

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    1. Cheers, Tim. I shall always be in your debt for the magnificent adventures you created that formed the backbone of the best campaign I've ever been involved in ;)

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  6. Really, really cool. Both the blog years and the Tuesday night game.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy, the continued support from Tim and yourself means a lot.

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  7. Awesome, I am thrilled you made it...

    All the best, all the future success and more!

    Jeremy

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    1. There were times when I wasn't sure if I would make it, so thank you for all your incredible support over the years.

      Looking forward to continuing this project now for as long as I am able to :)

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