Who'd have ever thought I could stick with something for a dozen years? Certainly no one who ever hired me to do paid employment!
Honestly, if you'd said to me 12 years ago, when I dashed off that first post, that I'd still be producing material for HeroPress in 2019, I'd almost certainly have not believed you, convinced I would have found some better way to spend my time.
But it turns out, give or take, that my output has actually steadily increased over the years (as the graph below shows), so, maybe it's about time I admitted that geek culture blogging is actually a pretty decent way to pass my time.
Just wish I was getting paid to do it!
|To Infinity & Beyond: The Sort Of Steady Rise Of The Annual HeroPress Post Count|
Do I have any great plans for HeroPress this year? Not really. A lot hinges on whether we get to move house or not, and, if we do, how disruptive that will be as the house we're currently looking at has planning permission for a loft conversion that we're keen to proceed with.
I have high hopes for my rejuvenation of PROJECT Z - my nebulous, zombie-themed, wargaming project based primarily on Mantic's superb The Walking Dead: All Out War skirmish game.
I'd like to see myself scratch-building scenery etc and remembering to catalogue my progress for HeroPress purposes.
Another project I have my mind set on is a continuation of my faltering podcast. There were issues around my delivery in my early episodes, but now I've acknowledged those that's something I can work on.
I would then use that - and HeroPress - to cross-promote each other, but ultimately I'd want the podcast to be its own thing and not just me reading drivel off of the blog in my dull monotone.
Below is a breakdown of the top ten subjects that HeroPress currently covers, which should give you some idea of what the future holds for both the blog and the podcast.
|Current Breakdown Of The Ten Most Popular Topics For Me To Waffle About|
As ever, I'd like to thank my incredibly patient wife, Rachel, for continuing to encourage me to keep on blogging, supporting my endeavours, and turning a blind eye to the frequent 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 Game Of Thrones-themed poster (above) celebrating this 12th anniversary landmark.
I know its awards season, and while HeroPress won't be winning any awards (again) this year, I'd still like to give a shout out to my online peers who help keep me sane and who've looked kindly on this blog 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 only know me from my seemingly incoherent and ill-informed ramblings.
Great souls such as:
- Calvin Heighton of Calvin's Canadian Cave Of Cool,
- Justin Isaac of Halls Of The Nephilim,
- Charles R. Rutledge of Wellman City Limits,
- Ivy Shorts of The Happy Whisk,
- Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor,
- Stacey Lemmon of Dr Theda's Crypt,
- Jeff Berry aka Chirine ba Kal of Chirine's Workbench,
- Criag Oxbrow of The Door In Time/The Watch House,
- Tim Brannan of The Other Side,
- Al Bruno III of The Wit And Weirdness Of...,
- Michel Albert of Siskoid's Blog Of Geekery,
- Jonathan Linneman of Monstrous Matters,
- 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,
- and Erik, Percy and the other members of the Montreal Area & Friends RPG Group
And thank you all, readers old and new, for ploughing through my nonsense and hopefully popping back on a semi-regular basis.
If you were tuning in for Wonder Woman Wednesday (traditionally a fixture of this slot), sorry, it'll be along later.
But in the meantime I'd like to encourage you to check out my informal 'campaign' for 2019, urging you all to Support Your Local Blogger.
I'm not talking about financially (although I'm sure that won't be unwelcome), I mean just letting them know you read what they're putting out.
Your words might just encourage them to keep on blogging for 12 years... or longer...