Some interesting statistics

DHM visits per month. Click to enlarge.

 

Some stats about my blog that you might be interested to read (correct as of the time of posting):

  • 346 actual comments
  • 8964 spam comments
  • 719 tags
  • My busiest ever month was December 2009, with 7410 views in the month
  • My busiest ever day was Tuesday 8th December 2009, with 381 views
  • In 2009, 17,022 people viewed the site, compared to 45,879 in 2010
  • That’s 62,901 total views

Vel.

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A Public Service Announcement

For some time now, I have been deliberating as to whether or not I will continue blogging here at der Hexenmeister, and unfortunately I have now come to a decision – I will not.

While you can read about the issue in greater detail in my earlier post, the main problem is that for me, as well as many of you no doubt, this blog is intrinsically linked with World of Warcraft, a game and community with which I am no longer involved. I simply wouldn’t feel comfortable with changing the entire theme of the blog and associating the name with another topic, but I am likewise unhappy with the blog as it currently exists; in a rather subsistent state. The only real option that then remains is to wind things up and move on.

With that said, you can still rest assured about several things. Firstly, DHM will stay exactly where it is – while no new content will appear after I leave, I will retain ownership of the blog and make sure that all the existing content remains online and available. I’d like to think that at least some of the posts I’ve written might be interesting to someone in the future! Secondly, I will not be giving up blogging. I don’t know where, when, or on what topic, but I will continue to blog – and that will include more fictional writing, such as the continuation of my Memoirs series. More details will follow.

I won’t be finishing things off here immediately – there are one or two more posts I’d like to write yet – but it won’t be long. Stay tuned for more information, anyway.

Vel.

P.S. In case you hadn’t guessed, no Weekly Warlock Wind-Up this week.

A point worth addressing

Earlier today, I received this comment to one of my puzzle posts:

“Wtf. I thought this was a Warlock blog. Need some Cataclysm info and musings. Snap out of this madness and get back to the real business at hand.”

Now admittedly it did appear in my Spam folder alongside “I love farmville” and some paragraphs about medicinal drugs, but I think it’s probably a legitimate remark and it’s certainly worth discussing.

As I’m sure most folks who stop by here know, I quit WoW back in February. There were various reasons for packing it in but at the end of the day, I was just bored of the game. After playing for several years I’d seen all the content I wanted to see and all that was really left to do was grind for one achievement or another, and I wasn’t very interested in that. So I stopped playing, and I haven’t really looked back.

After I left Azeroth I actually stopped gaming completely for a while to focus on my studies and personal life, as well as my other hobbies. I had an extremely busy summer doing one thing or another, and there was neither the time nor the inclination to play anything. I did, however, keep this blog going, and that seems to be the issue of controversy here.

The simple truth is, I like blogging. I really do. I enjoy the sense of community that exists with other bloggers, the many different viewpoints that are publicised on any given issue, and the sheer variety of writing styles and information which can be found on blogs around the web. It’s also just nice to have my own, personal place where I can post my thoughts for the world to see. But the problem came when I realised my blog was devoted to something I didn’t actually do any more.

See, when I lost interest in playing the game, I also lost interest in WoW itself in general. I wasn’t willing to read the news and keep up with current events like I had done, and gradually the blogs and sites I read dropped away until all that remained were the ones who either didn’t talk about WoW all the time, or the ones I simply enjoyed reading for the author’s style. Unfortunately for my own blog, this obviously meant that I literally had nothing to write about. I wasn’t willing to publish content about things other than WoW, because that’s not what the blog was for, yet I couldn’t post the types of articles I used to that were full of “info and musings”, as the above comment put it. In the end, I was left with the weekly puzzle questions, which I knew were popular among at least a few people, and my increasingly rare story posts – and this is pretty much the state the blog has existed in for a few months now.

I understand that to some people my blog used to be a source of information and perhaps even entertainment, but rest assured that nobody is more frustrated about it than I am. Despite my more mathematical tendencies I love to write, and the lack of effort I put into the blog these days does bother me. It’s very easy to write up a puzzle and answer each week and simply leave it at that, but it’s nowhere near as satisfying as the times I would put up a different, 1500-word article each day for a week. Or when I took part in NaBloPoMo and posted every day for a month! But I digress.

Stated simply, DHM is no longer a World of Warcraft Warlock blog. I can’t write about anything game related because I am no longer a part of that community, and it is extremely unlikely that I will be again. At the same time, I’m reluctant to leave the blog. There are people who would miss the little content I do put up, and while I could perhaps continue to post it somewhere else, where would that be? I don’t actively write to any other blogs and, while I could start a new one, what would I write about? The thing about WoW is that it is an ever-changing subject; there is always something fresh and new to comment on, and that’s what a blog needs as a subject. The few games I do play and the other hobbies I have are essentially static, and I would soon run out of content.

So here are the big questions. Do I continue with DHM, posting the weekly puzzles and eventually getting around to continuing my fiction series, or should I start a blog somewhere else and write there? If so, what would people want me to write about? Should I just give up blogging altogether? I’ve been brooding on this issue for a few weeks now and have yet to reach any conclusions.

Your comments are most welcome.

Vel.

P.S. If any of you are on Steam, I’m playing all my current games through there under the username of – you guessed it – Veliaf. Feel free to say hello.

A quick question

Hi folks!

So I’m just looking for your collective opinion on something which has been bugging me. I’m rewriting my CV (resumé) and wondering whether it’s appropriate to put anything about blogging – I wonder this because I don’t blog in a professional capacity and so it’s not a job but a hobby, however there are probably several good things to be said for it.

Your thoughts? Bloggers and non-bloggers alike are welcome to comment.

Vel.

P.S. This is similar to the age-old question “do I put being a Guild Master on my job resumé?”. I won’t be doing that.

Single Abstract Noun

Pantocracy

The first Google Images result for "Pantocracy". Could it be that this is what the guild members of Single Abstract Noun really look like?

So for all of you who read Righteous Orbs (and you should, because you won’t find orbs anywhere else that are any more righteous-er), you’ll have noticed that Tam recently started up Single Abstract Noun, a blogging communities guild on Argent Dawn EU.

Note the term ‘blogging communities’ – you don’t need to have a blog or write to one, or anything like that. In fact, all you really have to do is read blogs and be involved in the community, which means you (yes, you) are already qualified! So head on over and join in the fun – more information can be found at the above link.

Myself, I actually briefly considered restarting my subscription to go and see what was happening, but apparently the guild is a pantocracy and this means pants are encouraged, which is something I’m violently opposed to. So even though I won’t be there, you can be! Roll an alt, transfer your main, faction change – whatever rocks your canoe – and let me know how it goes.

Vel.

Blogging Advice

Poneria over at Fel Concentration is helping out with the TNB Wiki (you know, that fantastic resource for WoW blogs and the like) and is asking for the blogosphere to lend a hand by providing all their best tips, tricks and advice about blogging. You can either drop her a message on Twitter or comment on the linked post, and the Blogger 101 page on the Wiki can be seen here. So head over and help out!

Of course, you get full credit for your contributions, so it could be good publicity too…

Here’s my two copper, which I left in a comment:

Firstly, no matter what people say, everyone wants someone to read their work. The best ways of advertising your blog and getting your name out there:

– take part in all the events you can e.g. charity drives like the ones at Azeroth United.
– leave comments on all the other blogs you can find (and make sure you link back to your own site somehow).
– talk to other bloggers, perhaps offer to swap guest posts to get publicity. Alternatively you could offer to do reviews of each other, or similar.
– sign up to the Twisted Nether Wiki and Azeroth United.
– Post wherever you can, and definitely make sure there’s a link to your blog there. For example, at Blog Azeroth.

Once people are reading your blog, you might want a few general tips:

– Set aside time to write, and don’t rush it.
– Don’t commit to a schedule right away, because you will end up not being able to follow it no matter how hard you try. Wait until you have a better feel for when you have the time and inclination, and do a loose schedule around that, if you must do one at all. Hint: Your readers probably don’t care when you post as long as the articles are enjoyable, so you don’t really need to make your schedule public unless you really want to.
– Try only to write about things relevant to the topic of your blog. Obviously what you write is down to you, but if you advertise as a Shaman blog and start writing about Druid rotations and the latest news from the stock exchange, your regular readers will suddenly become less regular.
– I can’t remember who said it (I think I heard it on a podcast), but “Once you’ve written around 15 posts, go back and delete the first 10, because they’ll be rubbish”.
– Your first article will probably consist of “Hello everyone, this is my blog about <topic> and I hope you enjoy it”. Don’t bother with this, it’s pointless. Time would be better spent writing a decent post about something interesting.
– Never ever write a post which apologises in advance for the fact you won’t be posting, or apologises for the lack of posts already. Similarly, try and avoid short, pointless articles which say “Real life is really busy right now so I might not post a lot”. Your readers don’t care that much.

Hope this helps!

Vel.

P.S. I think I ought to follow my own advice sometimes!

AFK for the holidays, and the syphilis meme

So I’ll be AFK for the holidays, which for me means about a week and a half. There will be some scheduled posts put up during that time (however, we’re unfortunately skipping the Wind-Up next week), but I won’t actually be about. Make sure you all have a fantastic holiday yourselves, won’t you, and don’t eat the yellow snow.

I’d also like to let Tam know that I’ll be writing about holiday achievements for him after I get back. He should therefore beware, because there might be a topic waiting for him himself, when he least expects it…

Be right back,

Vel.