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2014 Stats, State of the Project, Moving Forward

January 4, 2015
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WordPress provides a handy-dandy report for the end of year stats for your blog that gives you a snapshot of how you’re doing. I thought I’d give you a taste of some of those stats, a report of how this project is going, and some thoughts on how I’m moving forward with this blog in the next year.

Master of the Game was viewed 760 times in the past year. The busiest day was February 27, 2014 with 17 views. The most popular post that day was Taking Note: Adventure Logs, Session Notes, and Staying in the Moment.

The top five viewed blog posts of the year were:

  1. The Haunting of Cranston Place: Call of Cthulhu ala Cortex (posted October 2012) : 40 views
  2. 30 Days of Gamemastering: Part Sixteen (posted October 2013): 32 views
  3. DnDnG: Dungeons and Dragons and Girls (posted August 2014): 24 views
  4. My First Fiasco (posted August 2012): 14 views
  5. Uncompelled (posted February 2014): 12 views

WordPress thinks that the fact that my most popular posts are older posts means my posts have staying power. I think it means I need to be writing more relevant posts more often.

Stats-wise, this isn’t too bad. I would like more views, obviously, but I need to produce more content to get those views. That falls squarely on me. This leads in to the state of the project itself.

State of the Project

The current state of the project is: Dead in the Water.

I haven’t posted an interview in months and we haven’t had any new postings to the online survey in over a year. I’ve reached out to game masters via social medal, forums, and the like. I even spent real money and tried advertising at a local convention with zero results. I just haven’t received the responses that I would have liked.

Game masters are busy people. They have worlds to build and campaigns to run. Plus, I may not have been as aggressive in my pursuits as I could have been. Still, it is disappointing.

As a result, the blog has turned into less than its mission statement, more of a personal blog of my experiences as an experienced-but-still-learning game master. Which is okay.

Moving Forward

Moving forward into 2015 I’ll keep plugging along with the project. I’ll try to post more. If I get some interview requests, that’ll be great! If I get more stats on the online survey–enough to have something worth sharing–even better! In the meantime, I’ll keep trying to share what I’ve learned, or keep learning, as a frazzled game master. Hopefully you’ll keep coming back and have something to share. Maybe we’ll have more of a dialog. Maybe, together, we can build this project into something bigger than it has been. Even if it is just a shiny little light in some back corner of the internets, that just fine with me.

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