This year has been been tougher to find time and inspiration to do as much blogging as I would like. Work has been slowly increasing my responsibilities so I have less mental energies to blog with when I get home.
My pageviews and number of visitors has taken a corresponding hit, dropping by about a quarter to a third compared to last year. It isn’t great, but I am also not putting in the same amount of time or effort to post or promote as I was before.
I have not done a single Fiverr commission but I didn’t find it all that lucrative compared to other ways I can spend my time (read: lots of DIY housework). My only product release this year was Arcane Arsenal on dmsguild, where I earned a total of $171.86 in royalties from ~1700 downloads. Not bad for only releasing one new product, but it is a drop of roughly $40 and ~300 downloads compared to last year.
Despite my own decreasing investment, I cannot help but appreciate all of you who follow me, read my work, and download the things I have created.
Resolving My 2018 Resolutions
Let’s see how I did on my resolutions from last year:
Increase my total income supporting this site by 20%, whether it comes from royalties, commissions, or other paid work. This will help me afford more stock-art, purchase more products to review (and use at my own table =D), and pay for site maintenance.
With the lessor amount of work I put in this year, my totals went the other way, dropping instead of increasing.
Create an update for Improvisr this year to fix bugs, add more content, and fix grammatical issues. Incorporate reader comments and suggestions.I haven’t touched this program this year.
- Get a greenscreen and post at least one map, town, or dungeon module using a map displayed that way. -This one I did do, not the greenscreen part, but I used my terrain as the map for my One Page Dungeon Contest entry.
Write-up my backlog of campaign summaries, putting out at least three blog posts of campaign summaries written in an entertaining fiction style.
I didn’t do this one either.
Include a short link and summary to my favorite RPG related blog post at least once each month at the bottom of a blog post.-I started out doing this but stopped shortly into the year.
In short, I only completed one of my resolutions. Not a great year for me blog-wise, but I like to think that I’ve gotten a lot done on the homefront this year: I studied for and passed the Professional Engineer test, got a second dog, brought in a bumper crop (canning/preserving a great deal of it), discovered some new liqueurs that I like, built new furniture with my wife, and painted some rooms.
Resolutions for 2018
I am scaling back my resolutions for next year, as I can only see more non-blogging related work ahead, but not enough that I am worried about not keeping my roughly once-a-week schedule.
- Put out two paid product releases on DM’s Guild.
- Finish one of my current series: Art of Being a Monster or Archetype Backgrounds.
- Migrate over to MeWe and a free wordpress hosted site.
- Submit an entry in this year’s One Page Dungeon Contest.
What are your blogging stats and resolutions? Do you have a favorite post of mine from this year?