It’s been a strange road, these past couple of months. When I first started the website, I honestly had no clue where I was going with it. I kind of wanted to do everything at once, but wasn’t clear on how exactly I was going to go about doing any of it. And like a zen moment straight out of House, it hit me: why not focus on the important news? That’s the idea, and so far it has more or less worked out.
I stand by my decision to be selective of the content I post on the website, but the formula — the consistency — needs refinement. I have ambitious goals for the website as things move forward, but I don’t have the time, the money, or the manpower to pull any of it off at the moment. The site’s traffic received an unexpected jolt over these past few months, and I honestly wasn’t prepared for a growth spurt so soon after the site’s launch.
One of the biggest hurdles is the whole manpower thing. If you’re a semi-regular visitor to the site, you may have noticed that all of the posts on the site are done by me. No, this isn’t because I love the sound of my fingers as they type. The problem, the hurdle, is that it can be pretty hard to find writers willing to work on a purely voluntary basis. My plan over the next month is to more aggressively hunt down additional wordsmiths to help expand the site to where I want it to be, but finding the right people for the job is likely just going to take some time. If it means quality, I’ll wait.
While it (hopefully) may not be a big deal to you, another thing getting under my skin is the layout. In case you’re not in-the-know on WordPress themes and independent gaming websites, the Arras theme is the most commonly used (abused?) themes out there. If the layout bothered you for that reason, or any other reason for that matter, know that I’m with you on that. Unfortunately, I just can’t afford to hire a web designer who could cook up a site that would meet my ridiculously OCD expectations right now. If all goes according to my diabolical plan, a new, unique layout will be up by the middle of next year. It’ll be awesome, I’m sure.
So, what can you expect as the site grows older? Well, I’m glad I spoke for you and asked! One of the first things on the agenda is improving the consistency of news posts. This involves freeing up time, adjusting times of day that I post content and, hopefully, getting other writers on board. Even without new writers, however, the content should be coming at you a lot more consistently after the hectic holidays have passed.
As part of the boost in content appearing on the site every week, editorials will also make a regular appearance under the “Features” section. This “Weekend Blog” you’re reading right now is part of that initiative, and there’s a few more of them in the works. At best, you may see three of these in a week. On average, you’ll see maybe one a week. The idea isn’t to flood you with pointless editorials, it’s to be selective of the type of content that goes up on the site, just like the news. That means no “Top 10 Tophats in Videogames” articles. Sorry.
Before I dive too far into TL:DR territory here, I’ll go ahead and wrap this up. Whether you’re new or returning, I’d like to thank you for giving this a read, and I’d also like to thank you for checking out the site. There may be bumps in the road ahead, but I’m not about to give up until this site is bleeding excellence. I think I’m probably too stubborn to give up, anyway.