Blaugust #31: in conclusion

Welcome to day 31 of #blaugust and the finish line for this year! Congratulations to everyone who took part, and massive thanks to Belghast of Tales of the Aggronaut for setting it up. It’s been a great experiment for me. This is the first time since starting my blog that I’ve managed to post something every day, and it’s been a learning experience for sure:

  • Turns out that yes, I can find time every day to do this, if I really put my mind to it. There was only one day during blaugust when I realised due to bad planning I only had a very specific window of time to use, and I still managed it.
  • I do have enough to talk about most days to write a post, if I put my mind to it. There were a couple of days where coming up with a post was hard work and which resulted in basically “filler” to keep the counter rolling. If I wasn’t under a geis to write every day, I think I could post a “genuine” post 20 – 25 days out of the month, which is still massive.
  • There’s plenty to write about. I’ve written a bunch about Diablo III this month, with a correspondingly large amount of time spent in-game. I am much better at that game than I give myself credit for. The movies of Asylum are still great fun, and a dumb screencap or two is the perfect scaffolding to hang a post on. There’s a much bigger audience for writing about tabletop roleplaying games than I thought.
  • Write it and they will come. My stats got a nice bump this month, and it’ll be interesting to see if or by how much they fall once #blaugust drops off. I’ve discovered some great new people this month;  I’ve added a whole bunch of great people to my Twitter timeline and my Feedly account, and I’ll be updating my sidebar blogroll links soon.

Because I’m a massive nerd, I installed a plugin for WordPress that looks at your word counts, just so I could see how this year’s #blaugust stacked up:

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Wow — I do love a chart. Blaugust represents a full 30% of all the written content on my blog to date. That’s incredible. I knew I’d written a lot more this month consecutively than ever before, but I’d never have guessed it would represent such a high proportion of all my output to date.

I’ve been inspired; by the blogging community, by all the comments left on my posts and the mentions on Twitter, by my own ability to get it done. I’m more proud of my blog now than ever before. I’m not promising to keep to one post every day here, but I know now I can do more, and I’ll definitely be continuing to write regularly.

Let’s do it all again next year!

  4 comments for “Blaugust #31: in conclusion

  1. August 31, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I’m impressed that you saw a jump in your views. I’m actually on pace to be almost precisely equal to, maybe even a touch lower than July. Another blogger (The Ancient Gaming Noob) said in his post-mortem yesterday that he didn’t see any bump in views either.

    Honestly, I think pretty much everyone just uses feed readers, so we may actually have had more eyeballs, but no way to measure it.

  2. Howard halliday
    September 1, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Well doing, Phil. We made it.

  3. September 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Grats on making it through Blaugust too. This has certainly been a challenge and one heck of a feat to pull off. That is pretty incredible how your Blaugust word count takes up a huge portion of the word count pie. I know I more than doubled my post count so I’m sure that would be far bigger on mine if I were to try that.

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