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Sunday, January 4, 2015

What you see to the left are the yearly post totals here at Tenkar's Tavern going back to back to 2009 (2008 had one post, and that was just to secure the the blog over at Blogger.)

As you can see there was a significant ramp up of posts thru 2012 / 2013, with a noticeable drop off in 2014. Still an insanely huge number, but a drop off of nearly 200 post a year is significant. Considering the type of year 2014 was for me and my family, I'm actually surprised I surpassed 900.

One thing I do pride myself on is not missing a day of posting in 2014 or 2013. It could go back to 2012, but that would require me to do some heavy scanning of a couple of thousand posts. Ain't happening anytime soon ;)

One thing I might do for 2015 is put a couple of potential posts "in the hopper" so to speak. Life does not politely ask when it's a good time to intrude, and having stuff ready to go would be nice. I've never done it before, but it seems like it would make sense.

What does 2015 hold for The Tavern? Damned if I know. Mini reviews, Kickstarter highlights, gaming thoughts and observations, some gaming content - probably some Tunnels & Trolls goodness if deluxe T&T ever releases, OSR articles, some 5e thoughts if I ever get the time to read the core books, and whatever news, drama and loopiness that effects this hobby of ours.

That in and of itself is the main reason I don't write posts in advance - how do you write about a vibrant and constantly growing hobby and it's community and then put it on a back burner for weeks or months? I've seen that with some gaming podcasts - they talk about events in gaming that are current when the episode was recorded, but it's all over and done when finally released.

I'm still open to guest posters, as The Tavern is a community first and foremost. I'd like to get the community more involved with the blog and I'm certainly open to suggestions. I'd add a forum, but they tend to either be wastelands without activity or battlefields of personalities.

So, goodbye 2014 and hello 2015! May you be a kinder mistress going forward ;)


  1. Glad I am not the only one that hasn't finished the 5e core books yet. PH is taking me forever.

  2. How do you find the time?

    I mean, I don't know what your daily life is like, but how do you fit in 2-3 posts a day? I can't even fathom.

    1. Oh -- on the community front, you might consider integrating the Google+ comments with blogger. The advantage I like is that the discussion from the shares is included below the articles.

      So whether the conversation is in a comment thread on G+ or here directly, all the comments are shown here. With the standard non-integrated comments like you have now, you only get the comments that are explicitly written here and anything on the share threads is missed by 95% of your audience.

    2. when i sit down to write 90% of the posts, they are already written in my head.

      I brainstorm in my free time and the in between moments

      personally, I HATE integrated G+ comments. A sizable portion of The Tavern's community are not G+ members and the integration would exclude them from the convesations.

    3. Fair enough. I find it works well for me as a smaller blog because my much smaller community still gets very good conversations going on in the G+ comments (and the reshares show up on the blog).

      Also, I find the G+ membership mostly a non-issue since you can comment if you've ever used any Google services - Gmail, YouTube, Drive, etc. Even non-G+ users often have a Google login.

  3. Tenkar, do you think we'll see any progress in the OSR Superstar contest? I would love to see the results. Even if you aren't ready to put together the big PDF you discussed, it would be cool to see some of the entries that aren't still under review shared through the blog in some of your posts. Maybe you could discuss some of your favorite entries?