Blogging 2012 – Two Years On

I can’t believe I missed a milestone!

Five days ago “Armaitus On…” saw its 2nd anniversary of come and pass, like truck driver about to cross the border of the Czech Republic into der ehmalige Ost-Deutschland.

Blog Stats
Today’s Statistics

As an aside, I’m sure I was always taught a hard and masculine der ehmalige DDR but Google’s translate option gives me a more feminine die ehmalige DDR, reserving manliness for the less geo-political title.

So I missed my own ‘Blog’s 2nd birthday.  I say my own ‘Blog but I now write more than one.

I’ve set up a couple of alternative ‘Blogs in WordPress and have been looking at Joomla, Drupal and others to see if there is anything they could offer me.

I’ve even bought hosting, although I’m concerned at losing the search rankings and links that I’ve built up here by moving “Armaitus On…” to my own hosting.  The hosting is to give me somewhere to play with other things… like using HTML5 to write useful tools for mobile internet.

Despite all of that, I still feel guilty for missing my first ‘Blog’s 2nd birthday (I actually created the ‘Blog several days before the first post; unlike a lot of first time Bloggers, I spent a lot of time configuring WordPress and creating an About page).

It’s been interesting to look at those early posts and see how my writing style has changed.  In fact I am changing my style, even as I type, due to ideas that have come to me during the cross-comparisons.  Back then I wasn’t as strict on formatting and didn’t break my paragraphs up as much as I do now.

It also looks like I posted a lot more regularly in that first month than I do now, sometimes 2 in one day.  I haven’t done that since… well today actually, for the ‘Blog I maintain for the Amateur Operatic Society that my partner performs with.

I do try to finagle the dates nowadays though, make it look like I’m not just spaffing posts up in one go…

Annual Searches
The Year’s Searches

“in a one-er” as my friend OnlyOnePinman would say.

And so, two years on and I still have a desire to share my thoughts with the ether.

I know people read what I post, although the majority of the views I get are down to one or two specific posts: one vague discourse on the differences between LRP and MMORPGs and one helpful guide to removing images from MS-Word documents… go figure.

In fact, the most popular search term that hits this ‘Blog is “Ultima 8” or permutations thereof.  I can’t even remember now why I mentioned it, I must have posted about how awesome a series the Ultima games were and how Ultima VIII, Pagan was the best of the whole damned lot (excepting Ultima Underworld II of course).

I seem to have settled into a reasonable un-routine when it comes to blogging; I have a fair few posts drafted, including some creative writing but my time is dedicated to other things at the moment.

What was once a tool of procrastination has now become a target for it. I would love to write more frequently but it is the beginning of the LRP season and I have an event to run mid-March, as well as the main Lorien Trust events to prepare for…

Perdido Street Station won’t read itself you know…

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