The Labors of Blaugust

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Blaugust has come and gone and many blog posts were written.  We can rest from writing all of those posts now on Labor Day… at least here in the US.

Blaugust Reborn

Blaugust was indeed reborn as bloggers old and new flocked to the banner and cranked out in excess of verbiage and videos and screen shots.  According to Belghast the numbers looked like this:

  • 90 blogs signed up in Blaugust Reborn 2018
  • 83 bloggers made at least one post during the month
  • We added 1404 more than new blog posts to the community as a result of Blaugust Reborn
  • This equated to an average of 45 new blog posts per day
  • 26 Bloggers had 31 or more posts

Despite the entry for me on that post I actually posted 40 times during August, which exceeded even my usual excess of posting.

Days I Posted

The days in light blue are one post, the days in darker blue are two posts.  I generally try to avoid three posts on a day unless the situation demands it.  I have only done so once this year.  Those days appear as black.

So I didn’t miss a day in August and, when it came down to it, I only missed one day in July and two days in June… and I was on a cruise for a week in June.  I was on a 55 day straight posting streak until yesterday I guess.

Anyway, getting in a post a day for the event earns you the Rainbow Award.

Rainbow Achievement Award 2018

Now to keep an eye on all those people who joined in on the event.  I know a few quit part way into the month.  Blogging is work.  It takes time from other things.  Unless you’ve been bitten by the writing bug and caught the inclination, fever, obsession, or or whatever you want to call it, it can be tough to carry on.  But that is fine.  Not everybody has to go crazy and we need people to read, like, and occasionally comment as well!  I think the article about finding the time over at Contains Moderate Peril is a good post about that sort of thing.  People generally find the time to do the things they really want to do.

As for posts about Blaugust and blogging itself, I managed to get in a few.  I generally don’t have a problem coming up with something to post about, but making myself post about a specific topic when I don’t feel it is another story, so I strayed from the suggested topics more and more as time went on.

There is probably some useful information to be gleaned from those posts.  Maybe.  Some mentor I am.  But my primary advice to bloggers and aspiring bloggers remains:

Be the blog you want to read

Focus on the topics that interest you.  Write about the things you want to remember.  Be angry or happy or enthusiastic or crazy about the things that bring out emotions in you.  Your blog should bring you happiness.  You should crave to write and enjoy going back over what you have written.  If you write long enough your blog can become a self-sustaining nostalgia machine.  That might even be a good thing. (More on that in another post.)

The month itself even saw a boost in page views, comments, and likes here at TAGN.  As I said before, it is gratifying when some extra work has some noticeable difference.  I even participated a bit in the Blaugust Discord channel.  That is a bit unusual for me.  Despite being a blogger, an undeniably extroverted endeavor, I tend to be very quiet in groups, and the more people in the group the less I am likely to say.  I think Discord worked out better than Anook did in previous years.

Anyway, a hearty cheer to those who participated in some way.  I will list them all out below one last time this year.  While 90 blogs were signed up, only 88 ended up with something to which I could link.  RSS feeds for all of the sites can be found at a post over at Armagon Live.

  1. A Green Mushroom
  2. A Hobbits Journey
  3. Aeternus Gaming
  4. Ald Shot First
  5. Arc’s Oddities
  6. Armagon Live
  7. Ash’s Adventures
  8. Athernes Adventures
  9. Aywren Sojourner
  10. barely readable diary
  11. Beyond Tannhauser Gate
  12. Bio Break
  13. Book of Jen
  14. Brain Dump
  15. Built on a Daydream
  16. Calamity Jess
  17. Can I Play Too
  18. Casual Aggro
  19. Cinemaxia
  20. Contains Moderate Peril
  21. Daily Creative Thinking
  22. Deez Wurds
  23. Diary of a Guild Leader
  24. Endgame Viable
  25. Fully Automated Luxury Space Communism
  26. Galumphing
  27. Gamer Girl Confessions
  28. Gaming Conversations
  29. GamingSF
  30. Geeky Dad Fitness
  31. Glyffe
  32. Going Commando
  33. Gray’s Cozy Nook
  34. Heattanu’s Game
  35. I’m Not Squishy
  36. Inventory Full
  37. JVT Workshop
  38. Knifesedge Blogs
  39. leaflocker
  40. Learn Japanese Online
  41. Leeterati
  42. Magen Tales
  43. Mailvaltar – MMOs and other stuff
  44. Me vs. Myself and I
  45. MMO Syndicate
  46. Mmosey
  47. Moonshine Mansion
  48. Municipal City
  49. Murf Versus
  50. Nerdy Bookahs
  51. Neverwinter Thoughts
  52. Nomadic Gamers, Eh!
  53. Ocarina Farms
  54. Party Business
  55. Pizza Maid
  56. Plan B Better
  57. Princess in a Castle
  58. Professorbeej is Awesome
  59. Psychochild’s Blog
  60. RandomX
  61. RunningShoes.tv
  62. Ryuh Note
  63. Scarybooster
  64. Self-Distract Sequence
  65. Shadowz Abstract Gaming Blog
  66. Shards of Imagination
  67. Simply Janine
  68. Soul of the Forest
  69. Stabbed Up
  70. StarShadow
  71. Stropp’s World
  72. Symphony On A Chip
  73. Tales from the Backlog
  74. Tales of the Aggronaut
  75. TechJoy2Day
  76. The Ancient Gaming Noob
  77. The MMOist
  78. The Parent Trope
  79. The Path They Walk
  80. Thinking Play
  81. ThisThingIsNeat
  82. Through Wolfy’s Eyes
  83. TroytlePower
  84. Unidentified Signal Source
  85. Welshtroll
  86. What’s Occuring
  87. Why I Game
  88. WoW Alt Addiction

We shall see who comes back for another round next Blaugust.

4 thoughts on “The Labors of Blaugust

  1. Bhagpuss

    I do like to see quote from Scott Fitzgerald. I wonder what he’d have been like on social media?

    I thought Discord worked better than previous options, too. I was on there a few times in the first half of the month but I kind of forgot about it as time went on. It tended to be pretty quiet at the times I was there, which is why I drifted away. Handy to have it installed, though. We seem to have dropped Teamspeak in favor of Discord for World vs World on Yaks Bend and yesterday when I signed up for Twin Saga it automatically added me to a Discord via Steam so I guess I might as well get used to using it.

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  2. Jeff

    So just a word to the wise. Blaugust was great, and it helped me realize what I want to do with my blog, BUT….

    It started in the month that one of the most popular MMO’s on earth decided to drop an expansion. I had to quit for a bit because of that. Now my father in law dying is an entirely different subject, that’s not really on the event.

    I made a goal, and I accomplished half of it. I wasn’t able to post every day, but I was able to find a reason to write, and I think that is good enough for me.

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  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Bhagpuss – I was looking for a different quote about the compulsive nature that writing has for some people, but figured something from him served well enough.

    @Jeff – I am not sure what the word to the wise was out of that. I think WoW dropping an expansion actually gave some people something to write about. Lots of new topics came up out of the expansion.

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