Condition Report for the Fourteenth Interval

Conditions were superior during that interval

-Corr, speaking of some past period of time

It is that time again.  Another blog anniversary has rolled around.  I have now been doing this for fourteen years.

WordPress.com says hi

Fourteen seems like a long time.  It is about a quarter of my life at this point.  But, then again, beyond a certain age you find a lot of things that have hung around for significant fractions of your life.  I’ve been driving my current car for 17 years, I’ve been married for 21 years, I have shirts in my closet that still fit that pre-date the blog even.  And don’t get me started on the little things that collect around the house, items that do not have any real value but which I hang on to for whatever reason, like the front license plate to my first car, which was towed off to the junk yard back in 1986.

So, in a way, fourteen years doesn’t seem like all that long ago.  Also, the number fourteen doesn’t strike me with much in the way of inspiration.  Sure, it is the sum of two prime numbers and the age I was when I started high school.  I’ve also had a job pretty much continuously since I was 14.  But nothing really struck me for a post title besides Wilson’s fourteen points.  Me and history.

I’m also a bit lost for a graphic representing that number.  Thirteen had the whole bad luck superstition around it, and fifteen at least has a Taylor Swift song going for it, but fourteen… I suppose there is a state highway 14.  Whatever.

California State Highway 14

Past efforts, with better titles, if you are interested.

Like so many things on this site, there is now a set pattern of items I share annually, so we might as well get on with it.

Base Statistics

The same thing every year, looking at how the various needled moved over the last dozen months.

Days since launch: 5,114 (+366)
Posts total: 5,609 (+394)
Total Words: 4,378,757 (+411,478 words, not including this post)
Average words per post: 781 (+20)
Post Likes: 12,090 (+2,578)
Average posts per day: 1.097 (-0.01)
Comments: 33,780 (+1,329)
Average comments per post: 6.03 (-0.19)
Average comments per day: 6.61 (-0.23)
Spam comments: 1,482,548 (+18,381)
Average spam comments per day: 289.90 (-23.1)
Comment signal to noise ratio: 1 to 43.8 (-1.8)
Comments written by me: 6,857 or 20.3%
Images uploaded: 16,210 (+1,635)
Space used by images: 1.5 GB of my 3 GB allocation (49%)
Blog Followers: 1,888 (-40)
Twitter Followers: 775 (-1)
Tumblr Followers: 34 (+0)
US Presidents since launch: 3
British Monarchs since launch: 1
Prime Ministers of Italy since launch: 7

For some of you that will be enough stats.  Others will want to dive deeper, which you can do after the cut.

Demographics

According to the Flag Counter, down near the bottom of the side bar, individuals from 228 different countries have visited the blog since I added that widget.  But just over half of the visitors are from the United States.

This year’s sample sliced up

The WordPress.com

And the rest of the top ten sources of traffic are places where English is spoken by a significant portion of the population.  As I have noted in the past, and English language gaming blog appeals mostly in countries where English is commonly spoken.  Go figure.

The WordPress.com calculated top ten aligns with Flag Counter, though they disagree on 11, 12, and 13, where Flag Counter has them as Denmark, Spain, and Russia, while WP.com says it is Spain, Russia, and Denmark.  But the numbers are close enough that a surge from any one of those three could change the lineup on one or both lists.

Meanwhile, what people are driving when they arrive here looks like this:

Browsers and operating systems

These numbers are based on the last 90 days, with a maximum of 250,000 records in the sample.  The Browser count stacks up about the same as last year, with Chrome down just a bit.

When it comes to operating systems, Windows 7 is finally dropping off, though it remains surprisingly high for a decade old OS that is officially out of support.

Incoming!

Where does all this traffic come from.  Some of it comes from other blogs and social media sites and the like.  For those, here are the top contributors.

Over the Last Year

  1. Total EVE
  2. EVE Bloggers
  3. Twitter
  4. Inventory Full
  5. Low Sec Lifestyle
  6. Facebook
  7. Blessing of Kings
  8. Reddit
  9. Going Commando
  10. Greedy Goblin

The blogs on the list… as well as EVE Bloggers and Total EVE… all have dynamic, updating lists that show the most recent posts from blogs, something that attracts almost infinitely more clicks than the static blogroll that WP.com offers.  I have tried to simulate that with varying degrees of success.

Greedy Goblin amuses me the most.  It is all from his idle Blogger.com blog, which he left because Google wasn’t living up to his Arrow Cross fantasies, though he never fully gave up on Blogger and used to post a link to his other blog every time he wrote something there.  That reflects the truth that once you get known in one location, moving is death to traffic.

All Time List

Referrers by all time is plagued by inertia, but let’s look at that list again.

  1. VirginWorlds
  2. Blessing of Kings
  3. Total EVE
  4. EVE News 24
  5. Low Sec Lifestyle
  6. EVE Bloggers
  7. Google Reader
  8. Keen and Graev
  9. Reddit
  10. Twitter

Some of the more recent contenders are moving up, but VirginWorld, whose heyday is a decade past, is still at the top of the list.  Likewise, the long gone Google Reader remains on the list.  EN24 is still around, but they haven’t linked to me in a good seven years either.  There was a time when blogging was a lot more active.  It isn’t just my site that is seeing less traffic.

Search Engines

Blogs and similar sites are fun and all, but search engines are where 90% of the traffic comes from.  According to WP.com, here are the raw numbers for search engine referrals over the last year.

  1. Google Search – 106,119
  2. Bing – 2,361
  3. duckduckgo.com – 1,501
  4. Yahoo Search-  408
  5. Yandex – 381
  6. Ask.com – 62
  7. Google Image Search – 16
  8. myway.com – 16
  9. Baidu – 12
  10. Yahoo Image Search – 5
  11. t-online.de – 4
  12. earthlink.net – 3
  13. Google Mobile – 3
  14. metacrawler.com – 3
  15. dogpile.com – 2
  16. AOL – 2

Google is, of course, number one by a long shot.  If Google forgets you, your traffic dies.  Then again, when Google sends people, they are most likely to just bounce off your site, never to return.  People coming from blogs are more likely to be return visitors.

But if you want to know the top search terms that sent people here from Google, here are the first dozen on the list.

Google search terms for the last 12 months

The list goes pretty deep.  I can only see the top 1000, but even the last one sent me five clicks.

I am always surprised that “tagn” is at the top of the list.  I guess people don’t have me bookmarked or something.  And, as I said in the Blaugust Discord a month back, if you want to pull some traffic out of Google, write posts that use the words “WoW Subscription Numbers” in the title.  Everybody wants to know what they are it seems, and nobody has an answer.

And, as I mentioned a while back, something happened in May and Google was suddenly a bit more interested in my site.  You can see the climb after the April Fool’s spike.

Google search engine report for the last 12 months

Of course, not everything lines up.  Web stats are garbage when you start to examine them.

Google says they only sent me 82K clicks, which is pretty far from the 106K number WP.com is telling me.  That is 24K missing referrals.  But 10K of the WP.com number is from non-US versions of Google, which brings the missing number down to 14K.  And that missing amount might just be how things are counted.  If you search twice for the same thing and click on the same link, that might be one search referral to Google but two for WP.com’s stats.

So it goes.

Outgoing!

I get traffic coming here, but I occasionally send some out to other sites.

Over the Last Year

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Inventory Full
  3. EVE Online (various dev and news blogs)
  4. Massively OP
  5. zKillboard (EVE Online ship kills)
  6. Reddit
  7. The Nosy Gamer
  8. Imperium News
  9. Blizzard Forums
  10. WoW Wiki

Wikipedia remains my top out destination, usually because I link things I don’t want to explain.  The whole list is more a reflection of whom I link to in posts rather than anything on my side bar.  My attempt to create a dynamic blog list is not so successful I guess.

All Time

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Various Pokemon sites
  3. Civ Fanatics
  4. Various Blizzard WoW Sites
  5. Hardcore Casual
  6. Keen and Graev
  7. Blessing of Kings
  8. EVE Online Pictures
  9. Inventory Full
  10. Kill Ten Rats

Wikipedia is the all time champ as well, with a the link to the entry for the 1981 game Castle Wolfenstein being the top destination there, both this year and all time.  People love a classic I guess.

Most Viewed Posts

Over the Last Year

  1. Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
  2. Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
  3. Getting Upper Blackrock Spire Access
  4. SuperData and Wavering WoW Subscriptions
  5. Top 25 EVE Online Corporations Graph – The End Number
  6. How Many People Play EVE Online?
  7. CCP is Just Going to Keep Selling Skill Points for Cash
  8. Ashenvale and the Stonetalon Mountains
  9. April Fools at Blizzard 2020 is Centered on Overwatch
  10. The Fall of Niarja and the Shape of High Sec

Kind of surprised to see a fairly recent post sneak in at number 10 there, it being less than a month old now, but the whole Niarja thing was quite a change for high sec.  There are actually four posts from the past year on that lists, and all of them are there because Google favored them in some way.  For a bit I was the top result for searches related to “Niarja,” so that explains a bit of that.

All Time

  1. Play On: Guild Name Generator
  2. Running Civilization II on Windows 7 64-bit
  3. Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
  4. How To Find An Agent in EVE Online
  5. How to Catch Zorua and Zoroark
  6. From Alola Pokedex to National Pokedex in Pokemon Sun
  7. April Fools at Blizzard – 2013
  8. Considering Star Wars Galaxies Emulation? Better Grab a Disk!
  9. Diablo III vs. Torchlight II – A Matter of Details
  10. Getting Upper Blackrock Spire Access

I did a couple of posts last year about my most viewed posts over the life of the blog, both cumulatively and year by year.   I over-explained things in such detail there that you should read those, because otherwise I’m just going to say something about Google and inertia and Reddit and Pokemon here.

Categories and Tags

Categories, as I have said in the past, represent the larger scale topics I write about.  There are a limited number of those, though I add a couple every year… or convert a tag or two to a category if they get used a lot.  I currently have 97 tags, up one from last year.  The top topics for the blog are:

  1. EVE Online 1,729
  2. World of Warcraft 1,361
  3. EverQuest II 734
  4. EverQuest 592
  5. Lord of the Rings Online 429
  6. Blizzard 408
  7. Sony Online Entertainment 342
  8. Instance Group 330
  9. Humor 237
  10. Pokemon 231
  11. blog thing 201
  12. Misc MMOs 193
  13. Rift 162
  14. Month in Review 168
  15. YouTube 159
  16. WoW Classic 152
  17. Nintendo DS Hardware 141
  18. Other PC Games 146
  19. Diablo III 140
  20. Vanguard SOH 135

EVE Online remains the king, having supplanted World of Warcraft some years back..  The new kid on the block, or on the list, is WoW Classic.  I wrote a lot about it over the last year.  Minecraft fell off the top 20.

Tags

Tags are the more whimsical part of the system here, being subject to immediate mood or fancy. I throw them out with abandon. They fill in for games that don’t rate a category, details like zones or solar systems or expansions, or sometimes just my general feelings about a post or warnings to the reader. There are 3,645 3,851 tags used over the last 14 years, up 206 from last year. I continue to make up a new tag for a lot of posts it seems.

The top ten tags I’ve used are:

  1. CCP 215
  2. Progression Server 122
  3. Asher Elias 94
  4. Reavers 90
  5. Fippy Darkpaw 85
  6. Meaningless Milestones 82
  7. Nostalgia 81
  8. Delve 74
  9. MMO Expansions 66
  10. Warlords of Draenor 65
  11. Free-To-Play 63

Last year I did a list of the tags I had used exactly 13 times, so this year I can do the ones I have used exactly 14 times I guess.

  • Deadmines
  • Age of Kings
  • Cash Shop
  • EverQuest II Extended
  • NBI
  • Delve War
  • Pandemic Legion
  • Honest Trailers
  • Delve 2016
  • Spring Movie League

That last one is a bit of a kick in the gut, as it doesn’t seem likely we will see any FML movie leagues for some time to come.

A Peek into Page Views

Here we are at the one day a year when I bare the raw page view stats for the world to see.

Total Page Views by Month/Year

Average Daily Page Views by Month/Year

You can click on either chart to see them in a more legible size.

This is the bit where I talk about whether traffic, page views, or whatever really matter.  To certain extent, what I say most of the time is true, that it doesn’t matter so much.  If it mattered a lot you would notice some change in my pattern of posting.  I might post less frequently, or at less length, or in some way adjust myself to a patter of fewer views.  But clearly I haven’t.  Call that exhibit A.

On the flip side, resigned as I was to the ongoing decline of traffic, I was actually kind of happy when page views started to perk up a bit after the Google change I mentioned above, which kicked in around early May.  For ages page views never dipped below 20K in a month, which started to become something of a psychological line, a point above which everything was good and below which things were… not?  And then, last year, traffic started dipping below that line, but I kept on going as before.  But now it is up again and, at some level, more attention makes me feel better.  I can pretend that maybe sometimes I write something that matters to people, or informs them.  Something.  As I noted above, I was surprised to see a post I made less than a month ago make it into the top ten most viewed posts for the last year.

So maybe it matters some.

So Very Many Words

The most amusing chart for me, the one with the word count.

Sept 2020 – Word count, comments, liked, and so on

As usual, you can click on the chart to see it full size.  I still write a lot of posts.  We’re at day 256 for the year and I am already 267 posts into things.  And I am still averaging a bit over a thousand words a post.  So many words.

The total word count, so you don’t have to tally it up yourself, is 4,378,757.  That puts me within striking range of the number of words in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, including the three bloated volumes that Brandon Sanderson wrote to finish off the tale.  I’ll pass it next year, and I think I overuse stock phrases only slightly more often.

Forward Looking Statements

Here is where I say some things that may or may not be true over time.  It is also far enough down the page that I’ll have lost most people, so Bhagpuss, Shintar, and a few regulars are my only audience at this point.  And you know I am not a reliable narrator when it comes to writing about my own motivations.  Or perhaps they just ebb and flow.  Maybe that whole biorhythm thing they were trying to sell us on back in the 70s had something to it.

But when it comes down to it, I feel really tired right now.  My motivation is ebbing.

And it isn’t due to the fact that I am writing about the same games I was back in 2006, or that we’re running the exact same content we were fourteen years ago or that we’re fighting over the same region of space we were back in 2012.  I think I have proven I can write about the same thing over and over.

After all, it is only the same at a macro level.  Every dungeon looks a like, every space battle feels the same, every sporting event totals up to a final score if you get enough distance.  You killed the boss and they dropped some loot, the space objective was won or lost, a numerical value sums up the state of play.

But at the ground level each dungeon run is different, each space battle flows in its own way, and every sporting event has its moments that make it special.  And I live in the little details with my writing, because that is what sparks memory for me when I got back and read my posts a year or five years or ten years later.

So it isn’t that.  At times in the past, when I have felt myself slipping a bit, I have been hard pressed to identify the problem.  But now, in the year of our lord 2020, I am pretty sure I can spot the problem.  The problem is I have been sitting at my desk at home too damn much.

Seriously.  I have mentioned this a bit in month in review posts, but now that were about six month into COVID-19 and isolation and masks and work from home, I am pretty sure this is taking a toll on me.

Since mid-March I have been working from home, which means spending 9 or 10 hours most weekdays sitting in my home office, at the end of which I am not always inclined to remain in the very same chair to pick up and start playing a game or go on a fleet op.

This has been somewhat aggravated by the company for which I labor as the CEO has been out with a message at the start of every month that we’ll be back in the office by the 15th of the next month.  April, May, June, July, August, September, and now October have all come up as return dates.  That has left me in a state of feeling like this is all temporary, so I haven’t felt the need to change up my work space at home.

Then the bomb dropped late last month.  I work in a satellite office, 2,000 miles from HQ, which is a place of work for a dwindling number of people.  After having been away from the office for so long and yet still staying productive, the company decided we didn’t really need an office at all.  So we’re all working from home for good.

Which is kind of a bummer.  I won’t miss the commute, though it wasn’t all that bad, and was often a nice quiet time to listen to an audio book… so maybe I will miss it a bit.  But I will miss the office, which was quiet and air conditioned, the latter weighing particularly when it has been getting up to 108 degrees here.  And I will miss the campus where it was located, which was pretty and green, nestled in the mountains above Santa Cruz… though a large part of that area has been on fire lately, to the point that when I cleared out my stuff from the office there was ash falling out of the sky and a strong scent of something burning.

In a way, being at work and away from home charged up the batteries that got me to play video games.  Now that is all gone.  And the pandemic means going out to eat or a movie or much else is out of the question.  I know we introverts were all “we got this” back in April and May, but Jesus Christ I would be happy to go to a crowded mall on a Saturday afternoon once more just to change the scenery.  But the state is on fire and there is smoke and ash falling from the sky most places these days, which kind of takes outdoor dining, the only eating out option we have, off the table, so to speak.

And this has been driving my wife even more crazy.  She is a sales rep, a gregarious outgoing person, so staying home has been even more of a burden… and all the more so since she needs to meet people to find customers and get paid, which just isn’t happening these days.

So we have been spending a lot of time watching TV, since at least we can sit on the couch rather than our office chairs.  That has spawned the ongoing series of posts about pandemic binge watching.  Or we drive around and play Pokemon Go from the safety of my car… which also has air conditioning, which is a factor when it is 108 out and you don’t have central air at home because you keep saying it is a waste of money because you only really need it two weeks or so out of the year and you like some fresh air now and then.

Oddly, while my PC gaming time has been in decline, I have been spending about the same amount of time writing, which is why posts are still going up daily… I’m still on an unbroken streak since late March… and they’re still running out to a thousand words or more on a regular basis.

But the grist for that mill, the game play time that stimulates the posts, that has been tapering off pretty sharply of late.  There are a bunch of things I’d like to play.  My cup runneth over on Steam and what not.  But my back hurts and I am sick of sitting in my office chair and I feel like I am watching too much TV and it seems like this is never going to end.  Oh, and my state is on fire, the economy is tanking so hard that it is making the “great recession” of the last decade look paltry (the PPP stuff is ending, so expect huge layoffs soon), and the President is actively trying to destroy the country to feed his ego and make a few bucks.  So there is some sense of helplessness and existential dread mixed in there I am sure.

I can’t fix the world, but I am working on setting up my work stuff in another room so that I can have a work area and a recreation area.  Maybe that will help, though I have some work to do before that is ready.  And it remains to be seen if working out in the living area of the house will be viable.  It is not always quiet out there.

All of which, as I said about 800 words ago, is making me feel very tired.  I don’t want to get off the couch, even if it means watching another episode of Billions.  As I have said before, the structure of my post schedule, built up around a few regular items, has helped me keep going.  But if the game play well runs dry I might be back to writing opinion pieces about esoteric bits of MMORPG design, and I’m not sure any of us want that.  We’ll end up with things like “Five Table Top RPGs that should be MMORPGs” or “Why Table Top RPGs should Never become MMORPGs” or how I haven’t played a table top RPG game since the mid-90s or retreading why EverQuest II never did as well as EverQuest, much less World of Warcraft or why everybody is mean to DPS players.

So I guess the forward looking statement this year is that I am hoping to get to year fifteen.  At least then I can add a regular “Fifteen Years Ago” section to my month in review posts.

My plan is to carry on as before.  My backup plan is to just do month in review posts until the end of time.  It might be difficult to keep up with either.

Conditions were superior during that interval, the one before the pandemic and the fires and the being at home all the time.  Also, it is well past midnight and I might be rambling a bit.

We will see what tomorrow brings.

10 thoughts on “Condition Report for the Fourteenth Interval

  1. Stormwaltz

    I feel your forward looking statements.

    Someone said (on Twitter?) that we’re not working from home, we’re sleeping at the office – that’s especially true for me, in a small apartment where I work maybe four feet from the bed because the kids need the rest of the apartment. The only division I have in my day is physically swapping my work computer for the personal one.

    My internal clock has gone to hell, partly on “job” setting and partly on “time off.” I find myself needing to nap in the afternoons because I just can’t stay awake and focused. When that falls depends on when Zoom meetings are in a given day. Then I work until the kids go to bed after 8PM, get ready for the next day, and spend a couple hours before bed restlessly not playing games, not watching shows, not reading books, and not listening to podcasts. I look through them regularly, but settle on nothing. I can’t think of anything in particular I want to DO now.

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  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    My current favorite bad opinion post that I might actually do, “How EVE Online is More Like a Table Top RPG than Your Themepark Fantasy MMORPG.”

    @Stormwaltz – I find, at times, I can force myself to log in and, once I get over the hurdle of starting, I can sit down and enjoy myself. But the messing with my home/work context has really made it an effort to get over that hurdle.

    @Redbeard – Indeed, few of us still remain.

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  3. bhagpuss

    Congrats on fourteen years. I have a little story about calling things by “fourteen” but I’ll save it, I think. There are plenty more interesting comment hooks in the post than that. Not least the title you did use, which sounded very familiar even though I couldn’t place it. It sounds extrermely science fictional, particularly with the opening quote and attribution, which very much have that portentous solemnity that S.F. acquires when it’s taking itself seriously.

    My first thought was something from Ursula K. Leguin but it could be any number of literary-minded writers of fantastical fiction. Then a bit later on you throw in the reference to “Wilson’s fourteen points”. That didn’t ring any bells but unlike the title and quote it was googleable. I really ought to have recognized it, since I did WW1 as a special topic for A-Level back in school, but I can’t recall ever hearing about it. It was a very long time ago (my schooling, not WW1, although obviously…)

    Anyway, the upshot is that I can’t connect the two things (searches don’t find any correlation between Woodrow Wilson and anyone called “Corr”, nor with the key words in the quote or title other than “Fourteen”) and I can’t even tell from context whether you meant to imply that they were linked or you were positing using Wilson’s fourteen points *instead* of the quote you did use.

    All of the post was fascinating as always but I won’t go on about statistics yet again. The long coda, where you talk about how this year has changed things is the key part, I think. I’m seeing this all over the place right now. I’ve posted about something similar myself. Everyone’s expreiences are different but the enormous changes to how we live our lives that we’ve all experienced this year have had effects we couldn’t have foreseen.

    I’m in the opposite position to you in that, finally, I am starting back at work tomorrow. I originally thought I’d be back in June but I’d reached the point where I didn’t really expect I’d be going back at all, so it’s a bit of a surprise. I haven’t had to work from home, thankfully. I’ve just not had to go to work, which is very different. I’m only about three or four years from retirement and this year has felt like I’ve already retired. Which is great. I’d take voluntary redundancy and/or early retirement if offered, even though it would be a big financial hit. I prefer the time to the money so long as there’s enough money to pay the bills.

    But as must be obvious from the blog, even though I don’t have to sit at my computer for hours working, my enthusiasm for sitting there all day has taken a big knock. I’ve found that doing physical work is more satisfying than playing games or blogging all day. When the gaming and the blogging was what I did on the days when I didn’t have to stand up and do physical and social stuff for eight hours at a stretch it was relaxing and fun. When it’s all I do then it gets a bit tired after a while.

    I also think the weather has a lot to do with it. It’s hard to sit around at a desk when it’s bright and sunny and warm outside and you have all your time to do what you like with. I suspect that gaming and blogging are going to look more appealing when it’s dark, wet and cold every day for six months, regardless of whether I’m working or not.

    Anyway, we’re still here and that’s the important part. Long may that continue. If this year’s shown us anything it’s that we can’t predict what next year’s going to be like. Maybe it’ll be much, much better! Yeah, okay, maybe not.

    Grats again.

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  4. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Bhagpuss – Yeah, I went through Wilson’s 14 points and a few other unsatisfying ideas. For a while the post was just titled “Fourteen.”

    Corr is one of the people playing FML in our league back in the earlier days, a member of Liore’s raid group. (Liore of the Herding Cats blog of yore.) On their Slack channel, where I am a member despite not being one of those raiders, there is an ongoing joke about him being a bot, and his avatar displays that quote when you mouse over it.

    Basically, it was something so obscure that maybe half a dozen people might get it, and only two or three of them ever show up here. But that’s the way we roll at TAGN.

    Edit: I am told the Corr bot thing all stemmed from the comic Stranger Planet, where aliens mimic humans and describe their actions in awkward ways.

    Edit Update: A correction came in, and the quote apparently originated here.

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  5. Corr

    Previous time periods allowed for gathering of persons to jointly watch a series of still images being projected onto a large, flat surface. Conditions were superior during that interval.

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  6. Lewis Maskell

    In my apartment my personal pc is on one side of a dining table. I put my work laptop on the short side. That has, just about, been enough of a change. Which is good because I had no other options for separate areas. Now I have managed to get a second chair so I have a work chair and a non-work chair it is a little better.

    But still, I would not call it good. I have actually this last week managed to get an opportunity to go into the office (as it were, as I work for the IT dept of a hospital) but the numbers are climbing again here in England and as I am at-risk that will probably cease soon.

    Hope to see you make it 15. And hope thereby you manage to switch up your home office in an agreeable way.

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  7. Seraphgrim

    I normally read your blog on Feedly, but on the occasion where I’m reading at work (not too common), I navigate here by simply Googling “TAGN”. I’d imagine that sort of thing isn’t uncommon, as it’s a pretty unique acronym.

    Something that might help with gaming but wanting to be out of your computer chair is something like the Steam link. I really like it and have started picking up games with controller support so I can get out of my computer room and spend time on the couch, even if it’s just being “alone together” with the wife. Steam Link is out of production but you can still find them on FB, Craigslist, etc.

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  8. Archey

    Coming in late here but congrats on 14. I guess I’m a regular since I read the whole thing. .

    I have to also raise my hand as one of those who occasionally googles “tagn”. It’s easy to type and if i somehow close the browser page it’s a quick way to get back.

    I sympathize with the tiredness too, and while I will still certainly F5 the blog at least once a day, I think scaling back a little from your current impressive pace of writing Is completely reasonable.

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  9. Shawn

    You are definitely not alone in a lot of your forward looking statements; this year has been quite a mind bender when it comes to time passing and working at home/sleeping at work. The days really blur together and you wake up a few months later. One thing I’ve found helpful to break up the day is to fake a commute time with something else. Sometimes it’s a match of an online game or a long walk but always something to let my mind stop reeling at the end of the work day. Looking forward to many more years of your blog. :)

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