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Sixteen Years of Driving the Blog

I suppose the go-to title for this post should have been something like “sixteen candles” or maybe “sweet sixteen.”  I mean, last year I went with “Quinceanera” in the title.  But those plays on the number weren’t really grabbing me.

So I will just say that the blog turns sixteen today.

WordPress.com acknowledges me effort again

That is kind of a long time.  More than a quarter of my life so far.  The elapsed time between my birth and when the state of California certified me as eligible to drive a car on the public highways was a mere 16 years and 5 days.

The blog has been going on for the about same amount of time it took me to grow from an infant to being able to drive a car on my own on the streets… legally.  There were some pre-license adventures.

It is not exactly the same amount of time.  There were five extra days because I couldn’t go get my license on my actual birthday, something many people my age, my wife included, did back then. I had to wait because my birthday fell on a Saturday that year.  Then my dad couldn’t spare the time to drive me over to the DMV until the following Thursday.  Oh, the humanity!

The whole thing involved a Peugeot 504 not unlike the one picture here

There is a whole story about driving, learning to drive, and the system around it that existed when I was a kid that I will get to some day in one of those weekend posts.  Another car story.  But suffice to say that sixteen years puts some mileage on you.

Past Anniversaries

For those interested in the history of my anniversary posts, which also represents, in a way, both the stylistic and level of effort arc of my writing career here, here are the past entries in the series:

It has been kind of down hill since year six.

Base Statistics

Since we’re on a bit of a car theme, this is pretty much the odometer of the blog, the numbers turning over as time goes by.

Days since launch: 5,845 (+365)
Posts total: 6,412 (+384)
Total Words: 5,256,386 (+417,030 words, not including this post)
Average words per post: 820 (+16)
Post Likes: 18,244 (+3,080)
Average posts per day: 1.097 (-0.003)
Comments: 36,407 (+1,299)
Average comments per post: 5.68 (-0.14)
Average comments per day: 6.23 (-0.18)
Spam comments: 1,793,899 (+74,983)
Average spam comments per day: 306.91 (-6.67)
Comment signal to noise ratio: 1 to 49.2 (+0.3)
Comments written by me: 7,347 or 20.1%
Images uploaded: 18,054 19,422 (+1,368)
Space used by images: 2.6 GB of my 13 GB allocation
Blog Followers: 2,237 (+164)
Twitter Followers: 800 (+15)
Tumblr Followers: 18 (-18, ouch!)
US Presidents since launch: 4
British Monarchs since launch: 2
Prime Ministers of Italy since launch: 8

This year represents the first time I have had to increment the British Monarchs count.

For most, that is already too much on the stats front.  But for those who want more, you will find much more after the cut.  I do this to spare the front page and not to generate a few cheap page views… though I’ll take the page views all the same.

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The Labors of Blaugust 2022

Blaugust is over.  And it was a successful event for any reasonable measure of things.

Blaugust time is coming to town…

Belghast has posted his summary of the event, for those who want all the details.  I like the round up of the scores myself:

  • 1333 posts were made by Blaugust 2022 Participants.
  • 67 blogs signed up and made at least one post during the month.
  • 24 blogs participated in Blaugust for the very first time.
    • Collectively our “Newbies” made a total of 376 posts.
  • 60 out of the 67 participating blogs made at least 5 posts qualifying for Bronze.
  • 42 out of the 67 participating blogs made at least 15 posts qualifying for Silver.
  • 30 out of the 67 participating blogs made at least 25 posts qualifying for Gold.
  • 26 out of the 67 participating blogs made at least 31 posts qualifying for Rainbow Diamond

That is quite a bit of posting out of 67 blogs… and 67 blogs was a fair percentage more than we had last year.

How did Blaugust work out for me?

I was something of a mediocre participant at best.  As I have noted elsewhere, real life has been much busier than usual, so the time I have for blogging and video games has been correspondingly reduced.  I usually like to get out and visit all the blogs on the list every year and leave a comment or two on posts where I have something to add.  This year I think I managed maybe five comments on other blogs all month.

Not exactly mister social this time around.

I did get out and click the the like button on people’s posts, at least if they were using WordPress blogs where that is a thing.  That is easy to do in the WordPress reader.  I’m not going to claim I read every single post I liked, but most of them.  I’ll stake myself to that.

And, in return, a lot of people clicked the like button on my own posts.  The blog stats say that I got 358 likes in August, which is a record for the site.  That is more than 10 likes per post, given that I managed to crank out 32 posts this time around.

I did also hit a milestone on Twitter, finally crossing over to 800 followers.  At the rate I have been going I will hit four digits at some point in 2031.

800 followers

What does that have to do with Blaugust?

Well, I noticed I was at 799 followers so said on the Blaugust Discord that whoever was my 800th follower would get a special mention in my end of Blaugust post.

The 800th follower was Magi of the Indiecator blog.  So thank you Magi.

Of course, when he followed me I did not get a notification, which meant that he had previously followed me and then had unfollowed me, which means I would have hit 800 already had he not done that.  But that is the way it goes on Twitter.

I was briefly at 801 last weekend, but have dropped back down to 800 once again. [Addendum: And I’m down to 798 since I wrote this.  Fickle followers.]

Meanwhile, back on the actual Blaugust front, I did managed to get 32 posts done.  Not my most prestigious output… I have been well into the 40s before… but still one better than last year’s exactly 31 posts.  Was I as tired last year as I feel like I am this year?  I cannot remember.

But 31 is all you need to get the rainbow diamond award for blogging 31 times in 31 days.

Blaugust 2022 – Rainbow Diamond Award for 31 posts

I even managed a few on topic posts for the event.

I think with those and a few other thing I managed to earn 15 of the 19 Blaugchievements possible this year.  I thought about making a graphic of all of them… and then I thought I might get to bed just that much sooner if I did not do that.  So no graphic.

So here we are, in September once more and another Blaugust is in the rear view mirror.  So once more, I will list out all the participants and encourage you to visit them.

  1. A Day in the Life of Flash
  2. A Geek Girls Guide
  3. A Missioneer in Eve
  4. A Nerdy Fujo Cries
  5. A Vueltas Por los Mundos
  6. Ace Asunder
  7. Alligators And Aneurysms
  8. Aywrens Nook – Gaming and Geek Blog
  9. Battle Stance
  10. Beyond Tannhauser Gate
  11. Bio Break
  12. Blogging with Dragons
  13. Book of Jen
  14. Breakingwynd
  15. Casual Aggro
  16. Chasing Dings!
  17. Cinder Says
  18. Contains Moderate Peril
  19. Cubic Creativity
  20. Dice, Tokens, and Tulip
  21. Digital Visceral
  22. Dispatches from Darksyde
  23. Dragons and Whimsy
  24. Endgame Viable
  25. Everwake
  26. Everything is bad for you
  27. FOB IV: A Blog
  28. Frostilyte Writes
  29. GamerLadyP – Gaming, Books and Musings of a Lady Gamer
  30. Gaming Omnivore
  31. Glittering Girly Gwent Gaming
  32. Going Commando
  33. Hundstrasse: Rambles About Games
  34. I Have Touched the Sky
  35. Indiecator
  36. Inventory Full
  37. Just Call Me Roybert
  38. Kay Talks Games
  39. Kaylriene
  40. Knifesedge Blogs
  41. Leaflocker
  42. Ludo Llama
  43. Mailvaltar – MMOs and other stuff
  44. Many Welps
  45. Meghan Plays Games
  46. MMO Casual
  47. Monsterladys Diary
  48. Mutant Reviewers
  49. Narratess
  50. Nerd Girl Thoughts
  51. Nerdy Bookahs
  52. NomadicGamersEh
  53. Overage-Gaming
  54. Priest With a Cause
  55. Shadowlands and getting back into the game
  56. Shadowz Abstract Gaming
  57. StarShadow
  58. Tales of the Aggronaut
  59. The Ancient Gaming Noob
  60. The Friendly Necromancer
  61. The Ghastly Gamer
  62. The Last Chapter Guild
  63. Time to Loot
  64. Unidentified Signal Source
  65. WelshFox on YouTube
  66. Welshtroll – Point, Click, Repeat
  67. Words Under My Name

Happy trails as we move away from summer and into autumn.  Hope to blog with you all again next year… not that I ever bother to leave the Blaugust Discord.  You can find me there pretty much year round.

Blaugust and What to do with a Popular Post

In which I try to pass on some sort of a lesson learned.

Every Blaugust I try to impart some of the wisdom I have acquired over my now long journey in blogging… which can be difficult, because I don’t have a lot new to offer on that front.  Fifteen years doesn’t make you a lot wiser than five years doing this, so I don’t have any big revelations stored away anymore.  I think I wrote, “be the blog you want to read” back in the first Blaugust, and that was about the peak of my wisdom.  Everything else is bickering over details.

Blaugust time is coming to town…

Still, this week’s theme is something about lesson’s learned according to the calendar, and I am not going to get the achievement if I don’t write something at least tangentially related to the topic.

The Blaugust Calendar

I generally save the event summary post for September, so now is the time to try and dig into whatever bits and pieces I have learned over the years.  And I think I have something.

Occasionally I will write a post that will gain traction with Google’s algorithm for some reason and will feature on the first page of results for some specific search term that people seem to be drawn to.

This never happens with a post I have worked on diligently or one that necessarily contains a lot of useful information.  As I have mentioned in the past, there is almost an inverse relationship between effort put into a post and its popularity.

And even when I do manage that rare feat, it is often a moment of fading glory as other sites and their SEO plans work out how to get the top spot over whatever search term I happen to be the king of at the moment.  I had a good streak with “April Fools at Blizzard” for a few years.  The high water mark of page views for the site was April 2, 2013.

So most of the posts I write, whether or not Google shows a shine to them, have similar life cycles.  They generally get the most single day page views they are ever going to get on either the day they are posted or the day after.  Then that traffic fades off, usually pretty sharply on day three, and somewhere between day seven and day thirty that post will stop getting any but the most desultory traffic going forward.

Once in a while though, once in a blue moon on a Tuesday, a post will get stuck on the first page of Google’s search results due to whatever arcane algorithmic rules determine that sort of thing and, hey presto, I have a post that just keeps getting traffic every day for weeks, months, even years.

I have had a variety of posts like that about things from WoW Guild names to finding an agent in EVE Online to Alamo teaching you to play durid.

Some of them, by their very nature, are useful to people.  Some, not so much.

For example, one of my current popular posts is about trying to find a warm ocean in Minecraft.

Apparently I was not alone in looking for one and Google has favored me with traffic.  Unfortunately, my tale about finding a warm ocean isn’t a “how to” as much as a narrative about my efforts.

However, once it became clear that Google was sending people to it who were seeking help in their search to find a warm ocean, I added a blurb at the top with a link to show them where they might find actual help on their search.

And sometimes my helpful posts… the few that I write… become obsolete.  The post above about finding and agent in EVE Online, CCP actually made that much easier by putting in a button that said “Find an Agent.”   Later, they moved to The Agency interface.  So I have a note at the top of that post as well.

I don’t feel like I have to go back and re-write everything as the world changes, but if I see something gets traffic and is out of date, I try to direct people to something more in line with their needs.

Anyway, here it is, the last few days of Blaugust.  This is likely my penultimate Blaugust post for 2022.  So I will, once more, link out to all the participants.

  1. A Day in the Life of Flash
  2. A Geek Girls Guide
  3. A Missioneer in Eve
  4. A Nerdy Fujo Cries
  5. A Vueltas Por los Mundos
  6. Ace Asunder
  7. Alligators And Aneurysms
  8. Aywrens Nook – Gaming and Geek Blog
  9. Battle Stance
  10. Beyond Tannhauser Gate
  11. Bio Break
  12. Blogging with Dragons
  13. Book of Jen
  14. Breakingwynd
  15. Casual Aggro
  16. Chasing Dings!
  17. Cinder Says
  18. Contains Moderate Peril
  19. Cubic Creativity
  20. Dice, Tokens, and Tulip
  21. Digital Visceral
  22. Dispatches from Darksyde
  23. Dragons and Whimsy
  24. Endgame Viable
  25. Everwake
  26. Everything is bad for you
  27. FOB IV: A Blog
  28. Frostilyte Writes
  29. GamerLadyP – Gaming, Books and Musings of a Lady Gamer
  30. Gaming Omnivore
  31. Glittering Girly Gwent Gaming
  32. Going Commando
  33. Hundstrasse: Rambles About Games
  34. I Have Touched the Sky
  35. Indiecator
  36. Inventory Full
  37. Just Call Me Roybert
  38. Kay Talks Games
  39. Kaylriene
  40. Knifesedge Blogs
  41. Leaflocker
  42. Ludo Llama
  43. Mailvaltar – MMOs and other stuff
  44. Many Welps
  45. Meghan Plays Games
  46. MMO Casual
  47. Monsterladys Diary
  48. Mutant Reviewers
  49. Narratess
  50. Nerd Girl Thoughts
  51. Nerdy Bookahs
  52. NomadicGamersEh
  53. Overage-Gaming
  54. Priest With a Cause
  55. Shadowlands and getting back into the game
  56. Shadowz Abstract Gaming
  57. StarShadow
  58. Tales of the Aggronaut
  59. The Ancient Gaming Noob
  60. The Friendly Necromancer
  61. The Ghastly Gamer
  62. The Last Chapter Guild
  63. Time to Loot
  64. Unidentified Signal Source
  65. WelshFox on YouTube
  66. Welshtroll – Point, Click, Repeat
  67. Words Under My Name

Take some time and visit a few of them.

 

Staying Motivated Going into Blaugust Week Four

Here we are, into the fourth week of Blaugust and people are still posting away.

Blaugust time is coming to town…

As always, you can join in on Blaugust, even here in the waning days of the month, if you so desire.  All the information is available at these links:

This week of the event has the theme “Staying Motivated” according to the Blaugust calendar.

The Blaugust Calendar

And believe me, I can feel the strain on my motivation.  I was sitting at my desk on Saturday night and literally had nothing planned to write about this week.  Nothing.  Five days of blanks on my topics list.

That can be a bit demoralizing.

But it isn’t an uncommon situation either… especially in August, which has traditionally been a slow season for news.  As I recall, part of the reason for Blaugust was to liven up the dreary end of the season, the back end of August being the Sunday afternoon of summer.

I feel better when I have, if not a few posts already done by Sunday afternoon, at least some ideas sketched out with a few notes and a bit of structure.  Sometimes though, you’re just there with some free space and a desire to get words on the page.

My core response to that is generally to remind myself what the blog is about… you can read the About page (which I haven’t updated in about eight years), but in short it is about me and what I have been up to in online gaming… and to see if there isn’t something that fits into that I can write about.  You would be surprised as to what tiny bit of news or play time can be examined and turned into a thousand words with a few screen shots tossed in.

If I come up short there, the gaming press often has something to provoke some ideas for a post, as do my fellow bloggers.  What topics are in the meta right now?  What is the staff at Massively OP complaining about?  There was a time when we used to riff off of one and other’s posts much more than we seem to do these days.  Or maybe that is just me.

Then there is always whatever is going on over in the land of Twitter or revisiting some issue I have written about previously… digging through old posts for the month in review is always some decent fertilizer to sprout an idea or two… or there is often a quiz or other blogging meme on can jump on for an idea.  There was one of those just the other day over at Contains Moderate Peril.

There is always Nick Yee’s Gamer Motivation Profile or the Bartle Test to spur a post.

And if I am really desperate, I can actually open up my drafts folder, currently 109 posts deep, and actually finish up something I started previously.

Finally, I can always just write about how I don’t have anything to write about and turn it into some sort of post about staying motivated for Blaugust.

That is my cue to roll out the list of Blaugust participants.  If you haven’t visited some of their sites yet, now would be a good week, here in the doldrums of the month.

  1. A Day in the Life of Flash
  2. A Geek Girls Guide
  3. A Missioneer in Eve
  4. A Nerdy Fujo Cries
  5. A Vueltas Por los Mundos
  6. Ace Asunder
  7. Alligators And Aneurysms
  8. Aywrens Nook – Gaming and Geek Blog
  9. Battle Stance
  10. Beyond Tannhauser Gate
  11. Bio Break
  12. Blogging with Dragons
  13. Book of Jen
  14. Breakingwynd
  15. Casual Aggro
  16. Chasing Dings!
  17. Cinder Says
  18. Contains Moderate Peril
  19. Cubic Creativity
  20. Dice, Tokens, and Tulip
  21. Digital Visceral
  22. Dispatches from Darksyde
  23. Dragons and Whimsy
  24. Endgame Viable
  25. Everwake
  26. Everything is bad for you
  27. FOB IV: A Blog
  28. Frostilyte Writes
  29. GamerLadyP – Gaming, Books and Musings of a Lady Gamer
  30. Gaming Omnivore
  31. Glittering Girly Gwent Gaming
  32. Going Commando
  33. Hundstrasse: Rambles About Games
  34. I Have Touched the Sky
  35. Indiecator
  36. Inventory Full
  37. Just Call Me Roybert
  38. Kay Talks Games
  39. Kaylriene
  40. Knifesedge Blogs
  41. Leaflocker
  42. Ludo Llama
  43. Mailvaltar – MMOs and other stuff
  44. Many Welps
  45. Meghan Plays Games
  46. MMO Casual
  47. Monsterladys Diary
  48. Mutant Reviewers
  49. Narratess
  50. Nerd Girl Thoughts
  51. Nerdy Bookahs
  52. NomadicGamersEh
  53. Overage-Gaming
  54. Priest With a Cause
  55. Shadowlands and getting back into the game
  56. Shadowz Abstract Gaming
  57. StarShadow
  58. Tales of the Aggronaut
  59. The Ancient Gaming Noob
  60. The Friendly Necromancer
  61. The Ghastly Gamer
  62. The Last Chapter Guild
  63. Time to Loot
  64. Unidentified Signal Source
  65. WelshFox on YouTube
  66. Welshtroll – Point, Click, Repeat
  67. Words Under My Name

And so it goes, another Blaugust post.

Blaugust and What is Content Anyway?

We are into the third week of Blaugust now.  This is the 16th day of the month and my 16th post, so we’re past the half way point and into the back half of the event.  Is everybody hanging on okay?

Blaugust time is coming to town…

It is still not too late to get involved.  I mean, we’d like to have you.  All the information is here:

I’ll probably decide by week five that it is finally too late to join in.  But you’re good until then.

Looking at the Blaugust calendar, this week is… um… creative appreciation week?

The Blaugust Calendar

Are we to be creative in our appreciation or appreciate creativity?  We might need to workshop that one a bit before next year.

But I know what it means, because this used to be developer appreciation week in older iterations of the event, back when it was a little more focused on video games.  But we’ve grown beyond that so the week is now a time to focus on the creative people… authors, musicians, developers, artists… whom we enjoy.

What do creatives create?  Content.

And what is content?  Hell if I know.

Seriously, I know it when I see it, but I am not sure I could write a definition of content that would survive any serious testing.  And I am just going to dive into content and video games for the purpose of this post, because it only gets more complex if I try to devise some universal definition for content.

Plus, we’ve had this discussion before, and I am always a sucker for the oldies.

I can tell you positively that when EverQuest or WoW drop an expansion, that is content.  If you you stream or make a video about your first day playing in the new expansion, that is content.  If somebody makes a reaction video to your video, that is probably content too, even though I find them mostly tiresome.  And if I write a blog post about a reaction video, probably complaining that nobody ever does reaction videos about my posts, that too is content.

And so is the expansion guide on the commercial fan site and the stories on the gaming news site and summary item somebody does to tie together all the content surrounding the expansion.  It is a content ecosystem.

But what about a more sandbox style game, like EVE Online?  I was just bitching about them yesterday, and a lot of that had to do with content… but what sort of content?

I mean sure, they do create content.  There was the Doctor Who event earlier this year which people enjoyed.  And there is a content ecosystem around the game well beyond what its player population might suggest.

The question comes up around mechanics, or changes to the rules, or ships.  You can certainly create content around those things, but are they content in and of themselves?

Furthermore, if CCP releases a new ship and we all buy one and fit it out and have a big fight, who really created that content.  The fight would be content, after all.  But CCP had little influence on when or where it happened or who might participate in the fight.

So in New Eden we sometimes get into a row about people who claim to be content creators because they make things happen in the game… or think they do.  And what of the other fleet commander, are they a co-creator?  How do we apportion levels creation-ness or whatever?  How about the members of the fleet, all of those who participated in the battle?  If you just flew a ship of the line and shot targets, maybe you didn’t create content.  But what if you were in logi, or were the logi anchor, or maybe one of the fleet boosters?  You helped enable or sustain content.

The philosophy once espoused by Goonswarm was that every ship mattered.

Every Ship Counts – World War Bee version

How much credit does the person who shot that cyno jammer get as a content creator?  Sure, somebody in the command channel got to shout “free fire on titans” which led to an exchange that set Guinness Book world records.

Exchange of fire as the battle began

But who “created” that content?  CCP?  The titan fleet commander?  The line members who broke tether and opened fire knowing it would likely be a bloodbath?  That PAPI titan pilots that formed up on grid with us not knowing how things would play out?  That person who shot the cyno jammer?  Me in my boosting ship?

My Damnation in the middle of the fight helping create that content

And that is an extreme example as hundreds of small battles pop up every day.

These are, of course, silly questions, pushing into absurdity to prove a point that there is no hard line, no velvet rope that separates the content providers from the unwashed consuming masses.

There is, of course, a line between good content and bad, but that is another subject altogether.

These people, who are participating in Blaugust however, they all produce nothing but the finest content.  You should take some time out of your day to visit their sites.

  1. A Day in the Life of Flash
  2. A Geek Girls Guide
  3. A Missioneer in Eve
  4. A Nerdy Fujo Cries
  5. A Vueltas Por los Mundos
  6. Ace Asunder
  7. Alligators And Aneurysms
  8. Aywrens Nook – Gaming and Geek Blog
  9. Battle Stance
  10. Beyond Tannhauser Gate
  11. Bio Break
  12. Blogging with Dragons
  13. Book of Jen
  14. Breakingwynd
  15. Casual Aggro
  16. Chasing Dings!
  17. Cinder Says
  18. Contains Moderate Peril
  19. Cubic Creativity
  20. Dice, Tokens, and Tulip
  21. Digital Visceral
  22. Dispatches from Darksyde
  23. Dragons and Whimsy
  24. Endgame Viable
  25. Everwake
  26. Everything is bad for you
  27. FOB IV: A Blog
  28. Frostilyte Writes
  29. GamerLadyP – Gaming, Books and Musings of a Lady Gamer
  30. Gaming Omnivore
  31. Glittering Girly Gwent Gaming
  32. Going Commando
  33. Hundstrasse: Rambles About Games
  34. I Have Touched the Sky
  35. Indiecator
  36. Inventory Full
  37. Just Call Me Roybert
  38. Kay Talks Games
  39. Kaylriene
  40. Knifesedge Blogs
  41. Leaflocker
  42. Ludo Llama
  43. Mailvaltar – MMOs and other stuff
  44. Many Welps
  45. Meghan Plays Games
  46. MMO Casual
  47. Monsterladys Diary
  48. Mutant Reviewers
  49. Narratess
  50. Nerd Girl Thoughts
  51. Nerdy Bookahs
  52. NomadicGamersEh
  53. Overage-Gaming
  54. Priest With a Cause
  55. Shadowlands and getting back into the game
  56. Shadowz Abstract Gaming
  57. StarShadow
  58. Tales of the Aggronaut
  59. The Ancient Gaming Noob
  60. The Friendly Necromancer
  61. The Ghastly Gamer
  62. The Last Chapter Guild
  63. Time to Loot
  64. Unidentified Signal Source
  65. WelshFox on YouTube
  66. Welshtroll – Point, Click, Repeat
  67. Words Under My Name

Another day in Blaugust.

Blaugust and Introductions

We are now into the second week of Blaugust and not only haven’t we lost anybody yet… that I know of in any case… the total number of people signing on for the event actually grew.  I believe we are up to 67 participants.  Not bad for 2022.

Blaugust time is coming to town…

Especially encouraging for the hobby aspect is that we have two dozen blogs that have signed up for the event for the first time.  Rather than posting the whole participant list this time around, I’ll post just them… since Belghast has been good enough to call them out on their own tab on the participants list spreadsheet.  Please find a moment to visit them.

  1. A Day in the Life of Flash
  2. A Geek Girl’s Guide
  3. A nerdy fujo cries
  4. A Vueltas Por los Mundos
  5. Blogging with Dragons
  6. Cinder Says
  7. Cubic Creativity
  8. Dice, Tokens, and Tulip
  9. Digital Visceral
  10. Dispatches from Darksyde
  11. Everything is bad for you
  12. FOB IV: A Blog
  13. Frostilyte Writes
  14. Gaming Omnivore
  15. Hundstrasse: Rambles About Games
  16. justcallmeroybert
  17. Kay Talks Games
  18. Ludo Llama
  19. Meghan Plays Games
  20. Monsterlady’s Diary
  21. Overage-Gaming
  22. The Ghastly Gamer
  23. Alligators And Aneurysms
  24. Breakingwynd

It is still not too late to join in.  You can find all of the Blaugust information at these helpful links:

Each week of Blaugust has a theme that participants can join in on should they wish.

The Blaugust Calendar

This is introducing yourself week, and I suppose I can manage that in any number of ways.

The easy and obvious introduction is me, Wilhelm Arcturus, and the fact that I have been blogging here at this URL for going on 16 years.  In that time I have written and hit “publish” on more than six thousand posts which add up to about as many words as Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

The general theme of the blog is video games, with a focus on online games, especially those that we used to call MMORPGs.

More specifically, while I write about other games now and then, I tend to write about the same half dozen titles pretty consistently.   If take a peek at the categories drop down on the side bar, you will see my most written about titles are:

  • EVE Online
  • World of Warcraft
  • EverQuest II
  • EverQuest
  • Lord of the Rings Online

They all have the classic MMORPG vibe.  I don’t play all of them at the same time… I am generally playing EVE Online and one of the other titles at any given moment… but I do tend to keep an eye on all of them and will write about news and changes about them even if I am not currently subscribed and playing.

There are some other titles that come up fairly often, like Minecraft and Valheim, but it is pretty much those five that tend to dominate.

And while I keep up with the news and expansions and such, this isn’t really a news site.  And it certainly isn’t a theory crafting or strategies site.

It is more of a recounting of my adventures in these titles, opinions and reactions to changes, and a long term tracking project.  Towards that latter item, I am always that person who comes back with a post they wrote five years ago when the company said they were doing something and now they say they are not doing that at all and reminds readers of the history of things.

I don’t like facts without context, so I try to add context… and opinion.  I have opinions.

A co-worker once described my style as “strong opinions, loosely held.”

That is to say that I often grab onto an idea or hypothesis and run with it… but that when evidence disproves it I will change my mind with the evidence.  For example, I am of the opinion that CCP’s restructuring of the economy in EVE Online has been bad for the game, that it was based on a flawed philosophy that might best be described as wishful thinking, and that the evidence to support my view is there in the monthly economic report and the online player count numbers that CCP provides as well as the Pearl Abyss quarterly financials.

If CCP came out with some evidence that tended to disprove my opinion, I would certainly listen.  However, the company has mostly offered more unsupported philosophical statements and hand waving generalizations about the future of the game.  As such, I remain unmoved.

On the other hand, I have conceded points to many I have argued with over the years, including Gevlon, who ended up being right about the whole player run market in EVE Online.  CCP “fixed” that as well with their economic revamp.

That doesn’t mean I roll over whenever somebody has a counter argument.  People often think their opinion counts as fact.  Anybody who has been around the blog neighborhood for a while knows one or two bloggers who have decided their opinions are fact.  So when somebody come around in the comments and argues, for example, that WoW Classic was not worth the resources expended by Blizzard or that CCP should turn EVE Online into a completely different game, I am generally unconvinced as the evidence is not on their side.  So I will push back on that sort of thing.

Does that tell you enough about me?

If you want to know what sort of gamer I am, there is always the Quantic Foundry gamer profile quiz.  I’ve done that a few times before… and I have opinions… and I will probably do it again.  Maybe even this week.  There has probably been something new added since last I took it, and it is always good for a blog post.  But here are past results:

If that isn’t helping you, I have also written a series of posts… usually under the “In Person” category… about myself and my experiences outside of video games and the blog.

Or, perhaps you can find some element of me in how I write.  I write in something of a casual tone, closer to the way I speak than the way I write formal documents at work or did back in school.  This leads to some quirks of its own, like my having to go back and remove the word “and” from six consecutive paragraphs.  That is something that isn’t as noticeable in conversation as it is on the page.

I am also not particularly prone to use exclamation points, all capital letters, or obscenity haphazardly.  I generally reserve those for special occasions so they will stand out and provide the emphasis I am going for with their usage.

I am also reluctant to say I “love” or “hate” something here, if only because we’re talking about video games most of the time here and from time to time I feel like those words are used a little more frivolously than they should be.  I have noticed this leading me into an odd situation where I will sometimes say, “I do not love this idea” or “I do not hate this feature,” which sort of backs myself into something adjacent or a notch removed.  Of maybe I just overthink things.

Anyway, a throw away word I use to change topics or indicate I am wrapping something up, those are at least some clues to who I am.  You can take from that what you will.

Blaugust Begins 2022

We are live and off to the races with Blaugust.  It isn’t too late to join in, but we have officially started.

Blaugust time is coming to town…

Of course, now that we have started, the question is “What now?”

Often times, when it comes to Blaugust, I have a plan of sorts, a sketch of posts for the month, that I know will get me through the 31 days with a post a day.  I used to be able to build up some structure around a few regular monthly posts.  If you click on the Blaugust tag at the bottom of the post and scroll through past years, I have a couple of posts where I talk about those anchor topics I could rely on in any given month.

And I still have a few of those… there is always that month in review post to cap things off, and the EVE Online monthly economic report will give me a post.  But some of them, regular patch days or things like the now gone monthly SuperData Research chart, have fallen by the wayside.  Even a stalemated war in New Eden gave me something to write about weekly.  And it is August, I cannot even depend on patch notes from some companies.

So I sit here, looking at the calendar, wondering how to fill it with posts… like it is some new challenge as opposed to something I have done literally every month since April of 2020.  This is my 856 daily consecutive post.  And yet, I fret.  You might suspect it is just going to happen.  But I know that I didn’t get that many days in a row without a bit of planning.  So I look at the event calendar and consider how it can help me.

The Blaugust 2022 Calendar

I am sure I can come up with something related to the theme of each week.  Hell, this counts as a “Welcome to Blaugust” post in my book.  I am sure I can come up with some anecdote for “Introduce Yourself” week… or I can just take another run at that Nick Yee gamer motivation profile quiz again.  That is always good for a bit of self-reflection.

I have something in the drafts folder I’ve been meaning to finish up that I think will serve for “Creative Appreciation” week.

As for “Staying Motivated,” I am sure some reflection on how many posts I’ve managed to get in for the month will serve, how I came up with them and what I have setup for the balance of the month.

Finally, there is “Lessons Learned.”  After this many runs through Blaugust, will I have any new lessons to write about?  Or will I drag out my past philosophical reflections?  I am going to guess the latter.

Then we’ll be at the end of the month and that will be that.  Another Blaugust on the books.

So I am pretty sure I can fill out the calendar.  I have a couple of posts in the can for this week already and there are at least a few news items I expect to pop up… the Activision Blizzard financials, ongoing updates about Wrath of the Lich King Classic, and maybe even the war in EVE Online.  But one can never be sure, so I am always trying to fill in the blanks in the calendar.

But now I have one post down, so there are only 30 more to go.

For anybody interested in joining in on Blaugust, and as I said at the top of the post, it isn’t too late, the following links will bring you up to speed.

And, of course, this is my first chance to link out to the other participants in the event.  We have 56 60 63 65 67 blogs that have opted in so far.  There are some old familiar blogs on that list, but some new ones as well.  Take some time to visit these sites as we all begin our journey to the other end of August:

  1. A Day in the Life of Flash
  2. A Geek Girls Guide
  3. A Missioneer in Eve
  4. A Nerdy Fujo Cries
  5. A Vueltas Por los Mundos
  6. Ace Asunder
  7. Alligators And Aneurysms
  8. Aywrens Nook – Gaming and Geek Blog
  9. Battle Stance
  10. Beyond Tannhauser Gate
  11. Bio Break
  12. Blogging with Dragons
  13. Book of Jen
  14. Breakingwynd
  15. Casual Aggro
  16. Chasing Dings!
  17. Cinder Says
  18. Contains Moderate Peril
  19. Cubic Creativity
  20. Dice, Tokens, and Tulip
  21. Digital Visceral
  22. Dispatches from Darksyde
  23. Dragons and Whimsy
  24. Endgame Viable
  25. Everwake
  26. Everything is bad for you
  27. FOB IV: A Blog
  28. Frostilyte Writes
  29. GamerLadyP – Gaming, Books and Musings of a Lady Gamer
  30. Gaming Omnivore
  31. Glittering Girly Gwent Gaming
  32. Going Commando
  33. Hundstrasse: Rambles About Games
  34. I Have Touched the Sky
  35. Indiecator
  36. Inventory Full
  37. Just Call Me Roybert
  38. Kay Talks Games
  39. Kaylriene
  40. Knifesedge Blogs
  41. Leaflocker
  42. Ludo Llama
  43. Mailvaltar – MMOs and other stuff
  44. Many Welps
  45. Meghan Plays Games
  46. MMO Casual
  47. Monsterladys Diary
  48. Mutant Reviewers
  49. Narratess
  50. Nerd Girl Thoughts
  51. Nerdy Bookahs
  52. NomadicGamersEh
  53. Overage-Gaming
  54. Priest With a Cause
  55. Shadowlands and getting back into the game
  56. Shadowz Abstract Gaming
  57. StarShadow
  58. Tales of the Aggronaut
  59. The Ancient Gaming Noob
  60. The Friendly Necromancer
  61. The Ghastly Gamer
  62. The Last Chapter Guild
  63. Time to Loot
  64. Unidentified Signal Source
  65. WelshFox on YouTube
  66. Welshtroll – Point, Click, Repeat
  67. Words Under My Name

July in Review

The Site

A few months ago I mentioned that I had decided to confront the spam comment problem on the site by closing down comments on posts more than 800 days old.  I was a bit hesitant to do that, because I really don’t mind comments on older posts, so long as they are from real people.  But the whole spam comment thing was becoming a pain to deal with and I was more concerned about losing the occasional legitimate comment in the spam filter when there were a couple thousand comments in there than somebody leaving a message on a post about Air Warrior that I wrote more than a decade ago.  Sorry man.

Meanwhile, I have also been noting that ad revenue has been down.  The first couple of months I had ads on the blog it was bringing in close to $20 a month.  More recently it has been down around $10 a month.  That is fine, as it covers the Premium hosting plan I have with WordPress.com, but I always just wonder why things like that change.

And then about mid-month some comment spam bot hit the site, targeting more recent posts, and suddenly there were more than a thousand comments in the spam filter to deal with.  Just like old times.

Then I was looking at the daily stats for the number of ads served and saw a big spike, but that spike did not correspond with any sort of increase in traffic.  How strange.

“Spike” is a relative term here

What I realized a while later was that the spike in the number of ads served corresponded with the day that I got the burst of comment spam.

Spam bot comments generate ad revenue!

And here I had turned off the spigot on my own revenue hose by closing down comments on older posts.  Oh well.  As I said, as long as the revenue covers my annual hosting cost, I am fine.  But if you want to make more money, leave those old posts open up for comments!

Anyway, as always, if you’re going to visit here regularly I suggest using an ad blocker.  Let the comment spam bots pay my annual hosting fee!

Meanwhile, on the Bing front, nothing I have done in the Bing Webmaster Tools has managed to shake their embargo of my site.  Their graph… which is a copy of the graph Google uses in their own Search Console Tools, right down to the colors of the lines… shows my site as a flat line from June 8th forward.

But my WordPress.com stats show some traffic.

Search Engine traffic for July 2022

Now, I have said in the past, web traffic stats are garbage, useful for trends but not accurate enough to be more than a hand wave.  Still, I do wonder how it came up with four Bing and two Yahoo referrals, since Bing is resolute in saying they have sent me nothing.

Meanwhile, it was a banner month for Yandex and Baidu, who made up for the missing Bing traffic.  I cannot explain that either.

One Year Ago

There was the usual Steam Summer Sale.  When it ended it turned out that I actually bought a few titles.  That led me to sum up what I had played so far in 2021.

At home we were still binge watching TV despite there being a lull in the pandemic.  We watched Community, Hacks, Manifest, and The Kominsky Method.

My wife and I completed Pokemon Go Fest 2021, in part because the cut the price to $4.99.

Lord of the Rings Online launched the Shadowfax and Treebeard special servers for a fast or a slow run through the game’s content.  I was also on about how much stuff ends up in my bags when I start a new character in LOTRO due to my having been around the game since launch and owning all the expansions.

The instance group was into Burning Crusade Classic and finally creating a guild tabard.  We finally had some gold, in part because I was scarfing up thorium in Frostwhisper Gorge.  Meanwhile, I was MIA from Outland leveling up alts back in the vanilla content due to the eased level curve and better traits.

Somebody once again claiming they could dictate what immersion meant to other people got me on a kick to explore what immersion meant to me.  It is a complex and somewhat less than tangible topic, but I wanted to go down that rabbit hole.  Middle-earth was one of my first stops on that exploration.

World War Bee was hitting its nadir, with a declaration that PAPI was going to take the summer off.  But lots of people were taking the summer off it seemed as the PCU, which had kept around 30K most weeks, dropped down to 25K.  Fraternity, however, was getting tired of the war and demanded and end to it, so PAPI came up with a plan to win in four weeks.  CCP also said that scarcity would be over in Q4, which turned out to be a flagrant lie.

Anyway, this is what I wrote about EVE Online in July of 2021:

Then, past me, whom I really hate, wrote four freaking Friday Bullet Point blog posts that were each all over the map.

The first was about Crowfall shipping, RimWorld Ideology, some stats from the Burning Crusade Classic beta, and Minmatar Liberation Day.

The second mentioned the Steam Deck announcement, Pokemon Go anniversary items, the Diablo II Resurrected alpha, and the reserve bank keys coming to EVE Online.

The third was on about the New World beta, the Path of Exile expansion, EverQuest offering old items, and Blizzard’s big harassment scandal starting to come to light.

And the fourth carried on with MORE about Blizzard’s scandal, the Guild Wars 2 expansion, bards coming to Neverwinter, Crimson Desert failing to ship, and a panic about California having some power consumption recommendations for gaming PCs.

It was quite a July.

Finally, there was the traditional announcement that Blaugust was coming.

Five Years Ago

We adopted a new kitten.  He is much bigger now.

The Steam Summer Sale wrapped up and I went over what I bought and what I considered buying, but then passed on.

Amazon Prime Day came and went and I realized I had been buying things from Amazon for 20 years.

I started using a dual monitor setup at home.  It took me a while to get used to it… I would turn off the second monitor a lot early on… but it seems natural enough now.

Gevlon was telling us about the corrupt game developer career path.  I bet you wish you knew it was just that easy to get rich.

The call of nostalgia got me to subscribe to EverQuest II for a bit to try the Fallen Gate progression server.  I got far enough to get the crazy mount.

In EVE Online Reavers were deployed in the east of New Eden where we helped blow up a Fortizar in the Great Wildlands.  CCP has used a picture from that fight a couple of times. It then took us two days to get back to Delve, during which we argued about BBQ sauce.

Back in Delve we covered the deployment of another Keepstar in the region.  I was also producing mechanical parts via PI.  And I tinkered around with one of my Alpha clones, running some of the profession quests and mining in a Vulture… I mean a Venture.

The July update for EVE Online brought us revamped Strategic Cruisers… the start of the reign of Loki supremacy… as well as an update to Project Discovery.

It was also announced that the captain’s quarters would soon be removed from the game.

We also got our first taste of The Agency in New Eden.  It was just an event at the time, though it would grow to be all things PvE soon enough.

And CSM member Jin’taan was advocating for cat ears in space.

I found that Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin still ran on my system.  A great old war game.

Albion Online launched.  I didn’t play it.

And, finally, Lord of the Rings Online got us to Mordor.  It only took ten years.  I bought in, but then there was the question of how to proceed… and with whom… and how to get back into the swing of a game I hadn’t played for ages.  I returned to one of my favorite places in the game, Annuminas

Ten Years Ago

In New Eden my heart went “Boum!

Elligium took its pandas and went home.

Blizzard set the date for Mists of Pandaria.

There was a Steam Summer Sale.

The Secret World launched.  I never played it.

I was wondering if Torchlight II could live up to its potential.

Ultima Forever!  A shot across Lord British’s bow.

Rift decided to sell mounts for cash.  It wasn’t like they were going free to play though… not yet, anyway.

Let it be noted that not all Kickstarters fail.  There was the Defense Grid expansion Kickstarter.  I kicked in, they built it, I played it.  Simple as that, and much better than any 99 cent app I have purchased.  And I still get a free copy of their next Defense Grid game when it comes out.

I wondered aloud if nostalgia servers… official ones… would remain the sole domain of EverQuest.

Meanwhile SOE was talking about Vanguard’s free to play plan.

I was underwhelmed at the so-called “reskin” of Qeynos in EverQuest II.  The sorrow of Qeynos knows no end.

In EVE Online, there was war in Delve… again… if only I could get there.  There were battles in 49-U6U, C3N-3S, and DSS-EZ, a conga line in 319-3D (where we also watched the alliance tournament), and a flying titan in F2OY-X.  The tiny Wallpapers Alliance held out longer than Nulli Secunda, before being crushed.

Then having done the heavy lifting for TEST, the CFC was asked to go home.  TEST was going to be its own alliance, but we would all remain the best of friends in the big blue donut of love.  Anyway, it was time for a convoy back to Deklein.  Somewhere along the way I got a warning from CCP for causing lag.

And there was also a link to a list of things to do in EVE Online.

Fifteen Years Ago

Hey, it was time for the Revelations expansion in EVE Online, and I was running through the updated new player tutorial. It was a huge improvement over what I went through when I started the game, though I ran into a glitch or two.

The instance group was still off in Lord of the Rings Online for the Summer, though we were having issues at The Great Barrow when we weren’t playing Truth or Dare.

Vanguard was already planning server merges. 13 servers were being reduced down to 4.

EverQuest II got its own magazine… again (okay, it was an SOE magazine for Station Access subscribers the first time around, but it had an EQ2 scantily clad dark elf on the cover!)… in the form of EQuinox. And they were offering Rise of Kunark beta access to subscribers!

Dr. Richard Bartle, keeping to his strict regime of “one controversial fanboi enraging quote every summer” said he would like to improve the MMORPG species by turning off World of Warcraft Seemed kind of mild after the next year’s entry and reaction!

Perpetual was making crazy-insane statements about Star Trek Online… like no Galaxy-class starships for you! Ships that size were planned to be “space cities” and quest hubs. Back then I told Cryptic take note: If I cannot aspire to be Captain Kirk, I am not sure I want to play! Or just go read Tipa’s post on the subject.

The end of Auto Assault was announced by NCsoft and I took note and pondered a (silly) solution.

I stopped in front of SOE headquarters for a picture. (Mirror universe Wilhelm, with goatee.)

Microsoft finally announced a warranty extension due to the “red ring of death” problem with the XBox 360.

And Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw did his fist Zero Punctuation video.

Twenty Years Ago

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos launched, the third and final major installment in the Blizzard Warcraft RTS franchise.  From a graphical and story perspective it was very much a prototype for World of Warcraft.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Neverwinter Nights, the proto-MMO that ran on AOL and not the BioWare game of the same name, was shut down after running for six years on the service.  Given the rate of change computers went through in the 90s, that was quite a run.

Forty Years Ago

Timex Sinclair released the TS1000, a modified version of the Sinclair ZX81 that was modified for US TV signal compatibility.  I had one of them for a brief period later that year.

Most Viewed Posts in July

  1. Fruits of the Cultural Revolution
  2. Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
  3. Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
  4. EVE Valkyrie, Gunjack, and Sparc All Coming to an End on August 5th
  5. CCP Lets EVE Online Players with Multiple Accounts Subscribe Secondary Accounts at a Lower Price
  6. The Altar of Zul and Jintha’alor
  7. 20 Games that Defined the Apple II
  8. The June Update Brings DirectX 12 Support to EVE Online
  9. CCP Releases the ESS Reserve Bank Keys and Hands Out ISK in EVE Online
  10. CCP Takes Aim at Cloaky Campers in EVE Online
  11. Things Like Valheim in a Post MMORPG World
  12. CCP Promises “a very special offer” if you Link Multiple EVE Online Accounts to the Same Email Address

Search Terms of the Month

lm-composite molecular condenser
[That’s a new one… no idea]

to get to the elder in valhiem do i need a boat?
[Probably? Eikthyr is the only guaranteed walkable boss]

what happened to battleclinic.com
[All good things…]

rimworld crap game
[RimWorld no crap, RimWorld good]

rimworld dangerous bad game
[Seriously, where is this coming from?]

Game Time from ManicTime

July saw some new titles appear as well as an old title top the list.

  1. Minecraft – 36.33%
  2. Solasta – 25.70%
  3. EVE Online – 22.78%
  4. WoW Classic – 8.03%
  5. Raft – 6.99%
  6. World of Warcraft – 0.18%

However, July was also absolutely the lowest play time number of the year so far overall, running at just over half the time spent playing in June, which was the previously low ebb of the year.  But, as you can see, a perennial favorite here has reappeared on the list.  Will going back there get me playing more?

EVE Online

Well, that was a month in New Eden.  We had the downfall of The Mittani, which constitutes a major change in the political landscape of null sec.  The Imperium got a harassment policy and reporting process as a result of the fallout.  And even CCP woke up from their usual summer snooze to remind people they shouldn’t be bad and… well, they went back to sleep after that.

I didn’t exactly blaze a trail in game either in July.  I went on a couple of ops, but overall I didn’t spend a lot of time playing.

Minecraft

The month started out strong with Minecraft.  It seemed like something that would keep our attention for a while, what with all the new things that came into the game since we last played.  And that lasted for about two weeks.  Minecraft is an excellent game when you have a project in mind.  I can play for hours listening to an audio book or some pod casts.  But if I don’t have something driving me it can feel kind of empty.

Pokemon Go

I kept plugging away at Pokemon Go, though the fact that I now leave the house about once a week has slowed me down somewhat.  If it wasn’t for remote raid passes and the fact that incense now works decently, I would be even further behind my wife.  She’s a sales rep, so she leave the house all the time while I work from home.

Level: 42 ( 66.6% of the way to 43 in xp, 4 of 4 tasks complete)
Pokedex status: 717 (+3) caught, 739 (+4) seen
Mega Evolutions obtained: 15 of 21
Pokemon I want: I need a Torkoal for my Hoenn Pokedex
Current buddy: Wimpod

Raft

We spent some time with Raft.  As I said in my post about it, not a bad game.  It didn’t grab me and it doesn’t seem to be a fit with for the group, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its merits.  And hey, I played another new game.

Solasta

Potshot and I spent some time playing this, and it has its merits.  It is very much a representation of table top fantasy role playing games.  But, in our group, I think that might be just a thing the two of us like.  It wasn’t an easy sell… or any sort of a sell… to anybody else.

World of Warcraft / WoW Classic

Yeah, I have resubscribed.  We’ll get to that in the coming week I am sure.  But all of the play time counted above was pretty much just yesterday.

Zwift

At some point I am going to write a post about where all my gaming time went over the last few months, but it has been at low ebb, with July ringing in the fewest hours spent playing so far this year.  This has also had an impact on exercise.  I still get on the bike, but not as often as I might like.

  • Level – 15 (+0)
  • Distanced cycled – 1,104.4 miles (+64.5 miles)
  • Elevation climbed – 44,337 (+2,044 feet)
  • Calories burned – 36,215 (+2,002)

Coming Up

It is Blaugust tomorrow… so you can probably expect tomorrow’s post to be something Blaugust related.

There is, of course, the return to Azeroth to ponder.  I still really haven’t made a plan, so it seems like I’ll be improvising until I figure one out.  But the group seems keen to return after having been away.

New leader of the Imperium Asher Elias is trying to get the coalition serious about our war in the southeast against FI.RE.  That could be interesting and, if his call is heeded and it draws a response from our traditional foes, might even help the currently sagging online numbers for the game.

I do wonder if we’ll get the EVE Online monthly economic report tomorrow.  CCP Estimate has been on top of that.  But, more so, I wonder what the numbers will tell us given the state of the PCU in July.

We’ll no doubt be getting some financial results from Activision Blizzard.  They’ll short and to the point without a call or a slide deck, but they still have to report something.  They can’t hide in Microsoft’s financials yet.

And I am sure there will be more.  It will be August already, and I am not sure how that happened.  But there we are.

Blaugust 2022 Commences in One Week

So you still have plenty of time to get ready and join in.

Blaugust time is coming to town…

Belghast announced Blaugust 2022… more than a week ago now… and I am sure most of you have seen a post somewhere about it already.  But here I am to add my blog to the news cycle.  Maybe somebody will see it here first.

The pattern of the event is familiar, drawing once more on the relaxed format of later years of the event.  It is no longer a challenge to post every single day in August.  But if you want to, you can… and there are the usual awards for posting.

  • Newbie Blogger Award – You did it! You joined Blaugust for the very first time and we are extremely happy to welcome you into this raucous community. As a result, we are going to recognize your efforts just for signing up.
  • Bronze Award – You made at least 5 posts during the month of August 2022.
  • Silver Award – You made at least 15 posts during the month of August 2022.
  • Gold Award – You made at least 25 posts during the month of August 2022.
  • Rainbow Diamond Award – You beat the challenge and posted 31 times or more during the month of August 2022.

There is also the usual schedule of events, with each week having a theme.  August

The Blaugust Calendar

August nicely starts on a Monday this year, so we can get right to it in the first week.  There are more detailed descriptions about what each week’s theme means in Belghast’s post.

New for Blaugust 2022 are Blaugchievements.  There is a series of badges you can unlock and display by participating in various aspects of Blaugust 2022.  You can find the full list of them here.  I unlocked “spreading the madness” with this post.

And so it goes, we’ll be off to another Blaugust soon.  So it is time to get your act together and get your blogging persona ready to go.

Blaugust 2022 information:

Return of the Mail Bag as Crypto Crashes and Atari Turns 50

I am back once more with some subject lines from the old blog email address… not the one that has been current for the last seven years, but the old one that seems to be stuck on a lot of PR related mailing lists.  I wonder how many times that address has been sold.

One thing that surprised me a bit was the fact that Atari turned 50 last month and there was only a single email hawking something based on that anniversary.

  • 50th Anniversary XP Cartridge Drop

It turns out a company calling themselves Atari XP has the license to remake special collectible Atari 2600 cartridges.  For the 50th anniversary Missile Command was up for sale.

The cartridge lights up

For just $99.99 you get this deluxe package that includes:

  • Premium 50th Anniversary game box with a cutout that allows you to see the front of the cartridge
  • A newly manufactured Atari 2600 cartridge with custom artwork and an acrylic top that lights up when being played
  • Full-color instruction manual
  • Hard enamel collectible pin with black nickel plating
  • Polyester blend, twill-woven embroidered collectible patch
  • Custom acrylic cartridge stand

I guess you have to have an Atari 2600 console to use it, unless you just want it as a collectible.  There is also an Adventure version of this collection available, though the Yar’s Revenge and Saboteur cartridges have sold out.

Meanwhile, as was the case back in January, the majority of the email subject lines seem to be focused on crypto, NFTs, and Web3, though there are at least a few in the mix that indicate that all might not be well in the world. (Though they almost always recommend now is the time to buy in the body of the email.)

  • Don’t Call It A Comeback – Rapping Crypto-Meme Creator Rito Rhymes Says Crypto Will Bounce Back
  • How Celsius Filing Bankruptcy Marks a Larger Problem With High Profile Cryptocurrencies
  • Top Surgeon Makes the Cut as a Musician on a Mission to Combat Gun Violence
  • As Bitcoin Collapses Crypto Traders Are Liquidating
  • World’s First Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset
  • Souq Raises $3M, Supports Web3 Gaming Amidst Growing DeFi Adoption
  • Tesla Expected to Report $440M Impairment on its Bitcoin Stock
  • Company of Heroes 3 is available for Pre-Order
  • New TV Series Exposes The Myth of Teacup Pigs
  • Path to Enlightenment Explained in Zen Rohatsu
  • Ryu Games Announces Two New Games from Ulti Arena Launching on Flame, Its “Steam for Web3” Platform
  • Could ‘Unknown Factors’ in Schools Stop Active Shooters in Their Tracks?
  • California Dead Last In US Sports Betting Index
  • Why Companies Are Putting a Halt Crypto Withdrawals During a Market Crash
  • 42% of Coinbase assets in Q1’22 are in Bitcoin
  • Will the Real Estate Boom Cool Down, Heat Up, or Stay Steady this Summer?
  • What is GameFi, and why are regulators treating it as a legitimate form of finance?
  • How to Become a Gaming Influencer – Tips from CEO of leading gaming influencer agency [x5]
  • America’s BTC Hashrate Share Surged 358% to stand at 38% in early 2022
  • 32% of all Social media Crypto Frauds are committed on Instagram
  • This Rapping Crypto Influencer Just Dropped His First Meme Song
  • How eBay Could Monitor and Control NFT Transactions
  • Denuvo by Irdeto launches Denuvo SecureDLC, the industry’s first solution to protect downloadable content against piracy
  • Global Video Gaming Base Crosses 3 Billion
  • Souq Raises $3M to Redefine Web3 Gaming Amidst Recession
  • NASEF MENAcraft: international exchange program uses Minecraft
  • John O’Hurley’s (“Seinfeld”) Launches Tech Company to ‘Authenticate All Real Humans’
  • Interview Billionaire Gamer CEO Building Out the Metaverse
  • The US has more Fintech Unicorns than the next 20 Countries Combined
  • Apple’s $2.5 billion move into sports streaming with MLS deal signals a changing landscape for media rights
  • The carbon footprint of mining a single BTC transaction is 22X that of Gold
  • The Future is Here, and She’s a Lovely Stranger Named Frankie
  • Tencent’s $32.2B Gaming revenue is the highest for a public company
  • Scams on the Rise During the Increased Reputation of Crypto
  • Microsoft is plotting a CTV sneak attack
  • Fortnite & The Office (US) are 2 of the fastest growing fandoms in the last 5 years
  • Turkey leads the world with its 85% Mobile banking adoption rate
  • The most cosplayed anime characters confirms the world loves Naruto
  • Ryu Games Announces Flame “Steam for Web3”
  • New Game/Metaverse on Blockchain
  • Misconceptions About the Metaverse
  • First Ever Rhyme NFTs minted by Crypto Rapper
  • Dogecoin Founder Agrees w/ NFT Artist About Decentralization on Blockchains
  • The Meta Daisies ignite rock in the metaverse, in a world-first
  • Music in the Metaverse and the Future Concert Experience

This isn’t a full list from January when I last posted.  These are just from the last month.  And some of them showed up multiple times, though I only used a subject line once.  I did put a [5x] on the one about becoming an influencer, because that one showed up five times since mid-June.