This was a post from my old blog. I dug through my old backups. It’s still relevant today. Without further ado, The Bacon Cheeseburger of Offense.
I like bacon cheeseburgers. I’m not insisting you like bacon cheeseburgers. I’m not going to make you eat a bacon cheeseburger. Just let me enjoy my bacon cheeseburger in peace.
I know this offends some people. There are those who insist that since bacon cheeseburgers are not health foods. No one should be allowed to eat them. Just as one salad doesn’t make thin, one bacon cheeseburger is not going to make you fat. Moderation.
I know the bun excludes anyone who chooses or must be gluten free.
I know I’ve excluded vegetarians and vegans with the cheese and meat.
I know that a bacon cheeseburger violates Hindu, Jewish and Muslim dietary laws. If eaten on Friday, the bacon cheeseburger violates Catholic dietary laws.
With one meal, I have excluded most of the world’s population. This doesn’t make me a bad person. Yes, an overly simplified example but then I’m an overly simple guy.
It’s that time of year when I begin to think about the whole status of the blog and all the other little online RPG things that I do. I know most people wait until the end of the year to do this but, for me, it’s when I get the notification that it’s time renew the domain and web hosting. I go through this debate every year. I just need to think and justify it to myself to shell out the dollars to pay for a better blogging plan.
There’s a lot of things that did happen this year. Some successes. Some new insights. Some are kind of what do I do know? The most interesting insight so far this year is the uselessness of posting to Facebook. I used to cross post from the blog to a few RPG groups there. I haven’t done that in over a month and a half. You know what? It hasn’t hurt the traffic on the blog at all. Looking further back on the good old stats, the only posts that did garner any traffic from Facebook posts where one’s that were a bit controversial. I know I’m sounding really biased with this but even outside of RPG Circles, Facebook is more about ads and controversy.
Sales over on DrivethruRPG have been good this year. Well, I should say good by my previous sales numbers. A few sales came in from Lulu but nothing spectacular. And traffic here on the blog has been much better than last year. Those are all good things.
So what about the bad and not so great things? I think it’s safe to say that idea of a podcast is totally dead. When I compared time versus listenership, it just isn’t worth the time. What about Youtube? Well, there’s plenty of things that annoy me there. Ads and god only knows what the community standards are gong to be this week. Sure it’s popular but… Then there’s Patreon. It’s handy for a reoccurring tip jar and I’ll probably make a few more adjustments for that. And Buy Me Coffee has made an even smaller impact. Like I said, I’m not trying to make a bunch of money but I would at least like to break even and have a little extra RPG fun money on the side.
So these are things that bouncing around inside my head right now. I’ve got a couple more ideas that lingering in the back of my skull but I’ll see where things go from there. I dunno.
Ever hear that old saying, “You’re responsible for your own orgasm?” Well, this is sort of like that but without the awkwardness and clean up afterward.
This isn’t about just you having fun at the game table and ignoring everybody else. Everybody should be having fun. You see, I keep seeing posts (usually on FB), “Is there an adventure that has….?” “Why isn’t my favorite class part of this game?” and so on. And, of course, I got thinking. Just make the damned stuff yourself.
I may be just plain crazy or an RPG conspiracy theorist but I’m getting the feeling that it’s becoming all too common for folks to look for “officially sanctioned” adventures and other gaming material. Those things do make life easier but they aren’t necessary. If somebody hasn’t made what you want then DIY it.
I don’t have the time to write adventures. Work with what you have. Do your best. What if the adventure or custom class for my friend is totally screwed up. Then fix it. What if I post online and people don’t like it. Screw ’em. Everybody makes mistakes. Not every adventure, class, or whatever is perfect. Some times things go well and sometimes they suck. Deal with it and do better next time.
But here’s not what to do. Whine that somebody else hasn’t made that exact something that you want. Like I said at the beginning. You’re responsible for your own fun.
I don’t often do posts like this but a did little experiment in July. I was wondering just how much Facebook mattered vs Mewe when it came to my blog posts.
I know a lot folks feel that there’s not that much engagement on MeWe vs Facebook. And by engagement, in this case, I mean comments on posts. Which is true but then if we really look at some of the comments on Facebook, there’s many that don’t really add to the discussion and the most popular posts are the controversial ones. Yes, I know YMMV and everyone’s experiences are different.
So what I did for the last half of July is stop cross posting to Facebook Groups and see what happened. The posts still went up on the blog’s Facebook page but Facebook is nice and let’s me know that less 5% of the folks who follow the page actually get to see the post .
What happened in July? Well, it may be an anomaly but the blog reached its second highest volume of traffic for the year and third highest in the last three years. I don’t know if it was just luck or I just happen to post the “right” things for the time.
I don’t know if this small experiment really gives me a large enough sampling to make a concrete determination about the value of posting in some Facebook groups. However initially, I do get the feeling that on Facebook posts get “likes” and maybe comments but a lot more folks don’t even read the accompanying blog post. But on MeWe while there might not be as much conversation about a post, more folks are actually reading the post.
I know there’s lots of factors that go into this. What Facebook groups I post in. When I post. What else is being posted at the time and so on. I also know that this little sampling might not accurately reflect traffic long term or some one else’s traffic.
Maybe I’ll do another little experiment this month and just see what happens.
You’ve probably heard that this last weekend was the whole D&D Live thing. It streamed live via Youtube, Twitch, and Peacock. It was sort of a virtual WOTC pat itself on the back event.
OK, yeah. They did announce two new products. And there were some celebrity actual plays. I do admit there were a lot of the celebrities were folks who’s work I have followed over the years and have enjoyed. And even some panel type discussions. I didn’t torture myself with whole thing but I did do a lot of skipping around and watching as much as I could until I started to feel sleazy.
I understand that this was just a corporate marketing push. But they could have at least been a little more subtle about it. Watching as little as I did, I still couldn’t help feel like I was being force fed saccharine. As soon as I got through the sales pitch for the time share then they’d give me a free set of steak knives.