Updates From Me: A Significant Transition to Indie

You guys enjoyed this Indie Workshop content the most - it seems fitting.

You guys enjoyed this Indie Workshop content the most – it seems fitting.

Hey guys, a pretty important update from me, and something that’s not only going to affect myself and the blog you’re reading right now, but also you as readers. Just a few things I feel need to be discussed and put into place so that the blog can be beneficial for all parties involved.

I begun writing this blog as something of a pass-time, and never really imagined it would have the small success that it has in such a small time. While the blog originally started out as something to discuss the big, AAA titles on the market, I swiftly found out that it would rekindle my love for all things Indie and I would soon be on a one-way street to writing about all things Indie. I’ve met a great many Indie Developers via Twitter over the past month and I’ve really hit it off great with an awful lot of them.

What this essentially means for my blog is that its done sort of a 180 – rather than looking at the huge titles like Call of Duty and Battlefield, now I’m taking on small, Indie projects. This has sparked so much interest that it seems to have just snow-balled somewhat (in the best possible way because I love doing what I’m doing, don’t get me wrong) and now I’ve got lots of Indie Devs who’s content I would love to cover.

Just to give you guys an example of where I’m coming from – I’ve written 21 articles altogether. Out of all those articles, the two Indie Workshops I’ve created – Lenna’s Inception and 2x0ng, sit among the top 3 articles I’ve ever written. The only other article to match those is an article that has been on my blog twice as long as they have – Lenna’s Inception even smashed that article in less than 24 hours.

This suggests to me a few things. Either;

  1. My readers prefer to read my Indie content as its something new/different.
    Or
  2. My other content just isn’t on the same level as the Indie stuff I’m producing.

Either way, it really points towards something on my part that I need to be changing. To add to things, I’ve also realised that using images from Google Images and other popular search engines would potentially infringe upon copyright law, and as such I’ve had to resort to using images that are available via sites such as Wikimedia Commons. This considerably reduces my potential to make articles much more attractive and interesting for you guys, and with Indie you don’t have this issue as the developer can give you permission to use the content when you’re discussing the review with them.

Due to the fact my Indie content is by far my most popular, and its much easier to create an article that is both filled with good content and aesthetically pleasing, as of today my blog will be undergoing a few important changes that I think you should all be aware of;

  • I’ve been slowly moving towards an Indie slant for a while, but from here on in my blog will be much more “Indie-centric”. What I mean by this is that I’m not exactly disqualifying the potential of having non-Indie content featured on my blog (variety is the spice of life) but it will mainly be Indie content that I cover.
  • Older articles will remain, such as my Editorials and my other Reviews, but they may be discontinued or not frequented as much as my Indie content. This is nothing to do with preference from me, but is what you guys as viewers have indicated to me what you want the most (based upon view count)
  • A select few articles have been hidden/made private as I feel they are no longer in-keeping with what I want the blog to become, and are somewhat out of place amongst the other content.

What this essentially means is that I can continue to provide you guys with high-quality, visually pleasing articles that you all expect, without publishing so much of the stuff that you guys were perhaps not so keen on. Its all towards focusing the blog down to the point where I’m hitting the nail on the head 99.9% of the time with my articles and I *know* I’m entertaining the vast majority of you.

So what can you guys expect now? Well;

  • Indie Workshop will most likely become the most common article, dependent of course upon how many developers get in touch to have their games reviewed.
  • More Indie content will fill out the blog. This is still a work in progress while I come up with concepts, but I’m entirely open to ideas.
  • I may begin to draw in interviews and 1-on-1s with game developers to give you guys a better insight into what’s going on behind the scenes of the Indie world.
  • Articles such as Editorials will still exist, but will be more infrequent as getting hold of media content can prove to be difficult without causing copyright issues.

As always, I do what I do for you readers and without you I am nothing, so your feedback is extremely valuable to me to ensure I’m driving my blog in the right direction. Sending me tweets over Twitter and leaving comments on this blog give me some indication of what I’m doing right/wrong, and if I don’t hear anything from you I can only assume I’m doing things right — so if you feel I’m moving in the wrong way, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

This transaction will probably be fairly smooth and most of you won’t even notice that the blog has changed at all as I was moving in a very “Indie” direction anyway, but as always I like to keep you guys updated.

That’s all for now, guys. Thanks a lot for reading.

– FA.

Milestone: First 1,000 Blog Views and 200 Twitter Followers!

 

This is absolutely mind-blowing for me, somehow, I’ve managed to hit 1,000 blog views and 200 Twitter followers within the same day!

I just thought I’d take a moment to post an article to say thank you to everyone that’s supported me and followed/shared/liked/etc my blog up to this point. To think that two months ago, my blog didn’t even exist, and now I’m here with 1,000 views and just over 200 followers is really quite incredible. I know in comparison to some people, this is just a minor goal, but for me it means that you guys are enjoying what I do, and nothing can really compare to that kind of feeling. All I can say is thank you.

Some statistics:

  • The blog received a total of 200 hits/views in June. This jumped to nearly 800 in July!
  • United Kingdom is my most viewed country of all time, with 595 views. United States comes in second at 227, with Germany taking third at 52.
  • My most views in a day ever is 124 across 24 hours. However, Lenna’s Inception did just shy of that (119) in just 4!
  • Twitter has seen the biggest referrals to my blog, with 213 referrals coming directly through that medium.
  • The blog currently features a total of 21 posts. (22 if you include this one)
  • I have 18 followers on WordPress.
  • Lenna’s Inception has been my most successful article. Despite not even being on my blog for 24 hours as I write this, it has garnered over 75 solo views in that time. My editorial on violence in video games comes second, with 53. My first ever Indie Workshop, my review of 2x0ng, come in 3rd with 52.

So where do we go from here? Well, I have one or two more Indie Workshops planned for the foreseeable future, and some great editorials I think you guys are really going to enjoy. I’m also going to be looking into starting interviews with game developers, where I plan to talk about the games they’re developing and their plans as a company.

I feel all that’s really left to say is thank you again to everyone who helped contribute to this quite frankly amazing milestone. It still blows my mind that 200 people would care about what I do enough to follow my every article, before even considering that five times that amount have viewed my articles. Thank you guys, so much.

Fingers crossed I’ll see you at 2,000.

For now, take care. I’ll see you all soon. I love ya all. ❤

– FA.

The Steam Sale is Finally Over! – Quick Update from Me

Well, the Steam Summer Sale is finally over for another year, and I just thought I’d take this occasion to let you guys know what I’ve been up to. First of all, I hope you all had a great sale and nabbed yourself some great games – I’ve certainly picked myself up quite a few, and I think the way its currently looking, I’ll be set until the Christmas sales!

Now that I’ve managed to fill my library out some more, I’m hoping to bring you guys all sorts of new, exciting content over the coming weeks. I want things to be fresh and interesting for all of you reading, so its difficult for me to define what’s worth talking about and what isn’t (which coincidentally is also why I really appreciate your feedback via the comments and Twitter), but I’ve played a few new games that I’m really excited to do some dicussion/review on, and I’m hoping you guys will enjoy it as much as I enjoy bringing it to you.

I’m currently playing through a few of the games I nabbed on sale, as I dislike going into reviews/editorials/other pieces without fully knowing what I’m talking about, but you can expect an article from me in the very near future. I’ve also been talking to a few Indie developers, and I’ve got some really exciting stuff going on right now, so I’m really hoping I can bring you more content from the Indie Workshop soon!

In the mean-time, some of you guys have been hitting me up on Twitter and letting me know what sorts of games you have been getting hold of and playing during this most exciting time of the year. I’d love to hear more from you guys about what you’ve been enjoying, and I’m always up for a chat, so feel free to drop me a tweet or comment. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Updates to the Blog; Twitter and More!

Hey everyone, Fully Avenged here with just a quick update for you today.

Hopefully some of the work I’ve put in to making the website look that tiny bit more fancy might be making itself evident – if you glance over to the right you should see a lovely new Twitter feed staring back at you, this allows you guys to see what I’m up to over on Twitter, with things such as discussions with Indie developers and my general posts regarding updates and sales.

I’ve also added two more features to improve website accessibility and make everything a little easier to get around. Firstly, a Categories drop-down which allows users to filter out articles depending upon what they’re about, and also an Archives section which will allow you to jump between months and see what I’ve posted since the blog began. Right now I’ve only been posting for about two months, but the longer the blog goes on the larger and more beneficial the Archives section will be, so I’m hoping you guys will reap the rewards of it being there.

For the time being these features have been added as a matter of accessibility, and unfortunately my design options are rather impaired by the fact that CSS is a premium-only feature which I can’t quite afford at this time. I hope that the accessibility side of things makes up for the fact I can’t customise them exactly how I’d like, but I will be looking into mediums to improve this in the future.

Hope you enjoy the new features guys, and remember as always, if you want to hear more updates from me and get regular updates on my blogs and articles, you can always follow me over on Twitter.

Until next time!

– FA.