Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Popular Posts

No-one will have noticed, I suspect, but I have removed the Popular Posts gadget from my blog's sidebar.

I had it set to show the most popular posts, in terms of hits, from the past 30 Days. It's quite a good way of keeping relatively recent posts on view. But over the past month or so, older posts have started to creep in there. I have been monitoring their stats, and they were picking up regular hits; the same number of hits at roughly the same time each day. Basically it was obviously some kind of remote process at work.

Now if you've been really observant you will have noticed that in the past week the sidebar gadget has changed what it was tracking a few times. This was me fiddling with it so that I could see what effect it had on the stats. What seems to be happening is that posts that show in the gadget were picking up regular hits from some kind of automated process. This meant, to some extent, that if a post was being featured it would keep being featured because it would keep getting automated hits.

This kind of makes the gadget a bit pointless. So I have removed it.

I'll keep monitoring my stats and see what effect the gadget's removal has, and maybe reinstate it when I think things have settled down.

Anyway, what I'm now hoping is that most of the hits I get are actually real people looking at the posts because they actually want to.

Yeah. Right.

Update; I've put it back, maybe on a temporary basis, as the stats now seem to have settled down a bit.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Old Rules Never Die

When you write a set of rules, even one heavily derived from someone else's, and then post them on the 'net for others to see, it's always a great source of satisfaction to find people not only looking at them, but playing them as well.

About three years ago I put together Clobberin' Time, a simple set of rules for superhero skirmishes. To be honest it's been a while since I played them - over two years in fact - but it appears that they haven't gone entirely unnoticed.

The authors of the Old Heroes Never Die website is running a game of it at Kublacon at the end of May, featuring a scenario based around the still-classic X-Men #137 - 'Phoenix Must Die!'. I shall be looking forward to seeing more on this as it happens, as that comic was a defining moment in my love of comic-book superheroes.

In addition Natholeon, of Natholeon's Empires, has been modelling superhero RPG characters, basing them on various Heroclix figures, for use with Clobberin' Time, as can be seen HERE. He plans to run and document a game soon, and I shall be looking forward to that as well.

Update: Read The Anarcho-Bomb HERE

In fact, I almost feel inspired to play another game myself.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Scheduling

I don't normally do posts about blogging, but because it was relevant to me I thought I'd throw this question to the assembled masses.

Does anyone else schedule posts? If so, why?

I use the tool to space posts out sometimes; I may write two in a day, but I set one to go out a couple of days later in order to avoid concentrated blocks of posting. I like each post to be savoured by you, the audience, before I dangle another tasty morsel before you.

However I also use it for when I'm away on holiday. The observant ones will have probably spotted such filler posts from time to time. After all I have a tendency to latch on to a subject and produce post after post on it. If that sequence is suddenly interrupted by a random HOTT army list then you can be fairly certain the list was scheduled to cover a holiday.

Indeed this post has appeared out of nowhere. Maybe I'm on holiday ...

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