Greetings, adventurers, and welcome to a quick update about the current direction of the blog. I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about some changes that I started to make, and why I am going to be unmaking those changes.
For those of you who follow me on Twitter, I recently stated that I was inspired by Dragon’s Tea Party to start doing my own Nuzlocke challenge. I began this series on the first Saturday in March, and my plan was to continually post this on Saturdays and use it as a way to expand into a four post per week schedule. Weekends are my worst times for traffic on Adventure Rules, so I figured having a fun Saturday post could be a simple way to help the numbers a bit. Plus, doing a Nuzlocke is just fun, and enough of my active followers like talking about Pokemon that I figured it would be worth it even if the traffic boost wasn’t really significant.
Unfortunately, the timing of everything just didn’t work out. I recently posted on Twitter about how I’ve started a morning walk/jog routine and getting up earlier has really affected me in the evenings. I’m often exhausted by the time my son goes to bed and the articles I’ve written during those tired times are probably some of the worst I have penned in a long time. Because I need time to adjust to this new routine and part of that adjustment will mean a change to what time/how long I spend writing, right now is not a good time for me to start trying to expand here on Adventure Rules.
Now this isn’t an announcement that I’m going to be creating less content compared to what my regular followers have come to expect here on Adventure Rules. I’m reducing my post count, yes, but I am reducing it from an attempt to expand, so really you could say this whole update is just me confirming that I still am going to be posting three times a week. Those posts will still go up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 AM EST. The biggest change will be not to the post schedule, but rather to the nature of the posts that I share.
The Adventure Rules Nuzlocke Challenge will move from Saturdays to Mondays. Because the posts are interactive, posting them on Monday will allow me to wait until Thursday or Friday for people to share their thoughts, and then I can spend the weekend working on the playthrough and putting the article together. It’s often hard for me to get playtime in during the week, especially on nights where I am writing a blog post. The weekend will be a better time for me to focus on the Nuzlocke challenge. So until I beat Omega Ruby (or die trying), we’ll have an Adventure Rules Nuzlocke post each Monday.
I’ve been pretty consistent lately about using Wednesday as the time slot for my Tabletop Tuesday segment. I’ll probably stick with that, and most Wednesdays will currently be focused on City of Mist (though I may deviate from time to time and talk about more general tabletop shenanigans as well). During weeks where there’s big video game news or a community event to participate in, this is probably the slot that will be used for that. But if you’re an RPG fan, Wednesday is going to be your day for the next while!
Thursday afternoon the Nintendo world was rocked by the announcement of what appears to be a brand new Super Smash Brothers for the Nintendo Switch. The internet has lost their collective minds and speculation is running wild, which is totally awesome. This is the part I love about Smash, and this year I have a blog and therefore have an outlet to express my own thoughts about the upcoming game. Because I want to ride the wave of Smash hype and talk to you all about it on a regular basis, I’m going to be introducing a new Smash-themed segment to the blog for the Friday post slot!
The new segment will be called Smash Five. Why? Well, assuming this is a new Smash Bros (which is the general online consensus right now), then this is the fifth entry into the series. There’s been the N64 game, Melee, Brawl, and Smash for Wii U/3DS. So if we were to refer to each game by a numerical designation, this game would be Super Smash Brothers Five, or Smash Five. The other reason for the name is that the posts will take the form of lists of five. This could be a Top 5 or just a list of five thoughts in no particular order. So each post is five thoughts about the fifth Super Smash Brothers – hence, Smash Five.
Smash Five will be a weekly segment to be posted on Fridays. I already know what the first one is going to be about, but once it’s up, I’m going to take some inspiration from GeekOut South-West and have a poll at the end of the post asking for what you want to see next. This will make this Smash series a bit more interactive than my usual content, and my hope is that you all are as excited as I am and will flood the comments with Smash speculation!
So those are the changes coming to Adventure Rules. For the time being, I’m going to focus on doing specific types of posts to help ease my transition into a healthier lifestyle. This will also help me if I ever finally find a place to move (yes, I’m still looking for an apartment or house after almost six months), and while limiting the variety in my content may harm my views or whatever traffic is not the most important thing about the blog to me. With both the Nuzlocke series and Smash Five being a bit more interactive than my usual content, my hope is that comments will grow even when clicks decrease. And hey, who knows – maybe having a segment-based schedule for awhile will actually draw crowds. I don’t know how SEO works.
I hope that for those of you who have followed Adventure Rules for awhile, this is an acceptable way of doing things for the time being. If you’re just really not into this idea, that’s cool – just give me some time to get myself in order again and my post variety will go back up. Or don’t. Ultimately I have to do what’s best for my physical and mental/emotional health and if that means a few folks need to head for greener pastures then I get it. But I appreciate everyone who sticks around for this new-ish direction, and I really look forward to having some fun interactions with you all in these more interactive style posts!