It’s been a while, hasn’t it? My apologies. All I wanted was migrate to a new host, and then… things happen. And then other things did. And then it was Wednesday. And then suddenly 2019. You know how that works, right?
I’ve been absent from RPGs, world building, and writing for way too long. I never really stopped creating, just didn’t post much anymore.
I intend to do an overhaul of the site, clean up some of the older stuff, but above all… just get all these damned ideas out of my head and onto, well, what passes for paper these day.
Here is what’s changed so far.
New (old) header image: I used a new header image called “Red Sun Planet”, but then I decided it was too Martian. Now I’m using the old snowy header again.
Better archive sidebar: Collapsing list for the archives in the sidebar for easier navigation.
Advertisement free: Removed adsense and analytics. Added a cookie consent bar for the WordPress cookies.
New categories: Tried my best to re-organize the site. The new categories are:
Worldbuilding: Everything related to worldbuilding. Methods, techniques, and so on.
Worlds: Posts directly covering the worlds I design. One sub-category for each world/setting.
RPG: Posts related to role-playing games.
Plot-a-Day: All posts with plot ideas
New host: Updated software, new host, all sparkly and shiny. (I hope..)
Site Optimizations: I did some tech stuff and Enderra.com went from a Google Page Speed Insight score of 14 to 84 – a huge improvement. I hope this is notable to visitors, too.
Deleted a bunch of old, minor posts: I’ve deleted a whole bunch of older posts – basically applying what I call the “Twitter test”. If a blog post would work better as a tweet, it got removed. I did make some exceptions where I thought something was worth keeping.
Other Worlds: Likewise, I went through some of the older settings and removed a lot of cruft. Where posts were worth-while to keep, I put them into a new category – “Other Worlds“. This usually means there’s less than a half-dozen posts about a given world.
All the Links: Over the years, I posted “monthly” about new links I found. Needless to say, many of those links are broken, outdated, et cetera. And even for those that aren’t, I can’t imagine anybody actually going through all those old posts. So I’ve collected them on one page and will subsequently verify them all.
I’m still not happy with the state of Enderra.com but it’s a big improvement.
I decided – rather arbitrarily, I’ll admit – to close the settings poll. First of all “THANK YOU!” to all of you who did cast a vote.
The results are:
So Enderra and Antarctica are tied. Somnium – the Science Fiction setting – is in second place, followed by post-apocalyptic Desolate Earth, the parallel worlds setting Terra, and Arnaron.
I knew Enderra and Somnium would score relatively well – I posted a lot of Sci Fi stuff, and worked on the map much; and Enderra is, after all, the namesake of the site; I am, however, surprised Antarctica and Arnaron scored so well. As for Terra and Desolate Earth, I think those are just genre votes.
I am not sure what exactly I can take away from these results, except that people by and large voted for what I post about already – I guess perhaps that I should focus more on Fantasy-ish things. We’ll see – I already know that I need to focus better anyway.
Thanks to everybody who has voted in the poll where I asked what topics I should cover. In total, I received 116 votes. The results were not that much of a surprise; you guys voted mostly for what I have been posting about anyway:
It’s easy to explain that – if a certain type of post is common, the people who are attracted by that will vote for more of the same type. Still, it’s good to know my readership.
As a consequence of this poll, I will retire the plot-a-day series – it’s been mostly plot-a-quarter anyway, and I haven’t quite been happy with them anyway. They’ll stay in the archives, but don’t expect any more of them.
The one true surprise is that Game Design received so many votes, considering I have not posted much about it, especially lately. I have heard you, and I will pick up my efforts to design a game system again. Just give me a little while to get some other stuff out of the way.
As for genres, science fiction was the clear winner over fantasy, but again, I have been posting a lot of science fiction stuff. I won’t alienate those of you who enjoy it that way, so no worries, but I will provide more fantasy posts as well because I believe it’s underrepresented. The site, after all, is called Enderra.com after my fantasy world, and it’s a shame that there is so little material on, well, Enderra here.
The New Poll
The new poll is even more blatant: With this I wish to find out which of my settings are actually interesting to you guys! Let me know – and I will give you what you want… 😉
Thanks to Adam for pointing out that the downloads of Shakespeare & Dragons episodes 10 and 13 were broken. I think it happened when Google updated Docs to become Drive. Anyway, I have fixed them, now hosting them on my own server.
As a VERY SPECIAL BONUS… I noticed that I actually have a 16th episode, “The Missing Ingredient”, which I never uploaded because for some reason it also does not show up in my iTunes. It’s now been added – enjoy!
Episode 10 – Plot Part Three, Structuring Plot from Character Desires and Forces of Antagonism
Episode 13 – Setting Part Two, Creating Cultural Attributes
I actually didn’t except this, but the Cartographers picked my suggestion for the February/March challenge: Map a river! I guess this means I actually have to submit something for a change… and so should you!
Guys – I wish you all a merry xmas (or whatever variant of the traditional mid-winter pagan festival you may be celebrating) and, in a few days, a happy new year! Thank you all for dropping by – and I hope to see you again next year!
I’m now at 326 and 244. So people are definitely doing a “follow-for-follow” thing. I see the logic of that, of course – if you want to use your account for marketing purposes only. Of course that makes them worthless as an actual “audience” or even for actual networking. Perhaps I should unsubscribe everybody and then resubscribe a small whitelist of sorts?
On the other hand, there may be software out there that actually does filtering of incoming tweets. I can’t imagine people who follow even half as many people as I actually read the tweets they get.
And hey, if you actually got here via Twitter – let me know – I’d like to personally thank you for using Twitter in a meaningful way 🙂
Update: Massive cull of accounts. Now only following 230 people… getting to a more manageable level.