A Change Of Pace...

Having completed my serialisation of ‘The Goat’, I again find myself with a dearth of things to blog about. Writing a story week-by-week is a draining activity (it is nerve-racking to continually publish first drafts on the day they are written), but it did provide something to fill these endlessly gaping blank pages…

I’m not going to start a new story, not yet at least. I’m a little burned out. Even my other book, MORBUS, has been shelved for now (and has been for some time) because I need to exercise different parts of my brain. Writing fiction is all well and good, but my coding and drawing abilities have been getting flabby. I need to round things out, and to that end I am shifting my complete focus to the development of my indie game. This will give me plenty of blog material once I have pretty artworks and fancy game mechanics to show off, but that won’t be for a while. I’m keeping shtum until I have something I’m proud of… ;)

So in the meantime, what should I post? In search of ideas, I had a look at the statistics for my website to see what has been popular. And then I wished I hadn’t. It is very disappointing! I might as well have been dropping my regular articles straight in the bin. 99.99% of the visitors to my website look at only one of five pages:

It is splendid that people find this stuff helpful, but it demonstrates that the audience for my stories and general musings is negligible (NB: if you are one of the 0.01% that do read my others posts, then I love you). Moreover, for all the many thousands of visitors I have attracted, in the last year only one kind person has bought a copy of IUMENTUM. It seems therefore that I could spare myself a great deal of effort and time by eliminating the fluff from my website – that is, to write only when I have something useful to present, a guide or some such, that people might actually look at.

So this is exactly what I am going to do. Until I’m ready to talk about my game, I’m cutting back on the blog. I have a few obscure and interesting articles lined up, but the regular weekly slot is no more. Or maybe I’ll just take a short break, then go back to posting nonsense on a Friday. I’m not entirely certain. But either way, I hope you’ll stick around…