Sunday, 11 April 2010

Keeping up a Blog.

Man, keeping up a blog is hard. I started this blog with the best of intentions – planning to write something every day – but somehow for two weeks now something has always cropped up. Part of it is to do with my 'day job'; I work rather insane hours. (One-week on, one-week off night shifts. I don't have a body clock any more.) Part of it is a lack of time. When I'm working, I have about half an hour for myself a day, and that just isn't enough to do anything much with. When I'm off, I'm working on OD&DITIES, and that has had the higher priority. (Yes, issue 15 is going along nicely. More work next week, but still on for April 24th as scheduled.)

I'm going to address this, however. I'll be doing a lot of writing for the magazine next week, with three articles to prepare. Once I finish each (one article a day for three days...), I'll post some writers' notes, while I'm fresh. I'm going to try and write a post every day I'm not working, from Monday onwards. There'll be a couple more blogs in the near future as well, I think. I'm thinking about starting an online campaign (though not decided what or when yet, though I'm thinking possibly Classic Traveller – LL is going well on Saturdays, and I don't want to run two games with the same system at once.) Another will probably focus on my other love – space and space exploration. I've been working on a book on the early history of spaceflight for four years (one of the reasons I moved back to OD&DITIES is because I had spent three years frozen stiff with writers' block. Going back to OD&DITIES again cleared it in about a day!)

So, er, my solution to not posting enough is two new blogs. A bit counter-intuitive, I suppose.

You can help as well – is there anything about OD&DITIES that particularly interests you? Anything you want to see?


  1. My advice: Firstly, don’t ever let a blog become a chore. It’s better to not blog than to not enjoy it.

    Secondly, RSS means you don’t have to worry about be regular in your posting. In fact, I’d rather have a seldom updated blog in my reader than one that posts just for the sake of posting. Signal-to-noise ratio and such.

  2. One of my favorite things that I keep going back to in the issues are the lists of new and strange items- anything from new twists on weapons to strange magical items to heck, halfling beauty products. I love opening up OD&DITIES to find a fantasy flea market of things my character or fellow players can drool over. It makes it much easier to stock our town shops. I would love to see more of that type of content.