The number of the day is 115. In that, this post is the 115th I’ve published here on Time to Loot. This makes it the most posts I’ve published on a single blog to date. Interestingly I thought this made Time to Loot by far my most published-to blog. When I started digging into it for this post, that turned out to be not entirely true.

Even though I was wrong about how close it was between one of my prior blogs and this one — it hasn’t shaken the feeling I have that something is different this time. Different better. That maybe I’ve found my forever-blog this time around.

My Ex-Blogs

  • Tank’n’Tree (Oct 2008 – Nov 2009, Unknown post count — I estimate ~30)
    Still has some content existing in the archive, but you need to scroll down to see any of it.
  • Fun in Games (Jun 2010 – Oct 2011, 97 posts)
  • Modicum of Gaming (May 2012 – Sep 2013, 16 posts)

I wonder if I knew at the time how close to 100 posts I was on Fun in Games. I feel like this is new information to me, but surely I must have?

Reading back over them now, it’s… I don’t even know that I have an adequate word for it. Some posts have stuck with me in memory across the years, others I recall fondly as old friends upon seeing them again. Still others again, it feels like I’m reading for the first time. I possess not even the dimmest memories of writing them.

For the most part — I enjoy my writing style from back then better. I wonder now if I’ll be able to recapture the vibrancy and sense of life found in the older posts.

But whether I can or not, the sense of lasting — of longer life — to this blog isn’t lessened. I’ve felt it for at least the last month or two, but couldn’t quite define what it was.

Until I realised I already had. In finding my ‘why‘ and grounding it on something a little bit less transient than ‘Blogs are cool, ergo I want one’ grants a sense of permanence I’ve never really had with a blog before. It was always top of mind that my interests could waver and change course at any moment.

And heck, who knows, I could be way off and that happens anyway.

No doubt someone will pull this out and show me should it. But I don’t think it will be necessary. By this stage of a blog for me I’ve typically hit my first break of a month or longer. The excitement turned to chore. A post feeling obligatory.

As I write this a little over the halfway mark of Blaugust, having lost the slight scheduled lead I had rolling for a while, I’m tired but no less motivated for that. I made sure to call out — mostly for my own benefit — at the start of August that I’d try to hit a post every day but that I wasn’t really expecting to and I wasn’t going to beat myself up too much if I didn’t.

I said it mostly as a ward against the risk of making posting here feel like a chore, like I’ve encountered in the past. But tired though I am — I’m in this. :D


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


Bhagpuss · August 17, 2019 at 10:31 pm

Keep it up!

Looking back over old blog posts is fascinating, I find. Like you, some I can remember clearly but some of them I have no memory of at all. What’s more, some seem as if they’ve been written by someone else entirely. The best part, though, is having a record of not just what I was doing years ago but what I was thinking about when I was doing it.

As for the writing style, without any doubt at all my best-written posts in terms of style are all ones I did before I stopped drinking. I used to have a couple of glasses of red wine while I wrote, when I posted in the evening, and it makes an enormous difference. More than a couple and things can go awry but just that small lubrication of the synapses really tells. It’s no co-incidence that so many writers drink.

These days I can do some very detailed, journalistic posts that I might not have done a few years ago but I’ve lost some of the sprightliness and sparkle.

    Naithin · August 18, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Hah. Maybe a wine or two is just what the Dr ordered then.

    Although I can’t actually claim that cause for the style difference between now and then. I’ve never been much of a drinker of any kind.

    I suspect it was more to do with just how terribly rusty I was coming back to writing for this blog, that AND the starting expectation that I was going to be doing ‘useful’ content, that I sort of fell into this style.

    It seems now that to bring it back would be quite the about face. We’ll see. I think I captured parts of it in my earlier ESO story telling. Mayhaps I’ll just have to bring that back as a transition of sorts. :)

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