Jan 032011
 

Good day, my fellow chummers. It’s Monday, the start of the first full week of the year, and I’d like to address you of our agenda…

The Shack is sailing along, smoothly, with a few hundred consistent hits a day.  I think that’s pretty good for a blog that’s not yet one year old, and I’m happy with that (hopefully, in the future, we’ll get consistent mega-hits).  Of course, who wouldn’t want mega-hits?  -But I have to remind myself that hits aren’t the reason the Shack is up (or fame, money, or world domination).  Stuffer Shack is up because I’d like a corner of the blog-o-world to call my home, somewhere that a group of us can provide material that others find useful. -And, to make new friends, of course!

Something that I find interesting – Stumble is an unusual beast.  Without fail, we have two articles that get Stumbled day after day after day.  They  outweigh our other articles by a mile, but it’s not because they’re some deeply, awe-inspiring posts.  No, one’s just funny and the other’s just cool.  Check out Deck of Many Boons and 3D Battle Maps with Pics, and you’ll see what I mean.

If you haven’t checked out The Crew yet, you should.  We have a nice mix of ten writers!

Brian Liberge just joined up, and will be bringing with him a treasure trove of Monsters to Steal and other content.

Stuffer Shack would not be where it is without the help of our writers.  I can’t thank them enough.  So, I’m happy to say that we share the loot.  That means that a good part of the money the Store makes goes toward our Stuffer Shack Crew.  That’s right, we make enough to pay our writers.  Woo – hoo!  Speaking of our Store…

Our big announcement – is not really announcement, yet, but I’ll let you in anyway.  Our Store is expanding!  -Not because we want more money, but because we believe gamers will want the things we’re about to offer (we’ll probably have the lowest prices anywhere, but the quality will simply be clutch).  It’s gonna be huge.  In fact, there’s no way we can use the Store we have now; it’s not big enough.  So, I created a sub-domain to take care of that (I’ll apologize now if the world-wide-web crashes because of my tinkering with websites).  I don’t want to spoil the surprise [battle maps], so I won’t be giving out any details [terrain] yet.

Thanks for reading,

-Tourq

Chris Stevens

In Chris's opinion, the very best vices are dirt bikes, rock music, and gaming, while the very best medicine is fatherhood. If he could just learn to balance them all, he'd live forever. He's much more creative than intelligent, often wakes up belligerent, and ponders many things insignificant. Lastly, in an effort to transform his well-fed body, P90X, Roller Blades, and Food are all laughing at him. And the pain continues.

  5 Responses to “State of the Union err… ‘Shack”

  1. I know that feeling with regards to hits. I don’t write for hits, I write because I like to look back and see what I was thinking last week, last month, last year. But its hard not to get a little bit excited when other people are showing an interest in my work.

    And I completely agree that Stumble gives hits where one least expects it.

  2. I know what you mean as well. By far the most visited post I have ever done was regarding Kevin Smith and friends with their version of D&D Crimson Mystical Mages; ironically, that blog post is higher rated in google than the actual podcast by Kevin Smth… pretty funny because it really had very little content, and was more of me, a fanboy, raving about how much I was looking forward to hearing that gang playing D&D.

  3. Hey guys! Welcome aboard!

    Looking forward to the new Store, too.

  4. He he – Go ‘Shack!

    I’d be proud of a few hundred hits a day – PP only gets a couple of hundred a month, and is older than you by a month or so… but as you say, it’s all about planting your flag in a dark corner of the blog-o-world and meeting folk with similarly geeky tendencies.

    And what’s Stumble?

    Tom

  5. @ Tom

    Stumble is a little button you download to your taskbar up top. When you hit the button, it takes you to a random web page that Stumble thinks you might like based on your preferences. As more and more people give that article a thumbs up, it goes to even more people. That’s how some articles get so many thousands of hits in a day – it simply takes off. A few days ago, Jonathan’s “making Monsters Monstrous” just got 1,000 hits that day. A few of my other articles have gone up to 5 or 7,000 hits in a day. After awhile, it comes back down.

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