I just started this little ol’ blog a month ago, but so far it’s been a better experience, and a more exciting experience than the last time I ran a blog for almost five years. I’m not exactly sure what the reason is behind it, but I’m going to run with it.
I originally wanted to make this blog to keep myself accountable. Like many tabletop rpg fans, I feel like there’s just so much more out there that I want to do, experience, run, and play than I have time or focus for actually following through on. I created this blog to start really generating material – whether fit for real publication or not – and to that end, I’ve had a good start.
In that spirit, I’m going to write about my goals for the coming year rather than look back any further since I don’t have that much to look back on anyway! So, here are my goals for 2021:
- Start a regular release schedule for at least one podcast. My sister and I have practiced recording a podcast show several times, but for a variety of reasons and setbacks, I haven’t released a single episode. Although this is OSArmory, the podcast that I want to make happen is a read-a-long podcast for comic book series that have been completed much in the same way there are watch-a-long podcasts for shows like Gilmore Girls, Saved by the Bell, and the West Wing. I hope to get that running with her and get into the habit of recording podcasts as my second goal is to record a short OSR themed show as well.
- Finish my draft of my own Black Hack – Hack and get it into the hands of play testers. Ideally I would love to set a higher, more ambitious goal, like working on a Kickstarter or other means of publishing the game, but wanting to actually meet my goals is a major goal! I’ve got a lot of the core rules written, and the fact that it’s going to be compatible with things like TBH monster stat blocks does a lot of heavy lifting. However I need to run it and work on it, then allow someone I know run it, and then finally will I be ready to get it into actual play testers who don’t know me and haven’t played it to see how it runs/reads.
- Keep to my publishing schedule of two content posts and one editorial post every week. This is one that I decided to commit to early on before I plopped down the money on the domain and my WordPress account. I already told myself that if I can’t keep to that, I shouldn’t waste the money on a vanity project. If I can keep to it, I have no concerns on spending money on this vanity project! 😀
- Hit the goal of 2,000 unique visitors in a single day. This is a big one and largely out of my control, but I do think it’s achievable as long as I keep up/improve the quality of the blog overtime. I do think something like a podcast would help with this too in order to bring in a different crowd.
Okay, that’s all I want to commit to for this year. I have other hobby goals – I want to actual run some games I’ve been thinking about for years, I can’t wait to run Dune right when it comes out, I want to get stuff painted up that’s been sitting around for too long, etc. However I wanted to limit this to public-facing creative endeavors.
My plan is to write up a post every quarter to check in on these four goals and keep myself accountable. I don’t want it to be December 2021 and realize I hadn’t been working toward something that is important to me!