TSS #61 – Blapril 2020 Wrap-Up

Blapril2020 is over and this is a wrap-up post! 

Just the other day, Belghast posted his Blapril-Rundown with all the stats, awards and participants and therefore concluded the event for now. 

“During the entire series run of March 29th through May 9th we had 48 total participants and they crafted 1124 blog posts. This works out to be an average of roughly 23 posts per participant.”

Belghast from aggronaut.com

Overall, what I learned from the Blapril-experience is the fact that two daily posts are technically possible… for shorter periods… but only when I don’t have Uni going on as well. I dropped the daily posts when I reached my 42 posts in April and only got three more posts done in the first ten days of May, resulting in a total of 45 posts! That’s the second-most posts among all participants (Bhagpuss has “beaten” me with three more for a total of 48 posts)!

Due to our post-count of 45 we not only get the Participation Award but also the Rainbow Award! Wohoo!

Two posts per day are rather hard to do, however. It’s quite exhausting to write up two posts, edit and publish them in time when you’ve got a set schedule that you want to commit to without having to rely on backdating and that kind of “cheatery”. So, I guess I won’t do any schedules for now and instead post when I’ve got the time. And while I could do at least daily posts, I don’t think that I’ll do that any time soon with all the uni-stuff that is going on right now. Currently, I’m falling behind on my studies right now, so I’ve got to sacrifice more sleep currently and cancel a stream or two here and there, so overall that’s a bummer.

As far as posts go, I managed to post seven reviews:

Three posts on First Impressions:

Four posts on Monster Hunter World:

and therefore managed to get to Iceborne (still need to post on that) in only seven posts, I guess.

I also did a couple of rant-posts, just because I had the idea during last year’s Blaugust but didn’t do it for a long time:

and we revisited Risk of Rain 2, and we took a look at May’s Humble Choice, to which we’ve actually beaten Naithin, which I personally found rather amusing!

Overall, I got to fill in all the gaps with a bunch of Stray Sheep and a few posts about Streaming and the like, which was also quite nice for the mix. April actually managed to rake in 813 views from about 405 visitors, which I found quite surprising! 

Now, I don’t necessarily care about my SEO (nor do I know how to do that kind of stuff) and I don’t necessarily care about growing my blog but at the same time, it’s not like I don’t get happy to see that people like actually read my posts and possibly get to see some of those games that I’m reviewing. Especially when it comes to new and unknown games like Gutwhale, I’m rather happy when I see that the review is getting a lot of traffic. Our blog also showed up on Google a couple of times as well as Bing, DuckDuckGo, Baidu and Yahoo Search.

In the future, I’d like to post more reviews again and also cover a larger variety of games and genres! The review of the manga, Girl by the Sea, that I did was interesting and I enjoyed writing that post up, but I don’t know yet if I’ll do that again any time soon, especially as I don’t get to read as much right now. 

I guess I could try out other review formats and genres and branch out a bit more into shows, movies and albums that I really did enjoy or that I wanted to write about… but I feel like I’m missing the expertise and knowledge to put my thoughts into words which can potentially really harm the quality of the review in the end, so, for now, I’ll just stick to video game reviews and eventually branch out into other genres once I’ve actually finished up a draft that I’m happy with. 

Either way, that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed this wrap-up. I’m looking forward to this year’s Blaugust and can’t wait for it to start again since I’ll be on break then as well. 

Have a nice one!

Cheers!

This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!

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