Ten years of Swords & Dorkery!

Posting has dropped off some, especially in the last couple of years as I navigated a new job in academia, the end of my marriage, and a move. But today marks the tenth anniversary of this blog, which has led me to some great friends online and off, pushed me to publish some gaming stuff both online and in print, and generally been a blast.

Ten years ago, I started this blog to document a project I was working on, having been inspired by someone else who was working on similar project: to revive the old “Paint & Play” dungeon crawl games produced by Heritage Models USA in the early 1980s. The blog had a different title for the first month or so (and I’m actually drawing a blank on what it was, something like “Heritage Dungeon Project,” though I used to see it on some blogrolls years after changing it). Within the first year it moved beyond being a showcase for my crudely painted miniatures and maps as I began to engage the “old school revival” in RPGs. I used it to chronicle a pair of D&D campaigns I ran, and post reviews and appreciations of books, movies, and music. More recently I went back to posting photos of miniatures, as I found time to paint again, and while I may never return to the rate of posting I managed for a couple of years at the beginning of the decade, I hope to continue posting as I find time.

It’s hard to tell how many visits the site gets any more, because WordPress can’t seem to count how often the mobile app version that Google hosts is accessed. I’m sure visits dropped off due to lack of posting, but I’m always pleasantly surprised by the number of views per day, which hovers around a couple hundred.

I don’t make anything off the ads which WordPress inserts, but I suppose it pays for the site, which WP also doesn’t charge me for. I did however make a few bucks from the sale of my book, at least some of which must be traceable to the blog. The blog has also been my entry point into the “gift economy” of the OSR, and I’ve gotten several small collections of wanted lead figures from readers and sent out figures, books, and other stuff, as well finding buyers or trades for other things, which has been nice. I hope the stuff I make for free (which is the vast majority of the content) entertains or is useful.

I’m always shocked by the number of follows the blog has too, though I know some are random bloggers who follow in hopes of reciprocal follows to boost their ad revenue, and lately I’ve been getting a few follows a week from Outlook addresses that look a bit scammy to me. Speaking of which, the only real downside to the blog has been finding my pages and posts copied without credit or link on other sites — mostly sites selling herbal remedies, real estate opportunities, or other scams. One Russian site claimed to offer a PDF of my book for free, and no doubt delivered a virus-laden file to anyone unwary enough to try it. There’s another “4CHAN” type site that appears to illegally post game pdfs too, and at some point my book was posted there too. Sigh.

Anyway thanks for reading, whoever you are!

Published in: on August 25, 2018 at 8:00 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. I started reading about 7 years ago (wow) on the recommendation of your sister. That has led me to some great friendships and hundreds of enjoyable Wednesday nights rolling dice, bullshitting, and just generally taking a welcome respite from harsh reality. I’ve enjoyed the many posts, marvelled at your figure artistry and learned a few things along the way.

    So, thank you and keep it up!

    • Aw thanks!

  2. Congrats on reaching the 10-year milestone, it’s a big one! I’ve enjoyed your posts for many years. I can’t remember when I started reading but it was around 2008 when I got the old school D&D bug, and 2009 when I succumbed to it and started painting figures as old as I was. It’s been quite a journey and has been good crossing paths, carry on!

    • Thanks!

  3. I’ve been part of gaming D&D from 1979 but only recently stumbled across your site and have bought your book as well. Enjoying it as a diversion. Keep going! You have a good take

    • Thanks!

  4. Congratulations on ten years of Painted Lead Syndrome! I’ve been reading your site off and on for most of that time, and enjoyed it. Here’s to the next ten years!

    • Thanks!

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