Glancing Back on 2014

Happy New Years a day early – hours early really. I figured I’d post this today since some will be sleeping in a bit longer than usual tomorrow and wondering why they did the things they did the night before ;)

Stormtrooper Regrets
“God. She looked so good after 10 fire-waters in the dim lights of the cantina…”

As most of us bloggers do, I’m looking back on the year that this blog has had and I’m really happy with it. I’m not even talking numbers, though I will shortly. This year we’ve picked up a handful of great regular readers. I’d name them but no doubt I would forget someone and if you’re reading this then you know who you are ;) That, getting interested readers here, is why I do this. Having people comment and engage with the community here is the most rewarding part of being a blog author.

This year we also had some great articles, at least I feel. Kamui did an amazing series of articles on scratch-building tanks. Be sure to click that if you haven’t seen it yet. We 40K players saw 7th edition hit and I did my usual rules quiz, which is typically a hit with readers. Hell, even Warren came out of his hole a bit and posted up some great models he was working on.

I feel this year that Creative Twilight started down a great path with articles. They were a bit more focused and got more attention. This is what I was talking about the other day, just refining that process more. I have a piece of paper sitting next to me (literally), that I wrote out a whole bunch of ideas on for articles to do in 2015. If I can manage to put out half of them then I will be happy, but it’s my goal and I will try my hardest.

Blogging in 2014

NumbersNow for some numbers, though I don’t like to give out actual values. It just feels to braggy, or sad as the case may be, and I like to gauge the blog against itself from previous years, not against anyone else.

Anyway, 2014 was the best year that Creative Twilight has had with visitors. Visits this year is up 40% compared to last year! For a while here the blog was stagnating, last year that is, so I’m glad to see it come out of the slump it was in.

This year was also the best year the blog has had with regards to comments. In 2014 comments were up by 46%! That comment increase is by far my favorite stat and it’s thanks to our faithful readers.

2015The final stat is how many articles we produced. This one I don’t mind giving actual numbers since you can find it if you wanted to anyway :) In 2014 we put out 260 articles compared to 2013 with 205, a 27% increase in articles. Not that the amount of articles we create is anything I truly care about as a value, however what it does tell me is that our (the authors), interest is up. When you lack interest and/or material then you write less. So, it’s nice to see author interest up and in turn creating more articles.

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I’m looking forward to 2015 and seeing Creative Twilight continue to grow. I’d probably still do this if only two people a day visited, that’s pretty much how it began, but it’s nice to see more and more people discover the blog.

  • BenitoSenence

    Very happy to hear you are happy with your blog. This site is a daily check and read. The articles here are really good and I enjoy them a lot. Here is to the New Year!

    • Thanks and glad to hear it’s a regular stop for some, I know Ming said the same in another article.

      How’s your new site going anyway? You guys picking up some traffic?

      • BenitoSenence

        Slow. Our inner circle is on our forum which covers games, entertainment, and sports. We keep that active. My brother is building the website but it right now is just a hub to the forum and YouTube channel. Hopefully this year we get more contributions from our people to put up more content. We are ready to do some Batreps on Infinity which has me real excited! Thanks for checking and helping us! Join our forum as we as all you readers!

  • NafNaf

    That’s some great news with all the site increase and comments ect. It is always rewarding as a blogger to know people are coming and reading your stuff. I for one have enjoyed following your blog this year, and am sure I will in 2015.
    Happy new year!

    • Thank you and happy new year to you as well!

  • Comments are liquid gold! Well maybe not liquid…metallic gold? Ok I’m rambling. Happy new year! Yours is one of my top fav blogs! You give chaos players something to hope for :).

    • haha, thanks!

      I don’t know that “hope” is a word Chaos players relate to. Maybe mutual hatred of a common foe ;)

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