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300th Post, and the future!

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One of the first bits of art I did for the blog!

It's hard to imagine that I'm sitting here writing this blog post now. I'm not sure I've ever written 300 of anything, let alone articles and posts for a single project. So I'm pleased to be doing this post now, particularly as I'm not at a Parent's Evening or in an exam for once!

So lets look at some stats:

  • Post count: 300
  • Days active: 267
  • Posts per day: 1.12
  • Previous posts per day: 1.12
Still maintaining my posts per day, despite an increasing number of days. What this means is that my post rate over the last month has been much more than one a day, keeping that average above one.
  • Total page views: 89,515
  • Views per day: 335
  • Views per post: 298
  • Prev. per day: 193
  • Prev. per post: 173

The last time I wrote one of these birthday posts (the 6 month birthday post), I had a page view count of 45,140. I've nearly doubled my readership in the last month, and I have only you guys reading this now to thank for that!

Graph time! As a Science teacher I can't wait for this bit!

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First exam tip: Read the scales first
And from the last time we looked at stats:
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See the scales have doubled in size?
This is bonkers to me. The massive bump in views is undoubtedly due to 8th Edition Warhammer 40K coming out, and the work I put into trying to cover that as well as I could. There is a big difference between the somewhat more self-indulgent content I was doing before and the rules/release commentary I'm doing now.

I think the difference is me doing things that are useful to other people, rather than just useful to myself. More on that later.

It's actually amazing what can change in a school in the short space of a month. Everything has changed in my department, and even the club next year will be entirely different. The young students that started this year will be continuing on next year, giving me older neophytes (or should I say initiates now?) to get into the School League.

The School League is something I really want to push this year. Having an end goal for students is important, and I want to give the non-sporty students a chance to go off and represent the school in competition... alongside the SATRO engineering and Science competitions I also run. One day I hope to have these science and nerd pursuits overshadow the athletic events. By the Khan I will break this wall of high school tradition!

I'll also be kicking off two new side projects within the club. The first is a Bloodbowl house competition. I may need to get a little bit of budget for different teams for each house, but I'm sure I can scrounge it from somewhere. If you want to help out with that, there are Patreon and PayPal links below which you can use. Leave a message saying you want to donate to that particular cause.

The second is a weekly Dungeons and Dragons activity, to happen for the boarding students at the school. I will be DMing at the start, and going through the 5th Edition starter campaign, before handing over the reigns to the alpha-nerd of that particular pack. I'll try and do weekly updates of their shenanigans (names and personal details omitted for Child Protection of course), and if you'd like to help furnish them with dice and new campaigns, Paypal and Patreon links below!

Finally a word on monetising this blog.

So far I have £5 a month from generous Patrons, and the school gives me £100 a term for new models and paints. As many of you know, £300 split between a whole club isn't that much. Which means that I'm now down a few hundred pounds myself as I keep the students in paint and glue. What makes this worse is that I deal with beginners, and tool breakages are not uncommon. You would think a mould line remover could break, but turns out they can shatter really well!

I've got the affiliate links working, which you will now see below. Please use them whenever you buy products from those sites, as I will get a small tip whenever you go through those links.

I will also be re-opening my Patreon Program, with a monthly Patron only post, decided upon by the Patron who donates the most in a month. I tried to do a weekly version of that before, but with a teaching work load it was just too much to do. Sponsoring this website with as little as $1 will give you access to these posts, and I'll make a post on that later.

I'm still against the idea of advertsing on this site, but I may go into it if I can get passive income from page views.

This is getting rather long now, and I want to get back to real content. Thank you all, especially the people who comment here. Your interaction is what makes this all worthwhile!

Until next time!

Thanks for reading.

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If you have anything you want me to look at, let me know in the comments below. I'll probably be able to write an article about that topic within a day!

If you want to support me directly, use the affiliate links below. I get a small percentage of purchases you make her, and you get cheaper miniatures! If you really love what I do here, you can make a one off donation at my PayPal, or become a true hero to table top education and make a regular donation to my Patreon. Every Little helps!

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