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Dusty Monk
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Sr. Developer for Robot Entertainment; MMO blogger and aficionado, geek dad, only visiting this planet.
Sr. Developer for Robot Entertainment; MMO blogger and aficionado, geek dad, only visiting this planet.

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Moving to Facebook
OHAI there! Well as you can see, I've pretty much abandoned the blogger blog. Actually, for the past six months I've pretty much abandoned blogging altogether. Why? Honestly just too busy playing games and making them to spend a lot of time writing about th...

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"In truth, I found myself caring far more about the people I learned about through those phone recordings than I did for most any of the story's central characters. "
 
With one exception - Paul Rhodes.  That guy is fantastic.  I'd drink beers with Paul any night of the week.  

"I thank you.. my mother thanks you.. and the people of New York fuckin' thank you.."

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Story in The Division
Haven't blogged in awhile, but if you follow me on Twitter, then you know I've been pretty much playing Tom Clancy's The Division since it launched. I've finished the main story, reached the max level, and only have a single zone of collectibles left to gat...

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Dusty Monk commented on a post on Blogger.
I just recently read an article on why web design is dead - and mostly it talks about the commoditization of web design through CMS systems and templates. For the most part, I tend to agree. If you can't find what you're looking for through Wordpress templates, seens how you already have you're own domain and web service, I'd look at setting up something in Drupal or one of the other really good CMS systems out there. 

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Dusty Monk commented on a post on Blogger.
First - good, thoughtful discussion. FWIW, I've struggled with the same kind of questions on my own blog, and am also trying different things, with varying (mostly little) amounts of success.  But here's my 2 cents anyway. :) 

I think first, it's important to decide which of the two following goals are you trying to accomplish.  Do you want to increase traffic?  Or do you wish to increase engagement? Because while related, I think the strategies you undertake will differ based on which you prioritize.  For instance, you can have huge traffic, and almost no engagement. ie., most YouTube videos and a significant amount of twitch streams.  You can also get terrific engagement from a small, but loyal set of readers.  So your traffic won't necessarily go through the roof, but you could still have really thoughtful, provocative discussions.

For myself, I've decided for my blog I want to increase traffic. If increase engagement comes out of that, it's just gravy - and I try to engage in anyone that does actually leave a comment, but I have realistically very little expectation of any discussion at the blog. I'm looking for eyes on the page.  To that end, I've adopted a couple of strategies:
- for awhile now I've had a policy of no blog without pictures. It's cliche, but it's true. I think photos help break up the flow of the wall of text, and just present more appeal.
- I've also tried to incorporate more video. Honestly, you did some great "commentary while driving" videos awhile back, and are pretty prolific with the streaming. I'd try to tie those things together - make the blog sort of a media hub, with your other outlets (twitch, youtube, twitter) branching out from that. 
- write guides.  The blog posts that have, by far, generated the absolute most hits for Of Course I'll Play It have been the small number of guides and how-to's I've written.  The Defiance Weapon Mods guide I wrote like 3 years ago continues to generate hits. Ironically, my most successful blog post today is the one I wrote about GW2 Karma farms, which people apparently flocked to thinking I was passing on hints about Karma farming, when in reality I was bitching about it and telling people not to do it. Hah - joke was on them. 
 
Anyway - dunno if that helps or not, but if it's any consolation, this is the longest comment I've left on anyone blog for anything in like, oh forever. :) 

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Blade and Soul - Ups and Downs
I've never been very good at spending my free time on more than one general activity at a time. Whether it be working on a game development project, playing my MMO de jour, or something that's caught my eye on the console, typically I tend to only focus on ...

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Blade and Soul Beginners Guide - an Overview
So I started the new year off saying I'd try to deliver more video content for Of Course I'll Play It, and here it is practically the end of January, and I haven't done a thing yet. Well part of the reason for that is I've been spending just about all of my...

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New Year's Resolutions!
Hello and welcome to the first post of the new year! I thought I'd kick off this year in Blog Posts in classic style - with some new year's resolutions.  Little known fact about me, I love new year's resolutions. I know, most people by now are pretty jaded ...

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Dipping our Devilish Toes into Devilian
That's a lot of alliteration, Al!  For the most part, I'm actually pretty good these days at resisting Hype, with a capital H. Devilian's been bouncing around my social media circles for some time now as it rolled through one beta after a next, and I looked...
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