Mini-Posts: New Features for busy days

Phil’s FamilyI’m currently sicker than I have been in many years. I have the constitution of an Ox and a cold is usually only a 24-48 hour thing, but I caught one of those once-per-5 years bug that slays me. Now I’m stuck home for the second day and it sucks because I have trouble concentrating long enough to make cool posts.

But it also gave me an idea.

You see like a lot of 30-something North American adults, I could afford to lose a few pounds (20-25 in my case). I am not very active physically and I have a Type A-ish personality which puts me at risk of Cardiovascular diseases. I have young kids and I have absolutely no wish to have a heart attack anytime soon (I’ll turn 35 in January and I work in a cardiology institute).

So I’ve decided to put the same discipline I’ve put behind the Blog for the past 3 months to my ailing health-related habits. The thing is, taking time to exercise and eat better will invariably eat up one of 3 things: Quality family time, gaming time or blog time. The 1st is out of the question. The second is a lot shorter than before because the 3rd ate it all up. So I will have to spend less time on the blog.

So I’ve started going to the Gym on Tuesday and Thursday nights and occasionally on Sunday mornings (for about 2 hours, transport and shower included). I’ve been doing it pretty faithfully for the last 2 weeks and still managed to either post on the blog or edit and post one of PM’s or Yan’s posts.

The thing is, it’s starting to become a strain. Now I know I do not HAVE to post every day, but it’s a good routine for me. It’s a good mental exercise that I find as important as the physical one. Plus, this blogging thing has become a motivation by itself with the comments and rising readership (around 80-100 uniques per day).

So what I propose to do is to have the Tuesday and Thursday night posts be mini-posts! A short (according to my standards) 500 words or less post on either Fluff, Crunch or Trope stuff. They’ll be categorized accordingly. This will make for lighter reading on days where I usually see a drop in readership (I have 2 spikes: Mondays and Thursdays and a significant drop on Wednesdays and Fridays). I can write and review a 500-word article in less than an hour, I write Standard Operating Procedures for a living. :)

Just to start things… I’ll post up 2 example posts later today. One on DM Fingerprints (Fluff) and one on a proposed new model for D&D Golem magic immunities (Crunch). I’d appreciate comments and feedback on the format. Is it interesting? Is it okay in length? Is it filler-drivel? Am I being a neurotic wreck? You tell me! :)

Comments

  1. Sounds like a good plan, man.

    I need to get focused on the health stuff, myself. There’s a 24-hour gym that just opened up across the street, so it’s not like I have a good excuse any more.

    Except at exam time, of course. :P

  2. Is it interesting? Is it okay in length? Is it filler-drivel? Am I being a neurotic wreck? You tell me!

    1. Yes it is interesting.
    2. Its an ok length.
    3. It is not filler drivel (See answer 1)
    4. Yes you are ;-) Relax your doing fine.

  3. Thanks Ronin… :)

    I Edited your comment for the typo you mentionned. Unfortunately, I don’t yet know if and how comments can be edited by their authors

  4. # Ronin Says:
    November 15th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Is it interesting? Is it okay in length? Is it filler-drivel? Am I being a neurotic wreck? You tell me!

    1. Yes it is interesting.
    2. Its an ok length.
    3. It is not filler drivel (See answer 1)
    4. Yes you are ;-) Relax your doing fine.

    QFT :)

  5. I like both of the examples– they work perfectly well, and are bite sized as advertised. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the kind feedback guys. Formula adopted!