Yo! It’s time for my semi occasional update on what’s going on with the site. By doing this, I can skip the updates in the long, rambling intros at the start of the upcoming four articles for October.
Upcoming for October
If you don’t give a s$&% about the backend work and future plans, I’m just going to give you the meat right up front so you can skip the rest of this. Here’s what to expect in October. The reasons are all outlined below.
Actual updates to the site will be minimal for October. There will be four feature articles posted on the next four Mondays that will consist of answers to Ask Angry E-Mails or articles inspired by Ask Angry E-Mails. They will still be long, well-written, useful articles. I don’t know how to do anything else. But they will be based on random topics people are asking me about. The series on NPCs will pick up in November. Word of the Week will continue to show up every Friday as it has done. That isn’t going anywhere.
The reason for this is that I’m actually focusing a lot of my resources on producing the content for November (see Operation Catch the F$&% Up below if you care).
In November, I will be reverting to my normal schedule of Megadungeon Monday, Feature Wednesday, and Word of the Week Friday. As time allows, I will drop extra Ask Angry articles as bonus content on Tuesdays or Thursdays, but they will be shorter articles. Longer Ask Angry articles will also find their way occasionally into the Wednesday feature.
And that’s what to expect. Honestly, it’s basically what I’ve been doing the last couple of months, but with a more reliable day attached to the upcoming features (Monday).
Operation Catch the F$&% Up
As I noted in my long, rambling intro a couple of weeks ago, I’ve fallen behind on a number of promises I made – for a variety of reasonable reasons related to the general hardships of life – and that I’ve given myself until the end of October to catch up and make good on those and to adopt a better workflow for the site. I’ve got a series of benchmarks I have to hit by October 31. If I can’t hit them, I need to reconsider whether I can be in this business as a business. Sound familiar? Cool.
The benchmarks fall into three broad categories: developing a better workflow with a lead on future articles, making good on Patreon promises, and repairing some of the busted bits of my backend admin and processing. And honestly, that s$&% is going quite well.
Workflow, Lead, and Editing
First of all, the reason I’m focusing on producing content for November and keeping the schedule light in October is because – in addition to ensuring quality content posting ON TIME – it will allow my new editor to actually proofread and edit my work. Yes, I’ve got a new person joining my team to help me edit my posts and to moderate and administer the site. But, for that to work, I have to get ahead on the current workload. As it stands, I’m already producing the new Megadungeon and Feature content for November so that I’ve got a strong lead going into the month. That will also help provide a cushion against emergency life events and ensure you’re never without an Angry Feature. I’m also hoping I can bring Big Jon Mosely back for more custom article art. That ALSO requires some lead time.
First of all, you may have noticed my Patron Thank You page is already up and running again. Check it out. And if you should be listed and you aren’t listed, e-mail me at TheAngryGameMaster@gmail.com with the word “PATREON” in the subject line to let me know so I can correct it.
Second of all, the Google Drive Secret Stash is back online and should now be accessible to all Frienemy level supporters. New content will start appearing in there within the next few weeks and two or three new items will appear every month going forward. If you feel you should have access to the Secret Stash and don’t, please e-mail me at TheAngryGameMaster@gmail.com with the word “PATREON” in the subject line to let me know so I can correct it.
Third of all, the “How to Even D&D Podcast” is currently off the table as a stretch goal. I am going to explore that project again once I feel I’ve gotten sufficiently caught up on everything else. At that time, I will discuss the possibility with a partner who can edit and produce the podcast.
Fourth of all, I will be contacting supporters at the Victim level in the next two weeks to discuss the possibility of opening up some online games. I want to run games. People want to play games. And I’ve got a pretty cool idea for how to make that happen. That is also part of the October 31 goal.
Backend and Admin
Honestly, there isn’t much more that’s interesting to be said here. I’m bringing on a partner to help administrate the site and I’ve gotten a much better workflow in place for moderating comments, dealing with Patreon, posting links, and maintaining things like the Thank You Page and the Secret Stash.
Here to Stay
I think it’s safe to say that, despite my doom and gloom predictions, I’m probably here to stay. And, honestly, even if I can’t manage to tick off all of the goals on my list, the site probably won’t go away completely. The thing is, I love doing this. And, now that it looks like I’ll also have some real games running both online and in real life, it’ll be easier to maintain the drive. That said, if I discover I can’t keep up with all of my promises, then I will make good on my word. I will stop accepting Patreon support, go back to full time work in the accounting field, and keep this as a hobby the way it always was. Granted, that will curtail future publishing plans. But, honestly, if I can’t make a website work, I probably can’t get an actual product published anyway. So I’m just saving myself from some failure.
That said, once again, I want to thank everyone for their enthusiastic emotional and financial support. You guys truly make this worth doing every day. And it is because of my amazing, dedicated fan base that I want to be the very best, like no GM ever was. To make this site, number one. To make great GMing my cause.
Or whatever. You know. I’m not really into f$&%ing Yu-Gi-Oh! Or whatever.