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The Chindividual celebrates…with presents!

"Baby Chin" by KrazeeLadee

“Baby Chin” by KrazeeLadee

Well, today’s the day: The Chindividual is officially one year young! I’ve looked back on the first 365 days of the blog’s existence in previous posts, so there’s not much left to say. However, I want to use the chance to thank each and everyone of you for visiting over and over again. I want to thank you for every tweet heading my way, for every comment left and for the simple fact that you deem this place worthy of your time. I hope that I can keep you interested in the coming years and that your numbers will grow and grow.

With that being said…I promised you a giveaway, didn’t I? Well, though people usually get presents on their birthdays, I decided to give you guys and gals the chance to win something! What is that something? Two freaking Steam keys for the awesome game Starbound! Two people can win each one of these keys, and here’s how:

  • Make sure to follow me on Twitter
  • Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to see in the coming year on this blog. Be honest, and don’t forget to include your Twitter handle!
  • Pray and hope you win one of those keys.

The contest runs until Wednesday, 18 December 2013 23:00 GMT+1. I will announce the (randomly chosen) winners shortly after. If you want more information about Starbound, check out the official page and / or my short review of the game.

Again, thanks for making this an awesome first year. Grab some imaginary pie, enter the contest and make sure to come back. I really, really appreciate it!

Signed,

Chin

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The Chindividual celebrates: my favorite posts of 2013

Tomorrow, this blog turns one. I’ve already started the celebrations for that in two previous posts, but before we kick off the festivities with a little giveaway come tomorrow, I’d like to take one last chance to look back on my favorite posts from the past year. Since the launch of this blog, I’ve publicized almost 200 posts of varying quality. Of course, I’m not the person to judge how good my own creations are, but I do have the right to have favorites. These favorites are the articles I’ve enjoyed writing because of their topic or content. I narrowed the list down to three, so here are my top three favorite posts of The Chindividual’s first year!

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The Chindividual celebrates: a few numbers

Gosh, it’s been a rough week at work so far, but one of the things that keeps me running is the fact that this blog will be one year old come Sunday! Since I can’t share cake, beer and pizza with you through the Internet, I’ll be sharing some cool prizes with you instead. What are those prizes? Well, I won’t tell you just yet, but you’ll be bound to enjoy them!

This post, however, will be about numbers. Ever since starting this blog, I’ve always asked myself how you can measure the success of your posts through numbers. Eventually, I learned that paying too much attention to those numbers only gets you worried about nothing. I’m not trying to feed me and my loved ones with this site, so why worry about how many people drop by? Still, I find the numbers interesting to look at, and I would like to share a few of them with you. Maybe you can compare them to your own, maybe you get scared by them because algebra traumatized you, or maybe you just see them as a veiled bragging attempt. You decide.

  • In the past year, The Chindividual has been viewed 9.101 times. That’s no unique hits. I know there are sites out there that get those views within hours, but I’m still proud to attract so many hits.
  • The vast majority of those hits come from the USA (4.232), followed by the United Kingdom (805), Canada (497) and my home country the Netherlands (462). Even combined, the hits from European countries can’t beat the Americans. Thanks for all the love, visitors from the other side of the Great Pond!
  • Most visitors dropped by in October (1.149), probably due to the awesome powers of the Newbie Blogger Initiative.
  • The most read posts of the first year are “How Jaime Lannister got on my good side” (763), “Why Dungeon World fascinates me” (267) and “Geek Jitsu – how I roll” (252). However, most hits still go to the homepage in general.
  • Finally, I was able to garner 168 followers on WordPress and 100 on Twitter.

These might be small numbers for some, but they are really big ones for me. Thanks for supporting me, and let’s hope these numbers are even bigger next year!

 

The Chindividual celebrates, and you are invited!

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“Cake” by tribute27

You know the old saying: time flies when you’re having fun? Well, it seems that time flies superfast when you’re having fun and blog about it. I just double-checked it, but coming Sunday, this blog will celebrate its very first birthday! Bring out the candles and cake, ’cause we’re gonna celebrate that!

On 15 December 2012, it all started with this post about The Secret World. Since then, I wrote about living healthy as a geek, bringing TSW to my favorite tabletop RPG, falling in and out of love with World of Warcraft and many, many other things. Along the ride, I’ve met a ton of amazing fellow bloggers, learned about perseverance by trying to keep the posts coming and evolved my writing style (at least I think I did). In other words: I’ve had a heck of a lot of fun so far.

In order to express my excitement about the upcoming birthday of this blog, I’m inviting you to come celebrate with me. If you’ve been visiting my blog regularly over the past year (or even just the past weeks or days), what has brought you to this part of the Internet? Which post made you think “wow, I should pay some attention to this dude”? What kind of stuff do you never ever want to see again on this blog, and what do you want me to write more about? I don’t expect any birthday cards and envelops with cash (though those are appreciated), but your honest feedback!

Of course, I’ll be putting up a post about my personal favorite posts of 2013 later this week, and you’ll also be able to win something on this blog’s birthday. What exactly? Well, I won’t tell, but it will surely be something that will keep you occupied during these cold winter nights.

Well, looking forward to all of you to join the festivities. Thanks for visiting!