It’s been about 3 months since my PAD hiatus and I haven’t felt any desire to play or blog. Quite frankly, none of the new content has interested me at all, NA or JP. So it’s time to make what everyone already knew official: the blog is now dead. I will no longer make JP tier list posts, either. Thanks to all who supported me!
Update: Thanks for all the kind words everyone!
The blog is being flooded with spam so I’m disabling anonymous comments. I’ll be looking to reenable them ASAP. I’ll post any updates here.
5/15: Enabled anonymous comments again yesterday. Haven’t seen any spam so hopefully I can continue to keep comments open.
As was likely obvious due to the lack of posting lately, I haven’t been playing much PAD. Since this directly affects this blog, I felt I should address what this means going forward.
Well, it’s pretty simple. The blog will be on indefinite hiatus. I’ll still likely make the weekly aggregate leader list posts, but if it becomes too annoying to maintain I might drop that, too. Commentary will almost certainly cease as my knowledge of the meta expires.
I’m back from winter break. What does that mean for the site going forward?
Last year was a transition away from daily blogging, but I may have actually put more overall hours into the site. Making quality posts takes quite a bit of work, but it’s much more rewarding than making several garbage posts over the week. I want to continue this into 2017. This means post frequency will remain roughly the same and about the same topic (REM reviews, godfest help, JP tiers). I’ll also try to mix in quick thought posts here and there, but mainly only in reaction to be JP stream reveals.
Garbage posting will be made on Twitter. The previous couple months were a trial period and I like it enough to continue with it. Don’t expect anything of great value.
I think the JP Aggregate Tier List has be largely successful; at least from my point of view as far as time efficiency. This is because of the upfront investment I made in automating as much of the process as possible. I intend to put more work into the back end this year to hopefully save time in the future. This will be a big reason why I’m not expanding my post repertoire, but if I get some of these improvements done they’ll hopefully save enough time so I can make more content.
On the topic of the JP List, it’s been close to a year since I started it and it’s time to expand the lists included in the aggregate. The more sites, there will be less movement, but it’ll be more meaningful when it does happen. I’ve long wanted to include Altema, from when I first coded the scraping script, but their original list was a ranking list and was difficult to integrate with the tier lists. They’ve now switched to a tier format and look to be updating frequently, so expect them with the next update. I’m also looking at sites like KamiGame and Sqool. If anyone has any other recommendations (or objections to the new sites) I’m all ears.
Anyways, Happy New Year! Hopefully it’s a good one for PAD, too.
I’m on vacation for the rest of the month. Bleach threw a wrench in my plans of doing nothing the rest of the year, but I’ll try my best to get the review out before the event starts. Hopefully things will return to normal early next month.
I want to thank everyone that reads and especially those who comment. I would’ve quit the blog long ago if not for you. Happy Holidays!
In a way, my posting has already been limited for a while, but with a deadline coming up at work and the holidays following closely after (and Civ6 being recently released) I won’t be able to give the blog much attention even if I wanted to. This is my plan for my regular post series for the rest of the year:
Rank 900 is an arbitrary milestone in PAD — the only real reward being the extra team slot — but it’s still important to me as an indicator of how much I’ve played. As someone that took a somewhat irrational pride in never grinding solely for rank, it’s somewhat fitting that I got the last rank in the dungeon best known for rank grinding in SUDR (although I do need the skill ups from there :^). It’s also fitting that it was done via co-op, something I was reluctant to embrace initially. However, I wanted to quickly hit 900 so I could put it behind me and give some things non-PAD to have a higher priority in my life, at least in the short term.
How this will affect my blogging, I’m not sure. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the post rate has gone down as of late, but most of that was due to the rank 900 grind. I theoretically have more time to write now as I want to lower my PAD play time, but I’m not sure what form that will take, if any. I’ve been thinking about it a lot the past couple of days, but I haven’t been able to reach an answer. I do have a few ideas for new post series, though.