I think these obligatory New Years posts are fun, and required of all bloggers.Â It’s a rule.
Every year I make resolutions.Â Last year I made a few, and sorta failed miserably.Â I did grow the Keen and Graev Community this year, and made a lot of friends in the process.Â I guess I also stuck with an MMO for at least 4 months (Final Fantasy XIV), but I think that classifies more as hanging on for dear life.Â I didn’t write a whole lot about my ideal MMO, although I did formulate quite a few posts on what MMOs should be thanks to EverQuest Next’s Round Table discussions. Â Â This past year I have learned a great deal about myself as a gamer, and had a lot of fun doing it.
I graduated college with a great job.Â Â I learned how to balance family, games, and work.Â That counts for something, right?
The blog itself has been rock steady.Â We’re writing almost daily and trying to provide a very balanced coverage of games.Â I think for many years we were viewed as an MMO blog when in reality we want to be known more broadly as a ‘Gaming Blog’.Â Given our coverage and the publishers reaching out to us this year I think we can safely say we’re well on our way to achieving that image.
We should all clap it up for Graev who has shown a huuuuge surge in posting this year.Â He brings an amazing complementary viewpoint with his ability to play so many console games and judge them against the game they should be rather than judging them against their competition.Â I enjoy reading his posts and learning about games I normally wouldn’t try if not for his recommendation.Â I can honestly say more readers have come to us from Graev’s posts than mine this year.Â Well done sir.
Readership in general has been average.Â This wasn’t a great year or a bad year for us.Â Last year (2012) was insanely good, and I remember posting about the huge boost in readership.Â When Google Reader was discontinued back in July we saw a 30% decline in visitors.Â Slowly but surely those numbers are going back up as people find other mediums of enjoying our adventures.Â If you don’t know, you can use our RSS feed or find us in places like Feedly — although we always prefer you bookmark us and visit daily!
Coming in 2014 to Keen and Graev’s Gaming Blog
I’m not going to promise any new features or announce anything grand.Â I want to keep this simple.Â Keen and Graev’s Gaming Blog will continue to be the website you can visit to read the honest opinions of real gamers who actually try and play all of a game before writing a review.Â We won’t be the first site to review a game.Â We won’t cover everything.Â But we will continue to improve the quality of our coverage and do our best to give you the best balance of ‘real’ talk out there.Â This includes more on board games, more on console games, and of course our continued MMO coverage.
I am personally going to continue to fight/write for what I believe games should be and point out when I feel the industry is straying off course.Â I’m going to always try and be optimistic to a fault.Â Â There’s enough negativity out there.Â If you’re into negative sarcasm and that sort of things you can find it on another blog.Â I want to find a balance in what I call subjective objectivity.Â I’ll state my opinion on what I believe to be true while remaining positive that things can always change — including my opinion.
Predictions for 2014
These are the oft-silly predictions, and I had my fair share last year to which I will say I actually didn’t do so bad.Â This year I’m not going to make any outlandish predictions.Â I can already tell that 2014 is shaping up to be one of the better years for MMOs.Â I don’t know if we’re going to see the next best MMO, but I do know we are going to have some great choices.Â EverQuest Next Landmark followed by perhaps more information on EQ Next will introduce quite a different way to play MMOs.Â The Elder Scrolls Online will transform a franchise, for better or worse, into something at least worth trying.Â WildStar will likely epitomize the heart and soul of the themepark model, but that’s not always a bad thing.
Perhaps I will make a prediction and a resolution… 2014 will be a ‘fun’ year for games, and I am going to enjoy it.Â We have three great consoles, all bringing something unique to the table with lots of games to buy.Â PC Gaming is back in full swing.Â MMOs are finding new ways to surprise us.Â Yeah, 2014 is going to be a year we can look back on and say, “I’m glad I play games.”Â And we’ll be right here the whole way.
See you all in 2014!Â Let’s make it a great year.