My purpose in blogging is to indulge myself. I love board gaming, I’m deeply interested in history, and here I get to explore both of them in the most interesting ways. So when I started out, blogging was mostly a solitary experiment for me. And then other people came along, and with them a form of appreciation I’d never imagined.
No matter if you’ve commented on my blog, interacted with me on Twitter, or reached out in any other way – it’s amazing, and it keeps me going to know that every once in a while a post of mine got someone fascinated with a new historical topic or game.
Now, almost four years into the creation of this blog, I’ve gotten another form of appreciation: Feedspot has included it in their list of the Top 100 Board Game Blogs and ranked it a whopping #20!
Thanks to Feedspot for selecting Clio’s Board Games! And to everyone else, have a look at the list. There are some pretty great blogs on there, and I found out about at least one new blog that I follow now.
2020 is all but over! (Cheers erupt everywhere.) It was the third full year of my blog. The blog keeps growing: While my number of posts is almost exactly what it was in 2019, both the number of visitors and views have markedly increased. Unsurprisingly, most of my visitors come from the United States (almost 45%), but there are many other (mostly English-speaking and/or European) countries in which the blog does well – adjusting for population, Clio’s Board Games is very popular in Canada and Sweden (I guess the people in the often dark and cold north know the pleasures of board gaming and blog reading). Some countries whose visitor counts have increased markedly are Spain, France, Brazil, and Japan. Hello everybody new! I hope you enjoy reading this blog.
I certainly enjoy writing it. And so, to top off my review of the year, here are the six posts which I think represent the most interesting this blog had to offer in 2020:
Today, we come to the blog itself. It’s been a very good year for the blog – I posted 48 times (up by 9 in comparison to 2018) and doubled the number of hits and visitors.
The blog had visitors from 122 different countries and dependencies this year. Unsurprisingly, most (around 40%) of them come from the United States as the biggest English-speaking country, with the UK, Canada, and Australia accounting for another 20%. I’m always a bit surprised to see the blog doing well in countries where I don’t know a single subscriber (but of course, I cannot know everyone personally who stumbles over this blog) – so whoever you are who reads this blog in Sweden, Portugal, South Africa, Hong Kong (among many others) – thanks for stepping by! Leave me a comment. I’d like to get to know you!
Dear readers, thank you for your interest! I hope you had a delightful and possibly even educational time. I certainly had fun writing these posts. And here are the three projects which I regard as my finest achievements this year:
Friends of history, board games, and history in board games! Welcome to my first-ever giveaway. You have the chance to win Twilight Squabble (David J. Mortimer, Alderac). Twilight Squabble is a quick game (10min) of the global power struggle, the space race and the threat of nuclear devastation during the Cold War for two players.
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normally you’d get a regular blog post on this Sunday. This is not such a post.
I’ve taken up some additional responsibilites at work while still finishing my M.A. thesis. Unsurprisingly, all of this takes time, and I haven’t figured out yet how to steal some hours from the past to which my studies are dedicated. So, sacrifices must be made.
Therefore, I’ll only post biweekly until further notice. Next Sunday, you’ll find a fresh new blog post ready to amuse and educate you. Thank you all for reading!