I figure it’s as good of time as any to post a general update to what all is going on with the Tabletop joab blog.
Continuing the Hustle
Today marks the official halfway point of the personal challenge that I gave myself when launching this site.
The goal: 90 AWESOME and helpful articles in 90 days.
So far, so good. It’s definitely intense, but I wanted to go ahead and get tons of content on the site for you to enjoy.
But getting a bunch of content up is really only half of the reason I’m doing a 90 Day Content Hustle…
I think it’s harder than most people think to be a content creator. Providing awesome value to a growing audience and building a type of community around something that you enjoy is fun but it’s also very hard work!
With 2020 being the dumpster fire that it has been, I decided to go all in on making D&D content so I could still feel connected to others. With all of the quarantining in this pandemic, being able to still connect with friends by playing D&D almost certainly saved me from going crazy.
So the site is starting to pick up more traffic from search and I’m excited to see where it all goes from here. For being halfway through the Content Hustle, I’m pretty happy with how things are gong so far.
I’ve got some really awesome stuff planned for Tabletop Joab following this 90 day Content Hustle. I had originally thought that I could do more at once, but I felt that it negatively affected the quality of my posts. So I don’t plan on many of these things happening before the end of the Hustle.
It’s not impossible, but we’ll have to see.
After the 90th article is published here on Tabletop Joab, I’m going to pull back the upload schedule. It will probably go down to 1 post per week while I begin getting the Youtube channel up and rolling. Once I hit a flow and get more comfortable with what I’m doing on Youtube, I’ll definitely be looking at bumping the content schedule to at least 2 a week.
Of course, I’ll be starting the Youtube channel in the same way I started this blog: a daily content hustle.
I’m pretty sure it’s crazy since I’m only one person who is going to be trying to do all of this on their own with no prior experience with video editing, but we’ll see what happens by just diving into the deep end.
Of everything I have planned for the future, I’m most excited for the Youtube channel though.
I am 100% not comfortable with being on camera, but I figure that’s what the 90 day hustle is about: making myself uncomfortable so that I can learn new skills and be a better content creator so that I can better help other people with their D&D games.
I’ve already got the test prints in for the merch I have planned and all I can say is “WOW!”
They turned out even better than I expected!
Merch is pretty exciting to me, but I’m wanting to keep it pretty streamlined for now. All in all, being able to sell merch is both how I can continue to grow Tabletop Joab as well as support the INCREDIBLE artists that have been helping me with these designs.
This will likely happen before the end of the 90 day content hustle!
So I’ve got this notebook full of modules I’ve designed that I can’t wait to share with you all.
Right now, it’s just finding the time between writing content for this blog, keeping up with school, and getting what work I can seems pretty impossible. So I’ve pretty well accepted that I will start looking at building these modules after the Content Hustle, but possibly work on one between the blog and YouTube hustles.
My goals for each module is that any of them will last at least a few sessions, but I may also do some one-offs. The ones I’m most excited to make are absolutely huge and should take a weekly gaming group around 7 months to a year to complete.
Of course, these also take a colossal amount of time for just a single person to design. I’ll be wanting these to look clean and well-organized while I’ll also be continuing to partner with my new artist friends to help bring these adventures to life.
A friend in one of my weekly gaming groups recently picked up Dungeondraft and has been saying how awesome it is. I’m very strongly considering picking it up once I scrape up the cash. It will be very nice to also be able to include integrations for Roll20 so that both online and in-person groups can benefit from it!
Being More Social
I haven’t had the brainpower to really delve into social media at this stage of the game.
Since I’m so focused on trying to grow the content on this site, social media feels like more of a time-sink than anything right now.
I did make a Twitter and Instagram, though I haven’t posted… well… anything on there yet. I have mixed feelings about Twitter, but I feel like Instagram will be most useful once I start making videos.
I have been pretty active on the Tabletop Joab Facebook Page though. There’s been some steady growth and some good interactions on there. I’ve already had requests for content through the Facebook page, which is honestly pretty exciting. At the end of the day, I’m making this content for all of you, so I definitely appreciate requests and comments!
After all of the Holiday craziness, I plan on being more social on social media. So if you haven’t followed the Facebook page yet, that’s the best place to start!
I think it will be really cool to reach out with a weekly newsletter.
By the end of this first 90 day hustle, I’m planning on starting to send out a weekly newsletter with general updates about the blog, D&D, and just related things in general.
You’ll want to make sure that you get signed up for the newsletter so that you don’t miss anything.
I’ve come to really love Discord and think it would be fun to start a Tabletop Joab one.
This may even be something for WAY down the road, but we’ll have to see. I feel like if it grows too slow, it will be awkward for people in the meantime. If it grows too fast, there’s no way I can be active in it while working on my current projects.
I definitely want to do this, but I don’t think the time is quite right.
The Joab Facebook Group is in a similar situation to the Discord channel. I really don’t know about it right now, but definitely down the line!
I’ve seen some groups that are just so incredibly supportive and fun which makes me excited for a Tabletop Joab group. Going forward, I would definitely see that and Discord as a fun way to just casually hang out.
My goal in launching this site was to focus 100% on the content.
I’m no web designer, but I have had a lot fun learning how to do things! Sometimes that fun came in the form of smashing my head into the keyboard, but, you know, fun.
I have a major tendency to be a bit of a perfectionist, but that would make it hard to actually post good content if I’m also bogged down in the website design.
I’m reasonably happy with the current, minimalist style but there’s definitely stuff that I want to fix soon. That said, definitely let me know any suggestions for the website design! I want to keep it as content-forward as possible, which I think has made it easier to navigate in the meantime. It’s those finer details that still irk me from time to time.
So that’s pretty much that. I felt that being midway through this content hustle deserved an update.
I really see Tabletop Joab becoming a fun community with a lot of engaging and informative content. D&D has been what’s gotten me through the craziness of 2020, so I’m looking forward to seeing where all of this goes. Meeting new people who are also fans of the game is exciting to me and I’m so filled with anticipation for seeing how all of this grows.
But I guess that’s pretty much it for now.
Tomorrow we’re resuming the last half of our 90 Day Content Hustle!
In the meantime, feel free to catch up on our previous articles like this one on the Best Adventures for New Players!