I Made a Lot of Internal Changes This Month
First, I changed my Wordpress theme. I am no longer using the Splash theme I bought. I somewhat regret buying the theme. Too late for that now, I suppose. At least the theme helped me get my website going.
Now I am not using the Hello theme. This theme is much lighter, so everything should load faster. I am making my web pages with Elementor now.
I Am No Longer Using the Review Plugin
I am also no longer using the review plugin, and I regret buying this plugin. First, nobody wrote a review of any games. I am not sure if that is because nobody wanted to or if the plugin did not work. Either way, it did not add anything meaningful to my blog.
I still will rank games based on certain criteria. But I think I will only display the final rating with the star mascot pictures. The fact is I can convey my message just fine without needing a plugin to do it.
Second, this plugin forced me to write with a custom WordPress post format. I did not like this, and it felt very weird. It forced me to use the older WordPress editor. I like using the Guttenberg editor now. The older Wordpress editor feels strange to use now.
I am now writing every post with Guttenberg, and this feels like an improvement. I converted all my current reviews with a plugin, and now everything is the same format. As a user, not much will look different, I suppose. But it means a lot to me.
No More Comments
This one might also be a controversial decision. I have decided my blog is to be comment free. Why?
If people want to talk about my posts or my blog, they have ways. I might create a group or community if I ever feel like it will be worth it. Right now, I feel like I am not losing anything by enforcing silence. Not like people had much to say, to begin with.
I Deleted All Registered Users
I have decided that there is no real reason to register for my blog. You will not get anything out of it. I don’t want people to give me their emails for no reason. Holding personal information like this complicates things for me.
So I deleted all registered users, and I am now blocking new registrations. Again there was no real reason to do it. If I do decide to create a newsletter, I will let my users know in the future.
I Am Now Using Cloudflare as My CDN
If you somehow are still reading this, then I am happy to let you know I am now using the Cloudflare CDN. I have heard a lot of good things about it. I am hoping this will speed things up for my readers.
I Moved All My Poker Posts to OnlinePokerFox
There is another major thing I did with this blog this month. I moved every poker related post of this blog to my new blog. OnlinePokerFox. I am now using the power of 301 redirects to move people who click links to one of these now-deleted pages. They will instead visit my new website.
I have a lot planned with this new blog. I love writing about poker, and I want to make many poker-related posts. Moving this content allows for me to focus on video game-related things on AndroidGamingFox.
I also was getting some real gambling-related offers that I don’t want to be mixed in with my gaming posts. I will accept such offers on my new website, though.
I Did Not Publish Any Posts This Month
I did not write a single post this month other than this one. Most of my time was spent writing content for my HubPages profile. I also began work on making my new blog and transferring over the content.
Turn Based Lovers Guest Post
Turn Based Lovers is a review website like mine, and I asked the website owner for an opportunity to write a guest post. Everything worked out as planned. Here is the link to the review. I reviewed Slay the Spire as this is one of my favorite Steam games.
What Is the Future of This Blog
I Am Going to Review Every Game on My Phone
I promised last month I was going to start a project to review every game currently installed on my phone. I still plan on completing this project. I am going to start working on it in August 2019.
The Indie Boost Platform
I have signed up with a platform called Indie Boost. I have not used this platform for anything so far. But in the future, I plan on using to review Android games. Before I start doing this kind of content, I need to get better at making videos.
That is also something I have planned for in the future. I need to stop being shy and make video content. I think this is future of video game reviews and I don’t want to be left behind. I will ideally make video content and written content.