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Leady247 – February Round-Up

I’m writing this round-up having just got home from Wembley. Yes, Arsenal managed to lose the Carling Cup final. Not too much to say about that really: the pressure showed, our players looked nervous and ponderous when the chips were down and they just HAD to win. Maybe this Arsenal team’s best chance of silverware is the league where there isn’t that one-off big game pressure?

Gutted for both these guys today. 'Put too much pressure on themselves maybe?

Carling Cup aside it’s been a great month for me personally. My girlfriend has moved in and we are getting used to living together – so far it’s been 100% awesome. Over the next few months we will be getting some new furniture and slowly re-decorating.

Blog-wise we managed to have our record traffic month which is great news as due to the move I have been a little time-poor and haven’t posted since Feb 13th. I will definitely pick-up, post more in March and try to set a new traffic record. Another cool development is that Matt from God-Like Blog will be helping me with editing and writing going forward – this should allow things to become a lot more prolific.

What I really enjoy is interviewing gamers about their specialist subjects. When you talk to people that have invested massive amounts of time into their favourite series you always get some great insights. Personally, I find these types of accounts more valuable than reviews written by ‘all-rounder’ games journalists – some game series (like Musou) are slow-burners and take time to get into. Often professional reviewers don’t have the time or resources to devote themselves and work towards the goodness.

silvertongue's art-book collection was one of the most clicked images on the blog this month

I posted two Musou to Me interviews in Feb. I thought these were interesting as we can see some of the contrasting ways people enjoy Musou games. Ranger Ryu looked at things from a Tactical Action standpoint with DW3 as its ultimate expression. silvertongue was more of a Character Action fan with the content rich DW5 as his favourite.

Everyone I interview for Musou to Me has a lot to say about DW7 - just a few weeks to wait now!

Feb was also the month that my What makes a Musou? series made it into print. That was very satisfying.

On the beer side of things – I found a new-to-the-UK Blue Chimay in Leyton ASDA which I was very fond of – unfortunately it’s not available in any of the supermarkets near me yet.

I also discussed the Duvel glass I received for Xmas. Some people responded to the pictures I took for this article by saying that Leady247 doesn’t know how to pour a beer! Hopefully they got a chance to read the article and see the error of their ways by now….

Mans got some front trying to tell Leady247 he doesn't know how to pour a Duvel!

I didn’t have any February Star Wars updates but I shall be putting that right next month.

Arsenal-wise there was also a brief celebratory post after our glorious win over Barcelona – time will tell wether that result will have any long term benefit now.

Next month I am planning to post another two Musou to Me interviews. The first will be based on an interview I did with Jas Marwaha while I attended Midlands Expo. This one is going to be very in-depth – I couldn’t shut him up basically. The second interview will be with a mystery guest.

I am also going to try everything to finish my third What makes a Musou? article – this will be looking into the concepts behind Character Action.

I’ve not really decided where to take the Beer section next but I have some VB in the fridge waiting to be blogged.

Definitely need to post about these little beauties ^^

On the Star Wars side I will post some pictures of my Jawa and Droid collection and once I have finished watching Season 3 I’m planning a run-down of my favourite (and least favourite) Clone Wars episodes.

If I manage to get the game I’ll also post up some impressions of Lego Star Wars III. I was really looking forward to this game but having played the PS3 demo I have a bad feeling that Travellers Tales may have over-egged the gameplay pudding…so it should be interesting to see how it turns out.

Also, I have one more achievement to get in Plants vs Zombies HD – once I get that I’ll try and get a review up (it’s a 10/10 guaranteed but I still want to write it).

Leady247 ^^

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 50 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 2nd with 249 views. The most popular post that day was What makes a Musou? – Part 1 (Introduction).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, inspchin.wordpress.com, refzip.com, and touch.facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for achilles dead in troy, gundam musou 3, leady247, leady 247, and war elephant games.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

What makes a Musou? – Part 1 (Introduction) December 2010
14 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

WARRIORS: LEGENDS OF TROY – MCM MEMORABILIA NOV ’10 ACHILLES COMBAT DEMO IMPRESSIONS November 2010
4 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

3

Musou to Me part 1 – The Gischie Interview December 2010
11 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

4

WARRIORS: LEGENDS OF TROY – MCM MEMORABILIA NOV ’10 ACHILLES COMBOS November 2010
2 comments

5

Leady247 Gamer Interviews! – Tumbledrop with Gischie December 2010
4 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,