With blogs, it’s important to keep them up to date with new content. That’s a very hard job to do, because most things change all the time. Even immobile things like rocks and Brass Beast Heavies change. At best, a blog ought to have content posted regularly, even if it doesn’t go back and fix things that may have changed and stuff like that. Most blogs have multiple people working on them, delivering content on a semi regular basis. At the SPUF blog, TheSupremeCommander hosts the blog, Aabicus and myself maintain the site in general, iGamr announces new posts and stuff and lots of other people, not all of them SPUF regulars, write articles for us because they are lovely people and they love us.
Alright, Medic, get on with it, what are you going on about? Glad you asked. I’m talking about the fact that the Team Fortress 2 blog hasn’t been updated in ages. And when I say ages, I bloody mean ages. I’m talking more than 3 months ago. At the point of writing, that’s 92 days ago. By the time this is published, it’ll probably be 100 days ago or last year or something.
So you’re asking me, who cares? Lots of people care. Apart from the official wiki and community sites, the Team Fortress 2 website is the main place to get recent information. It’s the FIRST place to get information. As soon as a patch for TF2 is released, information is generally posted on the blog, in the Updates section. If it’s a major update or something important, the Blog section will explain, without going into great detail, so we get the jist of it.
In its current state though, the blog tells us nothing. It gives us old news. Old news is not very good news. It’s like reading last month’s newspaper, or, in this example, a magazine about Christmas shopping in March. While that might not bother brand new players, older players who are kept hooked by regular content get disappointed.
There is one further issue though with an un-updated blog. It makes Team Fortress 2 look dead. It makes it seem that the developers do not currently care about Team Fortress 2, they’ve left it to the dogs and rabid fans, or they’ve given up and have forgotten to open everything up for the community to take over.
Think about it. You hear of a game, you generally go to their website, right? But now, you look at the front page and see it hasn’t been updated in 3 months. You wonder if the game is still active, or whether it gets regular updates or anything. As people say, the first bite is with the eye, and in this case, the eye isn’t happy.
Hopefully, not long after this is published, we’ll get a blog post. Hopefully.