We’ve left 2021 in the dust! Last year, I stated that I suspected 2021 would be better than 2020. I’m not sure it was – it certainly wasn’t for me. So I’m not going to make a prediction about where this year is going to go.
If you’ve followed this blog at all, you’ve noticed that I went fairly dark in July. I stopped posting as regularly, and it’s pretty much been all reviews since the end of July, with a few other posts sprinkled in here and there. I was expecting it to happen – I even mentioned it in my 2020 anniversary post. I didn’t expect it to hit so hard, and probably the only thing that kept the blog alive was the big pile of review games I had to dig through. My apologies to the publishers for my lack of timeliness in getting those out – I really needed to step back a bit, and I couldn’t predict when the burnout would hit.
I have never wanted this blog to die. I still like doing it. But 2022 is going to be a watershed year for Boards and Bees. If I can’t revive my interest in writing it, then I am going to stop. I won’t leave you hanging – if I’m done, I’ll let you know. It’s not going to be one of those blogs that lies dormant for a couple of years, and then I pop back in to say “We’re starting up again! Look for all this great content coming up!” before disappearing forever.
So, here’s what I’m going to do. There are no more deadlines for me. In the past, I had The Eleven, which I always posted at 11:11 on the 11th of each month. I also had the Kickstarter Blitz, which I posted the last Friday of each month. There were times the night before each one that I was scrambling to put something together, and it caused a lot of unnecessary stress for a blog I’m not getting paid to write. I thought about bringing The Eleven back for this year, but I’m not going to do it. I don’t need the pressure. That’s not to say that I won’t do any lists – I happen to like putting those together. I do plan on continuing my Games I Haven’t Played series, but those will pop up only sporadically. This lack of deadlines also means that I’m not going to be posting as much. In my heyday, I was posting twice and sometimes three times a week. This year, I’m going to try to post once a week, and won’t rule out posting twice if I’m feeling inspired. But there may be weeks where I don’t post, and I’m going to be OK with that.
One thing I’ve decided that I really want to do with this blog is to amplify other voices. I really want to make an effort to seek out other content and feature it here. This blog has always just been written by me, and I’m not planning on adding contributors right now. But I want to find some interesting topics and write about them here. Kind of like a reaction video minus the video.
I also want to go back and do some deeper analyses on games I may have talked about in the past. Some of my favorites are just languishing on the shelf, and I want to go back and explore them, really get into why I like them so much. As a result, I don’t plan on talking about the new hotness as much. I’m sure I’ll still do my annual Spiel des Jahres exploration, and I may talk about new and upcoming games here and there. I’ll also still plan to do reviews for anyone who wants to send me stuff. But I might be talking about a lot more old games. This blog was really founded on talking about the newest releases, but I’m ready to move on from that.
So, there you go. This is my plan. The TL:DR is that I am going to post what I want to post, and not stress myself out in putting stuff together.
Traditionally, this anticipation post is here to look at games there are coming up. But honestly, I haven’t been paying attention, and I very rarely get to play the games I talk about anyway – once I again, I played zero of the games I mentioned. So, I’ll just say that I look forward to playing games in 2022. I look forward to being around people and playing. And if this pandemic keeps going because people are going to continue being idiots, then I look forward to playing stuff more with my family.
Here’s to a better year. Thank you so much for joining me!