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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The first million is always the hardest

Congratulations to the Castalia House team, as the site passed one million Wordpress pageviews earlier today. Jeffro has done a phenomenal job of assembling a crack team of diverse bloggers, who focus on everything from pulp SF to wargames.

Today, for example, Morgan tears the corpse of the execrable Damon Knight, the founder of SFWA, a new one for his shamelessly hateful reviews, while yesterday Rawle Nyanzi defended backstories from the assault of fellow Castalia blogger Jasyn Jones, who shared his vision of a world ruled by the Pulp Revolution.

And that's just this weekend! We have not even begun to touch upon Blog Editor Jeffro Johnson's response to critics who seek moderation in the SF/F cultural war, Nathan's review of Yoshiki Tanaka's Legend of the Galactic Heroes, or Brian Renninger's exploration of a naval Napoleonic role-playing game from 1978.

Excellence in esotericism could well be the motto. Either way, if you're not reading it regularly yet and you have even a modicum of interest in SF/F, I can assure you, you're missing out. I suspect the second million will arrive rather more quickly.


UPDATE: As per a reader's suggestion, we have moved the blog to the main page in order to make it easier to find on the site. If you maintain a regular link to the blog, you should adjust the URL accordingly.

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31 Comments:

Blogger maniacprovost February 26, 2017 12:06 PM  

The blog needs to be the starting page, not the last tab after such sundries as "authors" and "nonfiction". I guarantee that new visitors will either not notice it, or assume it's a once-in-two-months press release page.

Y'all always talk about how social media presence drives new book sales. Put that into practice on your website.

Blogger SteelPalm February 26, 2017 12:19 PM  

It is a crack team indeed; I have been consistently impressed by the level of knowledge Castalia House bloggers have of the subject matter, and their interesting, deep insight thereof.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 26, 2017 12:37 PM  

It does a good job of making nerds seem human. In truth only you guys have a chance at that, the blue sci-fi nerds hate themselves and humanity

Blogger Dave February 26, 2017 12:46 PM  

Blue? Don't you mean pink?

Anonymous Iacobus February 26, 2017 12:46 PM  

"The Color Out of Space" is one of my favorite short stories, ever. Sounds like all Mr. Knight had was sour grapes.

Blogger DeploraBard February 26, 2017 1:00 PM  

Good for you guys.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 26, 2017 1:11 PM  

Sorry about the mix up on Blue versus Pink sci-fi it's my sinus meds and bad childhood causing my error. Anyway the white shitlibs and their colored doppelganger are a hot mess in the brain department only conservatives are stupid enough to take them seriously

Blogger Durandel Almiras February 26, 2017 1:31 PM  

Really have been enjoying it this past month.

Now to get a team to do something similar with DevGame.

By the way Vox, between Castalia and DevGame, are you interested in either one publishing Boardgames? There has been a renaissance so to speak in that industry and it seems to be getting better and better, so far. I keep dreaming of a Pandemic/Eldritch Horror hybrid but the theme is about saving Western Civ from SJW convergence, with the art done by Ben Garrison.

Blogger Nate February 26, 2017 1:43 PM  

a dude one twitter said, "The first million is the hardest"... and warren buffet retweeted it and said, "The first billion is a lot harder."

Congrats boys. Seriously.

Blogger VD February 26, 2017 1:50 PM  

are you interested in either one publishing Boardgames?

Interested conceptually, but not seriously. It's not cost-effective and the market is too limited.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume February 26, 2017 2:15 PM  

It's a great read and the content generation is constantly and consistently great.

I'd love to see a Castalia sponsored Pulp/Sci-Fi/Fantasy Con someday, too...

Blogger J A Baker February 26, 2017 2:20 PM  

Great news, congratulations all around.

Blogger Phelps February 26, 2017 2:31 PM  

This classic from T. Boone Pickens is apropos.

https://twitter.com/boonepickens/status/207984741260070914?lang=en

Blogger RobertT February 26, 2017 2:32 PM  

Fake News started with fake reviews.

Blogger S1AL February 26, 2017 2:44 PM  

Future of board games is probably 3D printing and/or digital tables. The monetization will largely be in selling mechanics in bulk at low rates.

Anonymous BBGKB February 26, 2017 2:46 PM  

"The first million is the hardest"... and warren buffet retweeted it and said, "The first billion is a lot harder."

Buffet got most of his money came from buying property from corrupt/incompetent govt workers for pennies on the dollar.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit February 26, 2017 2:55 PM  

Congrats! That's a helluva lot of candles on the cake!

Anonymous Mike February 26, 2017 3:22 PM  

The Castalia blog is mandatory daily reading for me. So much to discover, so little time!

Blogger Dave February 26, 2017 3:43 PM  

I keep dreaming of a Pandemic/Eldritch Horror hybrid but the theme is about saving Western Civ from SJW convergence, with the art done by Ben Garrison.

Talk to Garrison, you'll need him to get on-board. If he shows interest you should go for it. I'm already picturing the set of cards to go with it.

Blogger Dave February 26, 2017 4:41 PM  

Whoa just went to Castalia House blog and it's gone now the blog is the Home page so check your bookmarks.

Still want the "x comments" link to jump to the comment section.

Blogger Brian Niemeier February 26, 2017 4:51 PM  

"Excellence in esotericism"

Sexy. Run with it!

And congratulations to the geek dream team whose writings have become a "can't miss" addition to my daily blog rounds.

Anonymous TD February 26, 2017 5:00 PM  

I will definitely check it out more often. Safe Space was hard hitting, and I am reading through the ebook for Appendix N.

Blogger Markku February 26, 2017 5:03 PM  

The recent posts were right there on the right column. But fine. Posts page it is now.

Blogger Dave February 26, 2017 5:16 PM  

@23 It's better this way on mobile but desktop really didn't matter to me. On the page "About Castalia House" probably want to change the link to the the Castalia blog or eliminate it.

Blogger Clint February 26, 2017 5:47 PM  

Congrats! Good work going on.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2017 6:26 PM  

@22 TD
I will definitely check it out more often. Safe Space was hard hitting, and I am reading through the ebook for Appendix N.
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Me too, it's a great book. All of this books he's reviewing are my favorite kind. I didn't even realize they had been lost down the memory hole.

Blogger Markku February 26, 2017 6:50 PM  

Dave: Yes, thanks. Directed the link to the new location.

Blogger Happy LP9 February 26, 2017 7:07 PM  

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Blogger Silly But True February 26, 2017 9:00 PM  

No matter what era it is, the last final vestige of ridicule that will always be tolerable is making fun of schmoo-looking people.

Blogger Zimri February 26, 2017 10:50 PM  

Did Morgan really "tear" Damon Knight? I didn't see that. I saw an even-handed review of Knight's reviews. Which is, I'll concede, more than most of those reviews deserved.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 27, 2017 3:29 PM  

@BBGKB
"Buffet got most of his money came from buying property from corrupt/incompetent govt workers for pennies on the dollar."

At this point, I pretty much assume that someone who gets the kind of unanimously-positive press that Buffett does must be pretty bad. Kinda the opposite of making the SPLC'S enemies list.

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