Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Site News

You may have noticed I've changed some stuff around on my blog recently.  I am the type of guy that likes to make changes often.  For the most part a lot of it has stayed the same, but I did add some stuff.

One of the additions is my twitter feed and links to find me on social media.  My facebook isn't likely to be used too much for my blog aside from posting links to it.  Most of my friends and family are on Facebook and I use it more as a personal account.  So feel free to follow me on there, but don't be too upset if I don't friend you.  If you want to follow me, twitter is the better way to go.  I'll talk about that in a moment.

Another site I linked to is my Pinterest board.  I have made fun of people for using it, but truth be told, it is a very cool site.  I like looking at DIY projects I would likely never do but looks fun.  I also like looking at nostalgia.  The other day I posted some American Gladiators cards on this blog.  After I did I thought "that is exactly what I look for on Pinterest".  As a result, I started a board specifically of pictures from my blog.  I figured someone might search for stuff and come across my blog, and enjoy it.  By the way, since starting that board and pinning a few pictures, I already had someone repin one of the photos- the American Gladiators cards!

Alright you may notice two twitter links on here.  One is for @HomeRunPhil and the other for @RoyalCardReview.  HomeRunPhil is my personal twitter account.  I have had it for many years (I believe since 2009) and have made over 11,000 posts.  It is a random hodgepodge of thoughts that pop in my head, news retweets, rants, raves, and whatever else.  If you want to follow me, that is the best way to go.  I interact with people on there a lot more.  I also sometimes RT stuff from my other account.

RoyalCardReview is a new one I just started on Sunday.... kinda.  I actually started it in 2011 and it was known as 1Mizzou.  It was all things Mizzou.  It had been setting dormant for the better part of 2 or so years only occasionally having tweets.  I offered it up to anyone willing to take it over and run it, but there were no takers.  Just shy of 1,000 tweets, I decided to close it up.  Then I thought about it some. I had close to 150 followers on there, why not use it for my blog.  So I did.  I wiped all the old tweets out and unfollowed 99% of the people on there.  I gave a heads up about changing direction, and finally started posting.  It's still in its infant stages, but the idea is to post about my blog, The Royals, card collecting, and such.  I hope to attract people who are fellow collectors and/or Royals fans, or anyone who wants to follow.  I have trying to add fellow bloggers when I remember them, and if I'm not following you, send me a heads up.

you might have seen this on my twitter.  A couple designs I've decided against using.

In the last month or so I have noticed a nice increase of readers on my page.  I can't pinpoint it directly, but I hope the trend continues.  I think its important to reach as wide of an audience as you can because it tends to bring out the best in you.  It also doesn't allow you to slack off as much, at least for me it doesn't.

In the next few months you might see more design changes on here, because that's what I do, but I don't plan on changing the direction of this blog which still remains, The Story of a Second Generation Card Collector.

Thanks for reading, and sorry I haven't been reading and commenting on as many blogs lately, soon I hope to be back to doing that.  I also hope to have another actual post later today, which will show off some cards.  Have a great day!


  1. Change can be good. I don't do twitter much so I'll just keep following via this blog.

    RE: American Gladiators. Loved that show, have the cards and stickers (and plenty of dupes especially of the cards. Even have a Zap action figure still on card. At one point hers was the only female AG action figure, I noticed that some of the other women are now action figured. Yesterday on Ebay I noticed someone has listed some of the costumes from the show all starting at a min of $250 or $300. If one can afford that type of thing. Of course if they were autographed they would be even cooler and thus even more ridiculously overpriced.

    1. If I could afford those costumes I would definitely jump on them. I guess the cards will have to do for now. I saw an autographed card on COMC not too long ago, but it was way out of my price range.