Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
Another TSTO Thursday and as usual I have some thoughts for you. This time I’m musing about…well a lot of things. A few things are on my mind so I figured during week 2 of Game of Games, why not have a random musings post? And of course, I’ve got a bunch of random thoughts so let’s get to ‘em…
-First, I want to start by saying a humble thank you. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to wish me a happy birthday. Whether it was here in the comments, on our Addicts Facebook page, my Instagram, or via email I continue to be blown away by this community of Addicts.
Your thoughtfulness and kind words have greatly humbled me. So for that, I thank you.
-I’m now another year older, and another year wiser…I guess. Although I continue to be the “baby” of this site. It’s weird how quickly time has gone in TSTO terms. I started this site when I was in my late 20s. Nearly 6 years ago. In that time, personally, I married my best friend and had two amazing children. All while running this site, playing TSTO, and answering thousands of comments. And it still feels like it was yesterday.
It’s funny how time in TSTO passes. The Stonecutters update was 5, yes 5, years ago. Doesn’t feel like it was 5 years ago to me.
-Speaking of time passing…can we all take a collective minute to have our minds blown that on August 14th this site will celebrate its SIXTH year in existence? That’s INSANE to me. A blog about a silly little game is still plugging away six years later.
When we started this site we were far and away the low man on the totem pole. We were one of the last ones to “startup” in that era and had to work hard for every single reader. It’s amazing to look back on that and see that 1) we’re, basically, the last of the “big blogs” standing. 2) What started out as being thrilled to have 1,000 hits in a day has blown up to over 120 million hits in 6 years 🤯 3) Comments on this site are approaching 600,000…that’s a lot of conversations and moderation. And finally, 4) Over the course of 6 years we’ve written over 6,000 posts…ABOUT TSTO! Over 6,000 posts about a silly little mobile tapping game. That is…insane. At least to me.
-Pat said something on my personal Facebook page yesterday that I’m not quite sure how I feel about. He called me the Queen of TSTO.
Which is funny because 1) I don’t feel like a queen of anything, just someone who busts their @$$ on a daily basis to bring you guys great content. 2) this site wouldn’t be what it is today without this community. And 3) I feel like I barely spend time in my game these days. It’s been a while since I sat down and actually designed my town.
But aside from all of that, I don’t know…I don’t really talk about TSTO outside of this site. It’s not part of my everyday conversations. I know what this site has accomplished and I know what we’ve done with the live stream/podcast but I don’t really talk about it too much.
In fact, I get a little, embarrassed, for lack of a better word when someone brings it up. Probably because I’m not a fan of talking about myself, but maybe a little bit like…I also kind of feel like, if you’re not part of this site or the TSTO world, in general, you’re not going to get it.
Do you guys feel that way? Do you bring up TSTO to non-TSTO folks? Or do you kind of hide your TSTO Addiction from others?
-Bringing this back to actual TSTO and Game of Games…how’s week 2 treating you guys so far? I like that EA has made the questline a bit more difficult by adding tasks for characters needed to earn event currency. Makes you think before you tap, but still maintains the simple event structure that won’t punish you if you miss a day.
-On the topic of Game of Games, what are you guys doing (or plan to do) with all this game related content? (Happy Little Elves Farm, Conflict of Enemies Arena, etc) Are you building a gaming area? Working it into existing structures? Making a new area of Krustyland/Itchy and Scratchy Land? I’m genuinely curious what you’re doing because I don’t have a clue!
Also on that subject…what are you doing with the Mapple HQ? It looks cool but where does it fit in? Feels like it should go on the water, but it doesn’t.
Share some screenshots in the comments, if you have them, show me what you’ve got!
-And finally, for those who enjoy these…. Baby Sam is nearly 1. At the end of August, he’ll turn 1, I can’t believe it…that time went too quick! Like I did with Riley when she was approaching 1, I went to our artist (Milos) and had him create Sam cartoons for the site (and some other things we’ll use for his 1st bday at home). Here’s a look at the cartoons he created…
What do you think? Patric already incorporated his new look into the Game of Games banner. So look for Baby Sam to appear in the Addicts banners going forward with Big Sister Riley! 😊
Well, that’s it from me this week. I told you it was a bunch of random thoughts. Hopefully, you enjoyed the rambling…if not, well….sorry!
Thoughts? Care to share your own musings? What topic do you think I should tackle in my next musings post? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!