Hello. This is the very first “original” post on the new site: RetroSensei.net.
Some of you may have been followers from the previous “8bit Wizard” blog hosted on Google’s blogger service, so please allow to explain the reason for the transition.
I started the 8bitwizard.blogspot.com site back in 2012 as a place to blog about my interests in gaming, nerd culture and anything else that was on my mind at the time. I figured that I may have the occasional reader stumble across the site as they searched for game reviews, etc. But I never imagined it would generate any REAL interest. Over the last three years, the readership of the blog grew steadily over time. I began to notice that many visitors were navigating to the blog directly more and more frequently, instead of being referred by Google or other search engines. As time went on, I decided that my needs were slowly outgrowing those that Blogger were able to provide. As a result, this site has been born.
Over the last few weeks, I have migrated all the content from my old blogger account to this new site. A large part of this migration was handled automatically through the use of import tools. But I was left to deal with some minor formatting issues. Incompatibilities between the two services, I suppose. As a result, I spent the last two weeks editing nearly every post by hand. For the most part, I was able to fix most of the glaring issues. However, if you dive deep into some of the older posts, you may come across the occasional font or formatting issue that I just couldn’t seem to correct. But these shouldn’t really detract from your enjoyment of the site.
So, let’s spend a moment to discuss this change. Why “RetroSensei” instead of the old trusty “8bitWizard” moniker? Well. First off, if you visit www.8bitwizard.com – you’ll see that it belongs to someone else. So rather than postpone my migration, hoping the domain would not be renewed so that I could snap it up, I decided to take the opportunity to rebrand. Instead of “8bitWizard” you can now call me the “RetroSensei”. Generally, the name puts across the same idea. But this time also adds a bit of a Japanese twist, which is something that I find favorable.
For more information on the name, and the meaning behind it, feel free to click the ABOUT button at the top of the page.
So, what is changing? Not much. I’ll be still posting game reviews, and my thoughts on other topics that interest me. But now, with a whole site at my disposal I’ll also be able to provide even more content. Coming later this year: the Retro Sensei Podcast. Everything that’s cool about this site in audio form! More information on the podcast in the coming months. Also, I may begin posting original videos and expand my horizons a bit when it comes to the content of the site overall. For example, I currently focus on video games, tabletop games, comics, and Star Wars related news. I plan to begin covering more topics that relate to nerd culture as time permits.
In closing, I hope you enjoy the new site and please bear with me over these first few weeks and I undoubtedly tweak things and make some changes here and there.