I don’t know that RandyRay.name has ever had what one would call a large following, but it’s possible that at some point in the past, someone out there used to read this site regularly and wondered why I stopped writing here. The truth is, I’m not exactly sure why I let things slide here, but I think it’s silly to have this website and never post anything here, so I’m back. But even though I haven’t been writing on my personal blog, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been active on the Internet. Here are a few things I’ve been working on for the past couple of years.
A Horror Bookstore
I opened Eerie Books, an all-horror bookstore located in downtown Wylie, Texas. This hasn’t been one of my most successful business ventures, not if you define success by how much money you make. In terms of how many friends I’ve made and how much fun I’ve had, then Eerie Books has been an unqualified success. This chapter in my life will be closing soon. If you’re interested in seeing some of the stock that we’re now offering on eBay at unbelievably low prices, visit this page for listings. Some of the more interesting auctions right now include a couple of games, Mutant Chronicles and Android. The Buy-it-now price for Mutant Chronicles is $12.99, and for Android, it’s $23.99. Some of the audiobooks we have listed are tremendous values too, like Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars, which we have available with a buy-it-now price of $16.99.
But my purpose with this post is to catch up, not to try to sell you something. We have over 50 auctions listed though, and almost everything listed is over 60% off the retail price. It would be silly to not point that out to people who are interested.
Poker SEO Forum
I’ve been writing a blog and running a site aimed at webmasters doing search engine optimization for the poker industry for several years now, but we launched an actual forum there not too long ago, and I’ve been lucky to play host to so many intelligent and thoughtful people. You can find the main site at Poker SEO, the blog at Poker SEO Blog, and the forum at Poker SEO Forum. (Unlike this blog, I’ve actually posted a bit at the Poker SEO Blog over the last year or two.) Even though the target audience for the site consists of poker webmasters, the lessons on SEO there apply to most industries.
Other Websites I’ve Been Working On
I’m not just a writer; I’m also an editor and a publisher. Right now, one of my most successful sites is a Scrabble fan site, which gets a good amount of traffic. The content there that I’m most proud of is on the Scrabble Blog, which includes articles about words with Z and words with V. I did not write most of the content there; my friend John Clifton wrote most of it. I did edit some of it, but luckily, John’s work doesn’t need a lot of editing.
We also recently launched a site about collecting roleplaying games. I wrote some of the content there myself, like the page about Star Trek roleplaying games, but John Clifton wrote a lot of the content there too. It’s a fun site, and it takes a somewhat different perspective toward the hobby than most sites. (Most RPG sites cover whether or not a game is fun to play, or they offer information about how to have more fun while playing. Our site focuses mostly on which games and game supplements are rare and collectible, and how much they might cost if they’re hard to find.)
On a Personal Note
My family and I still live in Texas, where my twin daughters are about to turn nine years old. My son is a junior in high school now. We have two dogs, a rabbit, and a green-cheek conure now. My wife has gone back to college to finish her degree. We’ve been blessed with a great family and a lot of wonderful friends, and I couldn’t ask for more from life than I’ve been given.
I’ll try to write more tomorrow with some more specific updates on my activities. This might be a good place for me to start sharing some of my opinions about books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen, and television shows I’ve watched.