I recently joined a Valentine’s event hosted by Adventure Rules that paired me up with a Secret Santa-style event that allowed me to learn about a fellow gaming blogger. I was worried that the person I got paired with either wouldn’t post about Nintendo content, rendering my judgement ineffectual, or wouldn’t have a particularly good blog. Luckily neither of those things turned out to be the case, and I lucked out in getting The Codex: Online as my valentine. The gaming blog is run by the notably studly-looking William Hoelscher, who refers to himself as The Keeper.
The first thing that struck me about his site is how damn sleek and stylized it is. While many bloggers simply go with a basic theme template and do little to make the layout their own(guilty), The Keeper keeps better care of his site than that. You’ll find that the page backgrounds don’t have drab plain backgrounds, but instead incorporate images that really make the site’s appearance pop. And the site has a fair degree of personalization that really allows it a fun identity: for instance, rather than have a simple “Followers” section in the sidebar, The Keeper named it “The Order of the Codex”. I love it! Most impressive of all, though, is that the site is only a month old, having been created in January of 2018. My first impression was that the site had been around for much longer given the level of visual polish.
But never mind the site design, because in the end it’s content that makes or breaks a blog. And fortunately The Keeper delivers in that regard. The site updates regularly, with the promise of at least two new posts released a week. As I said, the site is a month old, so there isn’t a much in terms of quantity(yet), but there is quality. Of particular note is The Keeper’s A Look Back At Gaming in 2017, which reflects upon one of the best years in gaming, which was even well-written enough to get me to read about the non-Nintendo games discussed. His most recent article, My favorite game for every year I’ve been alive? is another interesting piece that has a lot of respectable picks, and it’s nice to read the thoughts of someone who’s been around longer than I have and has experienced older generations of gaming.
I myself have already become a member of The Order of the Codex so that I can peruse The Codex: Online in the future, and I wholly encourage you to do the same!