Well, the last week or so has been a magnificent boost in confidence for myself. I started Fing’rs & Thu’ums in August 2020 – quite a fledgling site to enter the game. Since then traffic has increased at a substantial rate – far beyond what I personally expected. Fing’rs & Thu’ums is dedicated to being an ad-free, enriched media outlet that brings news and reviews at no cost to the user.
This week The Last of Us Part II was announced to be the game that reached the most Game of the Year awards over any other title in history. The ironic thing is that Gameawards.net – the website who collates this information – took my Game of the Year Award into their official collation for the first time ever. Of course it was the first – as it was the first year the site had been active. Ironically it became the most awarded game by one vote – showing that my site does indeed have a large impact!
The next awesome news came when my article discussing the long-lost Discworld games was published. Upon release I used my standard IFTTT applets to share this on Twitter. After a lunchtime nap I woke to find that Rhianna Pratchett – Sir Terry Pratchett’s daughter – had shared the article. Mind. Blown.
It wasn’t long after this that I then had a really nice reply from Eric Idle, the voice of Rincewind within first two games of the 1990’s trilogy of games. Just a small comment from a legend such as Eric Idle meant so much to me.
Then came last night. I received a notification in my website dashboard application on my phone that someone had referenced a link as a ping-back. Upon investigating I found that is was my, rather scathing, review of Star Trek: Lower Decks.
It turns out that Amazing Stories – the most iconic science fiction magazine in the world (dare I say?) linked my review within this weeks Amazing News article. Once again my mind was fuzzy with endorphins as I realised that, out of all the available reviews, Amazing Stories – the place that published the first Isaac Asimov stories – had chosen my writing.
So there we have it. Fing’rs & Thu’ums has made some sort of impact in several different areas across science fiction, literature and video games. I never expected that anyone would have known the brand name after five months of activity but, even though it is small, people are starting to know the name.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support and have a great week ahead of you.