EelKat Wendy C Allen - zdark Fantasy Author

2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided

After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.

HTTPS Conversion Traffic Changes

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HTTPS Conversion Traffic Changes

 #1401002  by Ryan from 
 13 Jun 2018 18:56


I know I need to do it but I'm nervous to change to HTTPS because of the possible drop in traffic that can occur. 

Looking to get a feel for what others have experienced. 

For those that have made the switch to HTTPS... 

1. Did your traffic drop, stay the same, or increase post conversion? 

2. And what was the percentage change either way (up or down)? 



1. Did your traffic drop, stay the same, or increase post conversion? 

It increased, but I'm not sure if it was a result of the https change or not, because I also changed my template/layout/made mobile friendly/etc at the same time, so there was a combination of factors going on all the same week. I figured, gotta make one big change, and the other changes needed doing too, might as well do everything all at once and get it over with.  

2. And what was the percentage change either way (up or down)? 

It was around 15% - 20% increase, not sure the exact % figure. I went from around 8,000 to 10,000 views a month to around 14,000 to 17,000 views a month (from around 300 views a day before https to around 500 views a day after https).

I didn't do any changes in marketing or promotion or social networking. My process in that remained same as before, so the only change was https, along with mobile friendly template, and moving my layout around to make it easier for visitors to find stuff (changed my navabar - remove the dropdown navabar completely and replaced it with links in a header bar at the top and added a list of my top 500 most visited pages to the sidebar - there are 3,000+ pages). Thus I'm not sure how much of the traffic change was caused by the https change and how much was caused by making my site mobile friendly and making it easier to find pages to visit?  

Overall, doing things to improve the site, resulted in improving traffic. I know 300 a day to 500 a day might not be that much, but, I'm a very small niche topic so that's kind of huge when you consider the lack of popularity in my topic to begin with. A site with a more popular topic might find that to be an insignificant increase.

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