Site History

People often ask me where this site came from and how it got started. Here's the story...

The Skyrim Blog launched on April 1st 2011. When it first started it was a Wordpress blog, and basically consisted of 'breaking news' about Skyrim. Essentially it was started because I wanted to have something to do to pass the time until Skyrim came out.

To be honest, I never really expected many people to be interested in the site - but, gradually, one or two people started showing up and posting comments! As the game drew closer, lots of people started reading and commenting on the site, and I had to start thinking about what to do with the site once Skyrim came out.

The other 'problem' was that the original Wordpress blog, hosted on an ultra-cheap hosting plan, was starting to creak under the ever-increasingly numbers of people who were flocking to the site. It was obvious that something drastic had to be done!

After considering various options, the site was re-booted on the Ning platform - and morphed from being a one-man blog into a social site overnight. That all happened on October 17th 2011. The old site was canned, and the shiny, 'bells and whistles' site that you now see came into being.

Since then the site has continued to grow and develop. We've had a few ups and downs, and a few people have had to be...uhm... 'let go'. But, remarkably, this site has maintained a friendly, welcoming, troll-free ethos - possibly one of the few gaming sites on the Internet to manage that!

So from 2011 through to 2015 the site continued to grow and evolve. People would ask me 'Why is it still called The Skyrim Blog?' And the answer was that those of us who have been here since 'the old days' can't bear to change the name! Besides, blogs are still a really important part of what goes on here....

But as with with everything, time moves on. By 2015 Skyrim was almost four years old, and whilst we still love Skyrim many people had moved on to other games. Besides, there really are only so many tips, so many roleplay ideas, so many pieces of lore. Even Character Building has to run out of permutations eventually...

The announcement that Bethesda is releasing a brand new Fallout game in November 2015 provided the shot in the arm that the community needed to revive its flagging fortunes. Whilst recognising that many still play Skyrim, the reality is that a greater number are now preparing for Fallout 4. And so The Skyrim Blog mutated into The Tamriel Vault.

Why The Tamriel Vault you may ask? Well, Tamriel covers not only Skyrim, but also other Elder Scrolls games - not just those in the past, but those yet to come (Yes, we are uber-excited for Elder Scrolls VI). 'Vault' reminds us of the core gameplay mechanic in Fallout games, as well as serving as a good 'catch all' title for a site that stores copious amounts of articles, information, guides and lore in our archives.

So here we are in 2015. Ready to face a bright future covering both Elder Scrolls and Fallout games for many years to come. What started as a one-man spare time project now gets tens of thousands of visitors every week! 



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Comment by Monkey King on August 7, 2016 at 4:19pm

Wow, that's pretty interesting then! Thanks for the info.

Comment by Idesto a'Shinbira on July 24, 2015 at 3:13pm

I didn't know you started this is as Wordpress blog Paul: explains the original name! Shame it isn't around anymore: as a Wordpress blog owner myself I'd like to have had a look at it.

Comment by John Smith on June 22, 2015 at 4:33am

Maybe update the post?

Comment by Alendil on May 4, 2015 at 2:15pm

Wait, so this isn't a blog? I thought the name "The Skyrim Blog" was a good description of this community...

Comment by Bob Franklin on November 29, 2014 at 9:34pm

i cry im so happy

Comment by Casey on April 22, 2014 at 8:45pm
Love this place
Comment by Ryan hoaglin on December 9, 2013 at 7:46pm

this is the best blog i have ever witnessed!

Comment by Medieval on November 23, 2013 at 12:15am

Awesome idea, this is the best blog ever made, THANKS for creating it!!

Comment by The Nak on June 11, 2013 at 3:35am

It's really cool to know how it started, I just happend to come across it when I was at work.            I was just passing the time by looking up information and forums about Skyrim till I stumbled in this little community. No I spend alot of time on work just talking about the game we all know and love. 

It's is all really cool site with a nice vibe, keep up the good work.

Comment by Master Dread on February 10, 2013 at 8:20pm
This explains a lot, I never knew exactly why it was called the skyrim blog and not the skyrim social network.
Comment by Todd on February 2, 2013 at 1:36pm

As am I. 

Comment by Dieter on February 2, 2013 at 1:35pm

Proud to be a veteran from the old site

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