I’ve been writing this blog in my spare time for a while now; and since my online storage allocated by wordpress is filling up, I have to think about what direction I should be moving to. Maybe you, dear reader, could help with some pieces of advice.
- I would love to make an informative blog; this has been the idea to begin with. To show lesser known models, write short reviews, and demonstrate techniques -from the point of view of an average Joe (hence the name). I am trying to move to product reviews as well; however I do not have the funds to actually pay for running this blog. Is there a way to generate some sort of income so that I could get a larger storage? (It would be nice to start a youtube channel, but with this small human sharing our home now I have barely enough time to play with my tanks, let alone do heavy-duty recording and editing…)
- I would like to increase the visibility of this blog. Many cases when you search for something the first non-commercial hit will be this particular blog, which is cool, but it does not translate to subscriptions.
- I would like to create an overview page: a page where all the posts are arranged into categories: 1/72 reviews, 1/35 reviews, Warhammer, product reviews, whatever. It would be neat if this page could always stay on top of the page, but so far I have been unable to figure out how to do it.
What else should I do, or change to make this blog into a better one?
I just hope we all live at least as many years as many posts this blog has.
So a little retrospection (if anyone is interested).
I started this blog without a clear mission in mind; I just wanted to share the stuff I build, and hoped it might generate some feedback, get a little community, perhaps. I started writing reviews for Armorama, and I guess it’s a logical evolution of that activity. Scale models are something my fiancee does not understand (but tolerates), and they seem to be taking more and more of my time. To be fair it’s something I enjoy, so I don’t really mind. (I do mind going to the office, though…)
I have built connections to several companies, perhaps I’ll be able to launch (well that’s a big word for you) a paint additive product line (four colors so far), and maybe collaborate a scale model company to be named later on producing models. I might try setting up a webshop, too, selling the things I like: 1/72 resin models of weird and rare vehicles. I know I’m not going to be able to support myself only from this hobby, but it will be fun to try something I’ve never done- entrepreneurship.
Perhaps nothing will come out of this. Nevertheless I have three Luchs models (one Flyhawk and two Maco), perhaps a fourth (Armory); I have a Tamiya/Verlinden T-62 in the works, a DML/Royal Models Sd.Kfz.250, a Bronco Zrinyi II, a 43 year old Airfix Bentley (older than I am), an OKB Bathcat and Object 279, among others. I also have a couple of brief “how to” posts in the works. I’m also building a couple of “custom” Astrates warriors from The Nightlords novels and from The Talon of Horus. So please stay tuned; I hope I can deliver something of interest.
As I’m in the process of being domesticated, I’ve been trying my hands on different stuff in the kitchen. (I did cook a lot beforehand, so I’m not a complete noob.)
Anyhow, trying to get a cake recipe right, it drawn on me.
Building armor models is like cooking. You do have the recipe, but there’s a lot of room to manoeuvre. You can add more of this, you can substitute that, you can just leave out something else; and the results will be -for the most part- still pretty good.
With aircraft on the other hand, you must be extremely precise, just like with baking. If the temperature is slightly off, if you add a tiny bit more baking soda, or do anything sloppy, the result will be, well, something that is certainly edible, but definitely NOT a cake.