Now before I start this one, I want to make it perfectly clear that this is not a dig at anyone at all but rather an observation on blogging trends within the wargaming sphere and their unperceived pressures on bloggers in general.
OK, so, where the hell did this one come from I hear you shout. Well, when I first started blogging, I had ample amounts of material to use as blogs, my mini's, my scenery etc. Once that was exhausted, I started to post about the trenches tutorial (more about that later) as an ongoing project along with painting up 1st platoon. This is all well and good, but like most veterans, my time is limited. I get things done but it takes a while.
This had left me with a bit of a problem, without things moving in my hobby, I had nothing to post about. Now this may seem like a strange thing to say but one of the reasons I got into blogging was other peoples blogs. The amount of information available to me via the 30 or so blogs I follow is phenominel, I get more in a day than I get out of WD in a month, it's great. Thanks guys ;-)
But .... it sets the standard, when a big preportion of the blogging community are producing very information tutorials, tactica's etc, there's a unperceived pressure to do the same. I feel like my blogs must have worth to others, more than me, almost like I'm blogging for other people. I look at my past couple of posts and becuase they're not tutorials or indepth look at this or that, I feel that they're not worth as much as my trenches posts. It's almost like with my past few posts, I've cheated the people who follow my blog by not being up to parr with the community.
I think that this is feeling of "teaching" is further reinforced by the style of writing the community uses. We seem to write articles, they cover a subject with a start, a middle and a finish. There's very little cross over between content. It's rare to see a blog that's got a tactica mixed with some WIP mini photos. I feel that this style of article writing reinforces the "produce for others" feeling that I get with the tutorial and tactica style community standard.
I find myself searching for ideas to write about and when I can't come up with anything I get disillusioned with my blog. Now, surely that's not right? Am I the only one who feels this?
Also, it makes me wonder about other bloggers, specifically those young bloggers and those bloggers who are new to the hobby. I'm an experienced gamer, painter and scenery maker, and I struggle to blogs to the standard of my peers. So, if I struggle, how must they feel? Are we shooting ourselves in the foot by unknowingly creating a community with very high standards? Rather than encouraging those new to the hobby to post where they're at, we're scaring them away with a barrage of high quality posts?
In an attempt to not make this blog an article, now on to the trenches. I've progressed quite far with the actual work but last week, I had a setback. I blow up my wifes £4000 Media100 suite that she use's for work, so trust me, YouTube is a very tender subject in our house at the moment. When she gets it fixed, I'll give it another go ............... I mean the videos, not blowing it up again.