Friday, December 31, 2010

Saying Goodbye to 2010

In lieu of a traditional look back at the hobby year that was as seen through the diceRolla blogging lens, I have rather decided to review the year that wasn't. I wanted to do a review of 2010 and still very well might in the days to come, but right now I do not have the energy or excitement to do so. The last few days have been rather exhausting as preparations for moving have now kicked into high gear around the homestead, leaving me this evening feeling perhaps a bit dreary and flat. I therefore don't want my current state of mind to sour any reflections I would have about my hobby adventures through 2010.

I've chosen instead to look back on some of the blog posts from the past year that never saw the light of day but instead ended up tossed aside on the cutting room floor. Regular readers of diceRolla may be surprised to learn that I do in fact exercise some discretion when deciding what to publish here, although I admit sometimes that filter is not quite fine enough. Nonetheless I do try to catch myself when I suspect something of being too dumb, pointless, or grossly off topic even for my own permissive standards.

Hopefully this will be a fun way of concluding 2010 here at diceRolla. My approach to blogging is I believe somewhat haphazard and I certainly do not have any notes or saved drafts to reference in preparing these examples of articles killed by the editorial staff. After scanning through old files of saved photos I was able to put this list together by memory and thus will only show the opening illustration and title I had planned on using. I think in most cases both the content of the articles and the reasons why I ultimately trashed them will be clear enough. So without further delay...

diceRolla's top 10 bad ideas for blogging from 2o1o

1o. Why guest cameos are bad for The Simpsons.

9. Terrible songs to listen to while painting your army or playing 40k.

8. H2O and You - Lubricate your Hobby.

7. Things Seen in Lombard, Illinois.

6. Step Brothers may cause brain damage, film review at 11.

5. How to ruin your Hobby Saw.

4. Jervis Johnson... time traveler?

3. Rejected Ideas for the Beasts of Annihilation.

2. Keep your Dignity - Losing with Style and Grace.

1. A History of the Groening Sector, Parts 1-3.

That last one is something I've held back on for reasons very different than those of the others listed above. Rather than labeling it as a "bad idea," I think it was rather like biting off more than I could chew as a writer. It's still an ongoing project that will hopefully someday be in good enough shape for me to publish here. Currently however I am happy to take my time and not rush anything along. So that's it, I hope you enjoyed this quick look at some ideas for articles so bad even I knew it was best to just discard them. It is sometimes good to just move on to more worthwhile pursuits. Even if I don't always get it right, I do try to make that distinction.

This really has been a great year for me on all accounts, both in HobbyLife and RealLife. I am very thankful for all of you who have played a tremendous part in making this such an enjoyable year. I appreciate the support you have offered to me and my efforts here at diceRolla and I value all the contributions you make to my blog. You have broadened my hobby horizons and for that I am quite grateful. Thank you and may you have a wonderful 2011!

Happy New Year!!!


  1. It makes me question my own blogging style as my blog has been around now for a year or so and hasn't taken off in any big way at all. I wasn't hoping for the world, but I would like a few more followers.

    Perhaps you could compile a list of blogger tips to improve productivity?

    Happy New Year


  2. I don't know, that "Jervis Johnson... time traveler?" sounds mighty interesting :)

  3. Second the JJ article.

    Happy new year Paps.


  4. I hope you reconsider and bring some of those out from under lock and key. One a month maybe?

    Happy New Year!

  5. Not sure about 6 or 7, but the rest sound interesting.

    @Musings - keep at it. Join the various networks and post good stuff and you'll get visitors and comments/followers, more people will link you in their own blogrolls, they'll tell two friends, and so on and so on.

  6. Post them all as part of your worst top 10, or at least trim them down to shorts. If they were really that bad, let curiousity kill the cat.

  7. Happy New Year Papa JJ!

    Oh and Smurf you have another follower now ;)

  8. It took me awhile to get past number 10... still waiting.... oh Happy New Year old friend! I hope that you and your family have a great one!!!

  9. @ Musings of a Smurf - Wow, that's super kind of you and humbling as well. I would be happy to offer any help or advice that I can but I really don't think you should be feeling down about your own approach to blogging. I'd just say keep at it, stay engaged with the online community, and enjoy what you're doing.

    I'll think about what I've learned from working on this blog and if I can come up with anything useful I will post a list of tips as you suggested. If you have any questions in the meantime, you're always more than welcome to ask. Also the authors of two blogs, Wargaming Tradecraft from N++ and Creative Twilight, have both just recently started a series of articles about how to get more out of your blogging. Check 'em out at:


    Thank you very much, a wish you all the best with your Musings. Happy new year!!

    @ The Antipope - Haha, it was a rather unusual theory that I was pursuing with that one. If correct it would have rewritten perhaps our entire understanding of human history. Or I could be wrong, I just need more evidence to know either way. Thanks, Antipope!

    @ Rogue Pom - Hmmm, perhaps I will have to revisit this topic sometime in the future. Sounds like a good case for The Jervis File. :) If I get a chance I'll see about giving that one more attention. Thank you, Pom, I hope you have a fantastic 2011. Happy new year!

    @ Porky - That would be kind of fun and I will keep it mind. I doubt I will ever be lacking in bad ideas though so these particular ones might get crowded out by newer, even worse ideas. Be careful what you wish for, a once a month feature does sound like just the sort of thing embraced by the diceRolla way. I'll have to give this more thought for sure... thanks so much, Porky. Happy new year to you!

    @ sonsoftaurus - Lol, I doubt Lombard would be offended by your assessment. :) I second all the advice you have for Musings of a Smurf and would love to hear anything else you might recommend. No doubt there's plenty of advice you could share with us from your own experiences. Thanks for helping out here, that's awesome. I hope 2011 treats you very well, happy new year!

    @ Natfka - Uh oh, that does sound appealing to me. So long as I properly warn everyone then what's the harm, right? We all may come to regret this.... Thanks, Natfka. Happy new year to you!

    @ Meatball - Right on, man. That's awesome of you to help a fellow out. Happy New Year!!!

    @ DrGabe - Haha, it is a captivating topic, is it not? Thanks so much, Gabe, I wish the same for your family as well. I'm looking forward to catching up again at AdeptiCon this year, hopefully we'll even have time to play some games together. Take care and happy new year!

    @ Musings of a Smurf, part 2 - Very cool, guys! That's the exact type of thing I mean about being engaged. You never know who's going to find their way to your blog or how they'll do it so that's why I recommend you just stay involved. If I come up with anything more that might be helpful I will write something up and post it here maybe in a week or so. Thanks again and wish you lots of success in 2011!!

  10. lol, Being from Boston and a die hard Red Sox fan number 2 really made me laugh out loud in my office just now. Happy New Year!

  11. Nice! That was one of my favorite moments in sports history and I think probably the funniest photograph too. Man that was a great series... Glad you enjoyed it, Rich. :) Happy New Year to you, too!!