Sunday, July 31, 2011

Newton's First Law of Blogging

The past month ended up being a rather slow time on the hobby front, but that's not to say I have been entirely idle these past several weeks. After fighting unsuccessfully against inertia, with regards to both hobby stuff and blogging, I decided it would be best for me to take a step back and consider what it is that I want to do with my little corner of the Internets. To that end I packed a satchel full of my favorite rulebooks along with some dice, then ascended to the top of my mountain for a period of deep contemplation and soul searching.

Reviewing the latest from Wargames Research Group

And so what did my meditations upon the great mystery of the d6 reveal to me? Not much really. I did however make up my mind about what to do with this diceRolla blog. I feel that it is time to take a more deliberative approach to updating my blog rather than the haphazard manner which I have previously employed. Therefore starting tomorrow I am going to attempt to keep a regular posting schedule and will initially aim for at least a daily post.

Early on in the history of this blog I tried to post something every day but that experience ended in disaster and tedium. With a newborn in the house there wasn't a whole lot of hobby time for me and even less time available in which to post anything meaningful, but conditions have changed since then and I'm optimistic about being able to maintain my routine a little more successfully this time around. It's probably best however to still think of this as something of an experiment as it very well may crash and burn within a matter of days. With that caveat out of the way, this is the posting schedule I have in mind:

Monday - WH40k
Tuesday - Warhammer Fantasy
Wednesday - Warmachine/Hordes
Thursday - Infinity
Friday - Malifaux
Saturday - Dystopian Wars
Sunday - Open/Misc.

Like I said, I'm not sure how long this will last and I may want to revise the rotation as I go along, but I do feel like this will be a good start even if just to try it out. I enjoy a variety of games and certainly love painting a wide range of miniatures, so I think this schedule would be fairly representative of my current hobby interests. Also as I inevitably have a lot of different projects underway at the same time I figure I might as well make something of that too, thus making my tendency to jump around a feature of the blog. We'll see how it goes but it can't be any worse than my recent, nonexistent blogging efforts, right?

So the new era of my diceRolla blogging adventures is set to begin on the 1st of August. May it last for years and years, or until I become burned out and bored. Hmm... I give it two weeks. :) In the spirit of new beginnings I'll be kicking off a brand new 40k army project tomorrow, previewed in the following picture.

Who loves hedonism and corruption? I do, I do!

Thanks again to all my fantastic readers and the many friends I've made through our shared passion for glue and paint. If this blogging experiment works out, hopefully you'll hear from me more than just once a month. Really my main goal is to get that hobby inertia working once again in my favor, and since this blog has been such a source of motivation and encouragement for me in the past, I believe I can use it as a way of launching back into the swing of things. So until tomorrow (fingers crossed)... happy gaming and painting, everybody!


  1. I applaud your enthusiasm to commit to a post every day – not sure I could face that kind of schedule!
    Best of luck.

  2. Well I hope it takes hold, and for longer than two weeks. I'll be stopping by to egg you on.

  3. I just hope you don't burn yourself out with that schedule. I shoot for Mondays & thursday/fridays so as not to make the blog feel like a chore.

    (and be careful, Porky's throwing eggs at people)

  4. Schedules can be tough to maintain no matter what so don't get down on yourself if you can't quite make all the deadlines.

  5. Good luck!! it appears your jumping in head first with a daily post. I'll be checking in to see how it goes as well and to poke fun if you can't keep up.. No pressure. j/king =P

  6. @ Da Masta Cheef - Lucky I wrote 'egg you on' and not 'egg on you'. We have a fine language...

  7. I think you have a good idea and ambition but I think the schedule is going to turn this from a hobby blog to something more of work. Your going to find yourself forcing yourself to post something and expereince burnout.

    Instead I think you should set a schedule of posting maybe 2-3 times during the week and once on the weekend. Suggest Tuesday and Thurs, with a Sunday or Monday rundown of the weekend. Then you can pick your poison of what to post.

    I keep finding I backlog things and then struggle catch up on my backlog.

  8. Welcome back and good luck with the new schedule! I look forward to reading more, regardless of how often it may come.

  9. Good luck to you, the haphazard blog worked for me as a reader, we'll see what the new direction brings!

  10. best of luck my friend

    I failed horribly with my goal of 1 post per week =(
    freaking work at universty clinic, it's devouring my life xD

    well, hope too see you succed! Cheers!

  11. @ The Dark Templar - Hopefully I can sustain that enthusiasm long enough for me to become comfortable with the routine. Otherwise maybe I can be enthusiastic about being open-minded to change. ; ) Thanks, Dark Templar!

    @ The Angry Lurker - Sir, yes sir! I always appreciate an extra kick in the pants to get me moving... thanks, Angry Lurker!

    @ Porky - I share the same hope and take inspiration from your own prolific writing. Be sure to keep those eggs handy just in case. Thank you, Porky!

    @ Da Masta Cheef - I do want to avoid burning out and I'm prepared to adjust my plans depending on how well this goes. I agree that there is no point in pushing myself if it ends up taking away even just a little fun from the experience. Unless someone crazy enough decides to pay me for this, it just wouldn't be worth it. And I'm fairly confident that payday is a longtime coming. :) Thank you very much for the warning too about Porky, I'll be sure to stay alert when he's around... Best wishes, Masta Cheef!

    @ Brian - Thank you, Brian! Congratulations on your amazing contribution to the Heroes of Armageddon project, I hope you feel very good about what you and the rest of the folks involved were able to accomplish. Brilliant work there, my man! It's great to hear from you, Brian, take care!

    @ Thor - I appreciate your perspective as I know you have done very well maintaining a regular posting schedule. I'll try to take your message to heart and not get down on myself should I not be able to keep up with it. That's why I'm trying to keep an open mind and am thinking of this initially as more an experiment to find out whether or not it will work for me. Thank you, Thor!

    @ Drkmorals - Haha, thanks! I'll use the fear of your ridicule as an extra source of motivation. ; ) Thank you, Drkmorals!

    @ Porky, revisited - Regardless of your claims of innocence, now whenever I am on my computer I shall remain poised to dodge any incoming eggy missiles. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Porky!

    @ styx - You're quite possibly correct, although for the time being I'm willing to give it a go. My wife expressed much the same concern as you have about me turning something I really enjoy into a chore. I'm going to try to keep myself honest about this and if it no longer becomes fun for me to do, I'll gladly cut back on the posting. I really like the schedule you suggested and will keep it in mind if that sense of burnout begins to build. I appreciate you looking out for me, thank you very much styx!

    @ sonsoftaurus - Thank you sonsoftaurus, I really appreciate your longtime support for my blog. Take care, friend!

    @ Mik - I'm glad you enjoyed my previous approach to this blog, I do hope that trying to keep to a schedule will not take away all of the spontaneity and sense of fun from my posting. If things take a turn for the worse, please don't hesitate to let me know. Best wishes, Mik!

  12. @ Nesbet - My goodness, I'm amazed you have time for anything outside of your clinical obligations! I truly admire all that you are able to accomplish. Thank you very much for the encouragement, I hope you can somehow manage to find a little time for yourself to enjoy life. Also I haven't forgotten about the awesome brick you sent to me, I've been meaning to write back to you for a long time. I apologize as I really enjoyed reading it and appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions. Take care, my friend!