Friday, April 13, 2007

Change to Duchy of Alzheim Style and Content

I’ve been thinking a little about my style of blogging in the past few days.

I think it could be characterized as a lot of little posts on progress on this or that project with pictures of my latest half-dozen painted toy soldiers.

I’m thinking I might revise this approach in coming weeks and concentrate on more meaty (but obviously less frequent) posts on what’s going on, rules ideas, battle reports and so forth.

I’m also thinking of running a “Friday Forum” with an open topic where we may post to our heart’s content using the Comments feature . I’ll them convert the comments into a post and respond as necessary.

I hope that these changes will make the Duchy a more interesting place to visit.


MiniWargamer said...

I tend to like seeing frequent shorter posts, but I guess it depends on what you are using the blog for. I am using mine as a CMS for my website in general and it is a good motivational tool for getting stuff up on the site and, more importantly, getting things done. I spent an hour or so a couple of days past reading the blog from start to present just for chuckles and grins. Loads of fun!

Bloggerator said...

One of the reasons I'm going this way is to get past what has been feeling to me like doing a whole lot of quite banal posts flavoured like this:

"Gee, wow, look at that, I just painted half a dozen new soldiers. Praise me, please"

It feels a bit too needy and I really think gets a bit repetitive after a while. I was really getting that feeling while doing my umpteenth post on the defence of Strudelberg.

I'm sure I'll toss off the odd quick post every now and then, but I will be trying to weight things toward posts of a slightly more thoughtful nature in future.

Grimsby Mariner said...

I tend to need to post regular pics because otherwise my painting output suffers. If I'm honest I like to get comments on my figures but the only ones that really count are for when they're finished. All the other pics are, as i've said, more about keeping up the pace.

Bloggerator said...

I know what you mean and fully agree that comment can be a good spur, but I think I'm aspiring to make this blog into something a bit more than a journal of what I'm painting; I'll admit it's been little more than that recently.

I want to become a little deeper than that in the future.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Let me echo some of miniwargamer's comments.

I read a lot of other people's blogs for ideas and inspiration. It keeps my juices going . . . which, since all of my things are in storage, has been very good for me.

On the other hand, I do understand the "rut" that you feel you've fallen into . . . but don't assume that we-your-readers feel that rut.

I like to read new posts . . . even if they are short. I brightens my days.

Perhaps it would help you if you shared more of your thoughts on rules . . . what you like and don't like and why.

Another idea is to share with us more background on Alzheim . . . be inventive, it might inspire new excitement in your painting, playing and blogging.

-- Jeff

Bloggerator said...

Hi Jeff,

As I have been seeing it, the problem with the style of blogging I was doing was that I was getting bored with myself; that doesn't do anyone any good to my way of thinking.

The internet format does lend itself more to short passages of text and nice images with plenty of blank space on the page.

Indeed one of the things about blogging that stikes me is it's immediacy - "have a thought then shoot it out" is very much what I see in the wider blogging world that exists beyong our little enclave of made-up countries.

I certainly understand that no-one really wants to wade through great big lumps of text! :^D That being said, I really have the urge to extend my writing beyond one-liners.

I'm sure that more materials on Alzheim* will be forthcoming as time goes on, although I am fairly heavily engaged in preparing my "Strudelburg" project.

OK, I've rambled on more than I ought. I'm hoping this weekend that I'll be able to do a little test of AlteFritz's "Croat Terror" rules, just to see how I go and what questions arise. I'll try to get a battle report posted asap.

Best regards,


*Hm, there's a seed for a post there.