Where…where am I? I must have stumbled into the wrong blog.
Hello everyone. I’m Thor. Joe was looking for some guest bloggers, so I told him I’d see what I could do. Let’s see if I can write about something interesting and different from my usual stuff. I know. I’ll write about blogging!
I do want to welcome and thank Thor for writing some articles for Broken Paintbrush. I’m looking forward to his articles on blogging for hobbyists and how it can help us improve our digital works. If you are interested in guest writing as well sign up below or read more about it.
A bit about me first. I run a blog of my own, Creative Twilight. Some of you know me (hi, Greggles and Rory), others of you may not. I’ve been blogging for seven years now, which is a lifetime in the blogging world. I’m an avid Warhammer 40K player who loves Chaos Space Marines, despite the dated codex. Most often I blog about my hobby work and my 40K gaming. I toss in the occasional editorial when the mode strikes as well
Professionally I’m a PHP programmer who works for a local web hosting company in Maine, US. So, I live and breathe websites and blogs.
Enough about me, though. It’s really not that interesting.
A Chat About Blogging
What I want to set up here is a series of articles about blogging. Some of you will recall the SEO (search engine optimization) series I did on House of Paincakes. I put a lot of work into that series, sharing my professional knowledge, but it was rather on the technical side of things. For what I intend to do here, I want to step back and focus more on blogging itself.
I’m not a professional blogger. Well, technically I suppose I am since I get the very rare check from Google Adsense, but that barely counts. No. I’m a guy who just enjoys writing and putting it out there for everyone to read. In my seven years of blogging, I have learned a lot.
I’m not going to blow smoke up anyone’s butt and say my blog is amazingly popular, and that I can make you famous by following what I say. However, I have managed to learn a lot from my mistakes. I have applied those lessons to how I blog and slowly built up a reasonable following for Creative Twilight. It’s those lessons I want to share here.
Speaking of, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, we all do it. You show me someone who claims to have done it all right the first time, and I will show you a liar. You can find a ton of articles on how to blog. They will give you the Do’s and Don’ts, but most of it isn’t applicable to us.
The articles you find on blogging are almost all geared towards professionals, the people making a living off this hobby we call blogging. That’s not to say that there isn’t some great information to be found, but it’s buried.
Those of you reading this are not the demographic that’s spoken of in these How To Blog articles. We’re all a part of a small niche of wargamers. We want honest articles by honest people and not click-bait crap. We don’t want to be talked down to. A discussion among peers is what I look for, and I’m sure most of you as well.
Those are the things I plan to cover with the series I’ll be doing here at Broken Paintbrush. I’m hoping you find it interesting and insightful. Also, if you have questions you’d like me to answer, please fire me off a comment below. I’m not going to stand on a soapbox and preach, so anything you’re curious about is fair game.