My Blogroll

I was doing better today/tonight at sleeping, but then I got up to do or check something and now I’m updating this blog. I haven’t updated since, early, early in the morning which is suboptimal if you want to generate traffic. You should probably update between 9-10 am until about 1-2 pm Eastern Standard Time.

This blog isn’t that popular, but it is new and I’ve put a lot of effort into it already. Google will reward that eventually as will the rest of the Blogosphere. I joined the From the Warp blog network, you can see their logo on my sidebar. These networks are a big deal to some, I had to start this dedicated blog in order to qualify. I may join one or two more, it depends on how stringent the requirements and who my peers will be.

Looking at my web traffic statistics, something I perhaps do too much, I noticed where traffic comes from and where traffic goes to. In my Blogroll, most of the traffic goes to the alphabetically first blogs which is good for the guy who called his blog A 40K Hobby Blog and good for Malcolm who called his blog A Canadian in Space, but it is bad for say Zac…

So after finding another miniature painter with a blog in Vancouver I went to bed. I did add him to my Blogroll as he apparently goes to the same store as me. But then I couldn’t sleep so I decided to create a category for just Vancouver miniature painters and bloggers. Vancouver is one of the Social Media capitals of the world. We have large networks on Facebook, LinkedIn, and PlentyOfFish, in fact PlentyOfFish. com is a local company, Flickr and Now Public were also started here. You see a lot of iPhones and MacBooks now in Vancouver, when as a long time Mac user, I used to be ridiculed, even in programmer/ComSci circles. Now let’s just say some of us were way ahead of our time.

Anyway now there is a Vancouver or Van City Bloggers category in my links. Blogroll was still appearing first so I had to create five Links widgets and order them how I wanted to get the sidebar to behave how I want. This shows the power of WordPress even the dot com version. One of the things I’m amazed at is people trying to run really elaborate blogs off of when they should just get a WordPress account or better yet a domain. They’ve built up cachet or Google Juice for a domain they don’t own, which is always a no-no in web design/internet branding. Can you even export your data from Blogger easily? Of course I went with the free account myself rather than self host another blog. I just wanted to try out the features of that aren’t available to self hosted blogs, there are one or two…

So if you’re a gamer in Vancouver, you should pop by or Strategies on Sundays and if you have a blog, a good blog, not some crappy thing you threw up back in the day and never update, but a good blog with pictures and tutorials on miniature painting and you’re in Vancouver, let Zac or I know. Zac is big on building up the local gaming community, I just try to do my bit to help.

Update December 2019

I am updating every post on this blog to improve the Quality and taxonomy. I’ll get to the blogroll soon. I’m in Calgary now and so is Zac, but I can’t say I’ve thought about him much over the years ever since he decided the purity of thread can not be compromised.

Bell of Lost Souls signal to noise ratio

Bell of Lost Souls isn’t that old of a website. There are a lot older hobby websites online, but it’s rise to prominance has been pretty rapid. It started out being about Warhammer 40,000 then they added other games such as Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Privateer Press’s Warhmachine/Hordes, Flames of War… They’ve also tried to grow from a blog into I don’t know what, they added yet another online hobby forum, a blog network, who knows what else. They’ve also added to the number of writers, even recently putting out a call for more writers…

I don’t know how many writers they have but re-syndicating content isn’t what I want. There are some people’s blogs I just don’t want to read. I disagree with their opinion, point of view, tactics, human decency, or whatever. I just stay away from certain blogs, forums, topics… Take the whole recent Germany versus America blowup they had on BoLS. I think the people running the website are making some poor decisions. Maybe they need page views to pay for bandwidth or something. They certainly have enough ads on the webpage now. These don’t bother me too much as I use an RSS Reader and lots of people run adblocking software nowadays.

I actually support specialty hobby companies and give them free links and press myself, but it is just a hobby, trying to make a living from Warhammer 40K or miniature painting isn’t always the wisest course of action, but what do I know I’m unemployed right now and I got a couple of them there university degrees.

Maybe Bell of Lost Souls has gotten too big for their britches as my grandmother would say or too big for their own good. The comments section is going to need more and more policing, but so is their editorial policy, between starting the big Germany VS America mudfest to letting TastyTaste inflict himself on me again. Sarcasm should be left to professionals. If you want to write about miniature painting or the hobby at least write something positive. That is what I try to do these days, stay out of the flamewars, I’m too old for that crap. I just ignore people until they go away, but now he’s got some backdoor into my computer thanks to BoLS.

We’ll see if things improve, if not I’ll find other sources for my hobby news, Table Top Gaming News covers everything BoLS does and more, but with less focus on original articles and more focus on news. I don’t play Warmachine or Flames of War I barely play 40K. When I’m employed my free time is valuable. I don’t want to waste it reading crap online, I do too much of that. I subscribe to certain RSS feeds as I think the content is of merit. I link to them because I think they provide useful information. Some sites and authors just get annoying really fast and I leave them for other people to engage. If Bell of Lost Souls slides much further I’ll just contribute to some other site more. This blog has only been up about a month and it is starting to get some traffic from Google, but mainly it gets traffic from forums and mailing lists I post links on. I’m pretty organic in my traffic building techniques, but I’ll have to join one or two of these new fangled blog networks, though maybe not the BoLS one…

Quality control matters, I hope not to ever let this blog slide too far towards BloodOfKittensWho names a site that anyway? I don’t plan to do many of these Op Ed pieces but I know I’m not the only one who has had enough of Mr. TastyTaste online.

Blood of Kittens Begone

Last night, (January 19th 2020) I searched the internet for “nuglings contrast” and was surprised to see one of my posts, i.e. all my text and images but not at my URL, at There is a difference between aggregation and scraping, but there is also a penalty for duplicate content. When I search the Internet and find a post I wrote, I want people to be able to click on it and end up at my website. Plus apparently we have history, so I will be asking for my website to be removed from BloodOfKittens and I still find the name of the website offensive and immature. Hopefully this is the end.

My content on Blood of Kittens

I’ve had more than enough of people stealing my intellectual property online.

Looking Good

So as I mused, I’ve started a dedicated miniature painting blog for my various hobby projects. Hopefully I’ll get off my ass in the next few days and paint something fresh for the masses. I still need a job, so look at my resume!

I’m not going to move content over here from my personal blog, I’d rather spend my time creating new content and painting new miniatures rather than just import old text and pictures. Plus I don’t like broken links, I remember when people cared about broken links, now people just trust in Google.

So what will be here? Everything I do hobby related basically. isn’t going anywhere, but it is a huge hand coded site, to an army that I’m going to use less as I paint some new stuff, I’ve ran just about every Plaguemarine squad possible. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve matured and I stay out of online pissing matches when I can, I still contribute to the odd forum, mostly the Bolter and Chainsword but occasionally the Waaagh or elsewhere. I’ve been at this a long time, I have WIP threads that are years old, but I’m not sure if my efforts get viewed by that many people, so hopefully Google will find this stuff and it turns out to be of use to someone.

One thing I have imported by hand into is links. I’ve been collecting links since 1994 or 1995, my biggest collection is pretty out of date, but more recent useful finds, were added to the sidebar for the benefit of all.

What you will also find here is some well painted miniatures and occasionally tutorials and advice on how to improve your painting. Back when I was employed I bought a lot of paint and models, so I try stuff out, rather than stick to just GW paints and models. That said most models I paint are for Warhammer 40,000 or 40K as it is known online. One of the more famous things I’ve put online is the Diseased Sons homepage, so additions to that army along with the Nefarious Fire and new incarnations of Waaagh Musk will appear here.

I’ll continue using Flickr for finished models in higher res, but I’ll probably put most of my Work In Progress or WIP photos on, previously I used and I still may use it for somethings. I pay for the bandwidth on about 10 bucks a month, I get about as much free from maybe, but they throw the odd ad around my text and pictures. I’m happy with the theme I picked, it is new and gritty, and called Greyzed. Thanks to the Forge Web Creations for that, apparently they are from South Africa, small world nowadays, especially online.

We’ll have to see if a more focused blog on rather than self hosted leads to an increase in popularity, as measured say by number of comments. I always got traffic from the search engines, often from very strange keyword referrals, but I’d like a more social and interactive site, though that said it is just a hobby blog, if I get busy with my new job it will languish for a while.

As you may have noticed, I have a tendency to ramble, which is why Muskblog is an unfocused mess after being updated very regularly for years. This blog will be focused on miniature painting and the hobby, if I want to rant against bad service at a restaurant it won’t appear here, neither will pictures of my sister’s dog, or any baby photos, or any thing else that will pollute the purity of Musk’s Miniatures.

I own a lot of miniatures, a lot of them are painted, but a lot of them aren’t. Even if I never buy another model, I’ll probably never get them all done.  I’m going to have to have a liquidation sale someday. I own a lot of older GW miniatures that I either bought back in the day, traded for, or got on say eBay. I don’t have any immediate plans to sell anything, but at some point it is a good idea. I’m building something of a dream table for wargaming, but it has gone slowly. I got hundreds of dollars tied up in resin and other stuff like foam, plasticard, and balsa wood. I kinda wish I had some of that money back right about now seeing as how I’ve been unemployed for over two months and I’ll always be paying for my MBA.

I promise this is the least focused and most off topic post that will appear here. I need some text to test the theme further and make sure tags and categories are working well. There are links to a lot of photos of my miniatures on the sidebar, but lets see if I can’t dig something interesting out of iTunes to see how the theme handles images.Assault on Black Reach Ork Nob

I don’t currently have access to a good digital camera, remember I’m unemployed.  I do have an iPhone 3GS which takes surprisingly good pictures of miniatures in my lightbox setup.  I also know a number of pro and semi-pro photographers, maybe I’ll con one of them into using their 1000s of dollars worth of equipment to take photos of my minis.

I also might submit this hobby blog to various specialized blog networks, that seem to be all the rage in online hobby circles.  I’m not sure how much more traffic they’ll add, but now with a focused blog and hopefully a month or two of good original content I’ll be eligible to join one or two.  In the mean time we’ll have to wait and see who’ll be the first to link to this blog and leave a comment besides me.