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 Blogger.com 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 WordPress.com account myself rather than self host another blog. I just wanted to try out the features of WordPress.com 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 VancouverGamers.com 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.

More Tools of the Trade

Today I went and got my blood tested, I put this off for a long time. It involves fasting and biking a fair ways, technically I could have taken the bus. I need to lose weight… Now I’m at Bean Around the World again, about to continue work on my never ending job search, but before coming here I went to Memphis Blues for lunch and stopped at DeSerres Art Supply Store on Broadway too.

I usually go to the one on Main Street but DeSerres is becoming my go to place for supplies besides paint and models. I picked up more Popsicle sticks obviously. I also bought some sponges on sticks, these can be used to highlight terrain or achieve neat weathering effects. I’m going to do some sort of rust tutorial in the near future. I also bought some plaster of paris and some DeSerres brand light modeling putty to make craters out of. My final purchase was basically mineral oil which you can mix with pigments to achieve, wait for it, rust and weathering effects.

Recently I got my first incoming link from Peabody Here!¬†another Vancouver gamer, one I’ve probably never met but probably learned of my blog from one of Zac’s forums. I’ve never even met Zac but I’ve sent him emails a few times. Vancouver has lots of gamers, we have the world’s largest concentration of video game studios, but we have no big gaming con. Maybe I’ll have to organize one, but first I need a job.

While going through my miniature gaming directory on the ferry yesterday I found two tutorials on the use of pigments, one is from Forgeworld and the other Fantization Miniatures you should visit their sites before you download the tutorials below:

I’ve since ridden home after applying for six or seven jobs. I’d really just prefer if one of the jobs I already applied for, say the one I interviewed for last, would just hire me… Anyway I took a photo of the stuff I bought along with some other tools of the trade such as a P3 Wet Palette, a re-useable palette that I previously bought at DeSerres, and the best purchase of the last couple years, an eye dropper. I really recommend to anyone serious about using washes especially making your own custom washes to go get an eye dropper at a local pharmacy. I still add my washes and ink by brush but I add clean water to paints and inks and washes via the dropper.

Tools of the miniature painting trade

Wet Palettes came up today on the Lead Adventure forum, I’m not a total convert, but I’m using it for most models. The big exceptions are terrain, washes & inks, and metallics.