Today, as the title suggests, is one of the more dull posts I'll put up! The Blog has been doing very well the past few months with a solid 20-25k views a month and a good latent view count. By latent view count I mean how many views I get on days that I don't post.
The blog has really helped me cut the chaff from my none-work and social activities, discarding half-hearted forays into other hobbies, as I realise like many of us do that 40k or Fantasy or even now 30k is our first and one true love as a hobby.
I thought very much that I would be bored of blogging after a few months and/or be terrible at it in the sense that nobody much would like to read my crap or see my hobby. Thankfully that hasn't been the case (I think and hope!) and I've enjoying pushing the blog on and I will continue to keep pushing the blog on as far as an Amateur such as myself is able to do. As much as I would like to make the hobby a profession (so say we all) my skills sadly lie in other areas.
Which neatly segues us into the Impact of Real Life. As many of you will know I am a researcher at the university of Bristol in the UK and I have been studying for my PhD for some time and the time is rapidly approaching where I will have to actually start writing my The Damn Thesis of Doom.
Obviously this is going to be quite the endeavour and will take up a good chunk of my time, thus the rate at which I blog will go down. I average around 22 blog posts a month currently and I expect that to go down to around the 10-15 mark, as much as it might be good for productivity to drop lower, the blog is a keystone of my sanity so to hell with stopping!
I expect this'll bump my views down, but I haven't spent £30k plus of my own cash to let that worry me too much at this stage! Additionally a fair amount of the hobby work I will post is likely to be commissions that will help me live whilst writing my thesis as in addition to taking holiday to write I may well have to take some unpaid leave that Commissions can help pull the slack up on.
Anyway, that's an overly wordy update on my life an the blog as it goes!
Any suggestions for improvements to the blog are always well appreciated indeed. I would be very keen for someone to help with the design of the blog as I dislike the current 'myspace' feel of it aesthetic. Though that may be an inherent Blogger issue, I am a dummy in these situations so can't really say!
Oh and finally Greg, I have a tripod for my camera and I am buying a bigger light box with some varied back grounds... Always working on the photography I promise you :P