Welcome to the latest Blogging Bonanza post and this time we have Me Badger from The Bovine Overlord. So let’s get straight into it;
3. Is this your first blog or have you experienced blogging elsewhere?
This is my first proper blog, though I did experiment with the blog format as a kind of extended ‘postcard’ to my family when I was travelling years ago.
4. What systems did you start off concentrating on for the blog?
I initially created the blog to document my experiences in the (then new) 8th edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle
5. Has this changed since the birth of the blog?
Yes, I tend to document at least the painting I do for any system now. If anything interesting game-related comes up then I try to post about it, but I do not slavishly post all my battle reports etc for anything other than Beastmen.
I am a big sucker for the ‘new shiny’ syndrome, and so I like try out new systems. Apart from simple variety, I also fall in and out of love with certain systems from time to time.
7. Who/What inspired you to create this blog?
The reason to start the blog was to make myself take the time to write battle reports regularly. I like to read about other wargaming experiences, but I generally find ‘tactics’ articles to be focussed on highly specific situations, or devoid of context. In battle reports, it’s possible to see the whole flow of the game, how all pieces interact and (ideally) some of the thought process for the players. And, rather than sit at home wishing for someone else to provide this resource, I decided to make my own contribution to the community. Somewhat before starting to write my own blog two of my close real-life friends, Justinmatters and Furycat, posted their own thoughts in blog format (at http://thegrimdark.wordpress.com/ and http://furycat.wordpress.com/, respectively) and it struck me as an interesting idea. The final moment came when I stumbled across another Beastmen blog (http://beastlord.wordpress.com/, it’s not written anyone I know) and decided to follow suit.
8. What have you learnt by doing this blog?
Apart from making me take the time to evaluate my own performance in my games, I’ve had lots of helpful comments on gameplay by total strangers. Particular credit must go to ZebraZach (http://thenerdalsorises.wordpress.com/) for his insightful posts on my battle reports which quite literally changed the way I looked at some units.
9. Is the aim of your blog still the same as when you started out? Largely yes. I post pictures of my painted miniatures to show other gamers that not everyone out there has fantastic semi-professional skills (I’m look at you Forkbanger, http://forkbanger.wordpress.com/) and that even a mediocre painter can achieve satisfactory table top results without too much effort. My battle reports show the ebb and flow of each game as well as I can manage, and I particularly try to document the thought process that goes into my actions so that others can learn from my mistakes.
10. Have your views/ideas/actions changed as you have grown as blogger?
Of course. Every time someone comments on my posts I learn a little bit more as people point out alternative actions I could have taken. The blog is (at least in part) a document of my own learning curve in gaming.
11. WordPress or Blogspot or Self hosting? WordPress.
12. Which article types do you enjoy writing the most? Battle reports.
They make me think about why I played situations in a particular way, and stop me blaming bad dice for my numerous defeats. Basically, the self analysis in writing these articles directly contributes to me becoming a better player.
14. What sort of articles would you like to do more of in the future? More of the same really.
I’m happy with my overall contribution to the community, and I plan to stick with what I know.
16. What is your most favourite-ist post ever?
I don’t think I could pick just one out of the pile. My favourite series of posts are those documenting the full length of our group’s Border Princes campaign.
Apart from the aspect that readers seem to really appreciate them, I think it is because it shows what a great group I play in. We were able to play a campaign over the course of nearly two years without drop-outs or acrimony, and I think we all had a great time.
18. Do you have any plans for your blog or is it more of the same?
Just more of the same. If I expand into more games I might write a different kind of article if it’s appropriate. I’d like to write Malifaux battle reports but the movement shenanigans are so complex I can’t think of a good way to show what happened.
19. Which blogs would you recommend?
So many blogs, I hardly know where to begin. This’ll just have to be a ‘best of’ list or I’ll end up writing all day.
Firstly, http://forkbanger.wordpress.com/, http://thegrimdark.wordpress.com/, http://furycat.wordpress.com/, http://cycle4africa.wordpress.com/ and http://aramoro.wordpress.com/all get a special mention for being the blogs of the other members of my gaming group.
Next, we have http://beastlord.wordpress.com/, http://thenerdalsorises.wordpress.com/, http://plainsofwar.wordpress.com/, http://companyofthedamned.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://simonfisherrofl.blogspot.co.uk/for just being straight up awesome blogs about Beastmen in Warhammer Fantasy Battle. There aren’t many blogs about such a niche subject, but these should be required reading for anyone considering playing Beastmen.
Finally, I have to recommend the eclectic group of pure random goodness: http://nico-realmsofchaos.blogspot.co.uk/, http://sho3box.wordpress.com/, http://mrsaturdaysmumblings.blogspot.co.uk/, http://teasgettingcold.blogspot.co.uk/
20. What advice would you give to people looking to becoming a blogger?
Write about something that interests you. Don’t post just for the sake of posting – make sure that you have something to say.
Thanks for the Badger for taking the time to fill this in and I hope you all have some nice new blogs to read 😉