As we approach the end of 2017, in what has been a fantastic year for Meeples & Miniatures (I’ll publish some facts and figures nearer the end of the year), my thoughts are obviously turning towards next year, and how I can potentially provide a better service for you, the reader.
Here are my initial thoughts – please feel free to leave your comments
Whilst I’ve posted certain bits of hobby news during the year, since this blog is (currently at least) a part-time affair, I cannot hope to keep up with the wealth of news that hits the hobby every single day.
Instead, what I’m proposing to do is to provide a weekly round-up of those stories that have particularly caught my eye – much in the same way as I do for Kickstarters at the moment – and will provide a little bit of comment as to why they are of interest.
Several readers have commented on how useful they find the weekly round-up of Kickstarter projects, so I will continue to run this. I don’t post every project I see – I am selective and only post those that I would consider backing myself (were I to have unlimited funds available!)
I have always intended Meeples & Miniatures to have lots of reviews online. This is perhaps where I have fallen behind the most in the past year or so. It’s my intention moving forward to try and publish at least one review every week on the blog, whether that be for a set of rules, some miniatures, terrain, or other book or publication. This could be where this starts to come unstuck…but you have to have a target, don’t you?
The editorial is where I get my chance to write about something in the hobby. As such, these are always going to be a little bit more sporadic in output, and I think writing one a week at this stage is perhaps a little too ambitious. However, I certainly hope to publish one or two a month.
The podcast is obviously the primary reason for this website being here in the first place! To be honest, we have yet to decide whether we are continuing with the recent weekly release schedule, or whether we will revert back to the fortnightly format. As ever, your feedback and comments on this are invited.
The one thing that has suffered most in recent months are the hobby articles on the site – be that painting or battle reports. I really enjoy writing these, but it tends to revolve around what I’m actually doing, hobby-wise, and my painting especially appears to have stalled since September. Perhaps I need something to give it a kick-start again. Either way, I’m hoping to continue producing these on a regular basis.
Taking that all into account, the plan is to continue publishing content on the website much in the same way as we do at present, but to be a bit more organised about it.The current plan looks something like this:
- Saturday – Publish the latest Podcast episode, if one is scheduled.
- Sunday – Publish an Editorial column, if I have one written
- Monday – Publish a Kickstarter round-up for the previous week.
- Wednesday – Publish a Review
- Friday – Publish a Hobby News round-up of the week’s news that has caught my eye
This leaves Tuesday and Thursday to publish any more personal hobby-related articles.
We all know that no plan survives first contact with the enemy…but at least I have a plan in place. I’m almost ready for 2017.