I’ve recently become aware of another great wargames news website – Wargame News and Terrain.
Towards the end of last year, I laid out my thoughts about the direction that the blog would take in 2017.
Well, one month in and one thing is becoming plain – something needs to change. Whilst as a matter of course I try to keep up with what’s going on in the hobby, I am finding that doing that, and then regularly reporting on it via blog posts, leaves me with little time to do what I really want to do – which is write reviews and editorial pieces to complement the podcast.
Take this last weekend as an example. I wrote two posts about hobby news and crowdfunding, which probably took 2 -3 hours to write and publish between them, once you include all the background work of checking websites, sourcing pictures etc. In that same time I could have written a game review. Which is more useful? Or for that matter, which do I find more satisfying as a writer?
In posting about hobby news and crowd-funding projects, more often than not I’m picking up on information that has already been posted on other news sites, so in this I’m simply re-inventing the wheel. I’m not adding much at all, but simply passing on information. Maybe I’m disseminating the news to some readers who may not have seen it elsewhere, but that’s about it.
In short, I don’t think it’s the best use of my time. Other websites post news – they are good at it – so let them do it.
Instead, I think I’m better of spending my time writing those reviews and opinion pieces, because
- It’s what I’m good at
- It’s what I enjoy doing
Does that mean I will no longer be posting about hobby news and crowdfunding items? By no means – but it does mean that when I do, it will be because I have something to add to the conversation, rather than simply passing on second-hand news.
You may have noticed that I’ve been playing around somewhat with the website layout to reflect the new priorities, which will hopefully make the reviews and editorial content more prominent (i.e. nearer the top of the site!) I hope you will enjoy the (slight) change in direction for the rest of the year.