So I wore my Miniature Tim T-shirt to work the other day, and got asked quite a few questions about it. What is Miniature Tim? What kind of hobby is it? Is it fun? Is it expensive? Do you really play with little army men…etc.
However the question that stood out the most came later in the day when a coworker came over and said, "So I read a few of your blog posts, and I like them and all…but what's the point of it? Why do you do it?"
And you know, It took me a minute to answer him. Not because I didn't know why, but because the reason has evolved over the past 7-8 months.
Why I started...
Originally it was because of the community itself. I was so impressed with the blogging community as a whole, that I wanted to be a part of it. Unfortunately, I wasn't ready for it. I originally started blogging two years ago, and while I had some health problems that made keeping up with a blog difficult, the honest reason I stopped was because I wasn't prepared or had the will to do it. Then a fellow blogger and friend named Skarvald the Troll-Faced at Wolves for the Wolf God dropped a comment about how I should update more often, and it was a shame I wasn't keeping up with the blog. His words stuck with me for almost a year until the next Adepticon (2011), when I got to hang out with the great folks from Dark Future Games again. After that, I decided to invest my time and effort to put out a blog I was proud of, and be a part of a community of some really great people.
Why I keep blogging...
Ahhh...this one is simple. The reasons are many, but they boil down to two main ones; the community, and to become a better hobbyist. I love giving back to a community that has helped foster not just my own hobby, but so many others. I become a better hobbyist by feeding off of your comments, and your very own blogs. I crave feedback and criticism of my work, I've got a thick skin so never be shy in your comments...I just ask that you be constructiveadult mature about it.
There came a point in my answer to him that gave me pause to think, though. The reasons I keep blogging will always be there, but there was something nagging at my brain that told me there was more to it. I finally realized it towards the end of the day antowhee I told him, my thought process went something like this:
I love to write.
I've loved to write since high school and all the journalism I was a part of then and into college. I've been a part of art direction for layout and publication design in my past, and I feel like I've reconnected with a part of my creative life that I hadn't touched in years. I want to keep writing.
Ultimately, it dawned on me...I want to write for a gaming magazine. I love this hobby in all it's forms, and I want to write about it.
Don't get me wrong, I love building, converting, painting, playing, all of it. I'll always write about what I love in this hobby of ours, but this revelation of mine propelled that want to write even further. I've begun researching proper writing techniques to brush up on them, and will be researching submission guidelines and contacts for the magazines that cater to this hobby.
Will it happen? I don't know, but I do know that I am going to work my tail off towards that goal. I've had a two-page spread in Cracked Magazine published of my cartooning, and I've had a novel cover published. I had promised myself I would work to do those two things. I'm telling myself now, that I will work to write and be a part of a hobby-industry magazine in some way, some how.
So tell me, what's the point of all this for you?