I thought about doing Old Stuff Day in the traditional sense where I dig through some old articles, and find a few to spotlight. However, I thought I would do something different. I’m not entirely sure what that is as I type these words, so we’ll see how this turns out.
Creative Twilight was born 7 years ago this coming June. If you want to see some of my early painting, then look no further than my first painting commission. That was how this blog began, a means to gain clients for commission work. I knew my painting wasn’t amazing, but it was reasonable, and I wasn’t charging much.
I only did commission painting for a few months. I quickly realized that I was never going to paint any of my stuff again. Plus, the money wasn’t great either. This was back before airbrushing an entire army was a feasible means of commission painting. So, the amount of time put into the work, considering the return, just wasn’t worth it.
It was in January of 2010 that I actually started blogging about Warhammer 40K. My first 40K article was about the first tournament I attended. It was done in two parts. The second part of it is here.
I still remember that day very well. I somehow stumbled onto the fact there was a tournament that Saturday, and it was Saturday when I realized it. I mentioned it to my wife who told me to go and have fun. I had 30 minutes to pack and get there.
I had never been to a 40K tournament, so I was very excited and anxious. I had a blast that day, and that was when 40K really got its hooks into me.
It was after that tournament, and my subsequent attending of weekly 40K nights at the shop, that I really began blogging. I stopped visiting 40K forums, and began pouring that content into Creative Twilight.
At that point in time, there were really only a few big 40K sites. I thought I could strike out, take on a few authors, and become a household name. Unfortunately, it seems that Creative Twilight missed that boat. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get this blog to become a destination. If I couldn’t do it in a time when only a few 40K blog existed, I would say that chance has passed.
Still, I persist on. The fact is that I enjoy writing. I may not do it very well, and I may not have drawn that big crowd I always dreamed of, but blogging has become just as much a part of 40K for me as the game itself. I blogged when only a few people a week would see what I wrote, and I will continue to blog even if nobody saw it.
That got a bit gloomy. I told you I had no idea where this was going when I started writing it.
On a more positive note, the last article that was published, Top 7 Wargaming Blogs for 2016, marks the 1,500th article on Creative Twilight. In those nearly 7 years, I have personally produced 1,148 (including this one). That just blows my mind. On average, I put out 164 articles a year!
Well, there’s a bit of a mix of an Old Stuff Day from me!